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The Official Windows Phone Central app for Windows 8.1 is now available

Today I’m experiencing the wide variety of emotions that comes with launching a new app into any store. I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to share it with you, exhausted from all the time spent getting the underlying code functional and incredibly nervous about how it will be received and whether there will be any major bugs!

So with all of that in mind I’m very proud to present to you the official Windows Phone Central app for Windows 8.1, version 1.0 of hopefully many! Windows store apps can take up to 24 hours to show up in search results but you can find our app ready to download right now right here! If you want to go and grab it then come back and read this article please do, but I’ve got a lot to share with you so make sure you come back!

Introducing Windows Phone Central for Windows 8.1

Welcome to our new large screen news reading experience. We’ve developed this app from the ground up for Windows 8.1 for users of touch screen Windows 8 or RT devices, that being said it will work for those of you who prefer viewing on a traditional PC or Laptop as we’ve been sure to support mouse scrolling and button presses for all actions. We've tested the app on as many devices as we could get our hands on so hopefully you'll find a good experience on all screens and all sizes.

Whilst we’ve not reached feature parity with our long running Windows Phone app, a lot of the core experience you’ll find is ready to go, and of course we’ll be adding new features over time to bring the app up to the high standard we know you all set for us. For now, here are the features you’ll find when you pick up the app today:

  • Live tile with all size options available
  • Rich front page reading experience
  • Portrait and landscape support for every page
  • Full article viewing with inline images and tap-able links
  • Swipe left and right to move seamlessly between articles
  • Swipe up from any article to read and reply to comments
  • Share articles with your favourite apps
  • Light and Dark themes available in the app’s settings
  • Watch YouTube videos (currently through the website)
  • Full screen image viewer with the option to save images to your library
  • Section pages allowing you to look back over the last 100 articles in each category
  • Search experience with quick list view then the ability to view each article in the full viewer
  • Offline caching of news: load the news once on WiFi then read through it later when you’re out of signal

We know that there are far more features in the Windows Phone app but with a little time we hope to add in all the awesome suggestions we’re bound to receive from you all. And we hope you won’t begrudge us any missing features for now, as we’re offering this app free.

Going Free

As recently discussed on our site, we are aware that the landscape has changed significantly since we first released our Windows Phone app, so we’re going to be trying out offering our Windows 8 app free with advertisements in-line with the content. The placement and frequency of these adverts is not finalized and may well increase or decrease in the coming months, but with so much screen space it was much easier to include adverts in a way that didn’t interfere with the experience.

As we also now have in app purchases available (something that was not possible when we released our phone app) we plan on offering some form on in-app purchase to remove the adverts in the future. Right now that will not be possible whilst we get a feel for how effective adverts are on the Windows 8 platform.

We are also discussing our Windows Phone app’s strategy going forward, in the meantime I would like to remind you that we offer a free version of our phone app with banner adverts that will never expire, just tap “trial”.

Feedback & Bugs

We love your feedback, especially when it’s constructive and gives us ideas for tweaks or new experiences we can deliver to you. We’ve created a dedicated forum just for supporting this app which you can find here, (there’s also a link in the app’s settings) and we can’t wait to engage with you there.

We also know there are going to be lots of bugs in this first release (there's already several we know about but weren't quite important enough to wait on shipping the app) that you find in the next few weeks. There's a light version of my WPClogger ready to report any critical ones but you can submit any others through the forum. I'll be working hard to clear up any major issues with the app in order of importance. We were expecting to run a beta of this app but unfortunately Microsoft do not allow any betas on the Windows Store - public or private - so instead we've polished up the features we have right now so we could get something into your hands.

Finally, I want to personally thank everyone for your interest in this app over the past year, your passion has been demanding and somewhat daunting at times (I’ve thrown out the entire source for this app and restarted twice in the past year), yet it’s been a wonderful experience to hear how much everyone wanted to see a Windows 8 version of a project I’m immensely proud of.

