Wow, Amazon moved fast. Microsoft released it’s newest Windows OS, Windows 8, on Friday, and Amazon has already added a new Kindle app to go along with it. It is currently available in the Kindle Store along with the other Kindle apps, including one for Windows 7.
Windows 8 features a new “metro” style operating system that is suitable for both tablet and PC use. The traditional start button no longer exists. The programs are displayed right on the screen and are called apps. The design is geared towards touchscreens, but can be accessed with the keyboard and mouse.
Considering how much people don’t like change, it will be interesting to see how well this new OS fares in the market. The 10″ inch Microsoft Surface tablet is one to watch as it enters the increasingly crowded tablet market.
Amazon says that the Windows 8 Kindle app is available on “any Windows 8 device.” So I am assuming this means both the Surface Tablet and PC versions.
Kindle apps are available on for both PC and Mac, tablets such as the iPad and Android, and popular smartphones including the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.
These apps are quite handy. Even if you don’t own a physical Kindle, you can still download these apps for free and purchase Kindle books. You take your reading from your Kindle to other devices without losing your place or bookmarks. It saves having to lug several devices around while you travel. It is quite convenient to sneak a chapter or two on my phone during lunch breaks.
Te only drawback I’ve seen is te Kindle Owner’s Lending Library books. I can’t download these books to any other devices besides my actual Kindle. I guess that isn’t surprising since it intended for Kindle owners only.
Well, there is definitely no shortage of reading options. It will be interesting to see how the competition heats up this holiday season.