Twitter For Windows 8 and Window RT arrives
It has taken a long while but twitter has finally released a twitter app for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The new Twitter app seems to leverage a lot of the new Windows features , Snap, live tile integration and integrated search from the Windows 8 charms.
Here is a quick overview from the twitter blog
(source twitter blog)
- Snap view: Use another app alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and then start using another app. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversations that are happening on Twitter while you watch a streaming video or read a news story. With snap view, you can adjust the size of the app to one-third, two-thirds or full screen.
- Photos: Large and center. With an all-new landscape view, not only can you view a larger version of individual photos, but you can also swipe horizontally to view multiple photos in the Discover tab or a user’s profile. Tap a photo to view it in full screen, which showcases large photos in the center of the screen, or view the photo gallery from your favorite users.
- Share charm: Tweet from any app, at any time. Simply swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 and then choose the Share charm to share content from any app, such as a photo or news article, to Twitter.
- Search charm: Search when you’re inspired. Similar to the Share charm, the Search charm makes it easy to find an account or see Tweets using a certain hashtag. Just swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 from any app and select the Search charm.
- Live Tiles and notifications: Don’t miss a beat. Keep up with what’s happening on Twitter using the Twitter Live Tiles and notifications, which show no matter which app you’re running.
The twitter app runs as a full screen app, which has a really nice feel to it in the way that it flows, one of the nice integration features that I enjoy is the in browser opening of links, it does not take you out side of the app. I do need to call out photo integration, time and care has been placed it creating an experience that is rich and leverages touch based devices. What do I mean by this? Tapping a photo brings up a full screen view that places the photo front and center.
Here is a demo of the new Twitter app.