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Microsoft rolls out MSN app for BlackBerry 10

By Bla1ze on 14 Aug 2013 01:29 am EDT

Although I can't honestly say it's my first source of news, MSN remains a top destination for many and now Microsoft has brought their MSN app to BlackBerry 10. Overall, it's a pretty basic app but Microsoft has added some features to the mix to adapt it to the BlackBerry 10 platform a bit. If you're not really into loading up your browser to hit MSN each time, here's what you can expect from the app.

  • MSN's Top Channels: News, Sport, Entertainment, Lifestyle - optimized for touch
  • MSN's News channel brings you the latest stories locally and from around the world, enhanced by vivid photo galleries that capture the moment
  • Swipe to view top stories in each channel - Keep up with breaking news in the world of football, UFC, Formula 1 and more
  • Take a quick glance at current weather conditions
  • One tap to view your Outlook inbox (once you're logged in)
  • Want to share that great cat video? Just tap and share via SMS, email or on your social networks 

If you're looking to get in on MSN, you'll find it live on BlackBerry World right now for the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. The BlackBerry Q5 is oddly left off the list but I'm guessing that will be added later given there is no difference between that and the Q10 version. Someone just forgot to tick off that little box that says it's ok to run on the Q5.

Download MSN for BlackBerry 10



Not bad

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Quick to correct the typo! Not a source of news for me, but I guess many that still have Internet Explorer as their main PC browser probably still have this as their start page.

With 6 toolbars.

Good thing at least: it's native.

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Ah, another browser snob I see. I build and fix computers as a side thing, hardware and software, been doing that for well over a decade now. I've tried many different browsers including chrome, firefox, opera, mozilla, etc. And honestly, IE works fine and renders pages most accurately. Just don't install useless add-ons and tool bars and you're good to go. Don't blame the software when you're the one clicking yes and ok to everything without reading it first inadvertently installing all kinds of useless crap that slows down your browser and PC in general...

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You have obviously never created a website beyond basic html and hyperlinks

Aaron Cake

IE is my main browser. And my home page ("start page" is a term invented by Microsoft when they released IE3) is about:blank.


When i try to download the app it says it's not available for this device,

Posted by my BlackBerry Z10

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Works here in Canada.

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Same here. Damn BlackBerry world regional segregation. I knew that update was fishy.

Note to self: If an app or service is doing exactly what u downloaded it for, don't upgrade. Period.

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OK cool but just an internet link... nothing amazing...

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You sure it's just a link? Seems to have cascade controls to manage content

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I'm just going to think in my mind that Microsoft building any app for BB10 is a sign of weakness and fear for the inevitable overtaking of BB10 over Windows Phone.


wow. . . that escalated quickly. . .


Lol +1, I was of the mind that it could signal M$'s willingness to develop for BB10, and natively too. Maybe we'll even see Skype and other apps receive quality native versions.

...Okay, that might be asking for much. :p

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Could they possibly merge and try to take on android or ios. Hmmm...

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Bacon Munchers

Waiting to see Windows phone adds start rolling. ;)

Unbiased Tech

Bring Skydrive! Even better, make it so it is integrated with the native file manager.

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I used to use SkyDrive when I owned a Windows Phone but I actually prefer Dropbox on BlackBerry 10 more. I like the way it is integrated with the file manager and I like the way it can be pinned to Docs to Go.

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You can use Skydrive with the PlayCloud app. It's like File Manager, but way better.

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Unavailable for my device. Now this is a surprise..

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Forget an MSN app. What about releasing some real MS office apps like One note or MS Project? Blackberry is known as the phone for business but there's no real PM app out for the Z10. I don't want another task app posing as a PM app. I want a real Project Management app that will let me see my projects, tasks, subtasks, and Gantt Charts.

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Sure, as soon as BBM is released for Wp/W8?


MSN is still a thing? What's next, an Excite! app?


MSN still exists? Wow...

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I'm just happy other company is on board with bb10

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They were on board with BB10 a long time ago (Skype)


Really? Microsoft is bigger than BlackBerry can ever dream about.

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Looks like this app is not available for UAE

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Complain complain complain complain complain complain complain

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I'm not complaining at all.

RP Singh


Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF


It looks like a good first shot at a bb10 app from MSN. Could have potential, but looks like an app in its early stages.

If they had office integrated, skype, one note, etc they could have a pretty solid app.

Right now, at least on my device, the share functions don't attach anything from the articles in the app. So that definitely needs to be looked at if it is happening on other devices. The share function is one of the strengths of the bb10 os.

I still prefer, when I have to that is,to log on to outlook thru the browser. It is faster, and has more functionality and this app should take advantage of the browsers capabilities.

Again, good start.

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Is this app just the mobile website in a wrapper? And they put in the BlackBerry 10 UI elements?

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Yes, and did a very poor job at it at that.. Could take any developer a whole 10 minutes to make the app they made there.. What a joke...


Great... Now how about making Skype native as well

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Of course, native is always better, but anyhow Skype works fine in 10.2.

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I downloaded it, just so Microsoft sees demand for their apps on the platform. I'll likely never use it but there are other MS products that I'd like to see.

I can't tell with apps that don't adhere to the "classic" Cascades look and feel - is it a Cascades app or is it just made to look like one?


Ding-ding! Timing matters.

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Not available in uae. FU BlackBerry!!

