The launch of a native Twitter app for windows 8 late last week was welcomed by users who until now have been restricted to using the web version or third party clients that don’t necessarily play nice with the Windows 8 tile interface.
The new Twitter app does for the most part, play nice with the tile interface and is an impressive app. In it’s full screen version it is good looking easy to navigate and features really easy to read fonts.
The app is well integrated with the Windows 8 Desktop and the share charm allows you to share from Internet Explorer 10 and even other apps. For example say I want to share an article about astronaut Chris Hadfield from the CTV News app I can do it with a simple click or flick of a finger on a touch screen. By the way the Search charm works just as well.
The Windows 8 Twitter app handles photos really well. 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.
I really like the Snap View feature. you can 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 even play a game. In Snap View, you can adjust the size of the app to one-third, two-thirds or full screen.
So far so good, but this new Twitter app falls flat on it’s face in several important areas. Notifications don’t seem to work and it is the same for the Live Tile. Perhaps that is because I am running Windows 8 on a Mac in Parallels but, every other app I have that uses notifications or live tiles works in this environment. And finally, I can find no way to access my lists which is an important tool I use to manage my Twitter account. It is so important that this app is useless to me as a Twitter client.
Bottom line: This is a good looking app on the Windows 8 Store that holds a lot of promise but the absence of several key features means I can’t recommend it except for the most casual, low volume Twitter user.