The Modern (aka Metro) version of VLC Media Player has passed the Windows Store certification! VLC Media Player is a very popular media player, known for its ability to play a large number of video and audio format without needing to install additional codecs. Essentially, if you can’t play a video or audio on your PC for any reason, installing VLC media player and opening the media using it will possibly allow you to play it. Continue reading
We kicked off our information about Windows 8.1 Update one with new taskbar features coming to Windows Store apps, namely the Jumplists and media controls. Today, I want to share with you another neat feature I uncovered. Windows Store (metro) applications running in multiple Windows show up in the taskbar as multiple windows. This behavior is the same in Desktop Applications since Windows 7. It is nice to see that it is being included in Windows Store applications. Continue reading
Well, I wasn’t expecting this so soon! But I am pleased to say that I have finally gotten the Lumia Black Update for my AT&T Nokia Lumia 520. If you have a Nokia Lumia 520, did you get the Black Update? Are you using the AT&T version of the phone? I would like to know because on Nokia’s website, it still says that the Lumia 520 on AT&T is “Waiting for Approval”. Continue reading
We have more information about Windows 8.1 Update 1 that is not easily found elsewhere in the internet at the time of this writing. You may have heard that the next major software update to Windows 8.1 adds quite a bit of new features and UI changes. The big ones are mentioned all over the internet. However, I want to focus on the things that are not mentioned! This article will focus on the improvements made to the Windows Taskbar. Continue reading
I learnt the hard way to day that Microsoft SkyDrive (OneDrive) service doesn’t support Full Folder Restore from Recycle Bin. I was unfortunate to own a Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet, and right from the bat, I have discovered Dell cut corners with the device by integrating a sub-par Touch and Pen Digitizer in the product. I would have returned the device, but I am mesmerized by the screen quality of the device on an 8″ tablet, hoping Dell will eventually fix via Driver patch. This tablet would have been utopia if not for this buggy touch/pen interface. Continue reading
Thanks to Richard Hay from WindowsObserver.com for giving me this Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel in a Giveaway Draw. I unbox this on this video and play Need for Speed Hot Pursuit live on the video!
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This is something fresh in the Store today. Aquarium HD is exactly what it purports to be, an aquaSIM app to bring you a piece of Great Barrier Reef to your tablet or Desktop. It is a full 3D Sim app, and you can spend hours on end to create your own personal paradise. Here is full details from the Store: Continue reading
Earlier today I posted about the Private Network Settings being gone from Windows 8.1, well I have found the root cause of the problem. I am happy to report that the setting is not gone from Windows 8.1, but it’s part of a typical change of feature that Microsoft didn’t bother to inform the populace about; maybe they did, but as a Microsoft Watcher I find it difficult that I would have missed the information. Continue reading
Since Windows 7, Microsoft have been pushing Network Awareness in the modern Windows OS. This is the ability of the OS to distinct between Public and Private Networks so that resources can be made available or protected given the type of network. In Windows 8, since Developer Preview till 8.0, you could either turn ON or OFF the Private Network feature in “Network and Sharing Center” on the Desktop’s Networking Control Panel as below Continue reading
Microsoft yesterday published a new blog post discussing new features and user interface updates to Microsoft Office Word Web App. As you know, this is the web version of Microsoft Word, offered free of charge to everyone. The update includes a fresh new look and feel, footnotes, and even a new way to interact with Word and get things done! Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 11 days for that many people to see it.
UPDATE: Offer is expired. The games are no longer free.
To kick of a new year, here’s a nice goody for you all. Disney is giving away some of their popular paid games to all Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users! You can download these games free for a limited time both from the Windows 8 Store and the Windows Phone 8 Store. Here are the games that are now free for grabs. Continue reading
Microsoft is adding easier billing methods in Developing Countries where Creditcard usage is much less than the Western world. It has always been a problem for users in these countries like Mexico, Indonesia etc to buy Apps in the Store. Most of them just use the Freemium apps and Devs are compensated via ADs revenue. But this is not always a good plan for some apps, therefore this new initiative from Microsoft will go a long way. Now users can get billed via their telephone service providers when they buy an App. Here is the full statement below: Continue reading
Here is a blast from the past to keep the family all occupied and kids learning at the same time in this new Year :)
Via: Microsoft News