Twitter unveils Windows 8 app

Twitter unveils Windows 8 app

The new Windows 8 Twitter app takes full advantage of the Windows 8 interface features.

Twitter has released Twitter for Windows 8, a new app that takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 interface features such as Snap View and Live Tiles.

According to the official Twitter blog, the new app aims to make it "easier than ever to share and discover content on Windows 8 devices."

One of the most prominent features is support for Snap View which is the Windows 8 window management system that allows apps to 'snap' to one or other side of the screen so that another app can fill the rest of the screen. The app can also be adjusted to fit one third, two thirds or the whole of the screen.

Live Tiles are also supported, with the app's homescreen tile showing new Tweets and message notifications, while notifications will also pop up when in other apps too.

The new app also supports Windows 8's Charms feature. A swipe from the right edge of the screen while in any app will pop up the charms menu where both Twitter Share and Search options will appear. The former lets you quickly Tweet while the latter gives quick access to searching Twitter either for an account or a hashtag.

Photos have also had a presentation makeover as, with the tap of a finger, they can be shown fullscreen with support for scrolling through a user's photos in this view.

Twitter's advert for the app bears more than a passing resemblance to the recent Google Chrome adverts that tell the story of a company of individual taking advantage of the Internet (or Twitter) to grow and develop. In this instance it chronicles the expansion of a tart shop. This has made us hungry.

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Do any of you use Windows 8? Have you been crying out for a decent Twitter app? And if so does this look like it'll do the trick?


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Christopher N. Lew 14th March 2013, 23:00 Quote
No cheesecake?! :'(
GoodBytes 15th March 2013, 00:00 Quote
I don't have Twitter account, but the app looks cool. I have no idea how it compares to orders.
RedFlames 15th March 2013, 00:23 Quote
Whilst the 'People' app did an ok job it was missing a few features on the twitter front and for me I found it didn't update properly. Add the fact that if you had a facebook account hooked up to the app to it put everything into the same 'timeline' which made things a pain to sift through. Also i couldn't get away with the notMetro layout and sideways scrolling it works for some things, and imo this wasn't one of them.

The twitter app works well when snapped to the side and normally but my biggest initial gripe is there's *lots* of empty space... particularly if you have a big screen...
Platinum 15th March 2013, 09:39 Quote
"The app can also be adjusted to fit one third, two thirds or the whole of the screen."

What like we have been able to do since Windows 95 using "apps" we have downloaded and installed for years?

Yea I understand this will work great on Tablets but does anyone else think Metro as the default interface is a huge step backwards for desktops and Laptops?
Nexxo 15th March 2013, 12:44 Quote
For laptops with touch screen, no. For HTPC's, no. For desktops, quite. However if you visit Deviantart, some graphic artists have created concept drawings of how Metro could work on a desktop (and, incidentally, a way cool concept of a Metro Twitter app). Then it all makes sense. I hope that Microsoft is thinking in the same direction with the Blue updates. The GUI has a lot of potential --if applied well.
stuartwood89 17th March 2013, 11:30 Quote
Originally Posted by Platinum
...but does anyone else think Metro as the default interface is a huge step backwards for desktops and Laptops?

Not at all. I run two computers in my house, one with Windows 7 and one with Windows 8. I also use Windows 7 at work, and I have no issues working with either interchangeably. The way I see it, a touchscreen-orientated interface can be applied to a desktop/HTPC environment perfectly - it's the other way around that's not so groovy. Not to mention that with high performance tablets and touchscreen laptops becoming more commonplace, I don't see why Microsoft opting for a unified interface is a bad thing. It's them establishing an identity, just like they did for years with the old Start menu.

On-topic - I'm glad to see the likes of Twitter making natives apps for Windows 8, hopefully soon we'll see Facebook and other social media sites following suit.
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