400 Comments
  • Great work Jay! Can't wait to see you kick ass on Windows 8 like you did with Windows Phone!
  • Jay builds wonderful apps! :D
  • At least this is out on Windows 1st!
  • Absolutely! Looks good so far, Jay!
  • Awesome stuff! Much respect Jay! Unfortunately I can't test it on my Surface RT as I forgot it at my moms house :'( But, my desktop will do fine for now! Will try it out inmediately!
  • Yeah Jay is awesome I'm in the camp of paying this man for his work. So as soon as a paid version comes out count me in
  • this. willing to pay for no-ads.
  • Yup. I'll be happy to pay for this! So happy to have it on my RT!! Thanks Jay!!
  • 1. Congratulations to Jay!
    2. Willing to pay/donate right now (need a donate button!)
    3. Willing to pay even more for a no ads version!
    4. Suggestion : Searching for 'WPCentral' on Windows Store does NOT bring this apps listing, Jay may want to add appropriate keywords to make sure the official apps gets listed when searching for 'WPCentral'
  • As we said in the post, it can take another 24 hours for our app to appear in searches. Trust me "wpcentral" is one of our keywords :)
  • Incredible work, Jay! Been waiting for this for a while.
  • For your 2nd point, YES, I would donate right now!
  • Excellent work, I have no problem paying a couple of bucks for an app I plan to use more than a couple of times. Any plans to put a paid version too?
  • Wp has no apps and games   ™
  • Hooray!
  • BroSupport™
  • 3 Cheers for Jay!
  • Jay Ho...! Jay Ho...!
  • You said it!
  • Giggity.  Grabbing it now. I hope it plays better with Windows RT than does this website does.
  • It's finally here! Yay! Thanks Jay, you're the best! This looks REALLY excellent for v1!
  • Finally :)
  • +1
  • Congrats!!!
  • Fanfreakintastic!
  • Awesome. Now we just need ReadIt, VLC, and Firefox and i'll be done.
  • We need a WiFi/Bluetooth app! Tired of all the clicks I have to do just to turn on Bluetooth and connect. Hook us up, Jay! I'll throw cash at that damn app!
  • Jay needs to create a bitcoin wallet.
  • Thanks for everything you do for this community guys!
  • Well done! Loving it!
  • Holy crap, this is already fantastic!! Thanks, Jay!
  • Great work but I'm not sure I like the design, esp. the colors . The shark pink is a bit to over bearing, it makes it look like some teen girl magazine . Perhaps a little bit of blue could have have been added to even it out ?
  • We wanted to go bold with our branding initially, but we do plan on allowing you to customise the app's theme colour in the future
  • i like the pink, the app looks amazing. btw, one thing i notice is that while viewing the comments in vertical view, ots hard to scroll with my left thumb, when replying to a post, the text will disapear off the screen once you reach the roght edge of the box and will not show the text wrapping. also, when posting, the on-screen keyboard remains displayed, must hit the up button on the top left of the keyboard to start from the top and remove onscreen keyboard. So glad to have your app on my 8.1
  • Yeah you can't scroll with your left thumb because that hit area is the swipe to go back up to the article, I'll see if I can change that. As for the comments in vertical, I noticed that too (although after I submitted the app unfortunately!) and will make sure to resolve it in the first patch
  • Ok , that will be great.. !!
  • About time.. Thanks
  • Whoo! Will be giving it a try as soon as I can. This is one of the best apps on windows phone and will be one of the best apps on windows 8
  • I LOLED at that Molly Wood comment!
  • Tell me about it, I wasn't expecting to see that for this thread! I didn't make it to the Windows Store screenshots though :-(
  • Bolly Wood
  • Woo hoo! Looks good.
  • Downloading Now!!! Cant wait to try it out.
  • Just shut down my Surface. Thanks for your continued support, Jay! Where's the "Donate to WPC" button??? I'd love to contribute :-)
  • Or a 'Buy Jay a beer button'! Excellent work like WP version of app.
  • Hurray!
    They were clearly waiting for Jay to go to bed (it's 3:54am here lol)
  • So you're on GMT too? I'm 8 hours ahead (lunchtime almost over now)
  • The app scrolls very smooth on my desktop while using my Logitech touchpad T650. Nice job.
  • Perfect timing. i literally bought a surface pro 2 today
  • LITERALLY???
  • Yes, "literally" means he actually bought it today :P
  • You'll love yours. I love mine! :D
  • I absolutely love it!! Great job, Jay!!
  • Porno weasel
  • Hip Hip
  • Perfect timing for my new Surface 2
  • Nice!
  • very cool...love the large tile
  • Jay? First, thank you for the diligence in banging this out one. Long awaited for sure.  Question, when I read one of the more excellent articles on WP Central, I expect to return to where I left in the list but it drops back to the front page every time.  Is that how it supposed function or am I doing something wrong?
  • Yep that's a room for improvement item :) will make a note
  • Ditto
  • And also Jay, can we get a video of this app in action for us? I love it when we have videos showing new WPCentral news!
  • Bloody awesome! Thank you Jay
  • sweet
  • Awesome!!
  • Fantastic. Comment from the app itself!
  • This has made my week!!
  • Great Job!
    So when are we getting that Xbox one app?
  • LOL! But seriously, that would be awesome. But submitting to the Xbox store isn't very easy, especially for apps that aren't "entertainment" and gaming.
  • I'd love Kinect commands for WPC
  • You have to be a Microsoft partner to publish on Xbox One unfortunately :(
  • Thanks!!!! This most used app on my phone. can't wat to download in my surface
  • Thank you Jay!! This is excellent and I know none of us can wait to watch this app grow as we watched the Windows Phone app become what it is!
  • Great job. looks good and has a nice design flow.
  • Good job Jay! Love your work. One of the best WP devs OVERALL in terms of quality... Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Great job Jay!
  • I love how native it looks. Almost astonishing, it looks like a Bing app.
  • Wow, awesome work, thanks a lot Jay. And it's free!! :D :P
  • Yeah, they mentioned previously that they sat down with Microsoft and talked about the design, worked very well!
  • Now.....when I use my email to respond to a comment can i use that (app if installed) link?
  • That's actually a great question.
