New Windows 8 apps include FX Network and Splashtop

At the moment, the Windows Store has around 400 or so free Windows 8 Metro apps to download. That number is sure to increased drastically by the time Windows 8 is officially launched for consumers on October 26th. In the meantime, more and more free apps are being added to the storefront.

One of the more recently released apps is designed to help promote TV shows on the FX cable network. The app has information and videos about all of its original and critically acclaimed shows, such as Justified, Archer, Louis, American Horror Story and more. The app also allows users to set reminders for their favorite shows so they don't miss when their new episodes are shown (or they could just get a DVR).

Another new app comes from Splashtop, which previously launched apps for iOS and Android devices that let Windows 8 app developers test their creations on other touch screen devices. Now Splashtop has released a native Windows 8 native app that serves as a remote desktop program and it allows users to access their PC or Mac from their Windows 8 device; wireless products can use the app to connect remotely via WiFi or a 3G/4G cellular connection.

Via: Windows8apps.com
Source: Microsoft Windows 8 app list | Images via Splashtop and FX

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You can still build your own hubs kind of by naming each section of tiles. You'd have to group all the relevant apps together, zoom out and name that section.

Ricardo Alouidor said,
You can still build your own hubs kind of by naming each section of tiles. You'd have to group all the relevant apps together, zoom out and name that section.

I hear you, but if you take a look at the music and video hub for example, it has great sections for New and History. I love this because I don't have to go into each app to figure out where that video I last played was or what new songs or podcasts have been downloaded. Implementing this in sp1 or in Windows 9 will be a headache since most of the apps will have to be recoded to take advantage of this. It would be far easier if done now "out of the box" if you know what I mean. Hubs are part of the reason I like WP better than iOS or Android. It just does a better job of data aggregation so I don't have to go into a dozen apps to find that video or song I last played.

Ricardo Alouidor said,
You can still build your own hubs kind of by naming each section of tiles. You'd have to group all the relevant apps together, zoom out and name that section.

I hear you, but if you take a look at the music and video hub for example, it has great sections for New and History. I love this because I don't have to go into each app to figure out where that video I last played was or what new songs or podcasts have been downloaded. Implementing this in sp1 or in Windows 9 will be a headache since most of the apps will have to be recoded to take advantage of this. It would be far easier if done now "out of the box" if you know what I mean. Hubs are part of the reason I like WP better than iOS or Android. It just does a better job of data aggregation so I don't have to go into a dozen apps to find that video or song I last played.

This is the general problem I have with the "App" culture. Every show, Channel, Station, service, etc is going to have one. I'd rather see HUBs which would aggregate that data down to a few places where I can quickly get access to what I need. live tiles are great but once you have more than 30 apps, it quickly gets out of hand. I really would love to have an Entertainment Hub(for apps like this), News Hub(for blogs, and information), Periodicals Hub (for books, magazines, etc,), and whatever categories we can use to organize and filter this data down, otherwise it will become a mess. If it each category had a panorama view like on WP and panels for New, History, and Favorites to pin articles to, it would make for a cleaner and more usable experience. Maybe they were worried that introducing HUBs would be too much of a shock for new users, but leaving it this way creates a confusing mess.

Edited by Drewidian, Aug 2 2012, 6:39pm :

Drewidian said,
This is the general problem I have with the "App" culture. Every show, Channel, Station, service, etc is going to have one. .

I'm sure there will be apps for that......

Drewidian said,
This is the general problem I have with the "App" culture. Every show, Channel, Station, service, etc is going to have one. I'd rather see HUBs which would aggregate that data down to a few places where I can quickly get access to what I need. live tiles are great but once you have more than 30 apps, it quickly gets out of hand. I really would love to have an Entertainment Hub(for apps like this), News Hub(for blogs, and information), Periodicals Hub (for books, magazines, etc,), and whatever categories we can use to organize and filter this data down, otherwise it will become a mess. If it each category had a panorama view like on WP and panels for New, History, and Favorites to pin articles to, it would make for a cleaner and more usable experience. Maybe they were worried that introducing HUBs would be too much of a shock for new users, but leaving it this way creates a confusing mess.

The HUB idea is good but how much do you want to bet these service and content providers who make their own apps don't want to use that system? They'd much rather do their own app and have their own advertising then have to fight for your attention in a hub along with everyone else's content etc.

On WP the hubs work more or less because MS does it, if you left it up for the others to connect to it then I just don't see it happening.

GP007 said,

The HUB idea is good but how much do you want to bet these service and content providers who make their own apps don't want to use that system? They'd much rather do their own app and have their own advertising then have to fight for your attention in a hub along with everyone else's content etc.

On WP the hubs work more or less because MS does it, if you left it up for the others to connect to it then I just don't see it happening.

I agree.. If left up to third parties it would be a problem. MS should take the lead here and set some standards. They could make it part of the approval process for publishing in the Store. Then it would be done by default and developers could highlight it as a feature for ease of use.

Drewidian said,

I agree.. If left up to third parties it would be a problem. MS should take the lead here and set some standards. They could make it part of the approval process for publishing in the Store. Then it would be done by default and developers could highlight it as a feature for ease of use.

MS could allow for some type of API to let them plug-in to hubs etc but it'll always be optional I bet. I agree with you though, I like the idea of hubs on my WP and want to see devs be able to use them more and for them to be extensible.

Drewidian said,

I agree.. If left up to third parties it would be a problem. MS should take the lead here and set some standards. They could make it part of the approval process for publishing in the Store. Then it would be done by default and developers could highlight it as a feature for ease of use.

The plugin model would be ideal but I don't see it happening.... just taking the video apps they have now they all want to show different things (some have cast and crew bios, episode guides, etc) and you can't do a hub and allow them to have that stuff universally.

What they could/should do is create a hub app that just combines all the apps into a single UI and then link to the individual apps through contracts.

jagowar said,

The plugin model would be ideal but I don't see it happening.... just taking the video apps they have now they all want to show different things (some have cast and crew bios, episode guides, etc) and you can't do a hub and allow them to have that stuff universally.

What they could/should do is create a hub app that just combines all the apps into a single UI and then link to the individual apps through contracts.

In WP you just get to see what is new and what you've recently viewed and a list of apps in the Music and Video Hub. If you want more of the features like an Bios or Pictures you have to go into the app. that would be fine for me. At least the most important part of What's New and What have I recently viewed is there. Contracts is a nice idea, but we'll have to see how they are implemented to know more. Thanks for the reminder about them.

Drewidian said,
This is the general problem I have with the "App" culture. Every show, Channel, Station, service, etc is going to have one. I'd rather see HUBs which would aggregate that data down to a few places where I can quickly get access to what I need. live tiles are great but once you have more than 30 apps, it quickly gets out of hand. I really would love to have an Entertainment Hub(for apps like this), News Hub(for blogs, and information), Periodicals Hub (for books, magazines, etc,), and whatever categories we can use to organize and filter this data down, otherwise it will become a mess. If it each category had a panorama view like on WP and panels for New, History, and Favorites to pin articles to, it would make for a cleaner and more usable experience. Maybe they were worried that introducing HUBs would be too much of a shock for new users, but leaving it this way creates a confusing mess.

The App culture will move to back to a Web culture as HTML5 is capable of reproducing the functionality of Apps.

In the meantime, aggreegating information is where you demand the App developers include search functionality, so you can find information on their services through Windows search. (Additionally content exposed to engines like Bing with launch tie in to web or apps.)

For now... The XBox is the best media aggregation device, being able to search content from providers, so you can find a TV show and not have to worry if it is Netflix, Hulu, etc...