New Windows 8 Metro apps now in Windows Store

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview version, released in late February, added the Windows Store feature, allowing anyone who used the preview version of the OS to download Metro-style PC apps. A number of new Windows 8 Metro apps have recently been made available on Windows Store, while a few previously released apps have gotten updates.

One of the new apps is INRIX Traffic, which offers up real time worldwide traffic information. Versions of the same app have been released for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry platforms. Today's press release officially announcing the program claims that the Windows 8 Metro version has two times the coverage of any other traffic app with over 1 million miles of roadways. The app can even predict how the traffic for a particular road will change up to eight hours ahead of time.

Microsoft has also released two internally developed apps for Windows 8. The first is for Microsoft's popular Channel 9 video service which is geared primarily at PC developers and tech enthusiasts.

The other new Microsoft Windows 8 Metro app is LifeCam Dashboard, which adds a number of feature for people who own Microsoft's LifeCam series of Internet PC cameras.

There are some previously released Windows 8 Metro apps that have gotten some recent updates. Perhaps the biggest one is for the WordPress app. The new version now allows Windows 8 Metro users to actually compose a new blog post from within the Metro interface. This is apparently just text only at this point. There is no support at the moment for uploading new pictures or video via the Metro WordPress app.

Thanks to McAkins Online for the heads-up as well as the screenshots

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Bern@rd said,
KINDLE! KINDLE! KINDLE!!

I've had the Kindle app for over a week, dunno how much longer it was there before I noticed it.

Well that new social app is useless, loads slow, manages space horribly, gives way too much space for ads, and just is lacking compared to even desktop Twitter in IE10.

What I'm surprised about is the lack of apps since the release of the CP, I thought we would of seen the place flooded with apps but unfortunately not.

Tony. said,
What I'm surprised about is the lack of apps since the release of the CP, I thought we would of seen the place flooded with apps but unfortunately not.

Which is something i pointed out. Metro Apps are useless for Desktop. Metro itself doesn't add anything to Desktop (does more damage than good), PC platform which already has rich application base. MS needs to understand that they cannot apply same thinking process to Phone and Desktop. They mixed Apples and Oranges badly.

Tony. said,
What I'm surprised about is the lack of apps since the release of the CP, I thought we would of seen the place flooded with apps but unfortunately not.

That is because Microsoft simply haven't opened up application submission to developers yet. Only extremely select partners are able to put up their applications right now - there's plenty out there waiting for apps written / partially written. Heck, I've managed to get special access to put up my app on the store before general submission, and but even that's not going to happen for a while

~Johnny said,

That is because Microsoft simply haven't opened up application submission to developers yet. Only extremely select partners are able to put up their applications right now - there's plenty out there waiting for apps written / partially written. Heck, I've managed to get special access to put up my app on the store before general submission, and but even that's not going to happen for a while


Indeed. I was going to have a go at writing a simple clock app to put a clock tile onto Metro, but apparently because I'm British I'm not allowed to yet.

The lack of high-quality apps is not surprising and entirely expected. Besides, high-quality, useful apps take time. Don't expect to see many for at least a few months. But the Hydro Thunder Go should demonstrate the kind of things the Metro app platform is capable of.

I must say that the platform still feels very incomplete. You can't stay in Metro all the time, and you can't stay on the Desktop all the time either. I think it's quite sad.

All I really want now is a good Music and Videos app. The so-called 'App Preview' versions are so bad, they're downright disgusting.

It's funny because Microsoft really nailed the start screen, boot, setup process, and even the sync capabilities, but...the Apps...they are lacking.

FalseAgent said,
I must say that the platform still feels very incomplete. You can't stay in Metro all the time, and you can't stay on the Desktop all the time either. I think it's quite sad.

The saddest part is that this won't change anytime soon, not even after Windows 8 hits retail: You'll still end up switching between Metro and Desktop on a frequent basis.

