NBC News is launching a new app for Window 8 which will be
demoed at Democracy Plaza in Rockefeller Plaza outside of NBC's headquarters in
New York City. The app is currently available for free at the Windows Store.
Microsoft's Windows 8 is a presenting sponsor for Democracy
Plaza, which will open on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and play a key role in the network's
Separately, Breaking News, the startup run by NBC News
Digital, has also launched an app for Windows 8 that displays breaking stories
from hundreds of news sources.
"Being one of the first news organizations to have an
app on the new Windows user interface reflects NBC News' commitment to making
our high-quality journalism available in as many places as possible," said
Vivian Schiller, senior VP and chief digital officer of NBC News in a
statement. "Windows 8 enables users to consume and engage with our content
in an intuitive and innovative way."
The Windows 8 app will offer breaking news, video
interactive graphics, a wide variety of social media tools, ability to
personalize news feeds, the ability to cache news stories and access them
offline and a "Decision 2012" section, where uses can explore issues, access
polling data and see what people are saying on social media about the
Visitors to Democracy Plaza will be able to interact with
and explore the NBC News app for Windows 8 and the new Windows 8 software on
over 30 Microsoft Surface devices stationed around the Plaza.
"We are pleased to be partnering with NBC to help bring
quality content to this year's political process with the NBC News
app and our hands-on experience at Democracy Plaza," noted Kathleen Hall,
general manager consumer marketing, Windows.
Democracy Plaza will also feature several interactive
exhibits powered by Windows, including replicas of the Oval Office and the
White House press briefing room where visitors can have their photos taken and
instantly shared online; a video booth where visitors can record and share a
mock version of an NBC News report; and caricature artist stations where
visitors will be able to get drawings done with the Fresh Paint Windows 8 app
of themselves with either President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney.