aNewDomain.net – Windows is late to the game with its tablet, and there some apps that are conspicuously missing. Here are some of the most glaring no-show Windows 8 apps.
The Windows app store has gained lost ground since the dismal pre-launch days of Windows 8, with more than 20,000 apps in its store currently. However, there are still some noticeable omissions in the Windows app store. On the plus side, third party app developers have picked up the slack and produced their own versions of these missing apps.
The following are big no-shows in the Windows app store, and some third-party alternatives to them.
Sure, there’s the Xbox Music app. But the millions of people who’ve invested countless hours developing Pandora playlists are a bit peeved there is no Pandora app for Windows 8. Never fear, PRadio is here. It’s as good a replacement as it gets. The interface may not look anything like Pandora, but you can access your Pandora radio stations and Pandora’s massive library of free streaming music.
Facebook said it has no plans to build a Windows 8 app, which is a big hit to the Windows app store in today’s social networking environment. There’s no substitute for an actual Facebook app, but MINE for Facebook is the best alternative for now. It gives you a customizable view of your Facebook feed, notifications, and your friends’ profile pages. You can also update your status, leave comments, share links and pictures, and more.
Twitter is busy building a Windows 8 app. There are several third-party Windows 8 Twitter clients, but you can’t really use any of them. Twitter restricts third-party clients to a maximum of 100,000 users and the Twitter apps for Windows 8 have hit this limit—unsurprising, given the official Twitter client for Windows 8 isn’t out yet.
Unless you were lucky enough to grab Metrotwit or Tweetro early, your best bet is the bundled People app. It’s not the best Twitter client, but hey, at least it lets you send and view tweets. Alternatively, the Tweetro app recently reappeared in the Windows Store after a brief hiatus, but now it carries a $9.99 price tag that is steep as far as apps go.
Instagram is another no-show in Microsoft’s new platform. There’s Milligram instead. You can get access to the latest content on Instagram, including popular and trending photos. You can even link to an Instagram account to view the latest photos from the people you follow. However, you can’t like photos, save them or leave comments.
Chandler Harris is a freelance business and technology writer located in Silicon Valley. He has written for numerous publications including Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, San Jose Magazine, Government Technology, Public CIO, AllBusiness.com, U.S. Banker, Digital Communities Magazine, Converge Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Adventure Sports Magazine, ClearanceJobs.com, and the San Jose Business Journal.