Industry news, just for you
As you might expect, News Pro is similar to Apple News and, by extension, Flipboard as it recommends news articles for your consumption based on your interests.
To start with, News Pro asks you to follow industries including information technology, electric and electronic, design, financials, real estate, healthcare, education, consumer goods, manufacturing, transportation, legal services, social services, staffing and recruiting, consumer staples, energy and oil, entertainment, basic materials, and others.
From that selection of industries, and by the use of the term “industries” alone, you can probably tell that News Pro is geared more toward professionals. Indeed, the app is being touted by Microsoft as a place to find “hyper-relevant news for your work.”
And in keeping with its focus on work, News Pro also lets you personalize the app’s content to make it more relevant by tapping into your professional network on LinkedIn, in addition to leveraging the reach of your connections on Facebook.
News Pro highlights the news articles that you may be most interested in. But it also lets you explore by browsing its suggestions of new industries, organizations, skills, products, and general topics to follow.
Moreover, it lets you build your profile including quick access to the articles you’ve liked and commented on.
From the Microsoft Garage to your iPhone
If you’re looking for a more “professional” alternative to Apple News or Flipboard, be sure to check out News Pro.
Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later, News Pro is available now on the App Store for free.
News Pro is the latest release from Microsoft Garage, the company’s project lab. Other apps to have come out of Garage include the event planning app Tossup, the chatroom app Forum, the meetup app Invite, the text-on-photo group chat app Twist, and the now defunct celebrity news app Snipp3t.
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