Foursquare pushes out Windows 8.1 update to match Windows Phone redesign

A few weeks ago, Foursquare released their new version of the popular service for Windows Phone with a complete redesign and enhanced location-finding features. The company even followed up with their new look in a blog post detailing the process. Today, their Windows 8.1 version of the app is also getting a makeover, bringing it line with Windows Phone.

Headed to the Store, and you can find version along with a very different look. Gone are the check-ins that have since headed to Swarm, and instead the new Foursquare is very much about finding places around you, including restaurants that just opened, coffee houses and more.

Foursquare changes

  • All-new look and feel to match the latest Foursquare branding
  • New and improved "Follow-model" approach - see other people's suggestions without sharing your location
  • Calendar events - create geo-tagged Calendar events within the Foursquare app
  • People to follow nearby - suggested experts in your area to improve recommendations

Say what you will about Foursquare, but this Windows 8.1 one is very Modern looking and embraces Tiles to a whole new level. Digging into a new location, and you can see people's faces near the bottom, along with snippets of their review fading in and out. You also get photos, tips, distance to the location, average rating and store hours (if available).

For a nice surprise, try swiping to the right on the main page to reveal a handy map.

The new Foursquare is certainly fresh, almost jarring, but in a good way. It is always nice to see a company embrace a platform and not make cookie cutter apps, and let's be clear, you will never find an app with this design on Android or iOS.

So, what do you think? Yay or nay on the new look of Foursquare?

Thanks, Florin A., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Cool...
  • Very cool I would say.
  • I dont get the purpose of making a universal app if neither the language supported are shared between the apps!! (WIndows 8.1 app only supports english, even after this update)...
  • Universal app, does not mean universal language
  • This once again comes down to the distinction between Universal and Unified apps. Universal: Shares the same codebase, and can indeed share language translation files
    Unified: Purchase once for multiple platforms, sync user data on OneDrive, shows a badge in the store Universal apps can easily be (and usually are) Unified apps. However Unified apps can also comprise of separate non-Universal apps for each platform, as seems to possibly be the case here.
  • I actually used Fsqr on my tablet for check-ins and I'm sad to see that feature gone. I still ridiculously hope Swarm will find its way into the Windows Store. :)
  • The layout is pretty much the same as before.
  • They changed the tone of the blue background. It is now darker.
  • Swarm is in the Windows store
  • link? I don't find it.
  • Go and look at the articles here. It's there.
  • Swarm for windows? Are u sure you are referring to windows? And not window phone? "go and look" attitude just shows me that you are not here to help just to mock
  • Cool
  • Woohoo!
  • The best looking app on the Win Store and very usefull! :)
  • I'd like to try this but there install keeps failing. 10MB mark then it craps out with error 80073cf6. Anyone else getting the same error?
  • Not a fan
  • Detaching some features of Foursquare and making Swarm out of it was a terrible decision. The two of them together don't make a single old Foursquare. And you need two of them at the same time. Check-ins for Swarm, comments for Foursquare. Ridiculous.