We’d heard that there’d be a Netflix app for Windows 8, straight from the talking heads at Microsoft. The timing was never certain, save for a vague ‘near launch’ timeframe. Happily, however, the app was finished and approved earlier than expected, and enterprising users can already download it and take a look around.
Perhaps obviously, the Windows 8 Netflix app looks substantially like the one released for Redmond’s phone software, Windows Phone. This isn’t exactly surprising, since Microsoft has (finally) started to exert substantial pressure on developers to adhere to the company’s interface design guidelines. It’s nice to finally see some degree of consistency in Windows software.
The new design, while broadly following the clean lines of Microsoft’s ‘don’t-call-it-Metro’ user interface, can trace its roots to some of Netflix’s reimaginings first introduced on the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3. It’s the company’s cleanest and most interactive interface yet, and in our opinion is going to be the best way to interact with Netflix content for some time to come.
It definitely leaves the iPad app in the dust.
Given the service’s popularity (it’s been stated at various times that during peak American Internet usage, Netflix can single-handedly be responsible for a quarter or more of the bandwidth use), it probably seems obvious that a Windows 8 app would be released before the upcoming wave of Windows tablets and other devices hit the streets.
It’s the first time that Netflix has released a computer-specific app – maybe they’ll follow suit and place one in Apple’s Mac software store.