eBay app for Windows 8 gets major update

eBay released its official app for Windows 8 back in July in the Windows Store, two months before Microsoft's new operating system was officially released. Since that time, there have been many reviews that have been critical of the performance and features of the eBay app.

This week, eBay released a new version of the Windows 8 app, which it says adds quite a number of new features. The patch notes state that some of the new features include "my eBay messages, my eBay purchase history, ask seller a question, view seller’s other items, [and] save a seller."

There's also been some more Windows 8 live tile changes such as being able to receive live tile updates to the application tile. The new version of the app also allows users to pin eBay lists and eBay items to the Windows 8 Start menu. Finally, there's been some improvements made for scrolling from within the eBay app, along more search features and filters and some unnamed bug fixes.

The patch notes also state that eBay will continue to add features to the Windows 8 app based on user feedback, adding, "We will be adding more live tiles and seller functionality for creating listings in the near future."

Source: Windows Store | Image via eBay

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Darrah Ford said,
Seeing as Kindle Fire competes with Metro tablets, I'm sure their app for the dead Metro store is their top priority.

Funny you say that. Amazon and Kindle were the first apps I downloaded for the so-called "dead metro store". I wouldn't be surprised if more features are added to Windows 8 apps.

You, on the other hand, can keep dreaming.

thealexweb said,
That statement could be used to describe a LOT of Metro apps.

Agreed. I really don't see the point in reproducing the SAME functionality in an app that you would find on the website...

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I really don't see the point in reproducing the SAME functionality in an app that you would find on the website...

To be fair it (as of this update at least) is great for touch screen devices (the ebay site is atrocious...) and for normal non-touch devices it gives you a live tile! hoping they will integrate even more with Win 8

The website is not touch friendly, the app is - other than that no point really. That being said, how hard it is to just make web sites touch friendly - will defeat the purpose of most Metro apps...

Obry said,
The website is not touch friendly, the app is - other than that no point really. That being said, how hard it is to just make web sites touch friendly - will defeat the purpose of most Metro apps...

The difference is that with Metro apps you get tight OS integration whereas webapps you don't.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I really don't see the point in reproducing the SAME functionality in an app that you would find on the website...

Wouldnt that apply to all touch OS's and not just Windows 8?

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I really don't see the point in reproducing the SAME functionality in an app that you would find on the website...

Live tiles and notifications. Same reason you'd get a desktop gadget or dashboard app.

Also, the app is better than the website in some respects, even while lacking in others; for example, it has infinite scroll rather than dividing results into pages. People who have touch screens should like it better, but a lot of features are more accessible for desktop users too; for example, compare how easy it is to get to your saved searches in the app in contrast to how easy it is on the website.

Darrah Ford said,
This is "progress from some of the big guys" ?? Good one.

Wake me up when Instagram, Facebook, Official Youtube, Pandora, etc etc

Are you ever positive on any article or is it your job to be angry? This is a fairly Microsoft-centric website, its obvious you are anti-Microsoft in just about every single one of your posts. There are other sites if you want to be a troll or fanboy.

Darrah Ford said,
This is "progress from some of the big guys" ?? Good one.

Wake me up when Instagram, Facebook, Official Youtube, Pandora, etc etc

Have you ever tried Facebook.com and Youtube.com, you will be surprised at the features you get. Far outstrips the features/functionality of so called apps.