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Neowin v1 apps for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8

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Steven P.    8,551

Go here for the news on the apps: http://www.neowin.net/news/official-neowin-apps-now-available-for-windows-phone-and-windows-81

 

There are currently no plans to add comments or comment adding to the apps, (why?) instead we want an easy way for people to navigate to the www version to read/add comments.

There are currently no plans to add forums either, the mobile version of Neowin forums serves this purpose already.

 

Windows 8/8.1 store link: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/neowin/6023e089-0237-4ec3-9fe1-5c23469b9fe6

Windows Phone store link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/neowin/1e9ea552-58c1-4705-aecc-5fa892b58807

 

Version 1.1

- (tba)

 

Version 1.0 (29 October)

- initial version

- latest feed fixed

 

Planned fixes/additions

  • Links to the actual article on the www at Neowin (Windows Phone and Windows) this could be that the headline is linked or with a view online link under the story view.
  • The aspect ratio of the thumbnails in the story index makes some images look squashed (from left to right) on Windows Phone
  • Being able to share the articles (facebook/twitter/email at the very least) on Windows Phone and Windows
  • Some kind of number on the tile to show how many new stories there are (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Follow Neowin on Facebook and Twitter links/graphics (Windows Phone and Windows)
  • Change the author line to remove the email address and just have the name of the author on the same line as the publish time (eg: 1 hour ago by John Callaham) done via RSS
  • Change publisher name to Neowin LLC (it's now "neowin")
  • Live title when it is at it's largest could use the inline article image like the official Facebook tlie does
  • In Settings > About, add Report bugs that links to here http://www.neowin.net/forum/forum/19-site-forum-issues

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Ambroos    803

Out of curiosity, who/what company made these?

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Steven P.    8,551

Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.

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The Dark Knight    171

How come no app for Android?

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+The Evil Overlord    17,089

Yeah, what he said"! ^

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Steven P.    8,551

How come no app for Android?

Because we don't have a dev that builds Android apps for Neowin.

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+The Evil Overlord    17,089

Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)

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Steven P.    8,551

Wow, is the code really that different?

(I actually didn't know this)

Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s 

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+The Evil Overlord    17,089

Are you serious? You can't just upload an app made for Windows in the Google Play store :s

I am, I never realised the code would be so different, I assumed there'd be one or 2 tweaks for optimisation to other os's, but mostly it would be similar to installing software on a pc (ok naivety on my part)

And I assumed the installer is handled by the OS instead of a standalone installer

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Steven P.    8,551

OK then.

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George P    3,381

Microsoft :)

 

edit: Meaning, being able to add comments might make the app unsuitable for minors, they also don't allow external links to other sites, which is why nothing is linked in the story view, I hope to be able to fix this by allowing readers to load our own www version of the article.

 

They have been very helpful, but there are also restrictions on what we can allow for the app.

 

You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   

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bhast2    22

The code is very different between android, ios, and, windows. They all use different languages to make the apps work

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Steven P.    8,551

You sure?  I have the WPCentral app and they list external links that you can click on and then they open in IE.   They also link directly to apps in the store if that's part of the article post.     It's a pretty full featured app with commenting and forum support and all that.   

Microsoft probably didn't build it then.

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bhast2    22

No they didn't Jay Bennett work the app

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George P    3,381

Microsoft probably didn't build it then.

 

Well, no, but even if they did why wouldn't they add those options?  I find it kinda odd, oh well. 

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Steven P.    8,551

Well, no, but even if they did why wouldn't they add those options?  I find it kinda odd, oh well. 

They said in the emails that they purposely don't allow external linking to other sites from the app, that's why all inline links are stripped from the story view.

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+The Evil Overlord    17,089

The code is very different between android, ios, and, windows. They all use different languages to make the apps work

Ahh, thank you, I was being na?ve, I honestly thought it would be one or two steps apart from installing on a regular pc or using something like installshield or some other .exe set up program.

I still have a lot to learn, actually, while I do still have this post open, is installation on win 8 or 8.1 different to the more 'traditional' (for lack or a better word) methods used in the older versions of windows?

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George P    3,381

They said in the emails that they purposely don't allow external linking to other sites from the app, that's why all inline links are stripped from the story view.

 

I get that, but I'm just wondering why?  I suppose they don't want users to be tossed out of the app and into the browser in the end.  Still, you could have the option to show them in the end as an option that then people can click on.   Anyways, just odd to me.   I've been using the mobile site because I'd like to be able to comment and check the forums as well.

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bhast2    22

I don't get that one Steven. And all I can do is shake my head at Microsoft

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Steven P.    8,551

Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.

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bhast2    22

Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.

I see

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Dot Matrix    7,047

Ahh, thank you, I was being na?ve, I honestly thought it would be one or two steps apart from installing on a regular pc or using something like installshield or some other .exe set up program.

I still have a lot to learn, actually, while I do still have this post open, is installation on win 8 or 8.1 different to the more 'traditional' (for lack or a better word) methods used in the older versions of windows?

Um. Installshield (why so 1995?) doesn't run on Android, nor do EXEs run on either mobile OS. 

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+The Evil Overlord    17,089

Um. Installshield (why so 1995?) doesn't run on Android, nor do EXEs run on either mobile OS. 

I'm asking to learn, it was the first thing to pop up in my head from remembering to install programs :)

the exe thing was because I know windows uses that, (although I don't know anything about 8 or newer)

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TruckWEB    367

Microsoft have their own guidelines for building apps, and what they can and can't do.. there's no blame here imo.

 

Sorry but MS guideline put out incomplete apps...  The website will always be better.

 

That's a fail....

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+Anarkii    2,066

Sorry but MS guideline put out incomplete apps...  The website will always be better.

 

That's a fail....

Microsoft also put out an incomplete OS...

Good job on the Neowin App thou fellas. Nothing will ever beat the actual website thou. 

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