Bing News review: A daily news app that gets personal

Just to the right of the top story screen is a list of latest headlines, separated by popular news categories, including business, sports, technology, and world news. Each category only has four stories, so you don't get overwhelmed by too much news. At the bottom of the screen, there are buttons to reorder the categories and delete ones you don't want to see.

In addition to reading the top news stories, you can also watch popular news videos from selected sources in the video menu. The video quality wasn't spectacular, but it did play easily.

Topics and sources
There are two sections of the app that give you a chance to personalize your news experience: sources and topics. In the sources section of the app, you create a list your favorite news outlets. From there, you can tap on a source to see a list of stories from the last 24 hours.

ABC News, Fox News, The Guardian, Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, and Gizmodo are the default sources, but you can add any of the outlets in the app to your list by tapping the magnifying glass icon. You cannot add a source that is not already in the app.

The topics section is similar to sources, except you create a list of news topics to follow from any source available online. To add a new topic, you can search by vague or specific keyword -- I chose "cooking," "US Congress," and "nail art" -- and the app uses Bing search to hunt for any relevant news stories all over the Web. The article results were remarkably accurate, especially for more specific keywords like "Microsoft."

Bing News (Windows Phone)
You can pick favorite sources to follow (left) and choose news topics that interest you. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Like I mentioned before, articles in the app from news sites that didn't team up with Bing News will automatically open in Internet Explorer. Unfortunately on the topics page, every article you open also loads in Internet Explorer, even if the article comes from a source that partnered with the app. That was disappointing, because I didn't want to leave the app and then have to go back to read another story.

Searching for topics was the only part of the app that was noticeably slow. Suggested topics took several seconds to pop up while I was typing in the search bar and after I picked a topic to add to my list, it took several more seconds for the app to complete the request.

Conclusion
Bing News delivers the must-know news of the moment with a clean and pleasing design. The app updates frequently to stay on top breaking news and brings top stories to your start screen with a helpful live tile. It also sports a few ways to personalize the stories you see and hide away what you don't want to read.

Thanks to the app's stable performance, balance of major breaking news, and several options to find the content that matches your tastes, Bing News is well worth the free download.

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    Sarah Mitroff is a CNET associate editor who reviews Android and Windows Phone software and, occasionally, hardware. In the past she's written about everything from Android apps to startups Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat. She loves pretty space photos, the San Francisco Giants, and apps that organize the recipes she compulsively hoards.