Dumping iPad for Windows 8 Over Hulu
New Hulu Plus App for Windows 8 crushes the iOS version. Can you say multitasking?
October 23, 2012 by Julie Jacobson

I’m sorely tempted to join the Windows 8 camp for the new Hulu Plus app that does so much more than the inelegant app for iPad – just little things like multitasking capabilities that let you check email or browse the Web while watching a show. I don’t use my iPad for much except for Hulu Plus, email, news and Kindle. Mostly Hulu Plus.

Most importantly, the Win 8 user interface crushes its iOS counterpart in so many ways.

Your content “queue,” for example, is simpler to build and navigate; the Hulu search feature is readily accessible no matter where you are in the application; You can easily share content you’re currently viewing or pin it to your Start menu for one-click (or one-touch) access. Windows Live Tiles show you what’s currently being featured in HuluPlus; the multitasking “SnapView” feature is oh so user-friendly; and more.

This is the first application I’ve seen that might convince me to go to the dark side. I’ve never used the Windows 8 “Tile” interface, but I like what I see in the Hulu Plus app.

The app will be released this Friday, Oct. 26 via the Windows Store, and it will be pre-loaded on select Acer and Sony Windows 8 tablets.

I have to admit: I believe the PR hype on this one:

The new Hulu Plus app leverages core Microsoft design principles with our touch-optimized experience. The UI is simple, clean and puts the most relevant content first, creating a visually immersive experience in the most engaging way.

Here’s a blog on the new Hulu Plus app for Windows 8. Check out the video tutorial below.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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