The New York Times has joined up with Microsoft to build a new standalone application for reading the newspaper's content on a PC. The tool, called Times Reader, was unveiled Friday in prototype form and takes advantage of the Windows Presentation Foundation that will ship in Vista.
Specifically, Vista's WPF display technologies will enable Times content to be automatically adjusted for any screen size, with users able to customize font size and content relevance. The application will utilize the same font styles as the print edition of the New York Times.
The Times Reader is a great next step in melding the readability and portability of the newspaper with the interactivity and immediacy of the Web, said New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The program can be used online and offline by downloading stories to the local computer.