Microsoft Start
Initial releaseOctober 26, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-10-26)
PlatformAndroid, iOS, Web platform[1]
TypeOnline news

Microsoft Start is a news aggregator website and mobile app that features news headlines and articles that MSN editors have chosen. The app includes sections for top stories, regional events, international events, politics, money, technology, entertainment, opinion, sports, and crime, along with other miscellaneous stories. The app is available for Android and iOS devices only; other users must use its web version.[1]

Microsoft Start is the successor to Microsoft News and MSN, which are also available for Windows.[2] With the release of Windows 11, however, Microsoft directly integrated news into Windows taskbar.[2]


Microsoft News (formerly MSN News and Bing News) is the predecessor of Microsoft Start. It has been included with Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. It is still available on the Microsoft Store.[3] It allows users to set their own favorite topics and sources, receive notifications of breaking news though alerts, filter preferred news sources, and alter font sizes to make articles easier to read.[4] Originally, News included an RSS feed, but that capability was removed; Microsoft currently only allows users to subscribe to specified news sources.[5] News uses the live tile feature introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. If a user clicks on the News Start menu tile when a particular story is shown, the user will see a link to that story at the top of the app when it launches.[6]


  1. ^ a b Ben-Zur, Liat (7 September 2021). "The content you care about, simplified and reinvented. Introducing Microsoft Start". Windows Blogs. Microsoft.
  2. ^ a b Warren, Tom (7 September 2021). "Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed designed for Windows 11, mobile, and more". The Verge. Vox Media.
  3. ^ "Microsoft News". Microsoft Store. Microsoft. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  4. ^ Rubino, Daniël (7 August 2013). "Microsoft announces Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8, bringing News, Weather, Sports and Finance to the small screen [Updated]". Windows Central. Future US.
  5. ^ "MSN News for Windows 10 now lets you add select media sources (Fast Ring)". Windows Central. Future US. 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Chasable Live Tiles, Adaptive notifications, improved Action Center coming to Windows 10". LLC. 1 April 2016.