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Pinball Star–A Blast from the Past in the Store

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Preview and Install

Normally we don’t cover games here at McAkins Online like so games dedicated sites, but sometimes something comes along that is worthy of mention. One of them is this blast from the past. Those of you that saw the birth of Windows 95 with us will surely remember this game, now someone has port it over to the Windows Store. The App dropped in the Store today, and already it has garnered 4-Stars at 37 Ratings. Awesome! Lets hope MS will not take them to court.

Description

Enjoy the best classic pinball game on Windows 8!

Remember the good old days of pinball on your computer? Now you can re-live the experience on your new Windows 8 devices. Engage your hyperdrive, and blast into this classic game. Play Pinball Star for Windows 8 today!

If you like Pin ball, Bubble Star, Zulu Star, skee ball, basketball, air hockey, bowling, or any other classic arcade games, you will love Pinball Star!

Features

  • Classic Pinball
  • 16 Missions
  • Achievement badges
  • Highscore leaderboards
  • Customize your controls
  • Great graphics and sounds

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Curious now about the app? You can download it via the source link below. It costs you Nothing.

Source: Windows Store

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Let’s Run Internet Explorer 4 on Windows 8

Let’s have some fun guys! We are going to run ancient software in Windows 8. This time, however, it’s not any old software but a component of Windows that is almost two decades old! We are going to run Internet Explorer version 4.0 on Windows 8.0. Yes, I am serious! Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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Play the Nintendo Classic, Paper Dash, on Windows 8

 

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Dash. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Paper Dash Description

This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

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Experiment: Running Windows 98 on Windows 7 & 8

Is running windows 98 on windows 7 or 8 possible in 2013? Well first, Windows 98 was released in 1998. That’s a whooping 15 years! We are going to try running this 15 year old bad boy and see just how compatible these operating systems are.

We will browse the web and try installing modern software designed to run on Windows 7 and 8. Is it possible to browse today’s modern web? Can we install today’s applications in Windows 98? How far can we go? Join us, as we venture into the world of a 90′s operating system in the second decade of the 21th century!

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Rare and Exotic Windows RT Screenshots

There are only few Windows RT devices around the world, given the sales of Windows RT based devices. However, I want to share some rare screenshots of this already rare operating system. By rare screenshots, I mean the type of screenshots you will not see when you look up Windows RT images on the web. Most images show the start screen, office, and apps. I want to get more obscure and show you many of the desktop apps that ship with Windows RT. Plus, I have screenshots of things that make no sense whatsoever on a Windows RT system. Buckle up and enjoy!

Desktop Apps on Windows RT

Here are some desktop apps that ship with Windows RT. If you have Windows RT, you can take advantage of all these apps!

Attempting to Run External Desktop Apps and Updates

In these screenshots, I attempt to run an unauthorized desktop app both from a graphical user interface and from command line. I also download Windows Powershell help updates for offline viewing from command line.

Epic Fail: Funny Screenshots

Well, here are some screenshots from things that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Note that none of these screenshots are fake. They actually are from Windows RT code! We have the ability to uninstall desktop apps even though we cannot even install desktop apps. We have a Windows 7 Start Menu tutorial, and we also have Windows Update attempting to (unsuccessfully) install the Bing Bar a desktop IE ad-on, even though Windows RT cannot install desktop app or IE extensions. Oh, Microsoft, you will always be Microsoft!

Rare Screenshots of Windows RT Apps

You won’t easily find these screenshots of Windows RT apps. Go ahead, and try to find it!

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Experiment – Upgrading through Every Version of Windows from 1.0 to 7

 

We know that it is not officially possible to upgrade anything earlier than Windows XP to Windows 8, but what if we upgraded every version of Windows in order. Woud that mean that we can essentially upgrade Windows 1.0 to Windows 2.0 to Windows 3.0 all the way to Windows 8? Well, this very experiment was done, and the results will amaze you! Enjoy the experimet (video).

Source: TheRasteri

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Running Windows 98 in 2013 – Browsing the Web and Installing Modern Apps

Well, this is 2013, and Windows 98 was released in 1998. That’s a whooping 15 years! Yes, we are going to try running this 15 year old bad boy in 2013. We will browse the web and try installing modern software designed to run on Windows 7 and 8. Is it possible to browse today’s modern web? Can we install today’s applications in Windows 98? How far can we go? Join us, as we venture into the world of a 90′s operating system in the second decade of the 21th century!

