New Windows 8 apps include a Steve Ballmer app

With the launch of Windows 8 just over a week away, we are seeing evidence that Microsoft is opening up the flood gates for adding new "Modern" UI apps to the Windows Store. Yesterday, an unofficial count of the apps in the store claimed that there are now 5,500 apps available to download.

The McAkins Online website has been a good resource for finding out about new Windows 8 apps before the OS becomes officially available to the general public. They have spotted a few interesting new additions to the store this week.

One of them is an official T-Mobile app called simply My T-Mobile. This app is made specifically for T-Mobile customers who want to check their mobile broadband use for their smartphones. The app description says:

The live-tile displays the current data usage information, billing cycle, and key notifications from T-Mobile. It intelligently determines the currently associated plan to show the appropriate experience in a simple and intuitive manner based on the status of the plan.

Another new and free app is for The Art of War. Developed by WinApp8, it's basically their adaptation of the classic piece of how to run a war by Sun Tzu. It's perfect for those of you who want to invade a country or two.

Another app comes from a Microsoft developer. Brandon Paddock has a day job on the Windows User Experience team but recently he launched a new app called 4th & Square in his spare time. It's basically an app that uses the interface from the popular social networking service Foursquare to allow people to check in to locations, search for friends and more.

So far Foursquare has yet to announce plans for their own Windows 8 app. 4th and Square comes with a free seven day trial and costs $1.99 for the full version. 

Finally, in the "How did this app get approved?" category, we have JamPot's Steve Ballmer app. This very unofficial Windows 8 app is devoted to Microsoft's co-founder and current CEO, with information about the man, texts of his speeches, videos and more. Quite frankly, we are wondering why there are not Bill Gates or Steve Sinofsky apps out there.

Source: McAkins Online | Images via Microsoft

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Why can't there be a Steve Ballmer app? He is one richest man on earth. Richer than Zuckerburg and Jobs.
And the CEO of Microsoft.

And it's not like he posted this app himself.

JHBrown said,
Not another fart app!!!!!!!!

damn. beat me to it. i guess steve balmer will have to do for now for the winegg fanboys.

MASTER260 said,
I'm using the Release Preview & can't find the Steve Ballmer app. Do they still release apps for the Release Preview?

They do not. Your market hasn't changed in ages.

Joshie said,

They do not. Your market hasn't changed in ages.

So... lemee get this straight... they're releasing apps on the RTM, which hasn't even released yet except for that 90 day evaluation bs? What I don't get is why they just don't make the apps available on the Windows Store for all versions of the OS...

MASTER260 said,

So... lemee get this straight... they're releasing apps on the RTM, which hasn't even released yet except for that 90 day evaluation bs? What I don't get is why they just don't make the apps available on the Windows Store for all versions of the OS...

What? It has been released for Technet, MSDN, and Dreamspark Premium users. I've been using it for close to 2 months now.

grayscale said,

What? It has been released for Technet, MSDN, and Dreamspark Premium users. I've been using it for close to 2 months now.


& what about those of us who don't wanna pay for a subscription to any of that stuff?

MASTER260 said,

& what about those of us who don't wanna pay for a subscription to any of that stuff?

then you gotta wait for your time to pay for it starting on the 26th just like the general public. Remember that RP, CP, or even DP are FREE previews. You are not entitled to anything.

MASTER260 said,

So... lemee get this straight... they're releasing apps on the RTM, which hasn't even released yet except for that 90 day evaluation bs? What I don't get is why they just don't make the apps available on the Windows Store for all versions of the OS...

Really, now we are reduced to complaining about not getting the full experience on a beta version?

I am working on a couple software projects for the store. There were bugs on each version of the betas, DP, CP, and RP that either I had to work around or did not work at all, as well as changes to APIs. If they were to release every program for the store for pre-release versions of Win8, those programs would crash or not even run. The reviews would have people complaining about problems, giving poor ratings, and not buy the full version because they thought that the software was flawed - causing 3rd party developers to lose money or not continue developing their software.

If you want to run store apps but not install the Win8 RTM trial, you can wait the 7 days for the final release of Win8.

nohone said,

Really, now we are reduced to complaining about not getting the full experience on a beta version?

I am working on a couple software projects for the store. There were bugs on each version of the betas, DP, CP, and RP that either I had to work around or did not work at all, as well as changes to APIs. If they were to release every program for the store for pre-release versions of Win8, those programs would crash or not even run. The reviews would have people complaining about problems, giving poor ratings, and not buy the full version because they thought that the software was flawed - causing 3rd party developers to lose money or not continue developing their software.

If you want to run store apps but not install the Win8 RTM trial, you can wait the 7 days for the final release of Win8.

well, windows store for DP,CP, RP has not been updated for ages...I thought everyone already knew that

u can always download 90-days Enterprise Evaluation for developing software/apps for Windows 8...that way u have access to latest updates and apps in windows store

MASTER260 said,
I'm using the Release Preview & can't find the Steve Ballmer app. Do they still release apps for the Release Preview?

no mo apps for release preview

PmRd said,
I tried to download the Ballmer app but I did not have enough free space **ba dum tss**

You had so much more to work with than a simple fat joke. You could have done:

"I tried to download the Ballmer app but an error occurred and it said I should contact the DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!"

cyberdrone2000 said,

You had so much more to work with than a simple fat joke. You could have done:

"I tried to download the Ballmer app but an error occurred and it said I should contact the DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!"

I know, but I was expecting cricket sounds after my joke

cyberdrone2000 said,

You had so much more to work with than a simple fat joke. You could have done:

"I tried to download the Ballmer app but an error occurred and it said I should contact the DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!"

That is not funny.

Just an FYI, my app will very shortly be renamed to "4th at Square" to help further differentiate it from the popular Windows Phone app "4th & Mayor" (with which my app has no affiliation whatsoever). That update should get approved any day now. It will also get a lot prettier and gain some new features :-)

Brandon Live said,
Just an FYI, my app will very shortly be renamed to "4th at Square" to help further differentiate it from the popular Windows Phone app "4th & Mayor" (with which my app has no affiliation whatsoever). That update should get approved any day now. It will also get a lot prettier and gain some new features :-)

I thought it was the same

Brandon Live said,
Just an FYI, my app will very shortly be renamed to "4th at Square" to help further differentiate it from the popular Windows Phone app "4th & Mayor" (with which my app has no affiliation whatsoever). That update should get approved any day now. It will also get a lot prettier and gain some new features :-)

Maybe you shoulda called it "2 Squared" or some such.

Brandon Live said,
Just an FYI, my app will very shortly be renamed to "4th at Square" to help further differentiate it from the popular Windows Phone app "4th & Mayor" (with which my app has no affiliation whatsoever). That update should get approved any day now. It will also get a lot prettier and gain some new features :-)

You should have come up with a totally different name. It will confuse users and I think it is a bit of a disrespect for 4th & Major which is a truly great app.

I have yet to try yours on Win 8 but the name is totally a bummer.

deadonthefloor said,

Don't listen to them.
Play on the name.
You could be the next zynga.

You could make an app that displays random jokes
Then call it Ba-Zynga

Did Steve Ballmer call you and ask you to change it as your app was mentioned before his in the article??!?

Brandon Live said,
Just an FYI, my app will very shortly be renamed to "4th at Square" to help further differentiate it from the popular Windows Phone app "4th & Mayor" (with which my app has no affiliation whatsoever). That update should get approved any day now. It will also get a lot prettier and gain some new features :-)