With Windows 8 now barely a week away, there’s a lot of new stuff around the corner. Aside from the new interface and gesture based systems, the big new change coming is the app store, where Microsoft certified apps can be found and installed. The Livetiles that make up Windows new interface are all apps, and several apps have already been made for India by Indian developers. We look at some of the most polished ones around, which are free and already available, so you can download them as soon as you switch on a Windows 8 machine:
This is a free music streaming service that’s already well known as a website. To listen to music, you normally have to visit their website and wait for everything to load. With Windows 8 though, it loads almost instantly, and quickly pulls up the tracks you can stream. The whole app is simple and easy to use, with a good selection of tracks. You can have Gaana running in the background as well, or pin it to one side of the screen, in which case the display changes to show only the playlist, a good use of the new capabilities of Windows 8.
What Gaana is to music, BigFlix is to video. You can stream movies for free using BigFlix, and much like Gaana, BigFlix also loads more quickly as an app. It takes advantage of the Live Tiles feature of Windows 8 to update the tile on the desktop with details of the latest films added to the catalogue – you can go from desktop to movie watching in seconds, and there’s a large catalogue to choose from.
Zomato also makes the transition from site to app for Windows users, and the new app is probably the best looking version of Zomato’s app across different platforms. It’s also remarkably fast, and aside from all the usual functionality you’ve come to expect from Zomato, the app also adds extra features such as “featured reviews” and interviews, and Twitter updates from Zomato. What’s particularly clever is that if you want to skip all this and just get the basic search functions of the mobile app, you can simply move the app to the side window, and quickly look things up.