Path finally launches Windows Phone 8 app

Windows Phone has been getting a lot of official high-profile apps. Today another one joins the Store as the popular social network Path becomes available on Windows Phone 8.

Path was originally only available on the iPhone where it made quite a name for itself, expanding to Android and the rest of iOS later. The social network was revealed to be joining the Windows Phone ecosystem at the 1020 launch event from last year.

Now that day has finally arrived and users can head over to the Windows Phone Store and start using the official app.

For those of you who are new to this, Path is a social network supposedly designed around privacy. You only share your posts with the people you want to and there’s no public stream so you don’t have to worry about accidentally sharing stuff with strangers.

The Windows Phone version of Path also brings some unique features compared to other platforms. The developers worked closely with Nokia and implement the Nokia Imaging SDK into the app, giving Lumia users access to 50 photo filters.

Those of you who are curious to try it out can download the app for free from here.

Source: WPC | Image via Windows Phone Store

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Seems like launching a new one a day has become some sort of rite of passage for new developers and startups. The repeated invites from family and friends to all sorts of junk sites I've never even heard of and am not in the least bit interested in is really getting on my nerves now. Most do get caught by filters but some do get through to my Inbox unfortunately.

Skeletons in the cupboard, eh? I knew it!

Anyway I'm looking for less drastic measures before I go all postal and break out my trusty BFG-9000.

The biggest issue I have with these social networks, no matter how 'private' they claim to be, is if your content is truly private. It seems Path has some controversies where now I don't know if I should trust them or not.

The biggest problem though, is even if you do trust your 'social network of choice', it's more about if you can be sure that your information is safe in the event the government comes a knockin on their door (or their site gets hacked, etc). The only way this can be achieved though, is if the social network fully encrypts everything, and then gives you the keys to decrypt that data.

Mega is the only company that even talks about this feature (even though they only use it for cloud storage, they don't have a social network, at least not yet)

@Romero....I totally agree, and that is what I do. I assume that anything that goes on the internet can be seen by anyone. So I don't 'post' stuff that I wouldn't want my boss to see.

gxsaurav said,
Is Path still relevant? They were good in 2011.

We have been waiting so long for this app to launch, I'd long since even forgotten they had promised it to us.

Dot Matrix said,
Poor attempt at trolling there, buddy. Of course it still exists. C'mon dude.
Perhaps I should have said "existed as a 'thing' still" I'm not trolling. I don't know a single person who uses that. Granted it's in my bubble... but when someone's pushing an app out as a must have I've heard of someone talking about it. Hell, I can barely remember when it was released and haven't heard much about it since.

Since you think I'm a troll. I actually think Path is a great alternative to Facebook for private sharing among your actual friends/family. I may start using it now that it's on WP8... I'll just have to get everybody I care about to sign up too... which will be the hard part.

Do they still do all that sleazy privacy violation stuff, like sending your entire address book back to them? Although, WP locks that stuff down so it probably isn't an issue unlike other platforms.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Do they still do all that sleazy privacy violation stuff, like sending your entire address book back to them? Although, WP locks that stuff down so it probably isn't an issue unlike other platforms.
They prompt you for it when you go to invite friends as a way to "find your friends." You have to give the application permission.

In the WP programming model you need to use what they call Tasks to do certain operations, including getting to contacts.

The reason I asked was because on other platforms when Path was first released they would scrape your contacts and bulk send them to their servers, and then they would start spamming people. There was no way to opt out, and it hurt their image.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
In the WP programming model you need to use what they call Tasks to do certain operations, including getting to contacts.

The reason I asked was because on other platforms when Path was first released they would scrape your contacts and bulk send them to their servers, and then they would start spamming people. There was no way to opt out, and it hurt their image.

I remember that. It doesn't seem to be that way on wp so far.