Netflix for Windows 8 is here

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As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft has released another most anticipated App for Windows 8, Netflix. And according to all and sundry, the app is really a knocker on Windows 8, someone went as far as to say, its even better than Netflix on XBox. The app is so good that the vendors only supply just one screenshot in the Store, the one you see here above. That is confidence for you. Microsoft released the app just yesterday, and as you can see, it already has 76 ratings at solid 4.8 Stars! The app works on both the Pro and RT only version devices, so where you go, your movies go with you.

Following is Netflix Inc.’s description in the Store:

Description
Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies.
Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies.
If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial.
How does Netflix work?
- Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price.
- With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want.
- You can Browse a growing selection of thousands of titles, and new episodes that are added regularly.
- Search for titles and watch immediately on your phone or on an ever expanding list of supported devices.
- Rate your favorite shows and movies and tell us what you like so Netflix can help suggest the best titles for you.
- Start watching on one device, and resume watching on another. Check out netflix.com for all the TVs, game consoles, tablets, phones, Blu-ray players and set top boxes on which you can watch Netflix.

Is this version of Netflix better than the one on XBox? Well its for you to judge for yourselves. Download the app via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

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Total App Count -– 2012-10-13

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[Data per  2012-10-13]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 3350
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App Stats:

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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 613
Total Free Apps: 2737
Total Desktop Apps: 86

Localization:
Total English Apps: 2718
Total Localized Apps: 632

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: 723
Non-Accessible Apps: 2627

Store News:

Welcome to this week’s News from the Windows Store. The week saw a flurry of activities in the Store, I was expecting doldrums this week given the trend of last week, but Microsoft surprised us by releasing one of the most expected app: Netflix this week.

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The debate is on-going whether this is by overt or by covert, a sleight of hand from Microsoft. Did they accidentally released this app or was it intentional to keep the buzz going? This coming week will tell if Microsoft decides to release another major app, that will then point to keeping the buzz going. Those of us tracking MS know they’ve got some serious Apps in Keeps for the GA. So the question remain “What Will MS Do” this coming week :-).

Coupled with this bang from the Store this week were the completion of the updates to the Windows 8 Built-In Apps. Every App from Microsoft is now updated bringing more features to these apps and welcomed stability updates. The most noticeable for me is the Mail App which now supports Conversations view. Another surprise from Microsoft is the release of two paid XBox Titles this week. Microsoft added 4 Elements II Special Edition at $9.99 and Rocket Riot 3D at $4.99. Click on the Pictures to get them from the Store.

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I mentioned a flurry of activities, this is not only limited to Microsoft this week. The Indy Developers were also hot on the heels of Microsoft in releasing updates to their Apps. I think I counted about 10 App updates this week. The most popular of course is the Update to MetroTwit Twitter client in the Store, followed almost immediately by the release of the update to the FlipToast my personal favorite Facebook/Twitter integration App. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to blog the update to FlipToast.

But the flurry of activities does not limit to Store Apps, Microsoft also release what we could call SP1 to Windows 8 this week. BuildWindows8 Blog detailed these updates here. The updates brought needed performance tuning and Stability to the Windows 8 Core systems, including increased Graphic Acceleration performance.

So here I was expecting a boring week in the store, but it turned out to be anything but boring. There are some noticeable apps released this week too. Early in the week debuted AppSwitch, an app to make life easier for Windows 8 users coming from other platforms like iOS and Android by recommending similar apps in the Win8 Store. I was contacted by the Vendors to request you lovers of Windows 8 to help make the app better by submitting your personal recommendations. Do you know a similar or better app in Win8 Store compared to other platforms? Please submit so we can all make Win8 go bang!

ArcSoft ShowBiz also debuted this week. This is another Video Editing app in the Store. Then you have what I called the most practical app in the Store: Windows 8 Cheat Keys. An app that help newbies and Pros alike to find and remember major keyboard combinations. If you love keyboarding on your PC, this is the app for you. Logitech also joined other Hardware OEMs in the Store by releasing their first Metro App in the Store: Logitech Camera Controller.

