Staying connected with Twitter and Facebook is a daily ritual for many, which is why Windows 8 also includes apps for social media.
Twitter fanatics can look forward to the Tweet@rama app. Like the Stock and Weather apps, status updates are cycled on the front splash screen. Metro is entirely integrated, so clicking on a follower or a URL opens that webpage in the Metro version of IE 10.
The interface for Facebook is slightly more impressive. Open the Socialite app and there are five panels: News Feed, Profile, Photos, Friends, and Checkins.
All of the basic functions are covered: commenting, writing on your wall, and liking posts. Want to check out a webpage? No problem. Like Tweet@rama, webpages are opened in the Metro version of IE 10. However, you can’t message or post pictures (except for screenshots) within Socialite.
Metro UI's games- and entertainment-related apps are really intended for tablets and smartphones, but desktop users can access them too.
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- Interacting With Metro And Vanilla
- Windows Store: Drumming Up App Support
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- Tablet And Smartphone: Gestures
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