After early success on iOS and latterly Android, popular news aggregator Flipboard is finally available on Microsoft’s Windows platform for the first time.
The Windows 8.1 application is now live in the Windows Store and will work on both Windows 8 and RT machines.
As with the firm’s iOS and Android apps, readers will find that the conventional controls remain in place. They can still flip through magazines (both curated and those created by other Flipboard users), subscribe and add content to magazines.
That’s where the familiarity ends however as the new app has been slightly tweaked to suit Windows 8. For example, users now need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display action icons like Subscribe, Refresh, Edit and Flip It, while swiping down presents recommended users to follow and magazines from other contributors.
Furthermore, the app (free, Microsoft Store) offers split screen support and the opportunity to resize windows for multi-tasking, as well as support for Live Tiles.
The support for Live Tiles proves particularly useful as it allows users to view what content has been added without needing to enter the app itself. Flipboard says that users can also pin specific magazines to the Windows home screen for quick access.
You can read TabTimes on Flipboard by selecting it as a source in the Mobile channel, or directly at tabtim.es/flipboard . Also, subscribe to TabTimes Windows tablets and apps Flipboard magazine.
Flipboard now has 90 million users and was recently valued at around $800 million, which is reportedly just under 50% of the market capital of The New York Times Company.
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