More major Windows 8 apps published; Nook app is MIA

At the moment, over 9,000 worldwide apps are now available to download in the Windows Store for Windows 8 users. Even more apps are beginning to appear in the Windows Store after Friday's launch date for Windows 8.

One of the new apps, which was actually demoed at Microsoft's Windows 8 launch event in New York but did not appear in the store until Saturday, is Urbanspoon. This app allows the user to find the best places to eat from the company's database of 800,000 restaurants.  Users can share restaurant info with friends or vote up or down on the places they have visited.

Yet another major app that's now available in the store is Flixster, which offers news and information about movies (via Rotten Tomatoes) along with a way to download and purchase movies. Unfortunately, this first release is getting hit with some bad reviews so we would suggest waiting until a later release of the app before trying it out.

One app that was supposed to be ready before the Windows 8 launch date was the Nook app from bookseller Barnes and Noble. The company has a partnership with Microsoft to develop the eReader and bookstore app, and Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch claimed that it  would be ready well ahead of the Windows 8 launch date.

What happened? The Wall Street Journal reports that a Barnes and Noble rep would only said the Nook Windows 8 app would be launched "within weeks" but offered no word as to why the app was delayed.

Via: McAtkins Online
Source: Microsoft Windows Store | Image via Urbanspoon

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Hello,

I am really looking forward to the Nook application. I've always felt it was a more refined experience than the Kindle's.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

They don't have a WP app either so I'm not too surprised. Sad really though cause its the best, I hope they get onboard at some point.

Speaking about missing apps I am confused about how we are supposed to sync W8 and WP phones; is the new app exclusive to W8 or to WP8 devices? if the former where is it? I downloaded Zune but I cannot wireless sync anymore.......

I tried that for few hour last night, I think SkyDrive will be the main synchronization. I upload my pictures to to SkyDrive using skymanager apps and set the wp7 to upload each new photo when I snapped one. Hope that help

Fritzly said,
Speaking about missing apps I am confused about how we are supposed to sync W8 and WP phones; is the new app exclusive to W8 or to WP8 devices? if the former where is it? I downloaded Zune but I cannot wireless sync anymore.......

Fritzly said,
Speaking about missing apps I am confused about how we are supposed to sync W8 and WP phones; is the new app exclusive to W8 or to WP8 devices? if the former where is it? I downloaded Zune but I cannot wireless sync anymore.......

Music syncing is available for Xbox Music Pass subscribers through the Music app. You can set all new music to download automatically when added on other devices, to keep your music synced across all of your devices, and to automatically download music to your computer when you add it to My Music in the app. All of these options are available in the Music app's preferences pane. As minster11 said, you can use SkyDrive to sync your pictures from your phone. I use the SkyDrive client on my PC to upload photos I want to be able to view on my phone, and on my Windows Phone, I have my photos upload automatically. I'm sure that we'll see more information tomorrow with the launch of WP8.