We have released an update to the WPDownUnder app for Windows 8. This update brings several fixes to the app and especially to the way the app handles images and videos embed in the Articles. Based on feedback from a few of our Beta Program participants, we also made it easier to distinguish the main app screens from the App Bar when it is shown by making it a light grey.
These fixes, and more, are also coming to the Windows Phone version of the app with update currently going through certification. We will reveal more once it is available.
While this update only contains fixes to make the app easier to use and Articles easier to read, we still have big plans for future updates which will be coming to both the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of the app. Future updates will cover a broad range of feedback we have received on both versions, updated layout, new features and a few surprises.
So be sure to follow us on twitter then keep an eye out here and on WPDownUnder for future updates.
The complete list of changes can be found in the Change Log here.
Yesterday, together with WPDownUnder, we made the official WPDownUnder app for Windows 8 available in the Windows 8 Store for free. The WPDownUnder app for Windows 8 has much of the same functionality of the popular app released earlier this year for Windows Phone such as: View the latest articles on WPDownUnder, Live Tile displaying the latest Article, Commenting on articles and the ability to search through literally hundreds of archived articles published by the WPDownUnder team since the site launched just over a year ago.
As with the WPDownUnder for Windows Phone, we have taken advantage of some of the key features of Windows 8 such as: Using the settings charm to access the apps settings, using the search charm to facilitate the searching for articles and using the share charm to allow users to share content from WPDownUnder using the app of their choice.
“Handiware have done a fantastic job with delivery of yet another high-quality WPDU App, this time for the Windows 8 platform. Even better, it’s arrived before the official launch of Win8 in October!” Scott Sheedy of WPDU.
We are already planning for future updates to the app which will introduce further features to improve the app and bring it in line with the current features found in the Windows Phone version.
WPDownUnder for Windows 8 can be found in the Windows 8 Store under the “News & Weather” category, by searching for WPDownUnder or by clicking here – and don’t forget to share your feedback on the app by rating it in the store.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently working on our first app for Windows 8 and that we are looking at porting some of our Windows Phone apps to the new OS as well.
We recently submitted our first app to an App Excellence Lab run by Microsoft Australia thanks to Nick Hodge, see the article he wrote here, and we got a lot of feedback which we are using to improve the app before we submit it when the Windows Store opens to developers.
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