  • Not yet, but absolutely planned as a feature
  • Nicely done!
  • Very nice app guys! Just downloaded it to my Surface, laptop, and desktop
  • Anyone getting a network error? Problem retrieving news feeds.
  • i am getting the same ,there was a problem retrieving 5 news feed
  • Same here :(
    Though the live tile loading fine
  • +1 :(
  • Same here :-(
  • Hey guys can you head to this thread so we can figure out the problem? http://forums.wpcentral.com/showthread/261291.htm
  • Unfortunatly, I can't follow that link directly using the 8.1 app like I can with WP app. Just another note.
  • Me also :(
  • haha yes strange live tile is updating , now suddenly the app asked me to send an email to mobile nation with some logs(bugs/errors) , so i did hoping for a quick reply from the team :)
  • Can you head to this thread so we can figure out the problem? http://forums.wpcentral.com/showthread/261291.htm
  • Try refreshing again, if it never works for you then head to those forums and report it so we can figure it out :)
  • I love the WP app, and now I can do the same stuff in the windows 8 version
  • Hip hip wpcentral!
  • It's alive!!
  • Looks awesome, great job Jay.
  • GO JAY! Downloading as soon as I get home.
  • Woot woot!
  • Have been waiting for this app for so long! Writing this message from the app, its fast and well made - just one issue, too pink for my taste :) Hopefully it will be theme based in future (or at least color choice)
  • nice work Jay!
  • only thing needed is a in app video player, instead of the youtube website.
  • This!
  • Yep that will happen somehow, just wasn't worth delaying the app for now
  • very nice
  • Congrats to WPCentral!
  • it's so nice and fluid loving it bad.
  • Wohoo!
  • just got it looks good
  • Ahhh finally
  • awesome!
  • Jay! This is excellent! Can't wait to see this app grow to the same caliber app as the wp8 version. Keep up the good work, man.
  • it is amazing
  • Great job Jay!
  • Great app, but some one article is pulling in comments from 2011?!? Specifically the podcast article.
  • That's just for that particular post. Not the apps fault, but something funky we do with podcasting. 
  • Yea, that's what I figured after looking into it more.
  • yes, the ads don't interfere that much.. Thanks for making the app!
  • looks great Jay
  • Woooo, ahhhhhh, looks nice! I'm going to download it now.
  • Great job! Love what you did with comments, much easier to see who replied to you. WP app needs that too.
  • I agree
  • I also agree.
  • Except after a few replies they will all be a single character wide. :)
  • Thank you!
  • Looking good! WTG!
  • Writing comment from inside the app!
  • Top!!!
  • Oh man this app is so great looking. More quality work Jay and looking forward to watching this app grow.
  • its smurffy
  • Sweet! Thanks Jay!
  • making this comment on the app now!
  • downloaded. looks great! i'm very surprised that it's <1MB
  • Ummm..i have a problem. I just installed the app but get "network error, there was a problem retrieving 5 of the news feeds." my internet is fine by the way. Can anyone help me out?
  • Jay can help you out, but it's about 4:45 in the morning where he is. Give him a few hours :)
  • Ok.
  • +1 the same error , but the live tile is updating :)
  • Does that always happen or are your able to load the feeds at all?
  • Not able to load the feeds. No data. I tried re-launching the app many times. Still the same.
  • Ok, can you head to this thread so we can figure out the problem? http://forums.wpcentral.com/showthread/261291.htm
  • Very nice work!
  • Well people... It's time to pop the champagne... YAY!!! You did it! Congratulatios Jay. I'm looking forward to the many hours I'll spend using your app. So, pop dem bottles and toast with me, don't let me get drunk by myself. But seriously, congrats! -SERGIO
  • Congrats and thank you for your work Jay!
  • I love, love, love it...so much so I paid the 99 cents for the mobile version! WPC app is visited several times a day on the desktop, my 2520 and my 1520.
  • Same here, and from the same devices.
  • Awesome app!
  • Nice Job, and thank you
  • Thanks, posted from the App! Nice work and looks great!
  • as long as i can not increase the font size, i can not read the terribly small text.  at least in the web site i can pinch to zoom and see something... i removed thevapp and will continue to read wpcentral daily on the web.  learn from weave: let the user choose font size!!!!!
  • 1.0, dude! We have plenty of things to add and improve in the coming months! (And technically this is a beta, but the Windows Store doesn't allow public betas, so it's '1.0')
  • you had lot's of time to add ability to change font size in the win phone app, but you never did that...
  • Our WP app has had the ability to change to large fonts for articles and comments for ages. It's right there under Settings.
  • Not good enough. I need the font size X5 larger then what the app called "use large fonts in articles". Weave has much larger fonts and not only in articles. In the web version I can zoom to huge fonts
  • As Dan points out we do have the option to pinch to zoom font size in the Windows Phone app, and we will be having custom font sizes in the Windows 8 app in a future update. In the meantime as you say, I guess the app is not for you
  • Why not try pinch zooming in the WP app and see what happens to the text size? Also, try writing some software some time so you can get a little concept of what it takes for even simple programs. Better yet, just write a better one, if you can.
  • 1. there is no ability to pinch zoom an app in win 8.1 nor in win phone 8.
    2. I am a programmer over 35 years, before there were pc's in the world... I expect software to get better and have more options as technology advances, not the opposite.
    3. Hey - some suggestions and ideas for improvements are not a negative thing, but wishful thinking for a better future.
  • Windows Phone app definitely has pinch to zoom text size. I implemented it over 2 years ago
