The Apps Have it: A Glimpse at Windows 8 Tablet Apps

The success of any piece of technology is not only determined by its hardware. It’s about the apps. What would you do with a powerful machine when the only software developed for it is reminiscent of the stone ages?  Windows 8 Tablet apps continue to tease the people.

“In preparation for the Windows 8 release, this app is being built to take advantage of the touch-first, native environment of Windows 8, while retaining the look and feel of the Windows Metro UI and showcasing the content of USA Today,” Robbie Dillon wrote.

ZDNet’s Stephen Chapman chanced upon one of the designs for a USA Today app, found on Dillon’s Web site.

Chapman didn’t stop with that discovery. He also saw a travel-oriented app. This app seemed to incorporate news feeds, media browsing and messaging. The design was courtesy of Jetsoft, a company that helps in designing UI for other application developers.

Unfortunately, none of these discoveries will likely end up being used in the market. However, they serve as good indicia of how the “Metro” UI will be a part of applications for Windows. Just like everybody else, I would like to see the features religiously promised by Windows to those who faithfully wait for Windows 8 tablets. One of the so-called promises was the feature to run apps split screen, not unlike the old console games allowing co-op playing.

The best thing would be the do what everyone else is doing: wait.

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