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Windows 8 Gets Foursquare

Windows 8 needs apps, and not just any apps either. It needs the big apps that every other platform has. It won’t be able to compete with iOS and Android until it does. It still has a ways to go, but it’s one step closer today.

Microsoft announced that Foursquare is now available on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. The app has been built specifically with large screen devices in mind, and provides a custom Windows 8 experience to users.

Here are all the unique Windows 8 features that Foursquare users can expect:

  • Discovery: Through your friends’ check-ins, you can easily find all kinds of new places to visit – whether it’s a new restaurant or local attraction (such as a state park or museum).
  • Navigation: You can navigate to the right in the app and see places near you, grouped by what’s trending. Or navigate to the left and see the same places on an interactive map that can be filtered.
  • Search: In Foursquare, you can easily search for a specific place or type of place and get all the details you need – including address, website, Twitter info, phone number, ratings, hours and more.
  • App Commands: By bringing up app commands, you can then check-in, add photos, leave a tip or add the specific place to a current list or create a new one.
  • One of the reasons Windows 8 isn’t getting as many apps as iOS or Android is that developers have to design an entirely new app for Microsoft’s platform. It’s usually worth it in the end, however, when you see how pretty the final product is when compared to the same app on competing devices. It doesn’t hurt that the Windows 8 app is the first Foursquare app built specifically for tablets either.

    You can grab the Foursquare app from the Windows Store now. It’s supported on both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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