One core tenent for me in my job as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft in Florida has always been "help make Florida a great place to do software development". In Microsoft terms that's called Local Software Economies. And I truly LOVE seeing great apps from Florida that represent us well.
Home Shopping Network, a TV and online shopping powerhouse, just released their first Windows 8 app. Download here -> http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/hsn-shop-watch-play/d015c8d2-f9ca-4a61-bce7-8b17901ae914 .
HSNs app is not a wimpy app, aka just a shell around a web property. The HSN app is a full featured ecommerce showcase. Check out some of the goodness below.
SHOWCASE FEATURES OF THE APP
- Integrate shopping and commerce
- Daily Specials
- Favorites in items
- TV Chat Area
- Interactive Program Guide
- Live chat for TV
- Sweepstakes area
I've actually used the app to buy myself a Nokia 521 at rock-bottom, no-contract $69.95 prices. Straight up, no hassles. I'm scared to put this app onto my moms computer though. My inheritance will go out the window. And I will use it again. Check out their "no b-s" phone warranties.
QUICK CALL TO ACTION - Download the HSN Windows 8 App ( http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/hsn-shop-watch-play/d015c8d2-f9ca-4a61-bce7-8b17901ae914 ) and check it out from Please give the HSN app a rating and let HSN know what you think of it ( windows-key+c, settings, rate and review ) . Remember, 1=yuk, 3=meh, 5=wow .
By downloading the app and giving HSN some ratings feedback, I appreciate you supporting your LOCAL FLORIDA SOFTWARE ECONOMY . Hopefully more firms in the area will write some great Windows 8 apps. Course if you're a local firm, like HSN, and want to talk, reach out to me - jhealy at microsoft dot com.