The app now enables power users to jump between various Twitter accounts as well as pin certain accounts or Twitter lists (note: these can be any lists, not just your own) to your Windows 8 home screen. This last feature is particularly useful when you consider that the app promises to update these in real-time.
Twitter also claims to have boosted the speed of the Windows 8 app, which is available for free from the Windows Store. The app, which only launched in March of this year, works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.
Microsoft just announced Build 2013 will take place in San Francisco, June 26-28 at the Moscone Center.
Rumors have already swirled this past week, complete with screenshots and video, of Windows Blue, the codename for the next update version of Windows 8. Among other features, Blue is expected to give users the ability to adjust the size of live tiles (small, medium or large) and other personalization features.
TabTimes columnist Ben Bajarin also reported recently that he expects Blue to be the first version of Windows 8 to support smaller tablet form factors (e.g. 7- and 8-inches).
In a blog post pitch for the conference, Microsoft's Corporate VP and Chief [...]
The native app can now be downloaded for free from the Windows Store, and carries many of the same features Twitter account holders have grown accustomed to.
Users can of course venture between the “Home”, “Connect” and “Me” tabs but there are also some newer tools that seem to be tailor-made for Microsoft’s operating system.
For instance, the Twitter app supports Windows 8’s Search and Share charms, meaning users can easily find friends or share tweets with others, while the “Snap view” option ensures Twitter can run alongside another app to the left or right of the screen.
The app can be pinned to the [...]
Available today via the Windows Store or the Get Your Google Back website, the Google Search Windows RT app mimics the other Windows 8 app by allowing users to search for web results by typing or by using their voice.
There is also the ability to run image searches and to view the recent and full search history, while the Instant Previews mode gives a snapshot of each web page in the search results. Google Search can be opened by using the Search charm from the Charms bar.
The launch of Google’s latest app means that Windows 8 and RT tablet owners will now be able to choose between Google and Bing when looking to browse the Internet.
According to a tweet from apps tracker WinAppUpdate, the Windows Store now stands at 12,895 applications, with the figure suggesting that 2,895 of these have been added in the last eight days.
This comes despite Microsoft publicly claiming that the Windows Store has more apps at launch than any other app store, and would seem to reinforce the view that the firm has a way to go before achieving its target of having 100,000 new apps in the store by the end of January.
“Today's an especially great day to be a developer," said Microsoft's Antoine Leblond, on a Microsoft blog. “We’re very excited to announce the last significant announcement in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26.”
Prior to this announcement, the store was open for those with company accounts and a small pool of developers but now supports 120 countries across the globe. A full list of Microsoft’s supported markets can be seen here.
Developers who subscribe to the Microsoft Developer Network program will be able to submit apps for free for a year, while this same [...]
Capossela, the senior VP of consumer channels at Microsoft, hailed the recent unveiling of its Windows Store as a ‘major disclosure moment’ for the company, and said that the beta preview of Windows 8 has already been downloaded three million times since the company’s Build conference earlier this year.
“We think about Windows 8, and how it will re-imagine Windows, and the development opportunity around it,” said Capossela.
“Think about the massive install base. About 500 million Windows 7 PCs have shipped, all of which will be able to run Windows 8. Even if you ignore this, you've got 400 million PCs sold into the market [...]