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Windows 8 App for Tech News

Client Profile

With over 1.3 million monthly unique visitors, our client is one of the top blog turned websites that delivers daily news on consumer electronics and gadgets. Founded in 2004, the website has been a recipient of numerous awards like People's Choice Webby Award in Consumer Electronics and Weblog Awards for Best Tech Blog. It has always had a place among the top 10 in Technorati's top 100 blogs in multiple categories - gadgets, info tech, technology and overall. The website earns revenue through ads that are managed by its parent company.

Project Overview

Even before Windows 8 was released, one of our clients approached us to build an application that uses Metro style. The client is one of the most popular content providers on the Internet. We accepted the challenge and successfully developed the Windows 8 application (earlier known as Metro style) and published it in Windows Store.

Application

The application that we developed for our client has all the design features of a Metro style app. Articles and news entries that populate client’s website appear on the application. There are image galleries to view images present in latest articles and an in-app video streaming feature to watch videos without leaving the application. Videos and audios can be configured to stream in other devices connected to the home network. Special video shows and podcasts that the client publishes have separate sections in the application. Users can get quick access to the special programs from these sections.

It is also possible to search for content from outside the application and share content from within the application to others through email and social media. When minimized, the app becomes a tile along with other applications on the desktop. In the minimized state, the audio launched from the app will continue to play. The app will also continue to get updates from the client’s website and notify the user whenever there is a successful update.

We developed the application in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 RC for Windows 8 using C#. For communication with other apps, we created source contracts that enable smooth search and share features.

Highlights

  • Non-stop stream of news and articles
  • Photo galleries to view latest gadgets
  • Video streaming of special programs within the app
  • Audio streaming in the background
  • Quick access to podcasts

Project Overview

Even before Windows 8 was released, one of our clients approached us to build an application that uses Metro style. The client is one of the most popular content providers on the Internet. We accepted the challenge and successfully developed the Windows 8 application (earlier known as Metro style) and published it in Windows Store.

Client Profile

With over 1.3 million monthly unique visitors, our client is one of the top blog turned websites that delivers daily news on consumer electronics and gadgets. Founded in 2004, the website has been a recipient of numerous awards like People's Choice Webby Award in Consumer Electronics and Weblog Awards for Best Tech Blog. It has always had a place among the top 10 in Technorati's top 100 blogs in multiple categories - gadgets, info tech, technology and overall. The website earns revenue through ads that are managed by its parent company.

Application

The application that we developed for our client has all the design features of a Metro style app. Articles and news entries that populate client’s website appear on the application. There are image galleries to view images present in latest articles and an in-app video streaming feature to watch videos without leaving the application. Videos and audios can be configured to stream in other devices connected to the home network. Special video shows and podcasts that the client publishes have separate sections in the application. Users can get quick access to the special programs from these sections.

It is also possible to search for content from outside the application and share content from within the application to others through email and social media. When minimized, the app becomes a tile along with other applications on the desktop. In the minimized state, the audio launched from the app will continue to play. The app will also continue to get updates from the client’s website and notify the user whenever there is a successful update.

We developed the application in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 RC for Windows 8 using C#. For communication with other apps, we created source contracts that enable smooth search and share features.

Streaming Tech

Highlights

  • Non-stop stream of news and articles
  • Photo galleries to view latest gadgets
  • Video streaming of special programs within the app
  • Audio streaming in the background
  • Quick access to podcasts