With the Windows 8 store still expanding, there are several apps I would DIE to have (okay, not “die” but would like to have nonetheless). So, in the next coming weeks, let’s hope that developers jump on these ideas so we can enjoy our quality app hunting!
I was a bit disappointed with Word 2013 Preview due to its lack of Modern UI capability but we should see that when the official version comes out. Despite that, 2013 offers a great experience and when in full-screen mode, it’s just a beast for writing. However, what I’m looking forward the most is distraction-free word processors such as FocusWriter, OmmWriters, and many others, translated to Modern UI. The only good text editor that runs in Modern is MarkPad and that thing is a beauty. It consumes the entire screen, there are no toolbars, taskbars, or anything however they CAN be accessed via right-click, charms and in other ways. There’s also a competitor TrimWord which seems to be of similar nature but more versatile in terms of UI.
I feel like text editors and word processors have been heading this way for a while, especially over the past couple of years where “full screen writing” has become a norm, a way to silence your facebook notifications, update notifications, and generally eliminate any flashing icons that other applications try to warn you with.
Official apps are usually the best due to the diligence of developers and the time and money put into them. The current Instagram and Pandora apps are okay but they’re visible inferior to the browser (and even mobile!) experience. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing:
Web Development Apps
These will be plentiful. Distraction free editor. Emacs port. Sublime Text port, and who knows what else. These will be very much fun to use 🙂 If you think about it, it’s been heading there for a while now -> full screen editors. And this is a great way to get there! As far as distraction-free writing goes, we all know that’s what writers want. Well, right next to them, all lined up, are developers and designers. Again, this is a continuing
I can imagine that many devs will jump the gun and create gameboy emulators, playstation one emulators and more. It was a craze for the Android phones so I don’t see why it wouldn’t be for Windows 8!
VLC Player for Modern UI? Sounds great, especially with a custom folder explorer, play lists and so on 🙂