Microsoft unveiled a nice surprise at its 2014 build conference: the third major upgrade to the Windows Store! Windows Store was introduced on Windows 8.0 as a software distribution platform. It received a major upgrade that drastically improved its usability with the launch of Windows 8.1. However, Microsoft still didn’t go far enough to make the browsing the Store a pleasant experience as it is in competing platforms. Although there were minor UI enhancements since the launch of Windows 8.1, the third upgrade to the Store truly brings it on par with the app stores of iOS and Android. I am very excited for this and I hope you are too. So let’s see what’s new! Continue reading
Microsoft announced a lot of new features coming to Windows Phone 8.1 in their Build 2014 Conference. Many of the features are highlighted in the mainstream Microsoft websites, including Neowin and WPCentral. So, I won’t reiterate what’s being said there because they are doing a fantastic job in covering the big stuff. What I want to focus on are the little things that are coming to Windows Phone 8.1. Things that are not well known around the web. So let’s start with the Share charm. Yes, Windows Phone 8.1 now brings the same Share charm found on Windows 8. Continue reading
Here is a little suggestion for Microsoft Windows Design team to improve Windows for the modern/mobile age. I have been fighting this past week to get my VHD boot device upgraded to Windows 8.1 as I have grown tired of waiting for Microsoft to fix this problem. If you’ve not heard, Microsoft choose to leave out the upgrade of an official Install Scenario of Windows called VHD Native Boot. This is an officially supported Install option for Windows since Windows 7, but without warning to the community, they are not going to upgrade you from Windows 8RTM to any later version if you’re running in Native Boot. Continue reading
The business model for software has seen tremendous change in the last decade. Gone are the days of buying software in large boxes from retail store for a hefty price. Gone are the days when you needed to pay nearly as much to receive updates to the software you purchased. For instance, in the past, if you payed $50 for a version 1 of a software, you were expected to pay another $50 for version 2. In many instances, “upgrade” prices would slightly reduce the cost of the new version, but not by much. Today, with a few exception, that is not how it works. Only a few big name software has been able to hold on to the tradition, namely Microsoft Office and, until recently, Adobe Creative Suite. But even these software makers are moving away from the old model. We are truly moving to a new era in software business. Continue reading
I know App count has lost its meaning, still we at McAkins Online feel we should inform you folks that indeed Windows Store has passed the 150000 Apps mark. Really I don’t know whether to cry or to rejoice as I don’t see the real meaning of bloggers beating the app count to death resulting in the OS Publishers allowing junk apps in the Store just to belong to the number success group. If I may have my take I’ll say let Windows Store have just 5000 App that are highly polished and worth users’ time than having to prune the Windows Store just to find App needle in a haystack. Continue reading
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
This is something for Christian Parents, just dropped in the Store. Go get it. It is free. Continue reading
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
Yes, XP is approaching end of life, and as Microsoft promised, since last Saturday the Nag Screen update has been rolling out as shown by Mikko here below: Continue reading
It is one of most innovative puzzlers you can find today. Chuck’s Challenge 3D combines brain tingling puzzles with an exploration-based adventure. You play as the character Woop, who has summoned Chuck Sommerville, a famous game designer, to build fun challenges for him. Woop is a multi-dimensional aliens with a host of amazing resources that Chuck uses to build challenging levels for Woop. Continue reading
Facebook has just released a massive update to their Windows 8 App in the Store! They’ve brought the the App up to Win8.1 level and added much requested features. I am not an iPad nor Android user, but if I’m not mistaken, the Windows 8 Facebook App has now stepped up in par with its iOS and Android siblings. Please let me know if I am right or not. Continue reading
Here it is, the much-anticipated App from Nokia is finally in the Windows Store. Those of you that use Windows Phone of course will know this app. It is Nokia way to make Apps Discovery much less of a pain. Who’s best to recommend you Apps? Right, your friends. Suppose there is a way to know which apps your friends friends are running right? Yes, now you have it. The more people that use it, the more usable the app gets. So go download it right now.
Here is the description from the Store:
App Social: Discover, browse and share amazing apps both for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
- Browse & Download apps recommended by App Social most popular users
- Sign up create your own profile and your own list of apps to share with your friends and the whole community
- Get followers and climb up the leaderboard
- Search for apps, applists and even users to save time
- All both for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps to enjoy an amazing companionship experience
- Get App Social on Windows Phone 8 from www.appsocial.nokia.com
You can download the app now in the Store from the following Source Link.
Source: Windows Store
Great new foks. You can get one year of 100GB of OneDrive Storage for free right now with Bing Rewards. Just head over to this link to Join Bing Rewards to get started. With bing rewards, you will earn points for completing simple quests and doing web searches. With only 100 points, you will have enough points to get 100GB of OneDrive (formarly SkyDrive) storage for free for one year. Trust me, 100 points only would take you only a few days to earn at most. Continue reading
Yes Nokia HERE is here! Nokia has released is much anticipated mobile app for all Windows 8 users. This popular app on Windows phone made its way into Nokia’s Windows RT tablet and people were wondering if the day will come that all will benefit from this app. Well the day is HERE. Pun intended. Continue reading