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1 stars out of 5
· 11/14/2015
Too many intro ads

I signed in, downloaded the magazine, and tried to read, but got an add. It wouldn't go away. All I want is information now; I don't care about some wealth management firm that wants cookies on my computer and blocks my view. The digital subscription seems to be a waste of time and money. Now the app is gone from the computer so do I have to subject myself to this mess all over again to get a few stories that I paid for? I don't think so!!!

1 stars out of 5
· 10/28/2015
Internet required to open

Bad 1: App refuses to open without an internet connection, even if issues have been downloaded in advance. The iPad app used to have this issue too, but the app for that platform has since been fixed Bad 2: articles not in the same order as in the print edition, so it's difficult to switch back and forth Bad 3: can't find account settings Bad 4: can't switch to negative view (black background, white text) for reading in sunlight -- this feature is available in the Android version of the app Good 1: crisp font

4 stars out of 5
· 10/7/2015
Updated to Windows 10

This is a great application to read the Economist on Windows even when you are offline. Previously, it often failed to show or download the latest issue available, but the developers fixed this problem. Apparently, on October 6 the application was updated to Windows 10: there are some new icons and capabilities, such as the option of writing a note and saving it as an image (although you cannot save an annotated article, most likely to prevent unauthorized distribution of the content). It is not clear if this is a Universal Windows App, and thus run also on phones. I surely hope it is October 7 update: indeed, the app is now listed as Windows 10 compatible

4 stars out of 5
· 11/13/2015
Love it.

Needs some improvement in navigation. Sometimes does not download new releases. Rest is great.

4 stars out of 5
· 10/11/2015
Windows 10 Universal now! Woo!

Love the update - raised me review from 3 to 4 stars thanks to the Windows Phone support that was added. Would love to have background audio now for the narration capabilities - it stinks that the app has to be in the foreground in tablet mode or on phone to hear the narration. I should be able to do other things while I listen.

1 stars out of 5
· 11/3/2015
Deal Breaker no offline mode

This app doesn't work without an active internet connection so I can't download the issue and read on the train. If I need an internet connection I could just as easily read the web version. What does this app offer?

3 stars out of 5
· 11/9/2015
Requested features

Requested features: - Full page reading mode - Night reading mode - Click/Tap picture to see full-screen

5 stars out of 5
· 10/19/2015
Works well

Not sure why reviews are bad, perhaps older editions. This one works great for me. Just wish they made E Espresso for windows 10.

1 stars out of 5
· 9/4/2015

Considering how much I'm paying for the subscription to the economist I don't think it's unreasonable to expect an app that actually works. This app doesn't download the latest version and now I have to go out to their website to read it - not what I paid for!

5 stars out of 5
· 10/21/2015
Thanks for the Universal App - but what about Audio

Love the app, thanks for making it available for Win10 Mobile but please add the audio functionality to the mobile edition too. Cheers.

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  • 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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The app is now Windows 10 compatible.

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