Microsoft has launched a Beta Test version of their four language Newsbot which is seen by many to rival Google News. This is Microsoft’s first move to truely launch a service that will compete with one of Google.
Compared to Google News, Newsbot is currently a bit hard on the eyes and the layout could be worked on a bit. It’s interesting to see the most popular news served for the UK audience as compared with the tech and business heavy Google News. Brits do apparently love/hate and cherish their journalists, so it will be intriguing to see if Newsbot stays away from the wires and regurgitated releases and sticks to original news stories.
According to MS: MSN Newsbot (beta) is an experimental, automated news service. We gather news from over 4,000 sources on the internet and speed your discovery of news stories. News headlines are clustered together to allow you to compare coverage from multiple sources and each story links to the publisher’s site where you can read the full article.
“As news changes around the world, MSN Newsbot (beta) updates continuously to keep you current on what stories are being reported online. You can search to find news related to particular topics, or browse the sections to find news in Sports, Business, Technology, or World News. “