Microsoft’s vice president revealed recently that Facebook and Flipboard are finally coming to Microsoft 8 and in the process of launching Metro style apps for the OS. Panos Panay made note of the impeding launches when talking about the company’s new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets.
“Last year we launched this product with 10,000 apps. This year I stand up in front of you and there are 100,000 apps in the Windows Store right now. That’s critical,” said Panay.
He has a point. If you have a Windows tablet, chances are there’s a lot you love about it, but sometimes the Windows Store offerings can be disappointing. Take Facebook. It’s beyond inexcusable that it’s taken them this long to release a Windows 8 app, especially when parts of the site are “baked in” to the OS to begin with. That should have given them a head start but they chose to drag their feet instead.
Facebook isn’t known for caring much about their mobile apps anyway. Their Android app is a horror show. It hogs memory and seriously cuts into battery life. My guess is since mobile apps don’t do the ad display thing like the website does, that Facebook doesn’t want to encourage people to use anything but the website.
That said, I’ve been a Windows 8 user for about 6 months now and even though there are some apps I wish were available for it, I have to say I am generally quite pleased and have even discovered some great new apps like Mine for Facebook, NewsMix and Discourse. One thing about Windows 8 apps that is really underrated is how beautiful they are. Microsoft has done a fantastic job with its built in apps such as News, Bing and Travel.
So tell me Windows 8 users — what are your favorite Win 8 apps and which ones do you wish were available?
<Source: Tab Times>