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Twitter announces a Windows 8 app

It's about time
Thu Mar 14 2013, 10:43
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MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has announced an app for Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT operating systems, which is available to download now for free.

It's hard to believe that until today there wasn't a Twitter app for Windows 8, given that Microsoft released its latest operating system almost six months ago. However the app is finally here and available now from the Windows Store.

Twitter announced the news on its official blog. It said, "Today, we are releasing Twitter for Windows 8, a new app that makes it easier than ever to share and discover content on Windows 8 devices.

"In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features."

Twitter explained these unique Windows 8 features. Snap View is one of them, which means the app can be used alongside another on the Microsoft Surface tablet, for example.

Twitter for Windows 8

"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," Twitter explained.

Photos is another feature that has been tweaked for Windows 8, as the social network looks to compensate for the lack of a Twitter app in Windows 8. Images will be at the forefront in Twitter for Windows 8, and can be viewed in a new landscape view. There's also the option to swipe through multiple photos and make them fit the screen.

Finally, Twitter boasts that its Windows 8 app also comes with a feature annoyingly titled 'Share Charm. We'll let Twitter explain. 

"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," it said. µ

 

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