While Windows 8 apps have been mentioned before, this time we’re going to focus on communication apps for Windows 8 because of the logical desire of some to use the Modern interface as a communication hub. There’s nothing better than a refreshing new system that does exactly what you want it to do.
The application we all know to use an excessive amount of memory made a sleek comeback to the communications apps for Windows 8. Along the way, Skype’s been making some major improvements and updates that have transformed its application for good. No longer do you get the clunky Windows Desktop application that uses up well over 150 MB of your RAM on a decently busy day. You now get a fully-integrated Modern app for Windows 8!
As you look at the image above, one thing really stands out: The interface might be different, but it presents all the familiar Skype-y stuff we’re used to (e,g. your recent conversations, latest calls, and contacts). Everything is neatly organized in the full-screen environment. At this point, this is the cleanest app I’ve seen for a communications provider.
It’s time to move instant messaging into the 21st century. I’ve tried all sorts of instant messaging applications, and I confess that Pidgin has been my all-time favorite (although I’m sure you might know one or two better alternatives). As a consequence, I was immediately drawn to IM+. Its feature set is enormous and the quantity of instant messaging applications it supports are more than enough to satisfy the average user. There’s not much to say about IM+ except for the fact that it has a very beautiful interface. I will emphasize, however, on the fact that it may feel crowded for some.
Here’s what I mean by crowded:
As you may have already noticed, the window starts looking very busy when lots of contacts start occupying your screen real estate. It’s not entirely spacious, but it does its job and it does it well!
Oh, this one’s exciting! If you’ve ever used Meople, you’ll know just how useful an app from them would be. For those of you who haven’t tried out the service, it’s a combined social networking platform. What this means is that it will show you all of the activity within every major social network you participate in. This is like the mother ship of all social networking, the pinnacle where everything combines. In one single elegant interface, you get to check out your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, flickr, Groupon, Foursquare, Tumblr, VK, and Odnoklassniki accounts.
In their Windows 8 app, Meople didn’t disappoint. It manages to maintain the high quality of service with a beautiful interface at your fingertips without compromising on anything. You get the full nine yards here.
What Did You Think?
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