Flipboard's Social Magazine App Arrives on Windows 8.1
One of the tablet era's breakout apps finally hits Windows 8 in a sign that Microsoft's app gap may be narrowing.Flipboard, a favorite among users and critics on both the Apple iOS and Android platforms, is finally available for Windows 8.1. One of the iPad's early hits, the app aggregates news and online content into a customizable, social-enabled magazine format. Now, Windows 8.1 users, particularly those with tablets or touch-screen systems, can experience Flipboard's personalized approach to content consumption. In a Nov. 15 blog post, Flipboard described the app as "a truly beautiful, custom experience with unique touches made just for the Microsoft platform." One of those touches includes Live Tile support, announced the company. "With Windows 8.1, you can pin Flipboard right to your Start screen where it will light up as a Live Tile which can be resized to be as big as you want or as small as you want," said Flipboard. Apart from the main app, it also gives users a Start Screen shortcut to their favorites. Under Windows 8.1, users can "pin specific Flipboard magazines or sections to your Windows Start screen for quick access to your favorite reads," noted the company. It also employs gestures to provide quick access to actions and modules used to configure and personalize the app.
"Flipboard is your personalized magazine," said Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc in a separate blog post. In addition to stories and updates plucked from Facebook and Twitter, it delivers content from several notable publications. "By flipping over to 'Discover', you can customize your Flipboard with iconic sources like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company and many more," he added.