More paid Windows Store apps showing up for Windows 8

The RTM release of Windows 8 for select groups a few days ago has also allowed a number of additional Windows 8 specific apps to show up for download in the Windows Store. That includes even more paid apps, with free trial versions also available.

One of the new paid apps is called Tweaker, which allows Twitter users to watch on screen as new Twitter messages and photos are generated. Not only that, but users can also listen as those same Twitter posts are read aloud. The paid version of the app is $1.99.

Another paid app is the previously released Telnet software, which was a free app for previous versions of Windows 8. The new version for the RTM build. which adds a number of new features is priced at $1.99 but there is still a seven day trial version available to check out.

A number of free apps have also been released since the RTM version was made available, including one that is an unofficial BBC News app, and yet another Twitter-based app called glƏƏk.

As far as the number of apps available from the Windows Store, McAkins Online's Twitter page reports that there are currently 540 apps available to download for RTM users. While that's an increase from just a few weeks ago, when there were just 400 apps available, it looks like Windows 8 app developers are still holding back on releasing new apps until Windows 8 is more generally available.

Via: McAkins Online
Source: Windows 8 app list | Images via Microsoft

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I'm still waiting for Spotify and an official Facebook app (oh there are many features I'd like from an official Facebook app).

I'm also waiting for an update to People that allows us to see toast notifications when we receive a new notification. I'm not holding my breath that Microsoft will include this, but I'm gutted that they haven't. They've allowed themselves to get behind OS X Mountain Lion, regarding social network integration, by not including this.

I can only count 391 in the UK store, if this carries on it's going to be horrible. Do we really need a difference this bad between regions?

Cut the rope is a paid app, costing around $5. It says free in the store, but you can only play 25 levels before the game requires you to pay to unlock the ability to play more levels.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Cut the rope is a paid app, costing around $5. It says free in the store, but you can only play 25 levels before the game requires you to pay to unlock the ability to play more levels.

I still only see, and have, the preview version.

Deihmos said,
These apps are lamer than what I find on Android. Why would I want these on my desktop.

You wouldn't, probably. But I'm using tweetro on my Metro/Desktop, and it works just fine. These are mostly tablet apps. You know, for Windows RT devices and full-on Intel-based Windows 8 tablets. Touch-first.

freak180 said,
They want me to pay for crap like this? Oh Microsoft...

"Developer: Sleepy Daddy Software"

Yep, that's MS alright. /S

On topic, there's no way I pay for such garbage.

freak180 said,
They want me to pay for crap like this? Oh Microsoft...

Then don't pay for it? Why is this so hard for people to understand.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy stuff.

freak180 said,
They want me to pay for crap like this? Oh Microsoft...

Then don't pay for it? Why is this so hard for people to understand.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy stuff.

freak180 said,
They want me to pay for crap like this? Oh Microsoft...

It's not Microsoft that wants you to pay for it, but rather the developer...?

Do you also think Apple wants you to pay for anything that is put on the App Store? Or that Google wants you to pay for anything that is put on the Android Market?

Though, of course, I guess Microsoft doesn't mind as they get a cut like any other app store.

simplezz said,
A paid telnet app really? lol. I think this is the end of free software on Windows...

Or an influx of adverts in free programs.

Luckily .Net software is so easy to hack using reflection

simplezz said,
A paid telnet app really? lol. I think this is the end of free software on Windows...

Zomg a commercial program so the OS must suck. Guess that rules out, well, pretty much every OS. Meanwhile, there's an awful lot of free programs out there that shows how inane your comment is.

Max Norris said,

Zomg a commercial program so the OS must suck. Guess that rules out, well, pretty much every OS. Meanwhile, there's an awful lot of free programs out there that shows how inane your comment is.

Generally when you pay for software you expect a good quality product like Microsoft Office or a game like Plants vs Zombies, What we are seeing now is a mass spawn of garbage that hasn't even been built properly and creators are just hoping to get rich quick, just look at Tweaker, its a disgusting pile of colourful blocks that was probably built using the 1.2.3 wizard in Visual Studio, I will never complain about free software but I don't care if its $1.99 or $199 I am prepared to pay but I expect good software.

Toysoldier said,

Generally when you pay for software you expect a good quality product like Microsoft Office or a game like Plants vs Zombies, What we are seeing now is a mass spawn of garbage that hasn't even been built properly and creators are just hoping to get rich quick, just look at Tweaker, its a disgusting pile of colourful blocks that was probably built using the 1.2.3 wizard in Visual Studio, I will never complain about free software but I don't care if its $1.99 or $199 I am prepared to pay but I expect good software.


Then don't buy it?

Nobody is forcing you to fork out $2 for Tweaker. If you like it and want to buy it, then do so. If you don't, then don't.

simplezz said,
A paid telnet app really? lol. I think this is the end of free software on Windows...

36 days of silence

Toysoldier said,

Or an influx of adverts in free programs.

