Windows 8 – App Highlight: Wikipedia


I don’t know about you, but I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking things up in Wikipedia. While many schools and colleges don’t allow you to use it as a source, I still can’t imagine life without this open encyclopedia.

With that in mind, I was very pleased to see that Metro received its own stylized version of Wikipedia as an app.

So how does it fare?

As you can see from the above picture, the layout is simple and easy, and yet it has the full power of Wikipedia behind it.

At first glance I didn’t think you could search from within it, but then I realized this is one of the apps that use the built-in Windows Metro search. Just move your mouse to the right corner and start searching.

As you can see from the above layout, reading is easy and quite similar to many of the news apps out there in Metro.

Another very interesting idea is that you can right-click to bring up a sub-menu that allows instant launching to Internet Explorer (metro version) if you’d prefer reading the article in its native format.

Overall, Wikipedia translates PERFECTLY to Windows 8 Release Preview’s Metro interface. I really like it, and although on the PC I probably will end up using the regular browser version more, I could see this really being a useful tool for those with tablets.

Have you used Wikipedia for Metro? What do you think?

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  • Ezekiel Carsella

    i love it and wished my school would let me use it as a credible source