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Microsoft working on newsstand app to combine magazines, books, and comics

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Microsoft working on newsstand app to combine magazines, books, and comics
If you're planning to make a mobile platform, the obvious first step for content is to have an app store. After that, you'll more than likely want to add in music and video. Then, when you're really hitting your stride, it becomes time for some sort of newsstand app for reading material. A new job listing makes it sound like a newsstand app is the next on the list for Microsoft's Windows platforms.

The job listing is for a "Software Development Engineer - Devices & Studios - Music, Video and Reading", which is interesting since Windows platforms do not yet offer reading materials in any of its stores. Given that "Reading" is packaged along with Music and Video, it sounds like the newsstand app will be branded with the Xbox name. The app is described as offering a "groundbreaking interactive reading" experience, and just like the Google Play Store and Apple's iBooks/Newsstand, Microsoft is planning to offer books, magazines, and comic books. 

Microsoft has had a somewhat unofficial option for reading because it did invest heavily in the Barnes & Noble Nook app, but now it is time for Windows platforms to finally have a dedicated newsstand app. Unfortunately, there is no word on when the app will be released, but we'll be waiting. 

source: Microsoft via Neowin

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 18:30 4

1. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Keep 'em coming MS, sooner or later I'll be convinced to get a Lumia.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 18:51 1

2. hurrycanger (Posts: 1195; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I guess I'm on the same boat. Which Lumia are you having your eyes on? xD

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 18:56 1

3. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


I was eyeing on the 925 but I'd probably wait and see what Nokia has in store for 2014.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:01 2

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1195; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


The 925 feels pretty nice in hand. I personally like the 1520 though since I'm a fan of huge phones. But then the same thing applies, I'm gonna wait to see its successor in 2014

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:01 1

9. papss (unregistered)


Ive never held the 925 but I'm sure it would be nice just as all Nokia phones. I currently have the 1520 and it is great in the hand.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:52

18. ninjajoe96 (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


I just bought the 925 and love it! I managed to get the 32GB Vodafone model (but sim-unlocked) for £230 (c$380) and I am really looking forward to seeing what it's successor is like at Nokia's event later on :D I love the feel of the 925, although it does feel a little fragile as the metal can chip, but I have mine i a case and it is still a lovely sleek phone!
XperiaOptimusOne, I would defintiley get the next 925. You are guaranteed an excellent camera, a great screen that isn't massive, not to mention that Windows Phone has some gorgeous and intuitive design and you don't need to worry about getting the latest updates on tie as Nokia are brilliant with updating their phones with new useful features like being able to use your phone with gloves and the glance screen.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:03 1

5. snowgator (Posts: 3262; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Invest heavily in Barnes & Nobel.... and no WP app to show for it. An excellent app for Windows 8, but none for WP. Does that make a lick of sense?

Hope this app comes some. Could use a good reader.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:57

7. papss (unregistered)


I agree.. I was disappointed that apps that I bought on the windows 8 platform and can't use them on wp. Clearly there is still work to be done on the wp store as far as apps but most that I care about are there and seems to be growing daily. I remember how lite it was when I got my L920 in nov of 2012 but better when I got to my L1020 and looking at it now its looking much better.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 21:58 1

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I know... What's up with that?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:43 1

6. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I want to be part of WP but I am already deep with ios apps and itunes media. Not to mention their is no decent multimedia app on WP that is why I'm with IOS if they had better updates and a good video player I would be part of WP ASAP with a 1020 or future 1820

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:00 2

8. papss (unregistered)


I feel you. I was very deep into android and hated leaving that part of android but now I'm nose deep in wp so all is well. I'd love to see a great media player, I say great because the stock one is pretty good but better is just better lol

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 21:23

11. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Thank you for understanding. I'm not a fanboy of any certain OS I had a S3 for awhile but it got wet when I jump in a lake lol. I now have a the iphone 5S I love it I had a iPod touch awhile back so I kept all of my media on itunes. If WP comes up with a better OS for multimedia I might switch. I love Nokias hardware it's beautiful and full of life.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:02 1

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


VLC??

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:02 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Man, I use Xbox music on WP, and W8, all of the time, and it is awesome..
.....................
VLC is coming to WP very, very, very, soon!.... Just get the Icon, AKA vapor ware, already!.... Lol.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:03

19. papss (unregistered)


I also have Xbox music and my wife uses my account on her iphone too. Great service and I've downloaded so many albums

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:59 1

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 1775; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You do know that the xbox music app does not care that you got your song on iTunes. You include that folder into your media player library on your pc, you log into music.xbox.com and bam the cloud starts to sync.

Then when you pop your phone up after the sync all those songs are playable. I currently have a library of over 5k songs, to play from. With smart DJ, skipping, no commercials, I find it way better than Pandora. Need a song? Integrated into my phone and bam downloading.

I just recently helped a friend convert their iTunes library of songs and other cd rips to the xbox cloud (and a 920 nokia from a 4s). Same with my moms elvis, she has 1500 songs that are now syncing with her nokia 521.

I understand your in deep with ios, but I think the switch is not as hard as you think.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:47 1

10. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Thank you for understanding. I'm not a fanboy of any certain OS I had a S3 for awhile but it got wet when I jump in a lake lol. I now have a the iphone 5S I love it I had a iPod touch awhile back so I kept all of my media on itunes. If WP comes up with a better OS for multimedia I might switch. I love Nokias hardware it's beautiful and full of life.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:59 1

16. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Remind me to greet you Happy Birthday of on your 25th birthday on October 17th. Cheers!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 02:35

17. rcranium (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I just want a separate music app that can make playlists EASILY. It's absurd that wp8 doesn't allow that. 2x1 widget for the app would be nice too.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:47

20. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Xbox should do a unlimited video service just like netflix . They have a great selection of shows and I would go for it c: I may not use windows apps on PC that much but I would be happy to use it. I don't trust netflix or hulu + I but all of my videos from itunes. Stupid somewhat but it's like DVDs I can watch them anytime even without wifi

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