There are so many good apps this week that it will make this post too long to mention them all one for one. Please search for the following Apps in the Store, you wont be disappointed:

  • Additive Warning
  • Audio Analyzer
  • Farming Simulator 2012
  • Spiral
  • EVEision 8′
  • Rubik’s Cube Solution
  • Granny Tips
  • Sorting Algorithms
  • Graphing Calculator+
  • Physics Equations
  • myStarjob.com
  • Checkers Pro
  • Backgammon Pro

On App Stats, as you can see we’ve crossed the 3K milestone in the Store! I was actually expecting the crossover last week, but then it’s still an incredible performance that Windows Store has more than 3K Apps before General Availability. And please don’t sneer and say that number includes Desktop Apps, yes specifically for this week I counted the total Desktop Apps in the Store, they are 86 in total, so deducting that from the total number, we still have more than 3000 Metro Apps in the Store. That is a huge Performance! How many Apps does Mac has in its App Store again? No wonder Apple didn’t release the Total number. Go Microsoft!

The Crown has returned to the Games Category and we see a sharp drop in the delta number for Sports category. As you can see from the graphs, Games, Entertainment, Education and Tools are the most published Categories in the Store. They maintain a comfortable lead on the rest of App Categories.

I will close this week by personal recommendation of two Apps, one in the Social Category and the other for the Toddlers. These are apps that are worthy of mention because of their quality and concept. First is MathBoad for Toddlers. The app supports Touch and Pen for scribbling, it brings the concept of Scribble Board back for toddlers. Second App is NowFloats, a Social App that brings new twitst to Sharing. I won’t give a spoiler here, but please see the app in the Store for yourselves. Note these apps are receiving average of 4.8 Stars in the Store. Click on the Pictures for the links.

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Well, that is the news from Store this week. The Roller Coaster is now gathering momentum, we are speedily approaching the Apogee of Windows 8 Events. Whatever happens you can expect yours truly to be all over it. Just another week and then the party will start. I will probably have missed something in the Store you might think is important. Let me know what you think. Please find the archive of last week’s post here below. Have a great week ahead.

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- McAkins

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 Source: Windows Store

Disclaimer:
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, and also subject to Store Cloud propagation, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time, and possibly different from your part of the world. Errors in this report are mine  and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute any binding agreement.

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Logitech Camera Controller App arrives in the Store

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Logitech has joined Microsoft Hardware in the Store by releasing an app for their top of the line Cameras. With this app you can  perform some basic adjustments and Register and reach Forums for issues.

This is quoting Logitech from the Store:

Description
Logitech Camera is a device application you can use to make settings for you Logitech web camera.  It is designed to work with all Windows8-style applications installed on your computer, including Microsoft Camera.  Any Windows 8 video application has the ability to access the Logitech Camera options.
You can make changes to standard settings as brightness, contrast and focus.  In addition to the standard webcam settings, Logitech Camera offers a true differentiation from other vendors with genuine features such as Digital Zoom & Move and Face Tracking.
Logitech Camera also provides direct access to camera support for your specific webcam.  You can also access Logitech camera forums.

Features
Intuitive zoom and move controls
Face tracking

Download the app via the source link below and come back to tell the world your experience with this app.

Source: Windows Store

Breaking: MetroTwit Updates in the Store!

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Here we go Ladies and Gentlemen, the GA is approaching fast and Microsoft delights us all by updating all the Built-In Apps. But right on the heels of Microsoft, serious App Developers are releasing  updates to their apps too. We’ve been seeing a lot of app Updates in the Store and just a minute ago MetroTwit also updates in the Store. I’ll be updating with new features, but just to let you know, see for yourselves. Investigating here.

