Windows 10 JTP Alarm App Blew Us Away

Via the watchful eyes of our good friend @WinObs came a simple tweet about the new Alarms App in Windows 10 JTP with the screenshot as above. Of course I became curious as I haven’t had the time to checkout the app. I was instantly blown away. It is the most complete Alarms App we’ve been asking for and top it all, it has World Time Zone built-in!

Via the World Clock menu you’re dropped in the World Time Zone section where you have the possibility to add you favorite world clocks:

Now what really blew my mind is the Compare feature. A feature we’ve been begging DateAndTime.com to add to their Windows App, and up till now you have to drop out of the Windows App to their website to compare world times. Now you have it built-in in Windows 10. Absolutely awesome! Here below you see the Compare feature:

From the Places dropdown, you can select one of your defined places and select the date and time to compare and you see on the right side the equivalent times in other places. This is what we’ve been looking for to be able to follow online broadcasts and events. I am one of the people complaining about half-baked built-in Apps, with this Microsoft has once again showed that they are truly listening to their customers.

Thanks Richard for the heads-up.

Source: @WinObs

New Windows 10 JTP App from Microsoft: Student Planner

Here is another gem from Windows 10 January Technical Preview for all of you Students out there to track your Study Schedules etc. It is a good place to start your day and make plans for your courses. You can enter Course, Assignments and Exams. You can link to Outlook Mail app, OneNote and your files on OneDrive.

I wish I had this when I was growing up, maybe I would have made my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. 😃 For all you parents out there, take note of this app as it is a good place to get your kids organized at school. I don’t personally have a need to the app (for now 😊) I can’t really tell of its details, but if any of you downloaded the app and you discover anything spectacular, please comment below to share your experience.

Microsoft Released Customer Support App with Windows 10 JTP

There is a new Support App in Windows 10 January Technical Preview to obtain support directly from Microsoft for Windows. This shows how serious Microsoft is about it’s business of converting Windows into a Service. There are lot of people that will be needing assistance understand this new Windows and understanding the new Service structure.

I guess they’ve learnt their lesson about Windows 8 that a lot many people failed to understand. You don’t want to be too far away from your customers. I personally think this is an indictment for all of us Tech bloggers out there. If we would stop being fanboys giving our opinions on Microsoft’s products and start educating the masses about technology, Microsoft would probably not need to create this App. Anyway, we here at McAkins.com will only publish when you really need to know. Yes we love Microsoft, but we’re here to educate, not just play fanboys.

Breaking: New OneNote Universal App is Live for Windows 10 JTP

I was using OneNote a moment ago and I had noticed my new Windows 10 January Technical Preview has finished all updates after install and wants to reboot. So I finished my work, saved everything that needed to be saved and I restarted the machine. Continue reading

VLC Update is now Live in the Windows Store

Our friend Thomas Nigro (@ThomasNigro) just tweeted that the new and overhauled VLC Player is now in the Windows Store. This is a major update to the player bringing performance and UI improvements. Go get it now at: VLC for Windows 8 – http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/c527ff2d-b5d0-45b6-bfc3-92fb7357ef72

Pen Showcase NYT Crossword Puzzle App Released

A while back during Surface Pro 3 launch Microsoft showcased a special Crossword App from NYT that perfectly showed why Active Pen is not a pushover on a tablet. Doing Crossword puzzle on a tablet with a pen gives such a natural feel to it. It is like writing on paper. With handwriting recognition, a technology that Microsoft leads its competition decades ahead, the app can easily transcribe your written letters and numbers into digital formats that can be used in the crossword. Continue reading

Windows Phone File Manager “Files” now in the Store

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Microsoft jumps the gun and released the Windows Phone file manager simply called “Files” today in the Windows phone store instead of waiting till June as we’ve heard earlier. Everyone knows MS is working on the file manager, there have been a few tweets even a few weeks past from top program managers informing the world, and the general consensus was this will break in June. Well here we are 30th of May a day earlier, the file manager was just tweeted by the head himself, our beloved Joe Belfiore says as follows: Continue reading

I SPY Challenger by Scholastic – Game Highlight

A fantastic game is now available on the Windows Store. I SPY Challenger raises the bar for great game design. The game is made by Scholastic, a well-established company that makes and sells products for kids, including books and educational video games. They have released their latest creation to the Windows Store, for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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I SPY Challenger is a game inspired from the I SPY books that I grew to love as a child. The game brings interactivity to the mix in a pleasantly exciting way. The game is beautifully built with excellent visuals and sound effects. It also has spoken dialogue, which is something I feel makes a game stand out from the bunch. Spoken voice in the game can appeal to kids; at least it appealed to me when I was a child. Continue reading

Kinectimals Unleashed in the Store as Universal App!

 

 

Kinectimals Unleashed

Microsoft brings Kinectimals to its platform as universal App! We already have Kinectimals on Xbox Live for all the while, now they’ve debuted as Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Apps. And the best of all, they are downloadable for free! Something for the whole family to enjoy on this Mother’s Day weekend. So guys, go right ahead, download this for our ladies and kids. ;-) Continue reading

Bing Wikipedia Browser — An Elegent App for your Windows Device

Hi, this is Nazmus, and I recently decided to download and try out a new app by Microsoft called “Bing Wikipedia”. At first, I was hesitant to download it because I wondered “why would I need a Wikipedia app when the website works well enough?” Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I did download the app. Continue reading

[Deal Over] Free for a Limited Time — Xbox Title Rabbits Big Bang on Windows Store

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Update: The Deal is Officially Over

As part of the weekly red stripe deals, an Xbox title for Windows 8 is downloadable for free from the Windows Store. It is called Rabbits Bing Bang. It’s a puzzle game and worth checking out!.

Here’s the neat part: this game is available in many languages! Here are the languages it supports: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. Continue reading

Introducing NextGraph–A Simple yet powerful MindMap App

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Sometimes we come across a gem in the Store and we appreciate the effort the Dev has put in the App, then we are absolutely blown away when as icing on the cake the Dev makes it free. Such is the case with this NextGraph app in the Store. It is a simple yet effective way to dump your mind of ideas and create simple UML relationships. I was looking for a simple tool in the Store to help understand the relationships in an app I’m currently involved with in a project and I came across this app in the Store. Continue reading

Super Polygon has landed in the Windows Store.

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We have a new kid on the block in the Store. Introducing Super Polygon for Windows 8. A game that will psyche you into stupor cause of its addictive nature. 3 days ago were were informed at McAkins Online that the newly released game for Windows Phone 8 will be coming to also to Windows 8. Thanks to the increasingly reusable codes between the two platform, the game took exactly 3 days to arrive on Win8. Which is a good thing. We hope to see more of this trend. Continue reading