Like it or not, “Metro” apps are going to invade our lives with the upcoming public launch of Windows 8. After using the Windows 8 RTM for about two weeks I can surely say, while not every PC user is going to like the overwhelming changes made to Windows ever since its inception, it is definitely a step forward to reach out to touch hardware without completely alienating existing traditional Windows users.
One segment that the Metro style is going to have maximum impact is the clients for social networks, given the fact that most PC users spend hours on sites like Twitter and Facebook. So we decided to have a look at the best five Metro twitter clients for Windows 8.
We are using Windows 8 RTM Enterprise Evaluation, so some of these apps might not be available if you are on a Windows 8 pre-release edition like Release Preview / Consumer Preview
If there were any prizes for Metro based user interface design, surely Tweetro developers would win most of them if not all. This is by far the best example of how immersive a Metro app can be regardless of the whether the device is a good old PC or a shiny new tablet
The panoramic design is just exploited to the hilt in Tweetro, leading to a near perfect experience for the users. You can add any number of custom hashtags or searches as hashtags on your main page. It also features tile overview akin to the start screen in Windows 8 to quickly glance at your columns. Tweetro also features an embedded image viewer as well as a webpage viewer to directly open the URLs within the app. Easily, the best Windows 8 Metro twitter client out there.
While MetroTwit for desktop is a wonderful client in itself, the native Windows 8 version does not lag behind at all. Regardless of personal liking for the Metro interface, anyone is bound to appreciate the smooth and gorgeous design of Metrotwit. A tad shy on features, MetroTwit still has all the basics of a Twitter client very well covered. The ability to manage columns to your likings based on hashtags or usernames is very handy, though the only gripe I encountered is the fact that you can pin just a single additional column to the main screen. Oh and the Preview tag is rather annoying considering how well the app works. I just expect it to really get even better by time Windows 8 releases to the general public.
The only thing where Rowi unanimously dissed us off was the rather gigantic font size for displaying tweets. Other than this particular complaint, we found Rowi to be a very slick and easy to use twitter client for Windows 8. What is particularly likeable about Rowi is its departure from the traditional Panoramic design that quite a lot of Twitter clients use. This not only makes Rowi very convenient to use but also does away with a lot of visual clutter. A very well done Twitter app, all in all. #favorite
While I was just about to write off Gleek as a shoddy Twitter app with tiles mashed all over it, I was just about relieved to see that there is a normal dual pane interface just hidden beneath. A really cool feature implemented in Gleek is the ability to pin the in app tiles to your start screen. Though the huge tiles at the launch screen of the app are sufficient to tick you off, clicking on tweets from your timeline take you to a two pane interface for displaying tweets which has quite become the standard for Twitter apps. A decent Twitter client for Windows 8 all in all.
Fliptoast has a quite decent multi platform presence. It also supports Facebook apart from Twitter which is an added bonus if you want to maintain your social media with a single app a la the default People app in Windows 8. Where it disappoints massively is the way it displays tweets in huge tiles, making you feel like you are scrolling all the way to the other end of the Universe. Trust me, large tiles for displaying tweets cause nothing but frustration and makes you cry for mercy regardless of your screen size. Still, it does not lack anything when it comes to proper functionality barely making into the list.
The above apps make a strong point in themselves, for the amount of immersion Metro provides for the users (especially Tweetro ). Expect more apps to pile up on the Windows 8 store as the public release date for Windows 8 approaches. For now , enjoy tweeting with these great apps. Do share your experience as well.