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Ok here are the updates:

  1. Ad Supported, sometimes the Ad refresh steals the focus from the Tweet box when you’re composing. Also block app features too.
  2. New App Bar featuring more options.
  3. Windows 8 Spelling Check Support
  4. Now you can insert you Map Location in Tweets
  5. You can now add multiple Profiles via the App Bar
  6. MetroTwit now supports Lists!
  7. Trend Search is back
  8. New Read Indicator overlay on Tweets
  9. Now with improved Settings from which you can  remove Ads with Activation after purchase
  10. Now with a built-in Web Browser
  11. MetroTwit now supports Notification Toast!
  12. In-tweet Photo display now available

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So here we are. MetroTwit has finally grown up, and the best thing is if you’ve already purchased the Desktop Version, now you can use this Software Ad Free!
Letop, you may not see this Update yet, so please be patient till it propagates down to you.

P.S. You may want to check back as I’ll add new features I discover to this post later today.

Source: Windows Store

The Most Practical App in the Store – Windows 8 Cheat Keys

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Well, this could be the most practical App in the Store at the moment. Windows 8 Cheat Keys is an app designed to lessen the pain of switching to Windows 8 for those Keyboard-huggers amongst us. You don’t have to go look all over the Internet for that Key combination to quickly get the job done, all you need is bring up this gem and do a search for the Keyboard combination. And what’s more, the app checks once a while to see if there are new Keyboard definitions from the authors and automatically download for you and displays on the App Tile. To keep the app free of charge, it is Ad Supported as you can see, but you won’t mind for those few minutes that you have to spend in the App anyway. Here is quoting the vendor from the Store:

Description
Windows 8 Cheat Keys helps to teach the keys and other tips that allow users to get around quickly in Windows 8. Find shortcuts for this familiar features as well as many, many new and handy ones.
Windows 8 Cheat Keys will introduce the user to keys and tips at only a few per day for maximum retention and understanding. It supports Windows 8 Search, Share, Notifications, and has an updating live tile.

Features
Learn windows 8 shortcut keys, gestures, and features.
Get notified of several tips daily to help build your repertoire, productivity, and, of course, impress your friends.
Supports Sharing. Share tips with friends by e-mail, social media, and more.
Search for tips within the app or from Windows.
Toast notifications let you know when new shortcuts or tips are available.
Live tile updates display new shortcut keys and tips on your Start screen.

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This is one of those Apps that comes along and you hit yourself on the head with “why didn’t I think of this before”, so simple and yet so effective for Pros and Beginners alike. Nicely done indeed.

Go get the app and add it to your toolset. You’ll definitely need it. Download via the following Source link.

Source: Windows 8 Store

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Two New Xbox Games Arrive on Windows 8

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Xbox games are rolling in to Windows 8. Today, we have two more Xbox games for you to enjoy on your PC. One of the neat things about Windows 8 is the Xbox LIVE integration. For the first time, Windows users will be able to enjoy what Xbox users have been able to enjoy for years. With leaderboards, achievements, and Xbox avatar, the entire Xbox experience now comes bundled in with Windows 8. Furthermore, users are able to play some Xbox games with others regardless of platforms; that is, users will be able to play with others a game even if one is on, say Windows 8 PC while the other is on Windows Phone.

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ArcSoft’s ShowBiz App lands in the Store for Movie Making.

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ArcSoft ShowBiz joins PowerDvD and PowerDirector from Cyberlink in the Store as another quality App for managing and creating your own Videos/Movies. The advantage in this case is that the app $10 cheaper than Cyberlink products at $4.99 which is not bad considering what you can all do with these apps. Here is another feather to Microsoft’s cap in attestation of quality apps for the new platform.

ArcSoft gave the following description of the App from the Store:

Description
Turn your video, photo, and music files into an original movie with this amazing movie making software – ArcSoft Showbiz. Select your favorite content into the Storyboard and add professional quality effects, transitions, or even a voice-over to personalize your story. Easily output your movie in HD format ready to share with family and friends.

