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We’re not even done with launch day, and it already looks like Windows 10 is getting the ball rolling with third-party software: Twitter just launched a native app for the operating system.
Without requiring you to log in, the app showcases top trending tweets, photos and videos. It’ll also feed you tweets in Live Tiles right from the Start Menu.
The logged-out functionality is a nod to recent changes Twitter has been making to lure in new users. The company recently implemented similar features for its hub on the Web, and Twitter hopes the upcoming Project Lightning will turn the network into a global news source for trending topics around the world.
Once you do input your account information, it’s pretty full-featured: you can attach multiple photos per tweet, view animated GIFs and watch Vine videos inline. Direct Messaging is also supported for those times you don’t want the whole world to see your conversations.
The app is built under Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform, meaning we should expect it to also run on Windows 10 Mobile once that rolls out later in the year.
It’s a good sign for Microsoft to see major names already on board with creating apps for its new OS. The Universal Windows Platform has the potential to catalyze the development of new apps for both desktop and mobile Windows devices in a way that Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) couldn’t.
Meanwhile, it’s likely Twitter wants to jump on the opportunity to reach new audiences, given the millions of people who will be installing Windows 10 in the coming months. You can download the new Twitter app via the Windows App Store now.
➤ A whole new Twitter for Windows [Twitter]
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