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How to Use Microsoft Start to Curate a Personalized News Feed

CNET 09 September, 2021 - 08:01am

Here. we'll take a look at how to curate a personalized news feed on Microsoft Start.

Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed, aiming to curate news and articles from reliable publishers specifically for you. The main idea behind Microsoft Start is to help users create a single, personalized news feed that simplifies the news-reading experience by displaying relevant stories from authoritative sources.

So, what’ll happen to Microsoft’s decades-old news service MSN? On its blog, Microsoft assured users that MSN would continue as normal. However, Start’s integration with Windows and Edge is a clear indication that Microsoft’s focus has shifted towards its new service.

To access Microsoft Start, you can simply go to the Microsoft Start website. It’s a standalone website dedicated to this new service. Moreover, Microsoft has also integrated Start with Windows 10, Windows 11, and Microsoft Edge.

If you’re a Microsoft Edge user, you can use Start from the New Tab page and stay abreast of the latest happenings. You can also install Microsoft Start mobile applications on Android or iOS. The best part is if you have created a personalized feed on your PC, Microsoft sync it with the mobile application, so you can watch your feed wherever you go.

Having a very similar layout as Edge, the Start mobile application also contains shortcuts to tools like Unit Converter, Translator, Math Solver, and Games.

Although Microsoft Start uses AI to show you the relevant news and articles, you can personalize the news feed to include or exclude topics and publishers. To create a personalized news feed, click on Personalize in the top-right corner of the website.

You can also search any topic from the search bar. If you’re interested in a particular topic, you can add it to your feed by clicking on it. Similarly, you can also follow your favorite publishers to view all their content.

The History tab makes it easier to re-read the stories you’ve read in the past two days. Apart from suggesting stories about your followed topics, Start will suggest content based on your activity and interaction with the stories.

A notable feature of Microsoft Start is that you react to stories using emojis. In the bottom-left corner of any story, you can view the option to react and the top three reactions.

By clicking on the More icon in the bottom-right corner, you can also save the story for later or hide it. If you prefer not to see articles from any particular publication, you can hide them from your feed using the More icon.

Thanks to the unlimited amount of information available online, personalized news feeds are becoming more and more popular. Microsoft Start is another such service that aims to provide personalized news, especially to Windows and Edge users.

As the content will be synced on desktop and mobile, you can keep yourself abreast of the latest happenings no matter where you are.

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