Features
Add a variety of cool effects to spice up your photo or video clips
Enter personal text to overlay on each frame
Use the Preview Window to play back all your changes on the fly
Manipulate separate audio tracks for music and narration

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Is this something for you? Get this app from the Store using the following link.

Source: Windows Store

Windows Store Officially Crossed 3K Apps Milestone

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Lady and Gentlemen, we’ve officially crossed the 3K Milestone in the Store. It was long time coming, as we were expecting this crossover in the past Weekend but it didn’t come. Of this number of course about 60 of this are Desktop Apps. So it is celebration time from Microsoft as those sneering that the Store will not see support from Devs are now put to shame.

Of course, most of these apps are chaffs, but still there are some quality apps already in the Store, and there are definitely some Apps that Microsoft is holding unto for the GA later this month.

So there you have it. Windows Store is no joke anymore, and the best thing is, Microsoft has some surprises for us at GA.

Total App Count – 2012-10-21

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[Data per  2012-10-21]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 4284
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App Stats:
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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 786
Total Free Apps: 3498
Total Desktop Apps: –

Localization:
Total English Apps: –
Total Localized Apps: –

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: –
Non-Accessible Apps: –

Store News:

Welcome everyone to another edition of News from Windows Store. First my sincere apology for the belated publication. Sometimes life just catch up with you and you can’t escape its clutch. With this past weekend activities I hope to make time available to the General Availability activities of Windows 8 this week. So fully prepared thus.

Well, as you can see, the Store exploded again this week. We broke all records of published Apps per Week with this weeks total of 933 Apps! I am not surprised of this figure at all because it was clear to me during the week that I was having troubles keeping up with the number Apps dropping into the Store combined with my Day Job. What I have noticed this time around is the explosion in the number of Apps from or dedicated to India. I strongly suspect we are seeing the result of the publication of the App Marathon in Bangalore India for which MS received a Guinness Book of Records Award.

So where do I start, where do I stop? You will have to excuse me this week as I can’t possibly mention all the good apps that dropped this week, else you’ll be here still by tomorrow going through the list. So I will mention the most exceptional ones, and present you with the list of other remarkable ones I feel you should search for in the Store.

The most exceptional ones I have already blogged and should be familiar for those of you following this blog. First were JPL and NBC that brought NASA Be A Martian and Breaking News Apps to the Store, followed by Al Jazeera bringing their official app to the Store. Then there was Dilbert dedicated Comic app. But the most waves were made by BookReader and Cumulo apps, the first being the first most stable eBook reader in the store, and the latter being a Cloud Drive aggregator for different cloud platforms like SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. T-Mobile also re-released their Data Plan app this week, thereby correcting the first lack-luster app they released with Developer Preview that no one could use. Other quality apps of note were the US Army Weapon Systems Handbook App andG-Maps, a beautifully designed Google Maps app in the Store. Someone decided not to wait for Reddit to release an official app but went ahead and released a rather nicely designed app for Reddit. Finally we have the British Airways app dropping in the Store this week too.

The credit for the numbers of Apps in the Store this week has to go to the Dutch, a Travel Dialog company, all About a Country Apps and a number of People Apps explaining the lives of the likes of Isaac Newton, Einstein, Indra Gandhi etc. The Dutch for filling the Store with a number of their national Newspapers apps. Note that all these apps require that you have an account with the Newspaper before you can use them. The Dialog Apps trying to assist you in conversing with the local populace while travelling and the About a Country showing Country details.

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This past week also saw a lot of Updates in the Store. You can tell all App Developers are really prepping their apps for the GA. Notable this week were the Built-In Apps that saw a re-run of updates like we had the week before. I think this time around mostly to correct bugs in the former updates. For example, a lot of us using the Built-in Mail Client couldn’t select Contacts after the original update last week, this week’s update fixed this. Other indy App Updates are TweeTRO that released a feature updates this week with which you can now type a Twitter contact name and it will show at the bottom of the tweet box for selection. Also auto-load of URLs has been switched off because of its security risk, there is now options to turn it ON if you want.