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Ahhhh.... Microsoft chooses where to make the app available not BlackBerry

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Company who owns the ip: Microsoft

Company who makes the app: Microsoft

Company who puts app in App World: Microsoft

Company who selects the countries and carriers the app is available on in App World : Microsoft

Your "FU" is misdirected....

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@ pilyonglover get an Android then.


"Not available for this device ".

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Error: "Unavailable for this device." :O

I have a BlackBerry Q10

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No love for Q10 so far.


Oh, how I have always hated the website. It's so awful. Do people actually use this? And indeed, why this app when there are several other more wanted Microsoft apps..?


Then don't download it.

Man people like to complain endlessly about everything

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Was just stating my (strong-worded?) opinion there my friend. I certainly never was going to download it, but if others want to, they definitely should. I am still curious if people will use this app.


Who cares if you hate it. Others like it and that's all that matters. If u gate it don't download it and move the f on.

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I expect much better from Microsoft and where is MSN Money ?

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Interesting app arrival

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It's literally the website with a back, forward button in addition to a "menu" button which just triggers the menu button to open within their website. Not to mention, the "Tab" menu is being used terribly wrong.. There should never be actions place within that, they could have simply replaced it with a forward and backward on the bar using action items.

The icons are pushed at the top of the button, which is appalling.. Any developer could have done a much better job with this app had they spent 10 minutes on it, what a joke. Would have been better off not even making this junk that shouldn't even be referred to as an "app".. come on now.. This is pretty much a large company just making a joke of the BlackBerry Cascades framework..


Not available for UAE

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Can someone who can access it tell us which countries are supported, apart from USA and Canada?

Not available in France either.


Available in the UK just downloaded

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Love the idea that microsoft is building for bb10!

Great news! First skype, now this! Would lov to see more giants on board!

Crackberry Q10 / Playbook


Bla1ze, would you consider being a source for my channel? I.e just emailing me whenever you hear something new particularly about BlackBerry but in general too?

Kind Regards, Tino Chiko C0008DDD1 TechCraze!


Won't let me set my location for weather has me 2 hours east of my location.

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In my case it's 3h. It's a sorry excuse for an app. Deleted :(

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Try using the link at the bottom of the article. I could not find it in BlackBerry World. Z10 using 10.2

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Think they blocked the app for customers outside the USA and Canada. If they did this, then it is shame. What reason might they have for making a simple news app and them restricting it...

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Trust me, you don't want to get your news through MSN anyway...

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I thought MSN converted to Skype so what's the point of this app

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That was MSN Messenger that Skype ate. Different animal from the "news" app.


I'm in Canada with a z10 and it does not appear to be available anymore.

Not showing for me, in Canada.
Could be because I'm on the leak...


Not bad. Could be better. It's a little slow.

Prefer USA Today, Guardian and CBC.

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It comes packed with malware

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YES! Now we can get really biased misleading information right to our BB10 phones!

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Windows 8 is just a mess! Talk about a confusing interface that tries to do so much so many different ways. You almost can't touch your keyboard and track pad on your laptop and the screen is off and going somewhere. I would rather use my z10 than go near my new windows 8 computer. Been using windows since it launched and been on a pc since they were invented back in 1985 roughly. Might as well return to DOS to get something done! As for this App, if it comes from Windows, I am not interested.

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!


This is about MSN not Windows 8...

jamal nasr

Says "not available for this device", Z10

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Aleksandr Palamar

Like people said on the LOR - "unneeded"

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Can't find it in BBW. Using link on laptop I get "Internal Server Error"


Looks like it has been pulled


Unable to install. I think it is not available for my country.

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A decent (but hardly noteworthy) little app. I'll probably uninstall it, though, because it seems to think I'm in New York and won't let me change it.

Loving my Q10


It feels like Microsoft is just testing the sdk for future apps. Microsoft can't be serious with this app.

Not a bad start.

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Peter Lee4

Horrible app. Why does MS even bother.


Sweet, another Icon "app" that links you to a website. Shortcut much?


Aparece no disponible para mi dispositivo, Z10-STL-100-1 con SO, en Ecuador. Ojalá liberen la versión para esta región en la que BlackBerry tiene muchos seguidores que se han ido cambiando a otras plataformas por los limitados servicios que la compañía da a los usuarios.

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More MSN junk

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Available in uk on z10

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Fadiga Youssouf

Not available for my Z10....??

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I dig this, good deal.

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Blocked via ATT in the USA.

This carrier fragemntation of BB10 OS and Apps is real pain and is so lame.


I am in the US and on a Z10 and the link above to the AppWorld (because I couldn't find the app on a search in the App store on my phone) just results in the error message:
Internal Server Error
An internal server error has been detected. Please try your operation again. (EC )

I suspect it either got pulled or blocked for whatever reason.


Beautiful App.
This almost makes me think BlackBerry and Microsoft have something in the bag...;)

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Not available for my device (z10) please fix

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nick canada

App works good, I don't get the complaints.

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Unavailable for this device...

BlackBerry Z10 / Optus Australia

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Can't use on Q10....

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Says it's not available for my Q10

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It says unavailable for my device on the appstore. In Singapore


Hi guys.. could you help me? It seems like I can't seem to download this app.. it says unavailable.. is this only available in NA? btw.. i'm from Philippines.. thanks!

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Hi everyone.. could you help me? It seems that I can't download this app.. it says 'unavailable' i currently have Z10STL100-3/ for my OS. I tried typing in the MSN in BlackBerry World but it didn't show up. Does that mean it's only available in NA? btw I'm from Philippines, in Asia.. thanks for anyone who could help!

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