  • first i want to appologize if my "unmannered" comments have offended anyone.  my intention was to suggest an idea that will enable many more people to enjoy your wonderful articles, not to make anyone angry... if all you wanted was to get a zillion wows and praises for yhe new app, then you got it.  i thought constructive critisizm is more helpful, and i never expacted you to implement my suggestion immediatly or in any rushed priority... regarding pinch to zoom text - you are right - i checked and realized that since in my settings the font was set to large, pinch to zoom did not do anything sice it was zoomed already to the max.  pinch to squeeze did work... someone suggested double tap with two fingers but that is a terrible way to read since the text does not re-wrap and you need to constantly scroll sideways in order to read...  
  • For a "programmer of 35 years", I'd think maybe you'd have learned some manners and patience regarding software design.
  • Also, if you need actual zoom and have a Nokia phone, you can enable that in the settings, two finger tap and scroll.
  • I've been on a beta for a Win8/RT app which didn't use the store. Is there a reason this other option wasn't used?
  • We aren't aware of any beta programs that work well with Windows 8 as they often require dodgy sideloading of apps. But would welcome hearing about the one you mention
  • I just sent you a PM.
  • Yeah :D
  • Awesome, now i don't have to pull out my phone when reading WPCentral news while using my tablet.
  • Nice! Goin to download it now. EDIT: Downloaded, and love it.
  • looks great, removed pinned website from start screen and replaced with app! great work and thanks!
  • I'm very happy right now. Aside from Weave, this was one of my most anticipated apps for Windows 8. Thank you Jay and to the whole WPCentral team for what you do.
  • App looks great Jay!
  • Bravo Jay! I'll be paying to remove the ads for sure.
  • Can't wait to try it
  • Really dig the app!
  • Great job! The app is fantastic! Definitely impressed!
  • w00t! Can't wait to try this out after work this evening (5 hours to go, sigh)
  • Very nice! Great work! Two things, however. Given Windows' Metro design language, I'm curious as to the reasoning behind using serifs for the articles and titles. I know the New York Times app does this (and Facebook's testing this approach), but why not use serifs just for the titles and headers, then sans serifs for the body text? The whole article in a serif font seems a bit much. When I compare reading on the NYT app with this, the serif is a bit jarring to me. And I kept clicking on photos in articles to enlarge them to no avail. Obviously the WP8 app does this, but I'm just mentioning that it's an odd transition to make when coming from the one app to another to think "oh, this doesn't behave the same way as the phone app." I know the link is there at the end to view images, but just something that struck me right off the bat. I'm pretty sure you know this though as the article addresses the fact there are differences in features between the two apps. Just my two cents. Minor nitpicking aside, fantastic job!
  • I agree about the serifs. First thing I did was go into settings to change the font (which doesn't exist yet). But I was able to change the theme to light. As far as clicking on images, I did the same thing as you. I guess when we're raised to do something... I actually hope this app one-ups the WP version and allows clicking on images and then being able to swipe through all of them, instead of just the one clicked on. I guess we'll have to wait and see. Another thing I'm noticing while typing this response-comment using the app ( on my DV8P in portrait): the text box cuts off the last 30 or so characters from each line of text I type. (so if there's any mispellings or weird things happening, I can't see them.
  • In theory the font styling is consistent with Microsoft's recommendations for reading long text on Windows 8, so I followed their conventions. I suspect I'll make that customisable at some point though
  • I think it looks terrific. Supposedly serifed fonts are easier on the eyes for long passages so if the resolution is high enough to support them it seems to be a good functional choice. "Metro" and "authentically digital" don't mean monolithic and compromising and you show that here, Jay.
  • was thinking the same thing.. especially on the main screen it doesn't look metro to me.. but if microsoft says it is, then it probably is. ;)
  • Awesome, using the app right now, and it is a great experience so far!
  • YAY!!!
  • Nice. Will look for it on my desktop tomorrow.
  • A bit buggy as mentioned, but I have no doubts the app will get regular fixes and additions. Great job, looks awesome so far, and look forward to it's maturation process. =)
  • I wish it had support for W8. My office laptop is still W8. (No free 8.1 upgrade for commercial use)
  • cool. I wish it allowed access to the forums, though
  • Jay Bennett is the best i love him WPcentral it's actually my favorite app can't wait to try this out cheers Jay❗❕
  • Congrats Jay! I'm very proud of your work.
  • Although I haven't used the app yet, I have high hopes that it will be as good as expected.  As much as I love Windows Phone version, I think there is room for improvement. I think the design of the Windows Phone app is not that intuitive.    Check out for example the ESPN app for Windows Phone or BING apps for that matter. They are so good. I am not saying Windows Phone version is not good. Its just that the way it looks is kind of old  now and I think that needs to change.   Jay has been a great inspiration for all Windows users,   Thanks for all your effort. Also, thanks Sam Sabri and other contributors.
  • Jay is awesome. Got it working on both my laptops. :)
  • i love this app but i wish the news storys scrolled vertically like on the web page as well as the app. scrollling left to right just feel wrong.
  • Vertical scrolling is something we will be playing with in the future at some point
  • Personally I like the horizontal scrolling. Mosts of the Win8 apps do this. Bing News/Bing Finanace/etc. If it becomes an option in the settings I think it would help those that prefer vertical.
  • Awesome, unfortunately I had to reinstall w7, my time ran out with the enterprise 90 day trial. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Great app.
  • It looks so lovely on my surface. I love the full screen capabilities!
  • Congrats guys!!
  • Congrats Jay on your new acomplishment. You are an awesome developer and your apps are always welcomed by the WPCentral community. The app looks beautiful from the screens posted. I'll try it out for sure once I get back home.
     
