• Each week's issue available from 9pm London time on Thursday
  • Download issues to your Windows device to read without an internet connection (if enabled in Settings)
  • Switch easily between reading and streaming The Economist in audio (when connected to the internet)
  • Subscribe from within the app and receive full access to The Economist on Windows, Android tablets, Android smartphones, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook and economist.com

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Version notes

The app is now Windows 10 compatible.

Ratings and reviews

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3 stars out of 5
· 4/21/2016
offline issues mar great app

Content is great. App is decent. There's a dealbraker recurring issue: you can download an issue for "offline reading " and then when you're on a plane or train with no internet connection, the issue fails to load because there's no internet connection and then the app resets.

5 stars out of 5
· 4/3/2016
One of the Best

I wanted to buy an android phone because there was no official app for The Economist for windows phone. Now it's available and it looks great. It's, in fact, better than the android's. For this development, I've already renewed my subscription for The Economist digital edition. The app, however, needs to be updated to fix issues relating to offline reading. After downloading a week's edition, it frequently requires internet connection to enable access.

5 stars out of 5
· 4/3/2016
Finally, the Economist on my Win8 devices

I love the Economist. And, now I can read them on my Win8 devices. Well written app that gives me access to all the content I want.

3 stars out of 5
· 3/9/2016
Reducing rating because audio problems still not fixed.

Narration stops if you minimize the app, which is really frustrating. This really stinks when your device is in tablet mode on full Windows, or if the app is on another Virtual Desktop. Additionally, it also means you can only listen to the narration while the app is open on Windows Phone - don't even think of turning the screen off and listening to it on a run!

2 stars out of 5
· 3/20/2016
Frequent crashes and download problems

As a digital only subscriber, it's really frustrating when an issue won't fully download -- and gets stuck there. Worse, when it downloads just fine and look available to read offline but when you get on a plane the app suddenly needs to look for updates or reinstall. One of these happens to me more than 75% of the time. Annoying to pay for digital subscription I often can't use. Please address this; it's been going on too long.

3 stars out of 5
· 4/1/2016
Offline function not working

Economist issues says they are available offline. However, when I try to open the app offline, it wont open. Says it is taking too long and to look for update or reset. Basically it wont open unless it is online, Very disappointing on a 3 hour airplane ride

5 stars out of 5
· 2/27/2016
Excellent way to experience The Economist

I've used versions of the app on Surface, Windows 10, and iPad and this is equally good. No problems accessing, app runs smoothly, I love the access to audio, and I use the apl throughout the week to get through the issue. It allows me to better use my time by reading this publication over others. You can also access back issues. I'm not sure what other reviews are referring to. App runs great.

1 stars out of 5
· 4/11/2016
Another junk web app

None of the design elements fit windows 10 because it is a cruddy web app.

4 stars out of 5
· 3/4/2016
Like it.

It is like the Android Tablet apps and very easy to navigate. Haven't found yet how to make the letters bigger

1 stars out of 5
· 4/5/2016
Not updated

So many bugs it is unbelievable. When you try to play audio the player will sometimes show sometimes will not. Screen does not adjust size on its own. Not a universal windows app

stars out of 5

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