The best update this week however goes to FlipToast that really surprised me with the latest update. They’ve released a matured app into the Store. I think it’s a complete re-write of FlipToast as you don’t see anything resembling the former. The current version is just simply gorgeous, and the app is now usable for Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. And they even threw an extra addition to it, you now have Instagram integration too in FlipToast. Words really didn’t do FlipToast justice, you need to use the App. This is what Metro was supposed to be! Beautiful, fluid and responsive and with semantic zoom.

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Finally on updates, I think the sad story this week is the Vendors of MetroTwit begging Microsoft to launch an expedited accreditation procedure for Bug-Fixes. After MetroTwit update of a week ago, a number of serious bugs were identified affecting overall experience of the app. These were promptly fixed by Pixel Tuckers Pty Ltdand the app re-submitted. They’ve been waiting in vain for publication. Believe me, yours truly have also been waiting in vain for this update to drop because MetroTwit is really a pain to use at the moment, and it hasn’t dropped as of writing of this post. Microsoft, it should not be necessary that a Dev should post something like this:

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So, enough about Apps, lets talk Stats. I released an interim picture post earlier this week to inform that we crossed the 4K milestone in the Store, that was around Tuesday/Wednesday. As you can see, we’ve since moved up a couple of hundreds more, with the tally now at 4284. So if Microsoft could publish 900+ apps this past week, and they are able to repeat the feat this coming week, we’ll cross the 5K milestone, which will really be a feat and a crown for Microsoft and Windows 8.

Again, wearing the crown this week is the Games category with an almost linear increase as last week, seeing some serious game releases this week like Words By Post, Chess by Post. My personal favorite is Checkers Pro, can’t keep my hands off that game the whole week. Vying for Second and Third position is the Education and Tools respectively. Can you imagine? Education is moving more than Entertainment category which used to be the de-facto second. I am personally glad for the Tools category, a technician needs his Tools like they say. The Tools category has the highest gradient, week-on-week value, this week.

Remarkable however is the surge of Paid Apps that we saw this week. Almost 200 apps of the 933 total were paid apps (see related last week report below to compare). What can I say, its GA almost, and Devs are now ready to cash in. I hope most of us buy really good apps in the Store to encourage the Devs for their efforts as their success is Windows Platform success too. My apologies, I couldn’t complete the Stats with Localizations and Accessibility records this week, I am already so late with this update.

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I will leave you finally with the following list of Apps that you should check-out as they are good apps too, but haven’t had the time to blog them, or mention them in this update. But my special mention goes to the Green app “Love Green Streets” shown above. With this app you can report to your local government reps where things aren’t right with the environment for maintenance purposes. Click on the picture to go to the app download page. So I leave you with the list:

  • UpTime
  • Advanced English Dictionary
  • Words By Post Free
  • Chess By Post Free
  • Snip2Code
  • ExXAMLate
  • E-Numbers: Food Additives
  • CareerPath
  • Share Shopping Lists
  • Score Alerts
  • Capture-Live
  • Sequencer
  • Vodafone Mobile Broadband
  • Driving Exam
  • CBS
  • NearlyWeds
  • Answers.com
  • Digital Teacher
  • Route Planner 8
  • Paramount Movies
  • JUSTPROUD Fashion News
  • Parents Pregnancy & Baby Guide
  • Love Clean Streets

I hope you find some of them as useful as I do.

The madness is starting this week, and I’ll be all over it like a bug on a pot of honey. I will be covering the Store News as they occur, I know you’ll be at other Tech sites for the GA news, but I’ve got the Store covered for you. Hope you’ll be dropping by regularly as I update this site with News. I will advice to follow my Twitter account for micro-breaking news. Its going to be a busy week and I have reserved the time to for you, hope not to disappoint. Again my apologies for being so late. Have a smashing week ahead.

[Notice anything out of place? Wrong URL? Hit me on Twitter (@McAkins) to let me know. Thanks already.]