  • I totally agree with you. he has been great at what he set out to do. Giving us great experience on our phones and tablets.  Windows Phone and WIndows are so beautiful. Opened great new design trends for developers so that we get these beautiful apps to work with.
  • Wont download, store stuck.on pending.. Anyone
  • Its an issue with the store. Although it says pending, its actually downloading. Happened to me many times.
  • Thanks..seems to be stuck with stuff from..2 weeks ago :(
  • Sweet! *runs in the house to grab his Surface 2*
  • ...and posts from the new WPCentral app! w00t looks great Jay! Nice work!
  • Amazing stuff all around.
  • Installed, getting errors from the get go... Looks great though. I'll try again tomorrow, maybe my internet is bugged by the CIA.
  • Jay awesome start! I love the layout
  • Telegram messenger out for android
  • As I was reading the comments in this post my mind kept wondering "when will the telegram messenger app come out in the play store?", and now I know. What an insightful comment! Thanks a lot.
  • That is exactly how I felt. 150 comments down and suddenly it is all so clear, the telegram app is already hear. Woooohooo!
    Sorry for the off topic Jay but just as your apps, Marco's comment was just awesome..
  • i would prefer to scroll vertically through the articles and the comments a swipe to the left
  • Maybe an option for either?
  • I told that Jay earlier. It's on the roadmap! This is just v1.0 of the app. Great start, but it'll get even more amazeballs over time!
  • I agree, it's really totally adorbs!
  • Yep, I agree... Just like WP style navigation.
  • Wow.. looks and runs well on my Nokia Lumia 2520. Well done, Jay! Many thanks for working on this!
  • Does the app has Sign In option?
  • Yes it does.
  • That's good to hear. Eagerly waiting to try it out after going home. 
  • To sign in, you have to click on the comment text box at the bottom. It took me a little while to find.
  • That's odd. I thought it would be in settings. It might be. May be you haven't checked it out. Still thanks for the heads up.
  • Now we just need the WPcentral forums to be integrated... I'm sure it's coming, right Jay?
  • Planned but not even started yet, we have to get the core experience working well first :)
  • Great work Jay. Can't wait to download as I am not with my Windows 8.1 machine right now !
  • We are on the same boat pal!!
  • Yes, but the core news reading comes first as forums take a lot of work to get functional I'm afraid!
  • The great Jay Bennett replies th this thread. How lucky I am!! Thanks for the app!!
  • Nice to see it alive!
  • Finally
  • Great and GTA game is now avilable for Windows phone users
  • Looks absolutely fantastic! Using it now!
  • I want your baby jay, I love you!! Na, I just like your app. Thanks. I also paid and don't mind paying.
  • Awesome job:)
  • Thank you so much Jay, the app is fantastic!
  • The pink splash is definitely In Your Face, lol.
  • That's our branding baby ;)
  • It will keep you in the pink of health.:)
  • About time
  • amazingggggg
  • Great
  • This is one beautiful app!
  • bout bloody well time! Liking what I'm seeing so far! It'd be nice to see picture thumbnails for all the articles instead of a few. Thanks for finally getting this out! My DV8P is now COMPLETE!! \o/
  • Awesaaaaaaaaaaam!!!!!!!!
  • I think I may have spoken too soon...Where is the forum?
  • Forums are on the roadmap, but we can't get every feature in the first release!
  • Is it in store now? I don't want to miss it.
  • Link is in the post :)
  • Nice! Posting from the app itself! :)
    BTW, it's showing a network error where it can't load some of the threads. Is it happening to you guys?
  • Same here, also crashed a couple of times on my Surface 2
  • Thumbs up!
  • Terrible app on W8. Am very surprised this is what you released.
  • sorrry to hear you feel that way. I hope we can improve
  • Don't worry. StoneySilence is a troll!!
  • Sorry, have to post a correction.  Mistake was mine, there is a very similarly named app not made by you and when I saw this on here, that is what came up.  Downloading the correct version now.  The other app is absolutely terrible and that is why I said I was surprised that was what you released.  I should have known better.
  • Thank you for posting a correction, it is very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the app!
  • Why would you say like that? Everyone thinks it is so good. 
  • Always nice when someone gives constructive feedback.
  • Excellent job! Love it!
  • on it, it is great!
  • Great news!, good work WPCentral team!
  • kudos to Jay and the entire wpc team...its a good begining...will wait eagrly for the forum part....thank you...
  • Loving the pink and black theme!! Keep up the great work : )
  • congratulations! I'm loving it!
  • Great work! From the developer. Naturally, you give some awesome article on Windows. Keep it up. http://www.gotowebsites.info/
  • Lumia 720 users from India get ready for the Black.
    Check http://shwplover.blogspot.com for details.
  • Awesome work Jay! I especially like the innovative touches like swiping up to view comments; great in portrait mode. Couple of things:
    - The app's accent colour still seems to be the default purple. I know you have changed the colour of all the 'accent' elements, but you can actually change it at the root app level which affects system elements like text selection. Any system controls at the moment still use purple as their accent.
