Microsoft Start is a customizable news feed for Windows 11, mobile, and other devices.
Microsoft Start, a personalized news feed that integrates into Windows 11 and is available online as well as on iOS and Android, is available today. Microsoft Start is similar to the current MSN feed as well as Microsoft News. Microsoft is rebranding these as Microsoft Start and integrating the feed into the widgets section of Windows 11 and the taskbar in Windows 10.
Much like Microsoft News, Microsoft Start includes news and media channels from more than 1,000 publishers. Microsoft uses AI and machine learning algorithms to sort through which news is presented to users and to personalize content based on interests and how you engage with content. There’s also some “human moderation” involved, but Microsoft did layoff dozens of journalists and editorial workers at its Microsoft News and MSN organizations last year, so it’s not clear how involved editors will be.
In its feed, Microsoft Start will present top stories, personalized recommendations, sports scores, and the weather. It's a mash-up of Microsoft's efforts in recent years with MSN, Microsoft News, and the Windows 10 taskbar widget. MSN isn't going away, but Microsoft News will now be known as Microsoft Start.
MicrosoftStart.com, a standalone website, will be available in all modern web browsers, and the mobile versions of Microsoft News will be renamed Microsoft Start. Microsoft Start will be available in widget form from the dedicated section of Windows 11 when it launches next month.