Microsoft internally testing Newscast, a news app that reads out the news

The app will read out news summaries of about 30 seconds. The articles can then be saved for reading later.

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17 - Aug - 2015
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17 - Aug - 2015
 
Microsoft internally testing Newscast, a news app that reads out...

Microsoft is working a new app called NewsCast that will read out the news to its users. The app can prove useful in situations where the user is unable to look at their phones such as when they are driving. The app was spotted on Microsoft Azure Websites by Brad Sams from tech website, Neowin, but as of now, the app has been pulled from there.

The app was available for iOS users and the guy at Neowin downloaded it before its removal from the download page. According to him, the app is quite bare bones as of now, with no option to change or customize anything. The app  makes a playlist of the summaries of news stories and uses Microsoft' s text-to-speech feature to read out the news summaries, which are about 30 seconds long.

He further added that there are two voices which read the news stories alternately. Users can also save the the articles for reading later. As for the voice, he said that they are neither natural nor too robotic, but there is room for improvement, especially when compared to Cortana.

The webpage where the app was available for download was also mentioned. The page is only meant for internal testing, which explains why Microsoft removed the app from the site. However, the interesting thing to note is that Microsoft is not the only one working on a news app. Twitter and Facebook were also reported to working on their own versions of a news apps.

Apart from this, Microsoft has released another cumulative Windows 10 update, which includes previous fixes as well. You can install the update to get previous fixes if you missed them. And if you already have them, the update will download and install only the new fixes.

Source: Neowin.

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