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Oh the Nostalgia – Play Paper Rush, a Nintendo Classic for Windows 8

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Rush. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Description
This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

EMU7800–An Atari 7800 Emulator in the Store

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Wow! Today is turning out to be an Emulator day. Here’s another new in the Store for a trip down memory lane. EMU7800. An Atari 7800 Emulator. You want to enjoy the device that started it all? Here it is at your fingertips; literarily. The come packed with famous games of yore, see here below in screenshots:

Description
EMU7800 offers classic video game nostalgia on demand! It emulates the Atari 7800 ProSystem video game console (c. 1987) that was also backward-compatible with the older and more popular Atari 2600 Video Computer System.

Features
The genesis of the video game industry—in the palm of your hand!
Relive past moments of video gaming glory!
Amaze your friends and family by turning your state-of-the-art device into an 8-bit microcomputer!

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Well, this is awesome, I am sure you kids will love this, if the kid in you yourself doesn’t :-). Download now in the Store via the source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Selling Windows Phone (…and Windows 8)

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Window Phone has not gained traction in the Market like Microsoft and many of us Windows Phone fans would have loved. Yes, Microsoft rushed Windows Phone to Market we know. They were caught sleeping on turf by iPhone, which raised the bar so high MS had to return to the drawing table, to “re-imagine” Windows Mobile platform. An effort that took them years to complete. With the release of the Windows Phone Mango OS, Microsoft can now confidently say “It is finished!”. Yes Mango is now full-featured and on-par with iPhone and Android; if not better Smile.

So now we are left with the ultimate question, like the song goes: “Now that we’ve found Love, what are we gonna do with it?” How do we sell Windows Phones to the Masses?! I know Microsoft is going to be selling Windows Phone in their own shops, and they’ve got the strength of Nokia sales channel behind them, but is that enough?

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We’ve been hearing the rumors of Phone shops refusing to sell Windows Phones to people, even discrediting it in the front of potential buyers, advising them to buy Android or iPhone instead. The mobile vendors are not doing enough themselves to promote the platform. When you go to any of their shops to see one “in action”, you are presented with a dead, or outright dummy phones. That will never sell the platform.

imageWhen you are lucky to find a working phone, the Sales rep. on the floor doesn’t have an inkling in what Windows Phone is all about. Most of them are Android or iPhone fanboys who have never used Windows phone before. Windows phones cannot be sold like any other platform. It is not a platform phone that you just pick-up in the shop and start pressing icons to see how it works. No, you have to use Windows Phone to get it, and to love it. Go ask anyone who have been skeptical about the platform; they all changed their opinion AFTER using it.

imageSo, there lies the problem of Windows Phone! It is a people-oriented phone. It is not just a phone, it is an extension of yourself. You are the center of the universe, Windows Phone enables all the planets that revolve around you. Its everything about you! How do you sell something like that in a shop, where a buyer only has maybe 10 to 15 minutes to have a look?

A vanilla Windows Phone that is sitting in the kiosk is a useless phone! Looking at it wont impress till you sign in to Windows Live and connect to Facebook and Twitter and Linked-In and what have you. This is something that happened to me. I only have two words for you to describe my reaction after connecting my Windows Phone for the first time: “It’s Alive!”. That was my exclamation. People I have forgotten started popping up. Nothing beats that first impression. You can’t have such experience in a shop. No potential buyer will dare to enter his/her credentials in a sample unit in a shop. So you see the dilemma. Windows Phone strength is its weakness in a shop for a potential buyer.

Now that Microsoft is going the Metro-route with the same “People-centered” features of Windows 8, I am afraid Microsoft will also face a daunting task of selling Windows 8 to the masses. So I hereby propose a solution. Let every Windows Phone and Windows 8 ship with a fictive Persona account. Just one Universal account that MS will maintain. It will reflect a true identity of a person, with everything that a typical person does online, in business and private lives. It will have to be a feature-complete account. You know, like those fictive companies MS use to demonstrate its platform, i.e. Contoso, Fabrikam etc.

Let Windows 8 and Windows Phones be logged into this account by default in shops. Teach sales reps to know this account by heart. Then a potential buyer will see what these applications and platform is all about. It will show the strength of this platform like the way it will if you’ve been using the phone or PC the whole year. No amount of advert can sell Windows Phone or Windows 8 without its People-centric feature. Then sell the devices with this default account, but give the user the chance to wipe it at first install.

So, there you have it. What do you people think of this idea? Leave a comment behind, or tweet me on @McAkins.