Twitter’s new Windows 10 app shows tweets directly in the Start menu

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Native Twitter For Windows 10 App Launched.

Twitter officially launches its new universal app for Windows 10 today, and while it doesn’t hold too many surprises, it may hold one trump card: You can view tweets directly in the Start menu.Microsoft’s new Windows 10 software, out Wednesday, is effectively a sneak attack on Google, packing a new desktop search bar that can field just about any question under the sun.We’re not even done with launch day, and it already looks like Windows 10 is getting the ball rolling with third-party software: Twitter just launched a native app for the operating system. And it’s powered in part by Microsoft’s own Bing search engine, meaning the move could help Microsoft gain even more of the search market share against its foremost rival.

The app is also going to display tweets right out of the box in live tiles from the Start menu, all of these features don’t require the user to sign in. However, the app does seem to be missing key features, including pull-to-refresh and “Quote Tweet” — an increasingly popular facet of Twitter in other clients. The company recently implemented similar features for its hub on the Web, and Twitter hopes the upcoming Project Lightning will turn the network into a global news source for trending topics around the world.

Once you do input your account information, it’s pretty full-featured: you can attach multiple photos per tweet, view animated GIFs and watch Vine videos inline. The Universal Windows Platform has the potential to catalyze the development of new apps for both desktop and mobile Windows devices in a way that Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) couldn’t.

Meanwhile, it’s likely Twitter wants to jump on the opportunity to reach new audiences, given the millions of people who will be installing Windows 10 in the coming months. Type in “.ppt,” for example, and a list of PowerPoint presentations crops up in a pop-up menu, sortable by most recent or most relevant and accessible in one click. Searches for the names of apps extend beyond your device and into the Windows Store, fetching not only the apps you’ve installed, but the apps you may want to download, too.

Windows 10 brings Bing to the forefront, fetching answers faster than you can type the word “Google.” Open-ended questions, like “what’s the meaning of life?” automatically opens up the relevant results on Bing’s landing page. Questions with more definitive answers, like “what’s 2+2,” come even faster with an assist from Cortana, Microsoft’s new voice-activated digital assistant. And that’s where things get interesting, because Cortana can also use machine learning to display everything you wanted to know, but were too busy to ask. Microsoft’s group program manager for Cortana, Marcus Ash, showed TIME his personalized suggestions from Cortana during his recent visit to Manhattan. In a sign of how far Microsoft has come, this writer, for the first time ever, used a Bing Map, despite my historical preference for Google, simply because it popped up first in a Windows 10 search menu.

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