SAN FRANCISCO — Location check-in service Foursquare is expanding beyond smartphone apps to tablets, and it’s starting with a native app for Windows 8.

Microsoft showed a quick glimpse of the new Foursquare app during the Build developer conference here this morning. No word yet on timing of the app, but I’m checking for details. See the video above for the highlights, including the app’s use of Windows 8’s underlying features.

Foursquare is available for iOS and Android, but those versions are designed as smartphone apps. Microsoft executive Steve Guggenheimer cited this as an example of an app debuting first on Windows, which is something the company needs to see more of if it’s going to gain traction against the iPad and Android tablets.

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