Is this AccuWeather's Windows 8 app?


Next week Microsoft is set to show off Windows 8 and all that they have been working on. One thing we know is that Microsoft will be working with third parties to create apps for its new platform.

Knowing this, it looks like AccuWeather might be among the first to offer up an app for the Windows 8 platform. Considering that Windows tablets are in the minority, it is skinned similar to Metro, and only appeared recently, we could be looking at one of the first full screen Windows 8 apps.

The application is built on Silverlight and you can download and install it right now, although the location appears to be stuck on New York. With Microsoft right around the corner from showing off its new platform, you can be sure it has worked with third parties to make sure there are plenty of applications on launch.

The application is straight forward and is clearly designed to be finger friendly. While it says “for demonstration only” across the bottom, the application does work.

This could be an early look into the world of Windows 8 applications. We are likely to learn a lot more next week at BUILD.

Thanks for the tip rfirth!

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Can't change location. Clicking add location doesn't do anything, if I quit the app and re-open it the location search box is on screen when loading then disappears.

Found it; You can change the location!!!

1. Click the "Gears" icon at the bottom of the left bar
2. Click on the "Edit Cities" menu, next to the "Location" title
3. Enter city name in "Add a Location" textbox, press Enter
4. It will ask you to select the city from list at bottom, click "+" button to add the city to current location

its silverlight... so obviously Windows and mac can run the app... maybe linux but i dont know.

silverlight = crossplatform, so no... it doesn't have anything to do with windows 8. probably they built it for slates so you could have a nice app since windows 7 slates have silverlight plugin.

EmilyTheStrange said,
its silverlight... so obviously Windows and mac can run the app... maybe linux but i dont know.

silverlight = crossplatform, so no... it doesn't have anything to do with windows 8. probably they built it for slates so you could have a nice app since windows 7 slates have silverlight plugin.

http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight

But that's weird. It's using a toolbar on the left. Developers are only allowed to use ones on the top and bottom.

Is it just me or it is impossible to change the default location and even add new ones?
Not complaining, it is for demonstration only, just wondering....

Fritzly said,
Is it just me or it is impossible to change the default location and even add new ones?
Not complaining, it is for demonstration only, just wondering....

No, it's not just you. I can confirm that too!

Fritzly said,
Is it just me or it is impossible to change the default location and even add new ones?
Not complaining, it is for demonstration only, just wondering....

No, it's not just you. I can confirm that too!

Fritzly said,
Is it just me or it is impossible to change the default location and even add new ones?
Not complaining, it is for demonstration only, just wondering....

I had the same problem, it seems like that part of the app isn't working since this is more of a demo to see the UI really.

GP007 said,

I had the same problem, it seems like that part of the app isn't working since this is more of a demo to see the UI really.

you can change the location by going into settings -> Location -> Edit cities
I used this to remove New York and then add my real location

TimN said,

you can change the location by going into settings -> Location -> Edit cities
I used this to remove New York and then add my real location

Yup, just changed the location to my city and removed New York. Works perfectly.

I wonder why it says "Windows Slate" when it runs on any kind of PCs and, it seems, Mac too.
While it could be misleading I am sure it will be refined and loose the "Slate' part.

Just ran it on Mac, seems more like a demonstration at the moment...some features are not working.....looks just fine, nothing too extraordinary......and yes it runs on Mac!! Could this be the reason Microsoft is hesitant (seems to be) to use Silverlight for Windows 8 apps??

The application is built on Silverlight and you can download and install it right now.

where is the link?

[Update] Found it now, but shouldn't the link be present in the article?!

I never could understand the need for window toolbars and addon's for weather when just bookmarking weather.com or your local weather location was easier and took up less resources.

sava700 said,
I never could understand the need for window toolbars and addon's for weather when just bookmarking weather.com or your local weather location was easier and took up less resources.

It's about the experience. I had trouble seeing it too.

I am sorry for watermarking them, but last time I put the watermark in a sensible location, in a ridiculous fashion, some websites were editing out our watermark to hide the fact we got the image.

bdsams said,
I am sorry for watermarking them, but last time I put the watermark in a sensible location, in a ridiculous fashion, some websites were editing out our watermark to hide the fact we got the image.

its understandable to me.. just block it out with your brain its not that hard

bdsams said,
I am sorry for watermarking them, but last time I put the watermark in a sensible location, in a ridiculous fashion, some websites were editing out our watermark to hide the fact we got the image.

I posted an image in that thread before you published the article lol.

Wouldn't want another site to copy an... almost completely blackened cloud background... with some text on it.

Man, it always gets me how plain and basic this "Metro" type of stuff looks.

Lachlan said,

its understandable to me.. just block it out with your brain its not that hard
Or we can just close our eyes.....it hid the watermark, see?

bdsams said,
I am sorry for watermarking them, but last time I put the watermark in a sensible location, in a ridiculous fashion, some websites were editing out our watermark to hide the fact we got the image.
Were you inspired by the MDL forums?
(they have improved now though)

bdsams said,
I am sorry for watermarking them, but last time I put the watermark in a sensible location, in a ridiculous fashion, some websites were editing out our watermark to hide the fact we got the image.

that makes no sense - if the app can be downloaded and installed, what's the big deal with watermarking an image that anoyone can make themselves?

dvb2000 said,

that makes no sense - if the app can be downloaded and installed, what's the big deal with watermarking an image that anoyone can make themselves?

Read the second comment from the top.