It is mildly amusing how some of the biggest technology websites have faltered when it comes to creating apps for Windows 8. AOL might be force behind TechCrunch, but the official app still leaves a fair bit to be desired.
Released not too long ago, it currently enjoys some middle of the road rating and reviews.
This free app does a lot of things right in terms of content, but some stability issues (takes an age to load up) and a pedestrian UI spoil the overall experience. Compared to some of the other competing apps, this one needs just that extra polish, and customization options, to really seal the deal.
Here is the official description:
“The TechCrunch app is the best way to get the hottest technology news on your desktop, laptop, or tablet. Browse the latest headlines with a flick of your finger then tap to dive into an unparalleled source of stories about startups and Silicon Valley, gadgets and go-getters.”
All things considered, it still does a pretty neat job of bringing the latest news stories from the website straight to the Metro environment of Windows 8.
And admirably, each articles comes with a personalized recommendation section underneath — it suggests related stories for you to read, based on the news you have read in the past. CrunchBase also comes integrated, so you can look up company information from within the app.
A quick and breezy 2MB download make this a must-have download for every technology enthusiast, and hopefully the developers refine it further in the near future. For x86, x64 and ARM.
Click here to check out TechCrunch on the Windows Store.