    - You may need to change the input mask for the text input boxes so it autocorrects when pressing space; by default it doesn't. Same issue as Viber had before they added spell checking (in fact it's the same property on TextBox that changes it).
    - Editing comments in portrait mode clips the edge of the TextBox.
    - I've just noticed that when typing long comments, after I reach the max height of the text input the cursor drops down below the fold rather than scrolling the text automatically.
    - Last one is an issue on the mobile app too. Minor but it bugs me. The first element in a bullet list is always left-aligned. Also the lines that wrap don't align properly, but I'm not sure how easy that is to fix. Just teething issues, nothing major. Very impressed, nice work!
  • Hi Nik, all good notes thanks they're on my list!
  • I'm bringing my laptop into work!! Good stuff Jay!!!
  • I hear that Sign In option is not available in the settings menu. Is that true? If it is so, please solve it. Thanks Jay!!
  • yeah it shows when you need it, but good feedback thanks
  • I feel honoured helping guys like you.
  • Thank you post from DVP8
  • Been waiting for this for ages! Brilliant.
  • Yay!
  • Awesome work! Downloaded on my PC. Will download on my laptop later too. Looking good so far.
  • Yesterday, I was thinking when this app would come and now it is on the store! Amazing! It's a fully functioning app with a beautiful lay-out! Keep up the good work ;)
  • Just downloaded onto my Surface RT. Looks fantastic, great job!
  • Loving it! Great Work Jay! :)
  • There was a network error message every time I open the app. But still I love the look and feel of this app. Also I am willing to buy to remove the advertisements.
  • Hi we're looking into this network error problem, can you head here to see if you can help me diagnose it? http://forums.wpcentral.com/wpcentral-windows-8-app-support/261291-network-error.html
  • Congratz
  • Nice! I like the style of the app and it is a good experience to finally have the app on my lumia 1020 and on the surface pro. no more website scrolling. Hope you get everything sorted out with the ability to remove ads for a little fee. No problem with that on my side. As long as I can support a great newspage and community, that couple of bucks is well spent :)
  • hurrah! great start Jay. Awesome.
  • Live tile not updating!!!!
  • Dude there's a bugs forum
  • Which i cant access from the app !!!
  • There's a link to the forum in the app under support in settings :) the live tile is controlled by Windows 8 on this app, so if it's not updating I won't be able to help much!
  • Thank you !!!!
  • This is so awesome guys thanks so much, it gives great credibility to windows 8 and phone 8. Very happy well done keep up the great work it was well worth it!
  • I would happily pay up to $10 for this app without hesitation knowing the continued love and support it will receive you guys should have charged straight up!
  • Awesome work, Jay!
  • Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has shown such positivity! And particular thanks for understanding this is v1.0, so there are still plenty of features to come!
  • Good job and shameless plug, was very excited to see and love that Sendtiment Cards app made one of your first screenshots in this article. Thanks a bunch!!! Amazing work you all do and I can relate to the emotions of launching a new app but rest assured you have nothing to worry about, we love it!!!
  • Thanks guys. This works great on my Surface RT. Can we get a paid version without ads, Let us support the cause.
  • make the section option available from everywhere. same way the store app does it.
  • I get what you mean there, yeah I've been toying with that idea, we probably will implement it
  • Awesome app
  • Yay! Thank you! :D Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Grats, how come it's free ?? Payware addfree incoming ?
  • All explained in this article :)
  • Not going to download this till I have an option to remove ads. I hate ads.
  • I understand that, although I would recommend that you try it. I'm not a huge fan of adverts myself but I have at least been able to place them in a way that doesn't interfere with the content too much
  • You are da bomb, Jay!
  • Great app!
  • the sign in setting is impossible to find
  • You sign in when you first decide to comment, but yes I'll be adding a sign in button as requested a lot so far :)
  • great app
  • Does the app support 1280x1024 resolution? I haven't tested it out on my PC yet,I hope it doesn't look blurred. Great work by the way! Thanks!
  • It looks great at 3200 X 1800
  • Working really well so far for me, great work Jay! Just in time for the arrival of my new WP :D
  • Congrats Jay... Replying from Windows 8.1 ;-)
  • Excellent!
  • Don't like (i hate) the adds, have to think about the font. But, super that it is finally here. Now, give us themecolor asap. Pink is so ......... pink on my Surface 2. Nice for 13 year old girls.
  • That in app purchase will come, we just have to work out how effective the Microsoft PubCenter ads are so we can work out a business model! The Font is Microsoft's guideline for any long flowing text pieces so we're following those guidelines for now. Custom themes will also come, but for now we're bringing mega-Magenta into your world ;)
  • im about to get a lumia 920, my first windows phone. would i be missing out if i dont wait for the newer models? will the 920 be upgraded to windows phone 8.1? any help would be greatly appreciated wp users :)  
  • yep. its confirmed. all wp8 phones can be upgraded to 8.1
  • thanks
  • I'll sell you mine. Reply if interested.
