ESPN, Dropbox and Lego Apps Coming to Windows 8
REDMOND — Some big names have just announced apps for Windows 8, including ESPN, Dropbox and Lego. ESPN’s senior VP of mobile, Michael Bayle, appeared at Microsoft’s Build developer conference to debut the channel’s new app.
The ESPN app aggregates news in a horizontal scroll, incorporating photos, podcasts and content from the channel’s magazine. Similar to Microsoft’s own sports news app, ESPN will let users pin their favorite teams as live tiles, delivering notifications specific to that team.
“Windows 8 has given us a chance to re-imagine the user experience,” said Bayle. “The app for Windows 8 will put all our content into one application. It also takes full advantage of Windows 8 functionality — snap view, semantic zoom and live tile. Without collaboration with Microsoft we could not have done this.”
Dropbox only committed to delivering a Windows 8 app “soon,” bringing its cloud-storage service to the new OS. Time will tell if Dropbox will be able to integrate its service into Windows 8 as well as Microsoft’s own cloud service, SkyDrive. Already a number of third party apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT support monitoring and accessing multiple cloud services, including SkyDrive ad Dropbox.
The Lego Group said it would deliver the existing game Lego Life of George but that the title would include “new unique features” on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
PayPal didn’t commit to an app, but the service has a Windows 8 API that lets developers integrate the PayPal payment system into Windows 8 apps. One such app is Crowdstar, which lets users pay for new game characters via PayPal.
ESPN and the rest join Twitter, which announced today it was developing a Twitter app for Windows 8.
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