When it comes to Twitter, there are all types of users from the casual to the 'pro' who needs a lot of functionality. Many users opt for TweetDeck, which is a standalone desktop client later purchased by Twitter in 2011. While TweetDeck had a strong legacy following, the app has withered in development.

Tweeten is now available as an open beta with the goal of making TweetDeck look and feel like a modern desktop Twitter client for Windows users. The standalone app is ready for 32- and 64-bit installations and many of us have been using it behind the scenes for a few weeks — and now so can you

Tweeten is a standalone version of TweetDeck that is a skinning of the TweetDeck web client slipped into an app wrapper. However, Tweeten takes TweetDeck further through more customizations and features today, with even more being planned for future updates.

The Tweeten team has this to say about their public beta release:

" Our app provides a cleaner, and prettier user interface which offers a better user experience. The user interface of our app focuses on simplicity and takes away TweetDeck's ugly user interface."

"With the first beta of our app, we are delivering the ability to change the Column sizes to anything you want, which will definitely improve your TweetDeck experience."

"As this is a beta, some features are missing currently. We aren't delivering a Light theme for the app right now - however, we are planning to release an update which will bring the Light theme sometime soon. Additionally, don't be surprised to see some bugs here and there as this is a beta release."

From our experience, Tweeten has made tremendous progress over the last few weeks for development and refinement of features. It rolls in new features with the existing TweetDeck feature set, including keyboard shortcuts (e.g. 'N' for New Tweet), multiple account support, adjustable columns, and streaming are all critical to a strong desktop Twitter client and Tweeten delivers.

If you are looking for a robust desktop Twitter app, then Tweeten is worth trying. You can download the free and open beta from the links below (.exe installation):

You can also follow the Tweeten team on Twitter (@TweetenApp) or join their open Slack group for news on latest updates or support.

Download it, give it a go and let us know what you think!