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Go here for the news on the apps: http://www.neowin.net/news/official-neowin-apps-now-available-for-windows-phone-and-windows-81

 

There are currently no plans to add comments or comment adding to the apps, (why?) instead we want an easy way for people to navigate to the www version to read/add comments.

There are currently no plans to add forums either, the mobile version of Neowin forums serves this purpose already.

 

Windows 8/8.1 store link: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/neowin/6023e089-0237-4ec3-9fe1-5c23469b9fe6

Windows Phone store link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/neowin/1e9ea552-58c1-4705-aecc-5fa892b58807

 

Version 1.1

- (tba)

 

Version 1.0 (29 October)

- initial version

- latest feed fixed

 

Planned fixes/additions

  • Links to the actual article on the www at Neowin (Windows Phone and Windows) this could be that the headline is linked or with a view online link under the story view.
  • The aspect ratio of the thumbnails in the story index makes some images look squashed (from left to right) on Windows Phone
  • Being able to share the articles (facebook/twitter/email at the very least) on Windows Phone and Windows
  • Some kind of number on the tile to show how many new stories there are (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Follow Neowin on Facebook and Twitter links/graphics (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Change the author line to remove the email address and just have the name of the author on the same line as the publish time (eg: 1 hour ago by John Callaham) done via RSS
  • Change publisher name to Neowin LLC (it's now "neowin")
  • Live title when it is at it's largest could use the inline article image like the official Facebook tlie does
  • In Settings > About, add Report bugs that links to here http://www.neowin.net/forum/forum/19-site-forum-issues

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Out of curiosity, who/what company made these?

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Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.

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How come no app for Android?

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Yeah, what he said"! ^

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How come no app for Android?

Because we don't have a dev that builds Android apps for Neowin.

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Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)

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Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)

Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s 

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Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s

I am, I never realised the code would be so different, I assumed there'd be one or 2 tweaks for optimisation to other os's, but mostly it would be similar to installing software on a pc (ok naivety on my part)

And I assumed the installer is handled by the OS instead of a standalone installer

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OK then.

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Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.

 

You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   

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The code is very different between android, ios, and, windows. They all use different languages to make the apps work
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You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   

Microsoft probably didn't build it then.

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No they didn't Jay Bennett work the app

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Microsoft probably didn't build it then.

 

Well, no, but even if they did why wouldn't they add those options?  I find it kinda odd, oh well. 

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Well, no, but even if they did why wouldn't they add those options?  I find it kinda odd, oh well. 

They said in the emails that they purposely don't allow external linking to other sites from the app, that's why all inline links are stripped from the story view.

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The code is very different between android, ios, and, windows. They all use different languages to make the apps work

Ahh, thank you, I was being na

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They said in the emails that they purposely don't allow external linking to other sites from the app, that's why all inline links are stripped from the story view.

 

I get that, but I'm just wondering why?  I suppose they don't want users to be tossed out of the app and into the browser in the end.  Still, you could have the option to show them in the end as an option that then people can click on.   Anyways, just odd to me.   I've been using the mobile site because I'd like to be able to comment and check the forums as well.

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I don't get that one Steven. And all I can do is shake my head at Microsoft

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Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.

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Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.


I see

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Ahh, thank you, I was being na

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Um. Installshield (why so 1995?) doesn't run on Android, nor do EXEs run on either mobile OS. 

I'm asking to learn, it was the first thing to pop up in my head from remembering to install programs :)

the exe thing was because I know windows uses that, (although I don't know anything about 8 or newer)

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Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.

 

Sorry but MS guideline put out incomplete apps...  The website will always be better.

 

That's a fail....

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Sorry but MS guideline put out incomplete apps...  The website will always be better.

 

That's a fail....

Microsoft also put out an incomplete OS...

Good job on the Neowin App thou fellas. Nothing will ever beat the actual website thou. 

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Microsoft also put out an incomplete OS...

Good job on the Neowin App thou fellas. Nothing will ever beat the actual website thou. 

It's not my place to argue with a senior member, but haven't people said that throughout the turn of the century?

XP was what 2k was supposed to be, 7 is what Vista was supposed to be?

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