After Neowin reported pictures of what is believed to be AccuWeather’s Windows 8 tablet application I did something crazy. I read the comments and that lead to this link on AccuWeather’s website that lets you install their Windows Slate application. Neowin speculates that this is a Windows 8 application. It is Silverlight out of browser that installs to your programs and it does note it’s for demonstration only. AccuWeather describes it as follows:
AccuWeather for Windows® Slate – Preview
AccuWeather for Windows Slate is updated every hour with forecasts for the next 24 hours, and forecasts and information for the next 10 days. It also includes user friendly features such as social media sharing, animated radar and satellite, interactive Bing maps, and panoramic views. This application makes it easy to plan your daily activities and make future plans around the weather, on the go, with your Windows® Slate!
So is this just a Slate app with a Metro feel or really a Windows 8 app? Not sure but either way it is a Windows 8 experience. Let’s take a look at it on a 23” touchscreen. And yes, it’s an HP TouchSmart and the touch sensitivity on this screen makes you wish it were resistive to save you trouble but that’s a separate matter altogether:
Give it a go yourself. It does work with your mouse if you don’t have a touchscreen and you can get a sense as to what full screen Metro apps look and feel like in any event.