The long awaited MetroTwit App Preview is now available in the Windows Store in Windows 8. This Windows 8 version, which was built by the same developers who are behind the very popular MetroTwit for Windows, really builds on its desktop sibling to take advantage of the Metro interface on Windows 8.
It is built to be touch friendly with large buttons and easy to scroll columns. It can be customized to display up to two columns of your choosing and you can easily tap or click through the other columns you want to see which will be dynamically displayed in the first column of the app.
Some of the features in this initial release include:
- Track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles
- Pin multiple columns on the homescreen
- Simple tweet, reply or retweet
- Search Twitter by keyword or hashtags
- View trending topics
- Snap view for quick access to tweets
The developers describe the app as follows:
MetroTwit is the Twitter client for Windows 8 you’ll love to use.
INSPIRED BY METRO.
MetroTwit celebrates an elegant and clean user interface that’s beautiful to look at and a pleasure to read.
LESS IS MORE.
It looks simple because it is simple. MetroTwit is proudly just a Twitter client and brings out the best Twitter has to offer with simple yet intuitive features.
MADE FOR WINDOWS 8.
Designed from the ground up, MetroTwit is a native Metro application that showcases the best Windows 8 has to offer.
It seems that you can drag and drop any of your pinned columns to the main display area and the system will display as many as possible based on your screen size. On my 1920 x 1080 display I can have three columns there.
The app is still missing Twitter list support but one of the developers indicated via Twitter that the feature is still being developed. I have been watching a search for metrotwit on Twitter and it seems the reviews are very positive so far.
Here are a couple of screen shots to see the interface in action:
The main app display. The profile column on the left lets you have a pinned shortcut to certain columns of info including several defaults as well as searches and specific users. By clicking on each one they will be displayed directly to the right of the Profile Column.
This is the Manage Columns screen where you can customize the Profile Column and what pinned shortcuts are available.
Here is the Compose Tweet Box which includes the ability to add an image to the tweet. The image is uploading directly with Twitters built in image sharing service.
We now have three dedicated Twitter clients in the Windows Store. It is going to be interesting to watch these develop over time. It is great to see quality development coming to the Store as well.