Update – the official Twitter app for Windows 10 has now been released.
One of the best known social networks of all, Twitter, until recently had next to no support for Windows 8. However, now the official Windows 8 app is freely available for users to download and install on their devices.
The app comes as a much needed addition to the Windows Store and this is the ice breaker for other social networks to come with their official apps in the near future. Also, the Twitter app for Windows Phone has gotten a major user interface upgrade, bringing it closer to the iOS or Android versions.
Twitter for Windows 8 – The Official App
As described on the Windows Store, Twitter for Windows 8 brings users the most used features of the popular social network, all wrapped in a Windows 8 style UI that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as very fast:
Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8
The app itself is pretty straight forward, providing users with all the options that they would have on the web version or the Twitter apps that are available on other mobile platforms. Although the UI of the app was developed in Windows 8 fashion, it is still familiar and very easy to navigate.
From the menu on the left side of the main window, users can access all the content from their account, just like in the web version. Also, the profile page has a tile interface in Windows 8 fashion than allows you to see your Followers, Following and other information. One issue I noticed using the app was the lack of a scroll bar for the Followers / Following users, making it impossible to scroll the page.
Thanks to the seamless integration with Windows 8, the Twitter app gives users the possibility to use Snap View, a Windows 8 feature that allows two apps to be placed side by side on the screen. This makes it much more easier to multitask or just talk with their friends and get some work done at the same time.
Also, there is no way to change Account Settings from within the app and when you select this option it will automatically redirect you to the web version. Apart from this, everything is pretty simple. For sending tweets, there is the button in the upper right corner and the search button allows users to quickly search for other users.
The “Discover” option is something that I deem very useful, allowing the user to find content like topics or people to follow and see tweets and pictures. As the name suggests, it allows the user to discover new content and filter through the massive amount of information on Twitter, and because it’s based on the user’s own network, it renders a list of topics that are of interest to him.
The app is runs very smooth and the pages load in an instant. Apart from the initial log in that took a few seconds, everything else loads in the blink of an eye. I enjoyed using the app and with the addition of another few features like saving drafts or adding multiple accounts, Twitter for Windows 8 could become as good as the other Twitter apps from other platforms.
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