Twitter app and more confirmed for Windows 8

Lots of People have been asking, "Is Twitter making an app made especially for Windows 8?" The answer is, "Yes", but it may be a while before we get it.

Twitter's Mobile account confirmed today that it will indeed be making an app for Microsoft's new OS but hinted that it may not be released for several months.

During the BUILD 2012 conference keynote, Microsoft also mentioned several other companies developing apps for Windows 8; these included enterprise solutions provider SAP and cloud specialist Dropbox.

The new ESPN app was demoed in a video during the keynote and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also said that People magazine will release a Windows 8 app next week. No mention was made about a native Facebook app for Windows 8, which is odd since Microsoft was an early investor in Facebook.

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Totalaero said,
Only thing we're missing is the YouTube App. Once we get the OFFICIAL YouTube App Windows 8 is complete!

Youtube is more useful to me than Twitter. now a hootsuite app would be great

Totalaero said,
Only thing we're missing is the YouTube App. Once we get the OFFICIAL YouTube App Windows 8 is complete!

I'm not sure if Google is prepared to make Windows 8 that attractive. A Windows 8 version of Metrotube would be a fine alternative for me. Hopefully with a live tile that shows new recommendations for me.

Lord Method Man said,
Why do people need a stupid "app" for every single thing now on a desktop OS? Why not just have a functional website?

One of the main benefits is a cleaner design. Most websites are full of clutter (twitter being an exception). Also on a touch device apps are going to be easier to manage than your average website. In Windows 8 you also get the snap functionality that you can't get on a webpage. I'm sure others can think of some good or better reasons than these.

Sekyal said,

One of the main benefits is a cleaner design. Most websites are full of clutter (twitter being an exception). Also on a touch device apps are going to be easier to manage than your average website. In Windows 8 you also get the snap functionality that you can't get on a webpage. I'm sure others can think of some good or better reasons than these.

and you would know Mr. App reviewer throughthepanes.wordpress.com

Lord Method Man said,
Why do people need a stupid "app" for every single thing now on a desktop OS? Why not just have a functional website?

Because most people don't want to spend their life inside of a web browser switching between tabs all the time. Besides, a web browser isn't really designed for multitasking many apps inside of it.

Lord Method Man said,
Why do people need a stupid "app" for every single thing now on a desktop OS? Why not just have a functional website?

Because Windows 8's functionality gets enhanced with every app installed. For example the search function can take you to specific parts of an app right away. In short: a well made app can do so much more then a website, it can do it faster and it can be more fun at the same time as well. I want apps for everything on Windows 8.

Lord Method Man said,
Why do people need a stupid "app" for every single thing now on a desktop OS? Why not just have a functional website?

Apps provide a much better experience for many of us. Not only does one not have to use a URL to access them (thus, using an app feels more polished and contained), but they can make use of the brilliant APIs the operating system supports (in the case of Windows 8, these are the Notifications API, the Charms API, and the Contracts API, among others).

I suggest you try out the Windows 8 Bing app compared to Bing in IE10, and you might see what I'm talking about when I refer to the better experience.

One advantage of apps over websites is that an app tends to follow the design philosophy of the operating system (especially in the case of Windows Phone and the new Windows 8 experience), whereas because websites tend to be platform agnostic, using websites over apps results in a highly inconsistent computer experience.

Brian Burke said,
No mention of facebook. I really can't imagine it isn't in the works but I hate the secrecy on something that is a definite.

Just remember the secrecy around WP8 which turned out to be completely unnecessary since everything had been already leaked, then it all becomes clear....

Brian Burke said,
No mention of facebook. I really can't imagine it isn't in the works but I hate the secrecy on something that is a definite.

You never know. Facebook weren't originally going to develop an iPad app; Zuckerberg said it isn't a "mobile" product (http://www.businessinsider.com...rg-ipads-not-mobile-2010-11) and he implied the web browser is decent enough. It's likely that the only reason they developed the iPad app in the end was because of the pressure. Not only that, but the iPad app took a tremendous amount of effort, with at least one engineer working 80-hour weeks sometimes throughout the 8 months it took to develop (http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/26/facebook-ipad-app-saga), so a Windows 8 app might not be as definite as you may think, even though Windows 7 has great market share.

I using MetroTwit, and liking it very much. I can live without a "proper" twitter app that's going to take "months" to put out. Talk about late to the party....

TCLN Ryster said,
I using MetroTwit, and liking it very much. I can live without a "proper" twitter app that's going to take "months" to put out. Talk about late to the party....

twitter still can't write an app to save their own skin.. they ruined tweetdeck and every first party app for every device has been a day late and a dollar short compared to 3rd party tools. either way, its good to see "official" support, but at the same time, its a total failure on twitters behalf to not have tried to release something at launch..

TCLN Ryster said,
I using MetroTwit, and liking it very much. I can live without a "proper" twitter app that's going to take "months" to put out. Talk about late to the party....

I was using MetroTwit, but found it kinda buggy. Tweetro seems to work better for me. I like pinning it to the left hand side of my screen while I go about my business on the desktop. For those who can't think Metro/Modern UI apps can't work in conjunction with the classic desktop, you're wrong.