Today, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and with it, the Windows Store. And if you haven’t already heard, I’m proud to say that WordPress.com for Windows 8 is available today.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on the team at Automattic that’s been building the app. We were lucky enough to get some great support from Microsoft along the way, especially Jeff Sandquist, James Senior, Ben Thompson, Jaime Rodriguez, Lora Heiny, and Nazia Zaman who gave us everything we needed to make the app shine, including hands-on help from Microsoft developers and designers. We decided to focus on showcasing the best of WordPress.com for our first version of the app, and what better way to do that than with Freshly Pressed? We’ve been highlighting WordPress.com bloggers there for several years now, and all of that great content is now accessible in our app.
It was a lot of fun working on this app. The last time I did any development for Windows was about 10 years ago using Visual Basic. We’ve come a long way! The Metro interface in completely different from anything you’ve ever seen out of Windows and I’m interested to see where it goes. If you have a blog on WordPress.com or you like reading cool content, check out our new app and let us know what you think.