Many of the apps that I’ve had the pleasure to try out in Metro have actually proven to me how much more enjoyable web experiences are when wrapped within ‘app shells’. Sure, you can look up hotels from the web, listen to music from Slacker Radio directly from the web, and even look up words directly from your browser –...

I recently did a comparison of two different weather apps for Windows 8 Metro, well it turns out there is yet another weather-related app that was included in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Honestly this really leaves me wondering who thought it was necessary to have so many weather apps in this Beta, but I digress. So...

Looking for an easy podcast manager and player that runs straight from Metro? SlapDash has you covered. As you can see, it lays out a variety of podcasts in a very Metro-esque styling. You can search and find new and different podcasts or even add your own through its pretty easy to use system. I’m not going to go...

When it comes to designing an app for use in Metro, there seem to be a few different approaches that I’ve seen so far. The first of these approaches I’d like to call the “Minimalist”. This type of app works hard to stick very close to Microsoft’s own styling and seems to do a very good job of minimizing the need for clicks...

Metro has some fairly good apps for being just a beta, though I really hope this number increases quite a bit by the official commercial release. One thing that did bother me is that certain apps that could have easily gotten the Metro treatment right away, still haven’t. The two biggest of these are MS Calculator,...

Yesterday, I took a look at the file-sharing site, Daily Motion’s app for Windows 8 Metro. It was laid out simply, with a very solid Metro styling to it. There was little need for multiple clicks and overall it was a fine example of what video sharing apps could look like in the future with Metro. And then there is...

Today I take a look at a simple picture editing app designed completely for Metro, called Ashampoo Image FX. Essentially, you pick your file first. The navigation here is real simple, so not a whole lot to say. I grabbed my profile pic to show off a little of what this program can do. As you can see, there a few...

Viewing news in a native Metro app is an experience that is a lot more pleasant that just popping open a bookmarked link on a web page, or at least that was my experience with the “Chicago Tribune” app. Sure, it isn’t the most exciting app, but the mark of a well-designed Metro app is that is both simple and inherently...

Now that I’ve had my hand on literally about 1/4 of the apps that are available right now for Windows 8, my impressions are really starting to change. My initial impression was that Microsoft didn’t choose that many high-key apps that could really show off the ‘best’ that Metro has to offer. Now that I’ve really...

A little earlier I took a look at the new “Chicago Tribune” app and I made it fairly clear that it was exactly what I felt a news app in Metro should be – it stuck to the Metro styling quite well, it wasn’t too cluttered, and it was easy to use. Now let’s take a look at “USA Today”. Do I feel the same? Not...