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What's your favorite Windows Store App?

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  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    Oh those lovely Windows Store Apps... Those three little words are all the rage around the water cooler already. People are all yacking it up with stuff like:

    "Hey did you see this neat little Windows Store App? It's so much better than the version on Android."

    "Do you know how many Windows Store Apps I've bought? Tens!"

    "Damn! This Windows Store App keeps crashing"

    "Writing Windows Store Apps is a great career builder."

    "Snap! Is that a Windows Store App?!??!?"

    "Why did the Windows Store App cross the road?"

    Genius marketing! When someone sees a W8 device running an app they like they'll know right where to get it!

    Dude 1: "Hey what kind of app is that? It's pretty cool!"

    Dude 2: "It's a Windows Store App called Frrrt"

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    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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  • Ian2

    Out of interest how many apps can you see where you are?

    Currently 1058 in the UK

    (Search the store from the search charm using an asterisk or space to get a count)

  • Sven Groot

    851 here (I'm in the NL market, I think).

    Number of apps that actually look like they're worth having: ehm... the Kindle app's kind of nice, although I never really read on my desktop or laptop. Microsoft's Mahjong and Solitaire. OneNote MX would be nice if it weren't for the huge drawback of being full screen and the fact that I also have the regular desktop OneNote.

    In fact, that goes for all of them. With the exception of maybe Remote Desktop (which I usually run full screen anyway), I have seen exactly zero apps so far where the benefits outweigh the drawback of requiring full screen (on a desktop PC). This includes built-in as well as store apps. Calendar and Weather are nice for their start screen tiles, but the apps themselves I rarely use because they're full screen. I'd rather use desktop IE or (even better) Outlook to add things to my Live Calendar which I can then see on the start screen tile.

    Media center could be run windowed, and that made more sense as a full screen application than most Metro apps. Hopefully windowed metro apps will be added in Windows 9. Until then they might be nice for a tablet, but utterly pointless on the desktop.

  • Ian2

    Ahem, This one demands full screen:

    http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/scroll/ad43a72d-41f5-479c-8de6-c0614abbed59

    BW I know the 'edit' UI is crap (circa DOS Desktop GUI 1984).  Next version will be better ...

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  • Bas

    This complaint is just pathetic. As if "App Store App" or "Google Play App" are snappy.

  • Blue Ink

    @Bas: the problem is not the name itself, and it's not even the fact that "Metro Style" is getting retired; all perfectly understandable. It's just that all this sounds incredibly cheesy...

    "You should not use 'Metro Style', that was a beta name and is no longer current. You should use 'Windows Store App' instead... it's long so you can make a little tap-dance every time you say it. Oh, and could you please wear this Bing sticker on your forehead while you are at it?"

    Luckily, this won't last long. People will just ignore the official lingo and call them "Apps".

  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , Bas wrote

    This complaint is just pathetic. As if "App Store App" or "Google Play App" are snappy.

    Except that's not their official name. I don't build a "Google Play App". I build an "Android" app.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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  • Bas

    Jesus Christ, this is clutching at straws.

  • magicalclick

    @DeathByVisualStudio:

    I haven't done it, but there is one MS paint and one 3rd party paint app. Both of them are looking very nice, especially the 3rs party one can produce professional results.

    I am reluctent to do it because I dont want to setup the account, the same Win98/XP case where I dont want to login to Hotmail when I login to my machine. I have to try it again and see if I can login as local account and login to store manually and logout when I close the store.

    Available on Windows Phone Store is a term I am more concerned with, when company said they have an app for the device. Windows Store is short, so, it is not bad.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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  • cbae

    I like this one.

  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , Bas wrote

    Jesus Christ, this is clutching at straws.

    Yeah I know; whoever is in charge of Microsoft branding certainly is clutching at straws. I thought they had something with "metro" but since that option was pulled they went back to the "old way" of naming product. Truly sad.

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  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , cbae wrote

    I like this one.

    I like it too. Not because of the price but because it's not a fart app. Without the guarantee of side-loading I'm sure we'll see a lot more of these types of apps in the store.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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  • Bas
  • AndyC

    @DeathByVisualStudio: I honestly can't believe anyone can get quite so worked up around a term that is only relevant to developers. I'm glad there is a term, because it's been quite irritating in developer focused conversation to refer to them without resorting to just saying Metro. Though I think "Start Screen Apps" would have been a bit less confusing (since desktop apps can appear in the Windows Store), but hey ho, at least it's a decision.

    To all non-developers though, they're just apps. They don't need a term to distinguish between them and desktop apps.

  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @AndyC: I'm not worked up. I think it's funny that they can't for the life of them come up with a product name that isn't ridiculous. At least it's a decision? Nice excuse for ineptness on Microsoft's behalf. I disagree about the need to differentiate between a Windows Store App and a desktop app:

    Dude 1: "Hey I can't find that cool app you showed me in the Windows Store."

    Dude 2: "That's because its a [WTFYouCallit] app, not a Windows Store App. You can buy it on Amazon"

     

     

  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    Why thank you!

  • AndyC

    @DeathByVisualStudio: It's not a product name though, is it? It's not even a particular set of technology either. It's something that developers do need a term for, but it's not important to anyone else.

    A more realistic conversation:

    Dude 1: "I can't find that cool app you showed me in the Windows Store"

    Dude 2: "You can get it on Amazon, that's where I got it"

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