Tweeten gives aging TweetDeck a modern facelift for Windows desktop

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):

  • Windows x64 bit
  • Windows x32 bit

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!

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

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.

25 Comments
  • That desktop background though
  • The screaming sun. There is a subreddit for it.
  • It should be paired with blue taskbar! XD
  • LOL at wallpaper...
  • noobs will say "WTH, Daniel? Why are u running XP??"
  • +1!!!
  • You can find that original background in 1080p. I have the beautiful hills on W10.
  • Issues: -you can't change columns size from app by slider (only once, at first run) -light theme is not working
  • I configured my desired column width but after only a minute or two it changed to the default width (which is too narrow) and I can't change it. Until they fix this I won't be using it. It's a screen real state waste having it this way. Another thing I would like to see if the ability to close the content preview by clicking/tapping outside of it. Reaching for the X at the top right corner is standard but not useful imho. Great to see someone turning TweetDeck into a desktop app. Hopefully, the devs can continue working on it and implement new features and fixes.
  • So is this a UWP or a Win32 app?
  • Win32
  • Thanks. I've just tried it but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support high-DPI scaling correctly yet so things are too small on my screen. I may give it a try sometime in the future, though.
  • Good to know that you can give them the feedback to support hi-DPI scaling ;)
  • It does scale for me, but it's not as crisp as modern apps are, unfortunately...
  • yeah if this company was going for Windows 10, then they should've made an actual app.
  • They had a UWP ready, but the APIs for EdgeHTML were too limited, so they had to scrap it. It's not their fault, it's Microsoft.
  • Can't get passed the welcome banner on a SP2
  • Some options on the welcome splash that I couldn't see. Clicked blindly and got passed it. Very nice after that!
  • Where on the splash did you click? I'm having the same problems on my Windows 7 work PC. 
  • Right below your login photo, there's clickable text to the right and left, in the welcome splash screen. It was barely visible, but my mouse picked up on it. I just started clicking, shift clicking, command clicking, until I got to the next step.
  • That gave me the idea to do tab+enter until i got somewhere. That worked pretty well. They should probably fix that bug, though... 
  • They didn't even add W7 support until 2 hours ago...
  • I was so impressed until I realized its not a UWP app. Great looking app though, still!
  • Throughly disappointed to find out it isn't a UWA. It looks great, but until I see it in the store, I'll stick to Fenice.
  • Generally it's an alright programme.  What it completely misses is the desktop notification pop-ups that were an integral part of Tweet Decks desktop app.  One wonders why they have left this out of the programme?  Without them it's annoying having to consult the main app all the time to check for new tweets when notification pop-ups were superior.