The Windows Store and third-party apps
The Windows app store has a few thousand apps at launch time—Microsoft declines to provide even an estimated figure—and Indian users will see familiar brands including news organisations and entertainment websites. There are some interesting paid and "freemium" ones for mapping, education and productivity.
Most of the free apps are rather crude, giving the impression that their creators were just playing or practicing. Many of them are simple utilities such as calculators, alarm clocks and unit converters, which have no business filling up an 11-inch tablet screen, let alone the 24-inch desktop monitor on our test bed. Two of the choices in the ‘Top Free’ spotlight section are Ping, which does nothing but send out network pings, and Metro.nomo, a shockingly simple metronome that can’t even change time signatures. Many of the news-related apps are simple wrappers for Web content; in some cases feeling like RSS readers with a little branding and some unnecessary animation and horizontal scrolling slapped on. Gaana, which Microsoft is touting heavily for Indian users, doesn't recognise a mouse scroll wheel or a keyboard [Backspace] which triggers the 'Back' button in built-in apps. It also refuses to scale up beyond a certain point, which is a shame considering many of its genre labels are too small, and therefore unhelpful. We hope that they improve over the next few months, if they aren’t buried by superior alternatives.
App wastes space for no purpose
That said, there are lots of good apps, including familiar names such as Evernote, Kindle, eBay, Newegg, TuneIn Radio, Engadget and YouCam. The games stand out, especially Microsoft’s own offerings. Not many have tried to fit in with the Modern UI style or even apply it in creative ways—only a few Twitter clients, feed readers and entertainment apps impressed us. The most notable missing names are Facebook and Twitter. The lack of these major names is surprising, given the demand for them on tablets and mobile devices. You'll also come across listings for desktop apps, which only redirect you to the developers' websites from where you have to download them yourself.
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