Lots of news apps make their Windows 8 debut

If you have a Windows 8 or Windows RT device, you shouldn't have much of an excuse in keeping up with the latest news. This week, on the eve of the launch of Windows 8, a large number of major news organizations have had their Windows 8 apps launched via the Windows Store.

While both of these newspapers are based in New York, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are considered global news organizations. Windows 8 owners can now download free apps for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal in the Windows Store. While the free versions have some content available for everyone, subscribers to both newspapers will get all of the content available for these apps.

TV news organizations are also popping up in the Windows Store this week. You can now download free apps from ABC News, Fox News and Fox Business for Windows 8. All three apps have free text and video articles from each network.

ABC has also added two more non-news Windows 8 apps to the Windows Store. The ABC Family app has information and video from the cable TV network and the ABC Player app gives users access to free full streaming episodes of the network's scripted dramas and comedies.

Via: McAkins Online
Source: Microsoft Store | Image via New York Times

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Is there a way of seeing what Metro apps there are without being on a Windows 8 device. I wanna compare my most used iOS and Android apps and see what is there and what isn't.

thealexweb said,
Is there a way of seeing what Metro apps there are without being on a Windows 8 device. I wanna compare my most used iOS and Android apps and see what is there and what isn't.

Exactly, they need a way like Google Play does it. It can install to your device from another device. But even if it didn't do that, at least let you browse titles if you aren't on your current device.
I think less likely they'd do it for those not using Windows 8 but access is a little too limited.

thealexweb said,
Is there a way of seeing what Metro apps there are without being on a Windows 8 device. I wanna compare my most used iOS and Android apps and see what is there and what isn't.

They now show on Bing search.

Simmo3D said,
So where is Facebook and Twitter? I thought these would be critical apps to have on day one?

What's critical about either of those?

technikal said,

What's critical about either of those?


Apart from the millions of people who use FB and Twitter daily?

Nothing too critical...

technikal said,

What's critical about either of those?


The unofficial twitter apps and the Facebook website pinned to the Start screen is enough for now.

brent3000 said,

Apart from the millions of people who use FB and Twitter daily?

Nothing too critical...

Problems going to twitter.com and facebook.com are what exactly?

Try again. Key word here - critical.

Simmo3D said,
So where is Facebook and Twitter? I thought these would be critical apps to have on day one?

Why the hell do you need an app to access a website from a PC?

technikal said,

Problems going to twitter.com and facebook.com are what exactly?

Try again. Key word here - critical.


For me? Nothing, but for the millions of consumers who "need" the app to do it...

Not to mention the apps tend to be more touch friendly (With relations to links etc)

technikal said,

Problems going to twitter.com and facebook.com are what exactly?

Try again. Key word here - critical.

oh i guess they can just get rid of the iOS and Android versions as well then, as the website is just fine /s

the whole point of the apps is to have a more personal (touch friendly) experience and gain the ability of push notifications (most important part to some people)

with your way of thinking, no app is "critical" as you can just go to a website. where's the fun in that?

Facebook integration is built into the People hub and lots of places in the OS already, and there are FB-specific apps (like FlipToast) for those that just HAVE to have an app rather than just using the site. The twitter apps available like Rowi, TweetRo, MetroTwit, et.al are very good apps - not sure what the official twitter app would do to top any of those.

Brando212 said,
oh i guess they can just get rid of the iOS and Android versions as well then, as the website is just fine /s

the whole point of the apps is to have a more personal (touch friendly) experience and gain the ability of push notifications (most important part to some people)

with your way of thinking, no app is "critical" as you can just go to a website. where's the fun in that?

Touch doesn't really matter much to me. I'll be using Win8 on a PC with a keyboard and mouse. Like a boss.

Simmo3D said,
So where is Facebook and Twitter? I thought these would be critical apps to have on day one?

Aren't both integrated in the people's hub? At least on my phone I use them there. And can post to both at the same time. =)

sviola said,

Aren't both integrated in the people's hub? At least on my phone I use them there. And can post to both at the same time. =)

Yes they are

A340600 said,
I hope CNN makes a news app. And speaking of news apps, I hope TMZ does one, too!

CNN just released a WP app recently so I'm sure they're working on a Windows one, too.

GreyWolf said,

CNN just released a WP app recently so I'm sure they're working on a Windows one, too.

Great! CNN's iOS app has gotten raves, and I think awards too, so I hope its CNN app is as good, though I hope it's better, than the iOS version.

Seems a lot of apps held off till launch day to push them self to the store...

Even Teamviewer is finally there ready for launch day as well Which is a relief for me

Still waiting on AngryBirds and the other games to launch tho

brent3000 said,
Even Teamviewer is finally there ready for launch day as well

I ordered a surface and am interested in the Lync/Skype snapped to the side of a TeamViewer session. I think this is going to be a great experience.

Drewidian said,

I think this is going to be a great experience.

Never thought of that... Def agree with you there... Sounds like a good helpdesk type scenario for sure

brent3000 said,
Seems a lot of apps held off till launch day to push them self to the store...

Even Teamviewer is finally there ready for launch day as well Which is a relief for me

Still waiting on AngryBirds and the other games to launch tho

lync and angry birds space came. along with toy soldiers