You no longer need to use the trick of pinning the Twitter website icon to the Windows 8 Start screen to get access to the popular social network. Microsoft announced the official Twitter app for Windows 8 is now available for download in the Windows Store. The Twitter app for Windows Phone has also been updated today too.
It provides the ability to quickly see who’s replied to your tweets and direct messages via the Live Tile. The interface is familiar, but optimized for the metro / modern interface of Windows 8. It allows you to use the Share charm to quickly share websites from Internet Explorer 10 and it takes advantage of a lot more Windows 8 features. After spending some more time with it, we’ll cover it more in-depth.
In the meantime, you can check out the Twitter blog for more info, and check out the demo video below. If you’re ready to try it, you can install it now from the Windows Store.
It’s good to see more native Windows 8 Apps hitting the market. My question is…. Why did it take this long???? The beta has been out for a lonnnnng time. It’s too bad there are still so many apps still stuck in desktop mode. Really looking forward to dev houses to get on the ball (including Office 2013!).
I’m still waiting for a good version of Flipboard and Zite too! Right now I use an app on my Surface RT called News Bento — it’s the closest thing to Flipboard I’ve found, but it’s slow and buggy yet.
Here’s the link to it if you’re curious:
Well, as more people start using Windows 8 and RT, more devs will come on board. The app ecosystem for Win8 is definitely still in its infancy, but great apps are bound to start coming as the OS matures.