Windows 8 Expedia app released; updates for Google Search and Netflix

As we get closer to the holiday period when Microsoft has admitted there will be a slowdown in publishing new Windows 8 apps, more and more apps are appearing in the store. At the same time, we have also seen some new updates to previously released popular apps.

The new official Windows 8 Expedia app has made its first appearance in the Windows Store this week. This first version allows users to find and book hotel rooms from the popular online travel service along with reviews of said hotels and more. The Windows 8 app also has what Expedia calls "Expedia Mobile Exclusive" deals for tablet users. This first version does not include support for booking airline flights or car rentals, so it's a bit disappointing on that front.

The Google Search app for Windows 8 has also been updated this week. New features include allowing the user to view search results in their default web browser as well as the ability to print from the app. There have also been some voice search and performance improvements and some unnamed bug fixes in this update.

Finally, the Netflix app for Windows 8 has received a new update. Unfortunately, Netflix's update page only shows that it has "added features and fixed bugs" in this new version, with no other details revealed.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Expedia

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There are some major limitations with the Windows Store as it is right now. I'm hoping w/ Windows Blue alot of the issues are fixed.

1. Should be able to browse the Store from the web, and install remotely to devices.
2. The current Windows Store app is limited in how it displays apps. When you go to View All under a category, it only shows blocks of apps, only describing the name and rating/price.

I wish there was other views to show the apps, maybe have a small preview pane. Currently, you have to click (or touch) each app to go to the details page. This is cumbersome to do.

3. Apps should have settings to update automatically. Its annoying everytime that I logon to have the notification telling me of a number of apps that have updates. I then have to click the store, click the update link, and then click Install at the bottom. This should be automatically done, or at least given an option per app to do.

There is an option already in the Store to update automatically. I believe it's set on by default, but it installs in batches instead of immediately. Probably just to give you a chance to see the notification.

Also there is a web interface already, but yes I agree a full web store would be great. I'm sure they're working on it since they have the individual app pages already.

1. I agree about viewing it on the web which you can partly do at greatwindowsapps.com or you can use their app for it. I find it much better for finding apps. Though you cannot use it to install them. Remotely maybe someday.
2. Agree. Here is where I dislike the store the most, just seeing row upon row of tiles.
3. This should have been included day 1 to have updates separate from the store, they could be there but mean updates could happen without having to tell it to do it.

greensabath said,
There are some major limitations with the Windows Store as it is right now. I'm hoping w/ Windows Blue alot of the issues are fixed.

1. Should be able to browse the Store from the web, and install remotely to devices.
2. The current Windows Store app is limited in how it displays apps. When you go to View All under a category, it only shows blocks of apps, only describing the name and rating/price.

I wish there was other views to show the apps, maybe have a small preview pane. Currently, you have to click (or touch) each app to go to the details page. This is cumbersome to do.

3. Apps should have settings to update automatically. Its annoying everytime that I logon to have the notification telling me of a number of apps that have updates. I then have to click the store, click the update link, and then click Install at the bottom. This should be automatically done, or at least given an option per app to do.

The Apps do download automatically, but ask your permission to install.

However, if you want better categories and views, send feedback to Microsoft.

The Store App is just an App and there will be updates as they continue to tweak the experience, it IS NOT LOCKED in stone, nor will it need a new OS release to be updated.

The Expedia app looks great! Just as I would expect from them. However, Expedia PLEASE set this app as international!!!