Sections organize your news
You start with a few sections to get you going. Each section is populated from some of the best known news feeds available. You can, of course, add or remove whole sections, add or remove news sources in those sections and also provide your own RSS or Atom feeds.
Simple topics as news sources
Don't want to worry about RSS, Atom feeds and all their complexity? You can also use simple topic terms to gather your news.
Twitter as a news source
If you prefer to use Twitter as your source of news, you can also add Twitter searches and your Twitter lists to populate your sections.
Clear and readable
No matter how you choose to arrange things you will be able to catch up on all your news in a clear, readable form. Discourse will deliver the full readable content, including images, from the majority of your news sources - including Twitter feeds!
Stay in sync wherever you read
Discourse can keep your news sections, feeds, saved stories and if you have read stories in sync across your machines by using your SkyDrive
Browsable news summaries with simple navigation
Clicking or tapping on a section will show you Discourse's summary of the news articles within it. You can navigate forward and backwards between the summary pages in a number of ways:
- Pan left or right using touch (on a touch enabled machine, of course!)
- Use the Page Up and Page Down, or Left and Right arrow keys on the keyboard
- Use the mouse wheel to scroll left and right
Each column presents a summary of the full article.
The full detail
Clicking or tapping on an article column will take you to the full article. Pan or scroll horizontally as you read.
Save a story to read later
Use the "App Bar" on each page for more options. Use "Save Story" to instruct Discourse to remember an article in the special "Saved Stories" section for easy access and reading later. If Discourse is saving to SkyDrive then your saved stories will also be available your other machines automatically.
Multiple display themes to suit all tastes
Discourse comes with a number of color themes and a choice of typeface. Here is an example of the "Dark" theme: