Twitter Finally Releases An App For Windows 8

It's not just Windows Phone 8 fighting for flagship apps -- it's also Windows 8, to some degree. As Microsoft throws its weight behind those two major operating systems, at least one major developer is joining the Win8 fray this week: Twitter. That's right -- starting today you'll find a proper Windows 8 Twitter app available to download, so you won't have to use third-party clients or the Web if you don't want to. In addition to familiar Twitter features, including the Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, this app introduces new functionality that takes advantage of unique Windows 8 features.

First off, there's Snap View, which allows users to use another app right alongside Twitter. Snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and then start using another app. You’ll be able to keep up with the conversations that are happening on Twitter while you watch a streaming video or read a news story. With snap view, you can adjust the size of the app to one-third, two-thirds or full screen.

As for Photos? Those are big and bold, front and center. With an all-new landscape view, not only can you view a larger version of individual photos, but you can also swipe horizontally to view multiple photos in the Discover tab or a user’s profile. Tap a photo to view it in full screen, which showcases large photos in the center of the screen, or view the photo gallery from your favorite users.

There's also a Share Charm that allows users to Tweet from any app at any time, and a Search Charm that makes it easy to find an account or see Tweets using a certain hashtag. Just swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 from any app and select the Search charm. Of course, there's support for Live Tiles and Notifications, which allows users to keep up with what’s happening on Twitter using the Twitter Live Tiles and notifications, which show no matter which app you’re running.

Twitter for Windows 8 is available now in the Windows Store in 22 languages, and yes, it's free.