British Airways and Plex launch Windows 8 apps

As the week comes to an end, Microsoft continues to push out new Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. This week, a couple of interesting new additions to the store have been spotted.

One of them is the official Windows 8 app for British Airways. This is one of the first major airlines to have its own dedicated app for Windows 8 and its "Modern" user interface. The app allows its users to not only book trips on the airline, but also to tailor a vacation based on their own preferences. The app's description states:

Just enter the month you would like to travel, how warm you would like it to be and the type of holiday you re looking for. You'll be able to view our recommendations, see the cheapest fares from London and read how our customers would spend a perfect day in many of the cities we fly to.

Another new addition to the Windows Store this week is the Plex Windows 8 app. Plex, which previously released an app for Windows Phone 7, is charging $2.99 as "introductory price" for the full Windows 8 version. Like the other versions of Plex, it allows users to stream video, audio and photos from their home PC or server to a Windows 8 or Windows RT equipped tablet or laptop. The app does require that users install Plex Media Server to stream any media on a local network.

Source: Windows Store  | Images via British Airways and Plex

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I'm super excited that PLEX is finally here for Windows RT (after constant bitching by yours truly on their forums).

It needs a LOT of work... but at least we know they're actively working on it.

I prefer the native Plex (and XBMC) apps. Metro is a forced fit and the native app skins look much nicer.

Defcon said,
I prefer the native Plex (and XBMC) apps. Metro is a forced fit and the native app skins look much nicer.

This app is aimed at tablets. It makes no sense to use a touch PLEX app on a media center computer which benefits most from a remote or keyboard.

Plex is easily one of the greatest apps and software out there works fantastic across all my devices, PC, iPad, iPhone and Roku 2.

Andrew Lyle said,
Plex is easily one of the greatest apps and software out there works fantastic across all my devices, PC, iPad, iPhone and Roku 2.

Same. Using it on our iPod, Windows Phone, and Roku. It even does DLNA, so while it doesn't get the nice menus and meta data, it does transcode to our XBOX 360 and Humax HD PVR

Andrew Lyle said,
Plex is easily one of the greatest apps and software out there works fantastic across all my devices, PC, iPad, iPhone and Roku 2.

Yes, Plex Sync is the best feature to take media on the go! It's a life changer!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

XBMC has a remote app for Windows 8

Damn how did I miss that, not sure if it has the same functionality I had in mind but will give it a go.

Cheers mate.

Osiris said,

Damn how did I miss that, not sure if it has the same functionality I had in mind but will give it a go.

Cheers mate.

There are several apps for XBMC but they are all by 3rd party developers.

No British Airways iPad app, but they released a Windows 8 tablet one? Wake me up when that makes sense...zzzz....

vanx said,
No British Airways iPad app, but they released a Windows 8 tablet one? Wake me up when that makes sense...zzzz....

I fail to see the point you are trying to make.

gullygod said,

I fail to see the point you are trying to make.

The point I am trying to make is that it is puzzling that the latest tablet platform gets a dedicated app, but a well-established, multi-generation iOS platform is missing out and has done so for a number of years. Kapisch?

vanx said,

The point I am trying to make is that it is puzzling that the latest tablet platform gets a dedicated app, but a well-established, multi-generation iOS platform is missing out and has done so for a number of years. Kapisch?

Because Windows 8 is pretty awesome.

vanx said,

The point I am trying to make is that it is puzzling that the latest tablet platform gets a dedicated app, but a well-established, multi-generation iOS platform is missing out and has done so for a number of years. Kapisch?

Umm, no. Windows is an established platform that has a huge userbase for decades. Windows has MORE users than all iPads and iPhones combined. Soon, Windows 8 PCs will SURPASS total iPad market share. Does that make sense? It's Windows. It has the biggest market. Windows IS the big boss.

vanx said,
No British Airways iPad app, but they released a Windows 8 tablet one? Wake me up when that makes sense...zzzz....

It make sense because Apple would take 30% of sales.

Enron said,
Because Windows 8 is pretty awesome.
And iOS sucks donkey di*ck?

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Umm, no. Windows is an established platform that has a huge userbase for decades. Windows has MORE users than all iPads and iPhones combined. Soon, Windows 8 PCs will SURPASS total iPad market share. Does that make sense? It's Windows. It has the biggest market. Windows IS the big boss.
Windows, as a platform for apps as we know them these days, is relatively new. iOS is a mature, multi-release environment that is based around apps. Windows may get there one day, but iOS is ALREADY there. So releasing for the former before releasing for the latter does not make sense.

Deviate_X said,
It make sense because Apple would take 30% of sales.
All British Airways apps are free, so Apple could struggle to take 30% of nothing.

Look at those margins in the Plex screenshot... They are all over the place. Everything should line up. That's a simple 5 minute fix. COME ON!!