StumbleUpon for Windows 8

The StumbleUpon app embraces the Windows 8 Modern UI presenting its content is a neat manor which is easy on the eye. The idea of the app is to give you a personalised internet experience based on your individual taste.

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It's important to remember that StumbleUpon will work better the more you use it. Once you've selected your areas of interest, the app will effectively get to you better when you like or dislike content which is suggested for you.

It's not really complicated enough to need it but the app gives you a quick tour to get you acquainted with the interface before you can start using it. You'll have to log in, either with a StumbleUpon account or via Facebook.

Navigation is extremely simple, and we like it that way. The home screen provides you with a wall of content tailored to your likes and interests. Click on one or more tile and you'll be shown that image, video or the article.

Scroll to the right and you'll see sections for trending content, friends' activity and things you've liked. The only oddity is that we could find no way of refreshing the content displayed on the home screen.

StumbleUpon for Windows 8 content and navigation

Apart from clicking on tiles which take your fancy navigation will be mostly done via a drop down menu which is always accessible. From here you can go to the home screen, the three sections mentioned previously plus specific areas of interest which you have flagged up. At any point you can bring up the options menu and hit the Stumble button to load a random piece of content.

If you want to share something you've stumbled upon you can do this simply via Windows 8 Charms bar rather than the app itself. While using the app a large back button at the top left will navigate you backwards just like a web browser.

Your user name, icon and number of likes are all displayed in the top right hand corner of the screen but you can't interact with it in any way which seems strange. Instead, you can edit your interests by bringing up the options menu and hitting the button.

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StumbleUpon for Windows 8 review: Specs

  • Windows 8
  • 5.7MB
  • Windows 8
  • 5.7MB

OUR VERDICT

StumbleUpon for Windows 8 is a visually pleasing and easy way of the using the service. We like the minimalist interface, simple navigation and the fact the app is free. Our only real quibble is the lack of a refresh button.

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