Amongst the things I’ve anxiously been waiting to appear in the Windows Store are apps for reading the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Little did I realize that these were already there, though hiding in an unexpected place. Ever since the Windows 8 Developer Preview I’ve been using the Bing-based News app as a primary way of reading the news on my Windows 8 systems. It’s a great app really, from just stunning visuals to its broad range of sources to the ability to follow specific topics of interest. But imagine my surprise when I discovered that it also has built-in (and apparently officially sanctioned) readers for both the WSJ and NYT!
Swipe down from the top and you’ll see a list (currently 4) of featured news sources, amongst them WSJ and NYT. Select the WSJ and something that looks like a cross between the typical WSJ app and the Microsoft Design Language (Metro) appears. There is a link where you can sign up or sign in to see subscriber only content. I logged in and there I had it, a WSJ reader. The process is similar for the NYT.
Although the number of apps in the Windows Store is still dismally low this discovery made the two weeks since I ditched my iPad to travel with only a Windows 8 tablet (an old Acre Icons Tab W500) much more pleasant. I’ll report my fully on my overall experience in an upcoming post.