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Windows 8 Apps = starting to take off?

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    Ian2

    As a developer of one of the first Windows 8 based Apps (Live Tile News) I have followed download stats since launch which have been disappointing.  That said, looks like things might be starting to turn round - I m personally seeing a lot more interest in App downloads in the last week or two (blog piece here).

    Wondering who here makes use of Windows 8 Apps?

     ... Any recommendations?

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    Jim Young

    @Ian2:I do. A large part of my internet access is done with my Surface RT. My most used app is Tweetro+. If there was an HBO Go application I would probably use that a lot too, but playing episodes full screen with the browser works just fine.

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    Harlequin

    What's the minimum you can sell your app at, $0.99?

    Sounds like a good father-son(s) project to do a cool app.

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    Bas

    Can't say I'm seeing any noticable uptake in downloads myself. However, sales via my app seem to be on the rise very slowly.

    I used to use the messages app, but I've found that it's not really reliable when it comes to facebook messages, so I just use the site for that now. Now I primarily use the mail app. I guess I'd use metro IE etc. more if I had an actual tablet.

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    spivonious

    I use mostly metro apps on my laptop, only dropping to the desktop when I need to (advanced config stuff mostly). Top apps are IE, Mail, and Newegg.

    Newegg's app is absolutely fantastic.

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    Harlequin

    Newegg app looks U.S. only...

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    Charles

    Great to see more adoption. I've installed (and regularly use...) several Windows Store apps. I guess that means I make use of them Smiley

    Twitter, Discourse, FreshPaint, SkyDrive, NOOK, Cocktail Flow, Xbox Music, Windows Phone, etc...

    C

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    Richard.Hein

    I use the Surface RT a lot, but my wife uses it a lot more and loves it.  She mostly uses it for browsing the web, but I use a lot of baby-oriented apps - flashcards and music games, FreshPaint as well, and I'll tell you, I can't believe how quickly my now 6-month old daughter is learning to use touch-based devices.  She loves the Surface and my Nokia Lumia 920.  She doesn't know what to do, but she knows she touches stuff and stuff happens.  She smiled and laughed the first time she managed to make a FreshPaint stroke with her hand without just moving the canvas.  I wish there was a mode to lock the canvas so that it took just input from the hand though, then she would be able to finger paint more easily.  Right now it's hard because she usually just tries to slap both hands down and that enters drag or zoom mode, more often than not. 

    I also show her the Travel app sometimes, and she loves that as well.  Looking at the pyramids through the Surface, like a window - AWESOME.  In case you haven't seen or tried it, it moves the Photosynth panorama around as you hold and move the Surface around.  Incredibly fun. 

    All the Twitter apps suck now, because of the limits Twitter imposed.  They never seem to work anymore.

    I use a mix of other applications, like Stanford University's app and lots of reference applications like Study Online, StumbleUpon, various cookbook apps - I like AllRecipes app with video. 

    Anyways, there's a lot out there that I haven't tried.  The reason being is that they all run full screen and taking up a full monitor is not acceptable to me 90% of the time.  So they don't get used at work.  It's just not acceptable, sorry MS.  I need to be able to scale down the windows to the size I desire.

    So, speaking of that, it's time to try StarDocks ModernMix application and see how it fares.

    Also, had to say, a lot of these programs are really, really buggy.  There's usually no refresh or anything so sometimes things just don't do anything at all, and you have to restart them.  There's a lack of status from those apps to tell you what they are doing (usually getting data from somewhere, and it's just not coming through).

    The Mail app, I use on the Surface a lot, and on the desktop sometimes.  However, it's really buggy on the desktop because somehow the connection to an Exchange account totally messes up the contact info resolution.

     

     

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    Bas

    , Richard.Hein wrote

    I'll tell you, I can't believe how quickly my now 6-month old daughter is learning to use touch-based devices.  

    This blows me away too. My niece turns 2 years old next month, and she knows exactly how to navigate my phone or a Nintendo DS. I suppose kids have always taken to technology quickly, but it's still fascinating how intuitive some of these things apparently are.

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    Richard.Hein

    So, I just installed ModernMix, and it's great, but there are issues with it (it's still in beta, so we'll see if they can fix this somehow.  Although I can finally resize a Modern UI window that plays video, if I switch focus to another Modern UI app, the media stops playing.  The only way to have 2 windows open and have it keep playing is to dock the media playing application.  Docking one app causes the 2nd app to immediately revert to the standard fullscreen (or 3/4, 5/8, whatever it is) mode. 

     

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    Ian2

    @Richard.Hein:I tried ModernMix but found I didn't really like having 'Modern' apps in a Window(!!)

     What is that about?

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    vesuvius

    , Bas wrote

    *snip*

    This blows me away too. My niece turns 2 years old next month, and she knows exactly how to navigate my phone or a Nintendo DS. I suppose kids have always taken to technology quickly, but it's still fascinating how intuitive some of these things apparently are.

    You do need to be careful, I know a person that lets their kid on their iPhone until the battery runs out.

    Turns out the kid is having problems learning to speak, because parent interaction for some children is substituted for entertainment. It is far more important to go to a park, feed the ducks and get filthy rolling around in the mud than playing baby-apps on an iPad.

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    Richard.Hein

    @vesuvius:  Don't worry man, we'll do all of that, but it's still winter here so we read and play and watch soccer/football.  She doesn't spend a lot of time on the devices - maybe 15-20 minutes, 2 times a day, tops, but I haven't counted.  Mainly she wants to walk, and she just stood up by herself about a week ago, in her crib, pulling herself up.  She's got a few words as well.  Momma, daddy and/or Nadia (we aren't sure half the time about that one), and hi.  And she says Neh for milk, which is an extension of her reflex sound for hunger, since we reinforced it, but we always say, "Neh?  Milk?" when she says it now to teach her.  I studied early childhood development in neuroscience and it's a passion of mine, so I am very interested in making sure she learns and is exposed to nature and has a well rounded education.  Thanks for the concern though. 

    P.S. I'm using stuff like this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxMnF60_Jxg based on teachings from people like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51lijw6gkB4, to teach numeracy and literacy.  And working on a  Surface RT app (EDIT:  I mean Modern UI ... ugh ... app).

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    DCMonkey

    It looks like MS is throwing around some cash for W8S developers...

    http://build.windowsstore.com/keepthecash

     

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    JoshRoss

    I've purchased a five pack of the StartIsBack app, if that counts. Those guys did a great job. I might purchase some Office apps, and I might sell some too.

    -Josh

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    Bas

    , DCMonkey wrote

    It looks like MS is throwing around some cash for W8S developers...

    http://build.windowsstore.com/keepthecash

     

     

    Offer good only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C.

     

    Obviously.

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    Ian2

    @Bas: We have had a similar offer running in the UK that offers swag instead of hard cash.

    http://www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk/

    it's a nice sweetener if you are doing apps anyway.

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