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Flipboard finally comes to Windows Phone

One of the most popular third party apps around, Flipboard, has finally come to the Windows Phone platform.

Flipboard is a stylish and fluid news app that allows you to create a constantly updating digital magazine populated by assorted news sources of your choosing.

It’s proven to be extremely popular on both Android and iOS, with Samsung even incorporating it into its own My Magazine homescreen function in recent versions of the TouchWiz UI.

While the Flipboard app launched for iPad in 2010, before rolling out to iPhone and Android in 2012, there hasn’t been a Windows Phone version up to now.

Flipboard’s continued omission from the Windows Phone Store has often been used as an example of the platform’s biggest perceived problem – a lack of high-end app support relative to iOS and Android.

Now there’s one less reason to bash Microsoft’s platform, it seems. Flipboard has been made available as a free download on the Windows Phone Store.

One puzzling element, however, is that Flipboard on Windows Phone doesn’t actually flip. On other versions, stories appear to flip over as you swipe through them, but here you simply slide through.

The Flipboard designers have here clearly opted to adhere to the more stripped-back Windows Phone design philosophy.

Another limitation is that those with low-end devices containing  just 512MB of RAM (such as the popular Nokia Lumia 520) will not be able to use the app. Only handsets with 1GB of RAM and above are supported.

Flipboard (or rather, Slideboard) is available to download from the Windows Phone Store now.

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