In Pictures: App wars - Windows 8 Metro vs. the iPad

Microsoft's Metro environment in Windows 8 and Windows RT takes the iPad approach to apps, but is it better?

News and sports: Metro wins (uncontested)

Metro has three information apps: News, Sports, and Finance. All use feeds from Microsoft's Bing and MSN units. (Serious information addicts should use websites or apps from their favorite publications.) The News app lets you create your own "magazine" by selecting from various news sources, and it has the typical prebuilt topical news sections such as World and Business. The Sports app lets you track your favorite teams, a nice supplement to its league-based news sections. And the Finance app lets you create watchlists for your investments, in addition to its traditional news section. Plus, it comes with a currency converter and rates tracker -- handy.

The iPad has no such apps, relying instead on users to choose third-party apps and websites.

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