NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald Windows App gives you the latest news and most important stories of the day – hand-picked by the editors. It allows you to truly immerse yourself in the latest news in a highly visual and engaging way.








Features

Get the very best of the Herald at your fingertips, download now

  • Read all your favourite sections of the Herald – National, World, Business, Sport, Technology, Video, Entertainment, Motoring, Lifestyle, Travel and Opinion.
  • Pinch to view the full section navigation
  • Swipe between sections, and tap on the headline to read the full story.
  • Easily share stories with your social networks.
  • View the latest photo galleries and video in full screen.
  • Customise the news that matters to you by filtering and swiping in or out the sections of your choice.
  • Minimise the App to a side ‘snapped view’ to keep up-to-date while you’re doing other things.
  • Get the very best of the Herald at your fingertips.

Strategy

This was our first Windows 8 app, and we were proud to partner with APN on one of the first Windows 8 apps in the world. Our strategy was simple. Create a fast, fluid news-reading experience that focused on the user getting to the stories they were interested in, whilst immersing themselves in the rich media such as image galleries and super fast video playback.

We spent a lot of time reviewing existing news apps, comparing what worked and what didn’t. We also studied the Metro Style App guidelines in much detail to ensure that our approach would be as consistent as possible with other launch apps and the underlying platform.

Successes

We believe we have created a great experience for New Zealand Herald readers, something that all Windows 8 users will be able to enjoy around New Zealand and beyond.

Challenges

It’s not always easy working with pre-release software, and we did on occasion get a little bruised on the bleeding edge! Overall however, the development experience, like with Windows Phone, was familiar and relatively painless.

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