5 Windows 8 Apps That Show Metro’s Potential
Metro in Windows 8 hasn’t won over all consumers, which some people likening the operating system to Windows Vista, but here are some apps which show how the design can be unique.
Windows 8 isn’t out, but that doesn’t mean developers can’t produce great apps for the operating system
We like to be positive when talking about Windows 8, unless there’s something to be negative about, and we thought it would be a good idea to look at some Windows 8 apps that could be hits during launch when you’re looking for anything to test Metro with.
#1: Windows Store
Maybe the most overlooked app – not program – in Windows 8 in terms of design, Microsoft shows developers how Metro can cleanly and clearly present information in different categories on a single plane that you can swipe or scroll through horizontally. Clicking on apps shows the description, images, out-of-five-star ratings and how much the app costs with a download button. Creating first impressions is important, and Microsoft doesn’t miss the opportunity to impress.
Cookbook has consistently been brought up because searching for recipes and the Metro interface works wonderfully together: Metro highlights images, important for seeing what a recipe looks like, and categorizes them. You can also favorite recipes, and Today’s Specials highlights recipes that may interest you. It’s not super complex, but then why does a recipe app need to be?
Multi Functional Apps
Vimeo is a beautiful when viewing video, with its smooth UI and focus on video (surprise!). YouTube hasn’t arrived, yet, but Vimeo has used the Metro interface perfectly by sorting videos into tiles with a thumbnail. Move to the right to view more videos, or go back to view those you’ve seen.
Kobo creates a great reading experience by laying out your books horizontally, with the covers allowing books to be instantly recognised. Tap to read. Pretty simple, right?
#5: News Republic
New Republic reminds me a lot of Flipboard, presenting information in tiles with the ability to create your own hubs for content. The advantage of Flipboard is that the wrapper resembles a magazine, giving the effect when you’re scrolling between pages of tiles. It would fit perfectly on Windows 8, and it’s now on Android. Why not develop for Windows 8?
All in all, there are already some cool apps out there. Here at windows7themes.net, we’re definitely all looking forward to the release of Windows 8, the new tablets and everything else that Microsoft has in store for us later this year!
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