.Neo said,

The saddest part is that this won't change anytime soon, not even after Windows 8 hits retail: You'll still end up switching between Metro and Desktop on a frequent basis.

I know right...I can't help but to think that Windows 8 is just going to be out there to thwart iPad adoption.

FalseAgent said,
I must say that the platform still feels very incomplete.

Erm, that's because it is incomplete? And of course there's going to be a lengthy period of dual running until app developers get useful stuff into Metro. Nobody is claiming otherwise.

Scroll wheel doesn't work in Channel 9. Pretty lame, if you ask me. I also hate that the back button on a mouse doesn't work in metro apps.

What I see happening is the following: mobile grade apps will end up in Metro, desktop grade apps will continue to run within the desktop. Basically fragmenting the Windows user experience on most devices. For the average user I just don't see why this is an improvement. If anything it's going to be confusing as hell and people are forced to familiarize themselves with two totally different interfaces within the same platform. How convenient.

.Neo said,
....

You're talking about the transition, and yes it will be rough on some.
At the end of the transition, life will be better.

I would much rather have two distinctive experiences a la Win8, than One experience filled with multiple versions of OS UI legacy.

Of course the assumption here is that the third parties who have enjoyed success on the desktop have a product suited for Metro, and are willing to make the transition.

Hydro Thunder Go is also available for download. Even if it is just two tracks, two boats, and one game mode, it's a nice little freebie to mess with for 10 minutes.

Is GFWL still on Windows 8 or has Xbox Live replaced it ?

Curious to know what will be used for PC games even the current ones. Is the overlay UI getting replaced ?

oceanmotion said,
Is GFWL still on Windows 8 or has Xbox Live replaced it ?

Curious to know what will be used for PC games even the current ones. Is the overlay UI getting replaced ?

Xbox Live is the new thing, as for overlay UIs I don't know. I think with Live APIs being part of Windows 8 you don't need a middleware app running on the background with an overlay etc, the OS should handle anything the game needs much like the 360 does. We'll see though, they haven't really talked about the integration and how deep it goes yet.

oceanmotion said,
Is GFWL still on Windows 8 or has Xbox Live replaced it ?

Curious to know what will be used for PC games even the current ones. Is the overlay UI getting replaced ?

I would seriously hope xbox will replace the horrific GFWL.
Unfortunately being in Canada, I can't properly test the any of the Microsoft Account apps in the CP, as we're locked out.

I wish they'd enlarge the apps actual icon on the left box (above the star ratings). It would look better!

Mark said,
I've yet to come across any apps that are genuinely useful.

We're at least 5-6 months from general availability, and you can't list paid apps yet. That said, I mostly agree.

I understand the points you both make but I thought there might be at least something by now that was really useful in day to day stuff already.

I'm not commenting on the MS apps as such btw, they are obviously incomplete but the stuff developers have come up with has been pretty underwhelming.

I suppose I'm talking more about the type of apps that are available rather than the current app quality. Many obscure news apps, a few games and some basically, toys.

Mark said,
I understand the points you both make but I thought there might be at least something by now that was really useful in day to day stuff already.

I'm not commenting on the MS apps as such btw, they are obviously incomplete but the stuff developers have come up with has been pretty underwhelming.

I suppose I'm talking more about the type of apps that are available rather than the current app quality. Many obscure news apps, a few games and some basically, toys.

Since this is a new platform with WinRT devs, at least I think so, like to take it slow till they wrap their heads around the new changes first. Also, I'm sure lots are going to wait for the final SDK before they really go all in.

GP007 said,
Since this is a new platform with WinRT devs, at least I think so, like to take it slow till they wrap their heads around the new changes first. Also, I'm sure lots are going to wait for the final SDK before they really go all in.

Plus, we all know how third party software and hardware vendors drag their feet when it comes to a new OS.
Always reluctant.
Expect to see the top [device] apps ported to Metro/WinRT by the time Windows 9 ships.