Back on June 1, at the D9 Conference, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience briefly showed off a TweetDeck-like social-networking component coming for Windows 8 dubbed “[email protected]” that looked and worked like a Twitter client, with users having the ability to organize their feeds by topic.
The menu that houses the Start button has a few other options, including Connect, Search, Settings, and Share. Microsoft didn’t provide many details about what these options do, but during her demo at the D9 Larson-Green said that social networking would play a large role in Windows 8. So we’re assuming we’ll be hearing a lot more about the Share button in particular. If Windows 8 works the way it should, you will be able to share pretty much anything on Facebook or Twitter, whether it’s photos, web pages, or news. A Microsoft-designed [email protected] app for Windows 8 also seems to signal that the company gets it.
In addition, there is another applications on Facebook called “Socialite” that has an intriguing connection to Windows 8.
A useful feature of Facebook Applications is the ability to view who of your friends use the application. In this case, it provides an invaluable context.
“Out of the 393 currently active monthly users reported by Facebook, the 10 people using the application and the listed developer of the application are all Microsoft employees who work in the Windows organization and presumably on Windows 8. Even the President of the Windows group, Steven Sinofsky, is also a user,” said Long Zheng.
Although Socialite is also the name of a Mac social application, it should imply a much broader reach than just Facebook.
Here is Larson-Green’s D9 Windows 8 demo: