Recently Microsoft has started rolling out updates to the Windows 8 built-in apps. Microsoft is adding new features and improving the apps that come with Windows and rolling out updates for these apps before general availability (GA) which will be on 26th Oct.
There are thousands of apps already in the Store before GA and there are thousands of developers creating new apps. The built-in apps that comes with Windows 8 are – SkyDrive, Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging , Photos, Maps, Bing, Finance, News, Sports, Travel, Weather , Video, Music, Games . With the updates, there will be performance and reliability improvements in the apps across the board and apart from that there will be new features added too.
Windows 8 Weather App features
In this post I’ll talk about one of my favorite apps – The Weather app . Here I’ll post about its features, including the new ones.
The roll out of these updates has already begun and will be rolling out till GA. So if you haven’t already installed them, check out if you have received these updates. You will be notified of Windows Store updates with a count of available updates shown on the Store tile.
The app tile is Live and shows the Temperature in real time. It shows the current temperature, weather condition, and High/Low for the day for the location. The Weather App is Powered by Bing.
When you click on the Weather app, you’ll be presented with the current weather details of the location and a beautiful background image as per time of the day/night and weather.
And there you can also see the Hourly Forecast. As you scroll further (horizontally) you’ll see different weather maps.
When you click weather map, it shows nice animation of cloud cover conditions, etc.
As you further scroll, it provides Historical weather data for the year.
It provides data for Temperature, Rain, Sunshine, Snow - overall lots of data !
On the bottom right of the Weather screen, you have the Semantic Zoom option
This Semantic Zoom, when clicked will zoom out to provide the categorized options. When clicked will display that option.
If you right-click , you’ll be provided with Upper and Lower App bar , where you’ll see more options.
On the lower app bar …
… you can change the Units of Temperature between Fahrenheit and Centigrade. Also you have the option to Refresh.
On the Upper App bar, you’ll find …
… Using Places option. You can add many cities…
Clicking on the Add, will provide option to Enter location (btw we didn’t know that there was a New Delhi in Illinois, US too!).
The list of cities displays the changes between High/Low, and the current temperature along with a nice background. And it can be clicked to maximize to find more weather details about that city.
The World Weather provides the weather worldwide at a glance. The map alternates between set of cities. And to get the details, click on the city.
Windows 8 Weather App settings
These were the various features of this beautiful weather app. Now let us check some settings. From the Weather App, invoke the Charms bar.
Various options like clearing weather search History, About Weather App version, Setting permission for App to access your location, allowing the App to show quick status on the Lock Screen can be done from here.
You can send feedback, rate and review the Weather App too, from these Settings.
Overall the Weather App is a very useful app and presents lots of data in a beautiful way. Give it a try, and check if they are accurate for your city or not!