  • the back arrow floats on top of the text. i checked the store app and its always above the text so it does obstruct the reading of the text. was this done op purpose?
  • It was (take a look at Bing news for instance, this is a common decision) however I will see if I can make that overlay look a little less jarring
  • i checked the ning news app and the back button is never over th text.
  • It does if you scroll slowly, the difference is they've gone for a page swipe by swipe view whereas for now I've gone for a continuous scrolling view. In Bing news that swipe by swipe view means that when the animation finishes it's locked into set margins. It's something we may revisit but initially I felt the continuous scroll was a nice feel
  • Happy Dance!!
  • Friggin amazing. One question, though. Reading comments on a widescreem monitor can be difficult. How about narrowing the comments width to a smaller column?
  • We may do, but we want as much space as we can get to stagger the comments, still I'll definitely look at setting a max width on each comment bubble
  • Good job Jay!
  • Love it!
  • I dont like the wpcentral app....
    I love it!!!!!
  • Talking about just live tile functionality, I like the pinned site over the app because it seems to flip through more stories than the app, otherwise, I like what I see so far...
  • That's interesting, as the live tile is using exactly the same one as the pinned website
  • I agree...pinned site scrolls through all the news...while app tile is just stuck at last 3 stories...
  • Beautiful App Jay. Now I'm trying to decide which theme to stick with. :-) Well worth the wait
  • Finally!!!!! Congrats with the well made app! :-D
  • Thanks for the app. It's appreciated. Some improvement suggestions: 1. It would be great if you implemented vertical scrolling in portrait mode. I really don't like horizontal scrolling in articles. 2. There's a HTML-parsing bug. The download link for the app at the bottom of the article is surrounded by a strong-tag. 3. It would be nice If you could prevent column splits in bullet list items in some smart way. 4. Fix indent for bullet list items. It makes the article a bit messy. 5. Left align images with the text or make them 100% column width. It would make it look better in my opinion. 6. Get rid of the pink logo background or make it fill the entire screen width all the time. It doesn't fill any purpose to toggle it. Great work by the way and I'm sure this app will grow into something really good.
  • 1. We will look in to that, not entirely sure how to do it just yet but we know it's something people would like 2. Yep aware of that one, think I realise my mistake as well 3. Might not be possible as the column split is handled by a Microsoft control but I'll see 4. Yeah this bug is something weird with our CMS that affects the Windows Phone app as well, but I'll fix that in the first patch 5. We initially had it left aligned however it looked worse than center aligned. We can't really set it to always be the column width (although if possible it will be) because I have to set a max height to make sure really long portrait images don't make things look terrible 6. Can you clarify which screen you're talking about here?
  • 5. Is it possible for you to do a center aligned crop of the image and provide a "click-to-open original image" feature? 6. I'm on a Dell Venue Pro 8 with 1280x800 resolution. I'm just questioning why you toggle the header background when you swipe to the right. I can't seem to understand the purpose of it. For earlier Netflix app it made sense to collapse/modify the rendering of the main navigation bar when you swipe to the right to get a content optimized view of video thumbs. But in your case it's just a background slide toggle with no affect/improvements on the UI other than visual. Or am I missing something? :) Please don't get me wrong. I love your work and I wouldn't be able to to a better job with my almost non existing W8 developing skills.
  • 5: I'll explore this a bit, see what may or may not be possible 6: Ah I see what you mean. Yes the purpose of the background is so that the text can be clearly seen over any images (including say, ones with strong white backgrounds). I have the animation for it to disappear when you move into the full view simply because it isn't needed anymore, and yes, because the visual effect is quite pleasing to my eye
  • Looks great! What did you think about developing for Windows 8 compared to Windows Phone, Jay?
  • A lot of things are much harder, particularly designing for all this screen space. The hardest bit was trying to bring elements of our design on Windows Phone into Windows 8 without compromising how Windows 8 should look. I'm not certain as to whether or not we've achieved that but there's plenty of time for me to revise the look.
  • I can't wait to download this when I get home.
  • Thanks guy for all your hard work.
  • Thanks! Been wanting this for a long time
  • Can't... contain... excitement...
  • The Verge with all their Vox funding cannot find the resources enough for a WP8 or W8 app, you guys must be doing great!
  • "where there's a will there's a way"
  • Can i be the first to say: The upcomming update seems faster. (it's so funny to read that ....) ;)
  • Some formatting problems, that annoying bit where I can't use my mouse wheel to scroll, but otherwise, liking what I see!
  • The mouse wheel should always scroll, but may not always skip to the next article. For some reason MS wants you to click there instead. I'll look into it