Luckily .Net software is so easy to hack using reflection

Metro apps aren't .Net apps. They are based on a managed wrapper around Win32 (and in certain cases bypassing Win32) - the WinRT API.

CasualViking said,

Metro apps aren't .Net apps. They are based on a managed wrapper around Win32 (and in certain cases bypassing Win32) - the WinRT API.


Modern UI apps can be both managed and native code.

-Razorfold said,

Then don't buy it?

Nobody is forcing you to fork out $2 for Tweaker. If you like it and want to buy it, then do so. If you don't, then don't.


Where did he said he's being forced into anything? Last time I checked this is a forum where people post their options about things. Responding with "Nobody is forcing to to do this and that" doesn't add anything to the debate.

simplezz said,
A paid telnet app really? lol. I think this is the end of free software on Windows...

I'm pretty sure someone will make a free telnet app. Right now you have a lot of "first to market" people trying to cash in on the usual suspects. Give it a couple months.

I like W8. Takes getting used to it I think. However at this point I can't see Corporations jumping on the bandwagon for a long time. For now W8 is a new toy to play with. I'm pretty comfortable with it as a replacement for W7 with it's Desktop side of things. I'm just getting into the Metro Apps.

So gleek! has been released for Windows 8? It's a nice app for Windows Phone, but I wouldn't pay for it over Tweetro. The only reason I got it was because they gave it for free.

Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history and will cost MS hundreds of millions if not billions.. Ahhhh I can not wait.

Jason_Coffey said,
Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history and will cost MS hundreds of millions if not billions.. Ahhhh I can not wait.

You've posted pretty much the exact same comment before. Are you sure you have a life? /Rhetorical

Jason_Coffey said,
Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history and will cost MS hundreds of millions if not billions.. Ahhhh I can not wait.

Good luck with that. This is *WINDOWS*.

Jason_Coffey said,
Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history and will cost MS hundreds of millions if not billions.. Ahhhh I can not wait.

How is Microsoft's failure beneficial to you?

Jason_Coffey said,
Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history

You're joking, right?

Jason_Coffey said,
Windows 8 will go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history and will cost MS hundreds of millions if not billions.. Ahhhh I can not wait.

You need to get outside more often...

Sure enough, I needed to set IE10 as my default browser in order to get the Metro version. Does this mean I can't set another browser as my default without losing IE10 Metro?

streetw0lf said,
Sure enough, I needed to set IE10 as my default browser in order to get the Metro version. Does this mean I can't set another browser as my default without losing IE10 Metro?

Yes, that's how it works. You're default desktop browser is you're Metro browser (once all browsers have their Metro counterpart)

grayscale said,

Yes, that's how it works. You're default desktop browser is you're Metro browser (once all browsers have their Metro counterpart)

*your. **** my grammar.

Anthony Tosie said,
If that's Tweaker's logo in the top left I can see a lawsuit coming from a mile away.

Despite the fact that it clearly violates trademarks, it's ugly too.

exotoxic said,
that tweaker app seriously needs padding around the text

Using any Twitter app on ModernUI when going to twitter.com is more easier on desktop browser while multitasking is beyond me.

exotoxic said,
that tweaker app seriously needs padding around the text

I agree, they're already letting paid apps into the store that don't abide to the metro design rules. I'd hoped we'd be seeing a new unified bunch of apps but they really are looking like trash already.

They even have varying text sizes in the tiles!

These apps should have been declined entry to the marketplace so that the developers had to try harder. It's not even as though it would have been hard to do these simple things right though!

deadonthefloor said,

Is it that, or does the bounding box need margins?

No because the space between the boxes wouldn't be big enough

Figured I'd ask this here since there isn't a thousand posts yet. I'm running W8 from Technet. Where the heck is IE10 Metro? All I see is the classic version of IE10. What am I not seeing?

Thanks.

streetw0lf said,
Figured I'd ask this here since there isn't a thousand posts yet. I'm running W8 from Technet. Where the heck is IE10 Metro? All I see is the classic version of IE10. What am I not seeing?

Thanks.


Only default browser can run in Metro. Is IE10 your default?

streetw0lf said,
Figured I'd ask this here since there isn't a thousand posts yet. I'm running W8 from Technet. Where the heck is IE10 Metro? All I see is the classic version of IE10. What am I not seeing?

Thanks.


While I'm using the Enterprise edition, it shouldn't be any different for where it is. Strange as it should be right on your Start Screen. Typically Windows defaults to opening up webpages in the Metro browser as well. Have you gone and set another browser as your default?

streetw0lf said,
Figured I'd ask this here since there isn't a thousand posts yet. I'm running W8 from Technet. Where the heck is IE10 Metro? All I see is the classic version of IE10. What am I not seeing?

Thanks.


Did you upgrade? If you upgraded you're still running IE9. If you go into Default Programs, make sure IE has all of its defaults. This will make sure you're running IE10