Feeds

Chinese Facebook clone bags Windows 8 social app first

Proof that a Microsoft Metro fan exists

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store.

The Chinese site said that high-def app Renren HD will feature full integration with the new tablet-friendly platform, allowing citizens to share web pages, pictures, videos and other stuff via the social network in a single click.

"We are very proud to be selected as the first social networking service partner for Microsoft's new Windows store," said Joseph Chen, CEO of Renren, in a canned statement.

"Renren shares the vision of Windows 8 in its aspiration to revolutionise how content is delivered and shared between the next generation of digital devices. Renren HD was designed with the same philosophy."

To this end, the app has adopted a tiled user interface to fit in with Windows 8 Metro. Shares in the Chinese social network rose on the news of the app launch.

However, despite the “Facebook of China” moniker, Renren has failed to set its domestic market alight in the same way as rivals Sina Weibo and Tencent, which have more than double the number of Renren’s estimated 136m users.

And this is very early days for Microsoft - it only unleashed its Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on the world at last week's Mobile World Congress. Redmond will have to do a lot better than Renren if it wants the revamped touch-friendly Windows platform to grab punters' attention.

If it fails to get more big-name applications on board to demonstrate the strength of the Metro UI it will never convince the majority of Windows users who quite like their old-fashioned desktop experience, thank you very much. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit
And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?