Staff App Pick: From Smithsonian to Stuff, here are four magazine apps you can’t live without

Each week, we bring you new app recommendations from our colleagues. These Staff App Picks come from Sean Siebel and Amanda Corbo, both technology evangelists in the Developer Platform and Evangelism Group at Microsoft.

In this special edition Staff App Pick, Siebel and Corbo have shared their thoughts on four magazine apps now available in the Windows Store – Smithsonian Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Stuff Magazine and Forbes Media.

Smithsonian Magazine


Hi! Sean Siebel here! As a child, one of my fondest memories was visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The diversity of the museum captivated me and my family on every visit, just as the Smithsonian Magazine captivates with every issue.

The Smithsonian Magazine covers more than you would expect. Just like the museums, the Smithsonian Magazine is more than history – it also covers science, art, nature, popular culture, archaeology and innovation, among other subjects.

As someone who enjoys learning new things about all those topics, I was thrilled to learn that there is a Smithsonian Magazine app for Windows that lets me read the publication on my tablet and laptop, everywhere I go. The app gives you access to every story, department, photo and more.

You can also link your existing print subscription to enjoy it on a Windows device. If you are not a subscriber, you can purchase a single issue or start a new subscription.

Download the Smithsonian Magazine app from the Windows Store, and get a preview to a smart magazine that is more than history.

Reader’s Digest


Reader’s Digest describes itself as “legendary,” and it is.

My beloved grandmother lived with my family during my teen years, and she faithfully read every issue of Reader’s Digest as soon as it arrived in the mail. I was always happy when the new issue of Reader’s Digest would arrive because my grandmother would soon have a wealth of topics and funny jokes to share with me.

Years after she passed away, I am now reminded of these fond memories by enjoying the Reader’s Digest app for Windows. The app is free, easy to use and updated daily. You’ll find authoritative and unexpected advice on health, home and money; access thousands of jokes – from knock-knocks to riddles and classic one-liners; edge-of-your-seat stories about dramatic survivals; and you can browse amazing photos selected by Reader’s Digest editors.

Check out the Reader’s Digest app today!

Stuff Magazine


Hey there! My name is Amanda Corbo!

One of my favorite publications – Stuff Magazine – is now available for Windows and I am super psyched! In my opinion, it’s just about the best gadget and lifestyle magazine out there. I love new gadgets, and Stuff has everything from the latest in consumer electronic reviews to previews of future technology. 

If you’re looking for instant buying advice on all the gadgets on sale now, look no further than Stuff’s Top 10 of everything. I recently bought the new Samsung Curved TV for my husband for Father’s Day and was able to check the reviews in Stuff’s review section to ensure I was making the right choice. Once I gave him his new TV, I shared a link to the article for him to see for himself. The share function is great and makes it really easy to share content from inside the app – all it takes is two taps of your finger using the share charm to send clipped images and content.

I love the ease and convenience of having this great magazine on my Surface. Check out Stuff Magazine now in the Windows Store.

Forbes Media


The Forbes Media app on Windows 8 combines the best of Forbes magazine with an interactive experience. Watch videos, read articles, view pictures and follow your favorite contributors to stay informed of new content – all by simply tapping on Follow to access their Facebook, Twitter or contributor pages via your social media accounts. Just as with the Stuff app, you can share any content from inside the app with two taps of your finger.

Clicking on links within the articles opens your browser in side-by-side mode so you can dive deeper into content without navigating away from the Forbes Media app and potentially losing your place.  

The app is free to download and will change the way you read and engage with your favorite Forbes content. Check it out in the Windows Store today.

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