1. barbaro123's Avatar
    So I went to the MS store locally and got to use a 635. I loved it. My hesitation involves the apps missing from the store. The lady working there told me its a non issue because she goes to the webite site of whatever she needs and pins that to the screen, thus making her own app. Does that really working on anything? It almost seemed too easy. If I want my bank, PNC, can I just go to PNC.com and pin it? How about tinder? Does it work that easily for anything? I was skeptical so I held off until I could get help from you guys...Thanks
    Kevin Rush likes this.
    11-23-2014 09:28 AM
  2. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    I bank with Navy Federal. I've pinned the website to my start screen. I even cut and pasted the logo so it look like an official app. It really does feel like an app, yet I know I'm getting the full functionality of the website because that's what I'm actually using. I've used it for others that have web wrappers for apps for a better user experience. You'll find you're really not compromising on website apps.
    11-23-2014 09:33 AM
  3. barbaro123's Avatar
    Is there any site that won't work on? I just couldn't image it could be that easy. I would think that missing apps become irrelevant if you can always do this.
    k72 likes this.
    11-23-2014 09:41 AM
  4. Ed Boland's Avatar
    As long as the website has a "mobile" version of their site, you're good to go. Otherwise, you're pinning the desktop website. Most of the time, the mobile version of a site is exactly like an app in terms of functionality, though apps might have fancier "buttons" or what not that make it look a little smoother. But hey, as long as it works for what you want it to do, then it's the same end result.
    11-23-2014 09:50 AM
  5. SamJHannan's Avatar
    Is there any site that won't work on? I just couldn't image it could be that easy. I would think that missing apps become irrelevant if you can always do this.
    Obviously with something like Tinder that doesn't run on the web that won't work, though there's a tinder client called 6tin that actually has more features than the real thing.
    11-23-2014 09:51 AM
  6. SamJHannan's Avatar
    I'd personally make a list of all the apps you need or use then test it out.
    11-23-2014 09:52 AM
  7. Ed Boland's Avatar
    And here's a tip for pinning websites; If you "un-pinch" to zoom in on a particular picture/image of a web site, say the site's logo, and hit "pin to start", it will pin whatever you're zoomed in on, on the newly pinned tile.
    11-23-2014 09:59 AM
  8. ajb1965's Avatar
    This is a good workaround, especially since some WP apps I see are just 'wraps' of mobile websites (yelp, etc) so it also saves space on a phone with 8gb onboard storage like the 635. The only thing I find that is a bit of a drag is the banking sites. Since many of the dedicated apps have the ability to deposit a check via a picture, you can't do that via the mobile web site. Other than that I find it very useful and the mobile web usually runs quicker than the apps with the overhead anyway.
    '
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-23-2014 10:50 AM
  9. EBUK's Avatar
    I even cut and pasted the logo so it look like an official app
    How do you do this, please. (New to WP, still learning!)
    k72 likes this.
    11-23-2014 10:55 AM
  10. barbaro123's Avatar
    Do people not know how to do this? Seems this would stop much of the hatred toward the Windows app store......
    k72 likes this.
    11-23-2014 10:58 AM
  11. dlalonde's Avatar
    I personally bought Webapps and it's absolutely great. With an in-app purchase you can then add your own Webapps.

    There are so many webapps that I don't see any platform being app-centrist anymore.

    As someone else said, my bank's webapp is pinned because there are no app and it doesn't change anything for me compared to my days on iOS and Android.
    Guytronic and ajb1965 like this.
    11-24-2014 10:27 AM
  12. k72's Avatar
    I would also like to know how to change the logo. I love pinned sites.
    11-24-2014 12:23 PM
  13. SammyD97's Avatar
    I would also like to know how to change the logo. I love pinned sites.
    Count me in
    11-24-2014 12:26 PM
  14. steve_w_7's Avatar
    I would also like to know how to change the logo. I love pinned sites.
    Skinery Themes app is a great tool to create awesome looking tiles for pinned sites. Just do a Bing search for any logo, save the picture, and you can apply the picture to the tile that you create. It looks very professional.
    SamJHannan, k72 and RumoredNow like this.
    11-24-2014 12:40 PM
  15. scanf's Avatar
    Pinned apps are merely favorites or bookmarks and are no substitute for real apps sadly.
    11-30-2014 11:31 PM
  16. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Pinned apps are merely favorites or bookmarks and are no substitute for real apps sadly.
    That depends, really. Some mobile versions of websites are quite well designed and are very useful alternatives in the absence of an official app.