  • Glad to see this! Thank you to the people involved! :-) Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Yay! Awesome, Jay! Can't wait to download on my Surface RT (reading this news on the WP8 app/Lumia 920!)
    Question to Jay: do you think you can implement a 'sync' feature where both WP8 and W8 apps will know if you've read an article from either device/platform,to avoid getting 'new' articles when you've already read them from either device?
  • Not at the moment without some clever sign in logic on the server side. But we might look in to it
  • Great job again!
  • The app looks great! Good job, Jay!
  • I may be the last person that prefers using a browser to read the content of a website instead of using an app.
  • Not sure if you are. I'm perfectly happy with wpc website and WP8 app which is close to perfection. However, I haven't tried the windows 8 app nor will I since I'm good with windows 7. Nevertheless, this is excellent news for windows 8 fans. Once again wpc nails it.
  • Live tile doesn't appear to be updating on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC. Also, I clicked on this article and only saw the first 2 paragraphs of the above article. If I am to use this app in lieu of the website, I would expect it to have the same contents as the website. There are no pictures, and I don't see any way to enter or view comments.
  • I have a feeling you downloaded one of the unofficial apps, not our official one. Make sure it's published by me.
  • I just get an error when I run it: "There was a problem retreiving 5 of the newsfeeds" Surface RT... but browsing here OK.
  • jepp, got the exact same error on my notebook, when I tryed to refresh
  • Head to our support forum where we're addressing this issue right now, it's my top priority for our first patch :)
  • Yeah.. Same error on my WINDOWS 8.1 Samsung Laptop.
  • looks really great, Jay
    Really was woth the waiting
  • Thanks Jay, going on my Venue 8 Pro tonight.
  • Great work!!!!!!
  • Looks great, Jay!
  • Well done Jay, looking good so far (spotted a ... in the article, looks like a little HTML parsing bug, blame the tools ;) )
  • Unfortunately I wrote the tools so blame me :D
  • wow, willing to pay without ads.
  • you guys are the best! thank you.
  • Really cool plus you can see and comment on articles
  • SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
  • Jay, you rock! Can't wait to get the app and want to thank you for your hard work. Some of us can only dream about coding, so thank you for your great efforts in getting out lil engine that could out to the masses.
  • You rock J
  • Looks great!
  • Nice! Good job, Jay and WP Central!
  • Great work, so far! I'd like a tile count for unread articles, though. And maybe you should add an option to log in via the settings charms instead of just logging out. The first comment I wanted to write was a reply and the app told me I wasn't logged in. I spent some time looking for an option to log in, until I realized, you are only asked to do so when you start a new comment. Plus, when using a mouse the comments you hover over are awkwardly highlighted and are even clickable without any effect. That is quite confusing, as far as I'm concerned.
  • 362 comments and counting, you;ve got a hit on your hands! I had the web page pinned to the start screen on my Surface RT for so long waiting for a proper app. It's gorgeous and I love the black background. Pat yourself on the back Jay for a job well done! ;-)
  • Great work!
  • Can I do my banking with it?
  • You guys rock!  This is great news. 
  • Very beautiful design and fluid. Nice job Jay!
  • Got it. Awesome
    Testing Now
  • Jay is my hero. Kudos Jay, really appreciate all your hard work.
  • I love the design. Not a supprise since the app for my windows phone is my favourite too, and also one of the best designed WP apps on the market. Now I will probably spend even more time on my favourite site on the web. Great Job.
  • I love it. I hope you add functionality for opening WPCentral URL's in this app instead of the browser.
  • Thanks Jay, great work!!!!
  • Great app! After reading all the comments I think all suggestions that I might have were covered and acknowledged. Thank you for creating this and keep up the awesome work. Very well done... especially for a 1.0 app.
  • Can't open the app. When I do a global search for the app, it doesn't show up. Yet it shows as an installed app in the app store. I can't un-install it, and I can't open it...in limbo. Sugggestions?
  • Love the app.. The UI is Great! But I guess this app has connectivity issues. I have 2 Mbps broadband connection, everything works fine, but when I open this app, it gives some error .. I have no idea why :(
  • Finally :D   Good job Jay Bennett and keep up the good work ;)
  • YAY!! Great work Jay Bennett. This is an awesome app that I will be using daily! :D
  • Thought something was wrong but had another wpcentral app installed which was crap. This on the other hand is excellent really smooth and well worth the wait. My source for all things windows phone and windows. Installed on my Surface 2....super job Jay I won't be putting the surface 2 down now to check my Lumia 920 for updates. Its good to finally see it after 24/12/13 teaser video...
  • pressing back while on an article always brings you to the first post?? :(
  • Where are the forums?
  • Yyyyeeeessssssss!!!!!
  • The app sometimes freezes when I access the top menu. Screen goes all blue (Not typical bluescreen) Just blue and I must close the app and start all over again.
  • 1st update done, 1st time getting all the feeds on startup. Quick draw!
  • Looks and works great. (on Lenovo Mix 2)
  • MIIX*