First Windows 8 government app appears in Windows Store

There's been an increase of Windows 8 apps appearing in Microsoft's Windows Store since the launch of Windows 8 RTM. Up until now, none of the Windows 8 apps have been made for the store's 'government' category.

That has now changed as the first government Windows 8 app is available to download from the Windows Store. The app itself will appeal to a very limited number of Windows 8 users. It's made specifically for the Bay County, Florida tax office.

The app is designed to let users search for property and real estate taxes in the Bay County, Florida area. Again, unless you are looking for some beach front property in Panama City, this isn't for you. The app itself was made by a company called VisualGov Solutions, which has made software for other government organizations.

This will likely be the first of many apps for Windows 8 made specifically for accessing local, state, and US government information. If Windows 8 takes off as Microsoft expects, you can assume that governments around the world will begin to make "Modern" UI apps for Windows 8 to access government information, pay bills, and more.

Via: McAtkins Online
Source: Bay County Florida Tax Collector Window 8 app | Image via Bay County, Florida

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I'm all for there being more Windows 8 apps, but what's the benefit of this app over just using a web site to search for something like this?

I hope this was done by a person who was teaching them self how to develop on the platform. Seems like a waste of resources if actually paid for by the tax payers of the county. :\

bitslasher said,
I'm all for there being more Windows 8 apps, but what's the benefit of this app over just using a web site to search for something like this?

I hope this was done by a person who was teaching them self how to develop on the platform. Seems like a waste of resources if actually paid for by the tax payers of the county. :\

A good chance it was probably an intern or someone on a similar entry level job with the city or county just trying to show some of their work for future resumes/job opportunities. I doubt a huge team of programmers got together for this, just someone trying to make a name for themselves.

bitslasher said,
I'm all for there being more Windows 8 apps, but what's the benefit of this app over just using a web site to search for something like this?

I hope this was done by a person who was teaching them self how to develop on the platform. Seems like a waste of resources if actually paid for by the tax payers of the county. :\


The more apps the better. If anyone is interested in this, they can just access it with a click at the start screen rather than going to the desktop, opening up a browser, typing the website name, and navigating it.

bitslasher said,
I'm all for there being more Windows 8 apps, but what's the benefit of this app over just using a web site to search for something like this?

I hope this was done by a person who was teaching them self how to develop on the platform. Seems like a waste of resources if actually paid for by the tax payers of the county. :\

Websites often have the most terrible of interfaces.

bitslasher said,
I'm all for there being more Windows 8 apps, but what's the benefit of this app over just using a web site to search for something like this?

I hope this was done by a person who was teaching them self how to develop on the platform. Seems like a waste of resources if actually paid for by the tax payers of the county. :\

There are hundreds, if not thousands of apps in the iOS or Android app stores that are apps where the web site could be used instead of a dedicated app. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, bank, local and national news, weather, shopping (Amazon & WalMart), are all web sites that have apps in those app stores. In fact, I just counted 22 of the top 100 free apps for the iPad are all apps for web sites.

I have read comments like yours from others, but I have never read people complaining about the iOS or Android stores have these types of apps. 22% of the free apps for the iPad wrap web sites, so obviously people find them useful. They provide a look and feel that matches their OS, provide features that may not be available through the web interface, and the convenience of not having to open a web browser, input an address, wait for the app to load, enter a user/pass, and so on. They just click an icon and start using the app.

nohone said,

There are hundreds, if not thousands of apps in the iOS or Android app stores that are apps where the web site could be used instead of a dedicated app. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, bank, local and national news, weather, shopping (Amazon & WalMart), are all web sites that have apps in those app stores. In fact, I just counted 22 of the top 100 free apps for the iPad are all apps for web sites.

I have read comments like yours from others, but I have never read people complaining about the iOS or Android stores have these types of apps. 22% of the free apps for the iPad wrap web sites, so obviously people find them useful. They provide a look and feel that matches their OS, provide features that may not be available through the web interface, and the convenience of not having to open a web browser, input an address, wait for the app to load, enter a user/pass, and so on. They just click an icon and start using the app.


what is this sense and logic you are using? You must be a witch!