    Unfortunately, Apple has turned us all into retards and have caused us to think that if it can't be accessed via an app, it can't be done.
    dlalonde and RumoredNow like this.
    12-04-2014 12:52 PM
  17. dlalonde's Avatar
    That depends, really. Some mobile versions of websites are quite well designed and are very useful alternatives in the absence of an official app.

    Unfortunately, Apple has turned us all into retards and have caused us to think that if it can't be accessed via an app, it can't be done.
    Exactly! More and more websites can be run on mobile phones and their functionnalities are growing with HTML5 and other recent technologies. In 5 years time I don't think we'll still be bothered about apps as much.
    12-04-2014 01:19 PM
  18. anon8433722's Avatar
    Unfortunately, Apple has turned us all into retards and have caused us to think that if it can't be accessed via an app, it can't be done.
    There are some really well designed, inviting mobile sites. However, mobile apps can augment that experience if they are coded properly. I enjoy apps as much as the next person, but if the functionality is limited and the website is more accessible, I'll use it. Apps also cut down on obtrusive ads, layouts that were not designed to be mobile-friendly, and provide a less barren user experience.
    12-04-2014 01:24 PM
  19. dlalonde's Avatar
    There are some really well designed, inviting mobile sites. However, mobile apps can augment that experience if they are coded properly. I enjoy apps as much as the next person, but if the functionality is limited and the website is more accessible, I'll use it. Apps also cut down on obtrusive ads, layouts that were not designed to be mobile-friendly, and provide a less barren user experience.
    Unfortunately, all of this will be less and less true in my opinon. The websites are more and more capable in terms of functionalities and as far as ads, unless you buy an app, a lot of times, you already have ads. But that model (buying an ad-free access) is not incompatible with a web app.
    12-05-2014 02:28 PM
  20. Albatross2's Avatar
    I access the PNCBank mobile site via a pinned icon from WebApps. Works great for me.
    12-05-2014 02:39 PM
  21. sugarbowl06's Avatar
    The Great Clips website works great for making reservations before you arrive. Pinned it, but don't know how to change the logo. It won't let me zoom in/out.
    12-08-2014 01:58 PM
  22. steve_w_7's Avatar
    The Great Clips website works great for making reservations before you arrive. Pinned it, but don't know how to change the logo. It won't let me zoom in/out.
    Grab the Great Clips logo from Bing Images and create a custom tile with an app like 'skinery themes'. Works like a charm!
    RumoredNow likes this.
    12-14-2014 11:21 PM
  23. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Me Too... Me Too... I pin sites to start (and not just mobile versions) and use Skinnery to make tiles...

    A fun battery killer. LOL.
    12-15-2014 08:47 AM
  24. sarathizen's Avatar
    Try download webapps which is an app from microsoft app store and it basically does the same thing.
    12-21-2014 02:25 AM

Similar Threads

  1. How do I stop my Lumia 1520 resuming to start screen?
    By Windows Central Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 08-03-2015, 03:04 PM
  2. Surface 2 apps
    By shayanr in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-28-2014, 10:53 AM
  3. How often is sync needed to keep data?
    By gwh34t in forum Microsoft Band & Band 2
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-26-2014, 03:36 PM
  4. Would anyone like to see a 5.5 inch Windows phone
    By smchambers56 in forum Microsoft News & Rumors
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-24-2014, 02:19 PM
  5. How to get rid of Asphalt 8:Airborne banned? :-(
    By sachinpandey in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-23-2014, 09:24 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD