Right from the Start: Reading List

Right from the Start: Reading List

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A few weeks ago, we published a blog post about more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services that will come right from (the) Start on your new Windows device with Windows 8.1. Last week we talked about Bing Apps, and this week we’re talking about a great new experience with Reading List, a new app with Windows 8.1.

Your content – bookmarked for when and where you want to read it.

We have all had the experience of finding amazing articles that we want to read – only to have to run to a meeting, pick up a call, or get back to the task at hand. It’s the experience of hopping online to do some research and finding one article, then another, then another that seem interesting – and then something interrupts you. And then, hours or days later, we find ourselves either forgetting about the article or spending time searching for the content. With Reading List, you now have a way to bookmark content you want to read later in one app.

If you don’t have time to read an article or if you find something interesting you want to read later, you can save the reading for later with just a swipe to the share charm. And it’s not just content from websites. You can bookmark content from your other apps as well. This way, you can have all the content that you care about in one gorgeous app. The bookmarks in Reading List also stay updated from one Windows device to another. So you can bookmark something on your work PC and read it on your Surface when you are sitting on your couch later. You don’t have to set up another service; it’s there waiting for you.

The Reading List comes with Windows 8.1, which is a free update for Windows 8 consumers starting on Oct. 18th. The Reading List is built in -- so right from the moment you power on your Windows 8.1 device you can start saving content that you want to get back to.


Bookmarking content with a swipe to the share charm:


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The Reading List is designed for the way you use your device. We believe your Windows device should reflect that right from the first moment you power it on. With a swipe to the share charm, the Reading Lists bookmarks content you care about from the sources you trust – all in one experience. Here are some highlights:

  • Your content, where you want to read it: With content coming from websites and apps, the Reading List has the capability to bookmark content from across different apps: website content, other apps, and the content-rich Bing apps we explored in last week’s blog. Your Reading List also travels with you. With your Microsoft account, you can access your most current Reading List from any Windows 8.1 device.
  • Your content, from the original source: Bookmarks in the Reading List takes you back to the original source, so you can go back to the content experts.
  • Your content, when you want to read it: The Reading List is always at your fingertips. When you tap on an article that you want to read, the Reading List automatically snaps to the side and dives you back into the app & content.


No matter what app you’re using, you can use the Reading List app to bookmark information to check out later. Here’s what’s being said about the Reading List:

“We’re so glad Microsoft added a Read It Later-type feature, because it’s so much easier to have a repository for all your interesting finds than to rifle through bookmarks. And it works much as you’d expect too: once you’ve opened a web page, just swipe out the Share charm, and select “Reading List.” - Dana Wollman/Engadget

“You know what is awesome? Read-it-later apps that let you save an online article to, well, read it later. You know what’s even more awesome? Windows 8.1 includes a read-it-later app dubbed Reading list, which is populate by articles sent using the Share charm in Internet Explorer 11.” - Brad Chacos PCWorld

“In any app with content (including Internet Explorer), users will be able to save that content to a Reading list. It works with news apps like The New York Times and Microsoft’s home-grown ones as well as web pages.” - Pete Pachal/Mashable

·“One of the frequently requested feature to Microsoft regarding web browsing experience is a bookmarking feature. Microsoft has responded to it with the new Windows 8.1 Reading List feature. It allows you to save all the interesting things you find online…” - WMPowerUser

Whether you update your Windows 8 device or buy a device with Windows 8.1, I can’t wait for everyone to be able to try the Reading List. You’ll be able to do this starting October 18th!

Ryan Gavin
General Manager
Microsoft Apps & Services

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  • zymara
    0 Posts

    Please make this work with Desktop apps!  I rarely use the Metro/Win8 apps, but WOULD like to use this one for cross-device bookmark management (only better!).  I always have tons of tabs open on Chrome and Desktop IE for articles I want to read, and this app sounds like a much better way to manage that content at work and at home.  But the Reading List is not available in the Share charm for desktop, so this app is currently useless to me.

  • Nawzil
    0 Posts

    Windows Phone app will be released along with Windows Phone 8.1 in 2014.

  • Nater
    147 Posts

    Quote: "This should work on the Desktop as well!"

    Part of the reason why I'm about to move from Windows 8 to OSX is because I'm just disgusted by how absolutely oblivious these people are.  There is no share page in Internet Explorer on the Desktop.  You cannot use Share Charm in any Desktop Apps.  The OS is completely disjointed.  There is absolutely nothing about Metro that has made the system easier, better, or funner to use.  It has absolutely killed usability for me.

    I'm buying a MBA, and will order Restore CDs for my PC to put it back on Windows 7 (for gaming - have you ever tried pressing the Windows Key while Multi-Boxing an MMORPG to switch clients - I should not need a 2 button combination just to minimize a client and go to the desktop).

    I'm totally getting the MBA, and if it works out right I'll get an iPhone and Apple TV and look into getting an iPhone or iPad as well.  I'm over Microsoft.  These people are oblivious.

  • This should work on the Desktop as well!

  • abm
    268 Posts

    Please give us the option to make content offline. This include Images and Videos on the web page.

    Also, like and suggested, please extend the support to Winodws Phone and cloud for web-access. So if the content is removed from the source, you will still be able to access it via offline memory (in case of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8) and via cloud (in case you are accessing from web).

    Thank you so much.

  • craigsn
    0 Posts

    What about saving it to the cloud? That way I can get to my reading list from the web and any computer I happen to be on. I'm not always on a Win 8.1 machine, even though I would like that.

  • I really want to see a Windows Phone app.  Today from Windows Phone, on a nearly daily basis I use the share option, but I send the link as an email to myself.  I then have a filter to send anything from myself to a "Read Later" folder.  

    I would also like to see Reading List store a copy of anything that is shared to it for offline reading.

    Finally, I'd like to have a way to share to Reading list from the desktop version of IE.

  • There'll be an app for Windows Phone so I can read the articles I saved in my PC on the go?