Five apps you won’t have to give up if you switch to Windows 8
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ntNOTE: If you’d prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.
ntAnyone thinking about Windows 8 has to be concerned about which of its applications will work with the data and applications and services they already use. Here are five applications (four that are well done, one a bit half-baked) that are Windows 8 extensions of existing Web and desktop applications.
ntOneNote MX in Windows 8 combines the power of the larger screen with the cloud connectivity that OneNote has had for a long time (and that is shown off in the Windows Phone 7 version).
ntOneNote MX introduces a new UI metaphor, a command wheel, which will be pretty nice to use on a touch screen to access multi-level command sets with ease.
ntPhotobucket has been popular for a long time, and it extends its reach with a Windows 8 app. The Photobucket app is fun to browse through and easy to use to upload photos to Photobucket as well.
Xbox LIVE Games
ntOne of the built-in apps, Xbox LIVE Games, acts as a central place for gaming activity. Games can plug into it and work over the Xbox LIVE system, including earning points.
ntIt also means that games could allow multiplayer action between people using different devices entirely. Xbox LIVE Games has been neat on Windows Phone 7 and is a great piece in Windows 8, even if you do not own an Xbox.