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Hands on with the Windows 8 app: More bunt than home run

Jared Newman | April 10, 2013
Just in time for baseball season, the official app has slid into the Windows Store.

Just in time for baseball season, the official app has slid into the Windows Store.

As with's existing apps for iOS and Android, the Windows 8/RT version allows you to watch live and recorded games, see scores from around the league and listen to gameday audio.

Of course, you'll need an subscription to do most of those things ($20 per month or $110 per year for basic; $25 per month or $130 per year for Premium; or $20 per year for audio). The app itself is free, and one game is available for free viewing every day.

In terms of features, the Windows 8 app is an absolute wasteland compared to other platforms. On's iOS and Android apps, you can look at stats, box scores and recaps. You can also read news about your favorite teams, and watch video highlights of the games you missed.

None of those features exist on the Windows 8 app. Not one. It's a way to watch live or recorded games, and nothing more. You can't even look at league standings within the app, though you can check out team schedules, at least.

Hopefully was just trying to get something out the door for the start of the season, and will circle back over time to add more features. As it stands, this is another case where the Windows 8 app doesn't stack up to other platforms, just like the Twitter app that launched a few weeks ago.

If there's one saving grace, it's the Windows 8 Snap feature, of which takes full advantage. In Windows 8, you can move the app into a sidebar view and keep an eye on the game while using other apps. The video appears as a small thumbnail when Snapped, with a scrollable list of scores underneath. Snap continues to be the most unique and helpful feature of Windows 8, and extends its usefulness even further.

All complaints aside,'s does get the job done for watching baseball on a Windows 8 device. On tablets in particular, it's a much better option than dealing with a clunky Web interface, and the fact that it's arrived on Windows 8 in a timely fashion is more than we can say for many other essential apps. There's no reason not  to give the app a shot if you're already an subscriber.


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