Windows 8

Five apps that show off Windows 8 search integration

Windows 8 lets apps serve as search providers. Here are a few early examples that incorporate this capability.

One of the more intriguing features of Windows 8 is the ability for applications to add themselves as a search provider. This means you can enter a search phrase in Windows 8 and have results pulled from various apps instead of from the operating system itself. While the Windows 8 Store currently does not have many apps in it, there are several that show off the search integration nicely. Here are five of them.

Note: This list is also available as a photo gallery.

1: Wikipedia

I would say that roughly half the Web searches I do are really just shortcuts to get to Wikipedia. With the Windows 8 Wikipedia application (Figure A), it is easy for me to do this without going to a Web browser. I am taken straight to where I want to be instead of needing to first go to search results and then clicking the Wikipedia link at the top.

Figure A

Wikipedia

2: Amazon

If I'm not looking something up on Wikipedia, there is a good chance that I want to find it on Amazon, to research the price or which model to buy. The Amazon search in Windows 8 (Figure B) makes it easy for me to hand my money to Amazon.

Figure B

Amazon

3: Cookbook

The Cookbook application by Bewise (Figure C) is a visually impressive application. Looking up food and recipes in it makes me hungry! The fact is, I eat three meals a day like most folks, which gives me three opportunities to try something new and interesting. Quickly finding new foods or recipes for old favorites is a joy with this app.

Figure C

Cookbook

4: Appy Geek

Appy Geek (Figure D) searches the tech media and does it nicely. It presents the results as a convenient set of pictures and blurb text on the left, with the bulk of the screen for the results. This is a very convenient way to determine whether the results you found are what you are looking for.

Figure D

Appy Geek

5: StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon's search is unique, in that it does not provide you with a list of results, it takes you directly to a result that fits your interests (Figure E). This is a fun way to discover new things, much like you can get lost in the Wikipedia "rabbit hole," like I often do.

Figure E

StumbleUpon

About

Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

2 comments
eye4bear
eye4bear

I have been running Windows 8 for months and every time I go to use a Metro app I swear I will never bother again. For the 99.5% of us without touch monitors, what exactly is the point??

cybershooters
cybershooters

But it sounds pretty data intensive, which is not something you want on an OTA connection you might have to pay for. Does it hang if the server stops responding?

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