- McAkins

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 Source: Windows Store

Disclaimer:
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, and also subject to Store Cloud propagation, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time, and possibly different from your part of the world. Errors in this report are mine  and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute any binding agreement.

 

AppSwitch is here for Switchers to Windows 8

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[Update 2012-10-11: The Developers of this App (AppSwitch) wants your help to make this app better by proposing App Matches on their site: http://www.appswitch.co.uk. So if you are a user of other platforms and you’ve come across a similar or better replacement in the Store, you now have the opportunity to let the world know. Also if you are an App Developer and you’ve created something to blow the similar apps on other platforms away, you now have the opportunity to submit your app name to AppSwitch site. You will need to provide the 300x300 Logo of your app for proper display in AppSwitch. So come on people, lets make the Windows platform a welcoming platform by helping our Switchers with good apps recommendations.]

Are you a fervent user of iOS or Android devices and is being captivated by our Precious Microsoft Surface? Here is something to get you started and kill your nostalgia dead on their tracks. AppSwitch is to help you identify equivalents of your favorite programs on those other platforms in Windows 8. Looking for a replacement for TweetDeck? We’ve got FlipToast or TweeTRO. Looking for replacement for Splashtop on iOS, we’ve got Splashtop too for Win8, and so on, and so forth. Here’s according to AppSwitch in the Store:

Description
Have you recently moved to a Windows 8 device but can’t find your favorite apps? Use AppSwitch to find Windows 8 replacements for all of your favorite apps on Google Android or Apple iOS.
Browse  latest, popular and top rated matches or search for your favorite app and see if it’s available. Don’t worry if it’s not as you might find an even better app!
App discovery just got easy.
Visit the AppSwitch website for more info!

Features
Find Windows 8 apps that similar to apps on iOS and Android
Browse latest, popular and top rated matches

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So, now you know. Your switchover doesn’t have to be a pain. You’ve got a friend with AppSwitch, and we from the Community of Windows 8 Super Users have your back definitely!

Curious? Download the app right via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

Yay! Oprah Winfrey Network Debuts on Windows 8

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You can say what you like about Windows 8 not being good for the Business World, but the Business World dealing with ordinary people like you are me are noticing and jumping already on the Windows 8 Metro bandwagon. Another attestation is this, right here in front of you. Who can move the masses like Oprah? If Oprah give thumbs up, the rest of America follows. I consider this a thumbs up from Operah Winfrey Network for Windows 8. Yes you may not (yet) be able to crunch giga-numbers in Worksheets in Metro, but you can surf the net like there is no tomorrow, and you can Shop till you drop like they say. There is no platform that is made for Internet Shopping like the Metro platform. Ok I digress, sorry, I just hate the haters in this case. Back to the story :-).

As for this App, I have one word: Gorgeous! The app is beautiful to look at. It brings out the features on Oprah’s network to live in glorious panoramic view. Here is what Oprah’s network say about the app:

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Description
Your on-the-go guide to becoming your best self: spirit, style, health, food, home and relationships. Get hand-picked advice from the most trusted experts. Plus, keep up with the latest from Oprah, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Features
Fresh inspiration updated each and every day
Exclusive videos, sneak peeks and highlights from OWN and The Oprah Winfrey Show
Articles, recipes and photos

So, there you go. If you love Oprah and follow her shows, here is the App for you. All Oprah’s advice and recommendations are at your fingertips like they say. All I see right now is Oprah going “you’ll get one, and you, and you and you” with tons of Microsoft Surface. Now if Microsoft will just release “Our Precious”! Smile

Give the app a spin. Download it from the following source link hereafter.

Source: Windows Store

Microsoft Starts Built-In App Updates as promised

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The first of the Built-In Apps update is out as you can see. Microsoft promised on their Build Windows 8 blog yesterday that they’ll be rolling out updates to the built-in apps, as promised, the updates are now rolling into the Store. First on my side here is the SkyDrive App as you can see and not the Bing App as mentioned by Microsoft on the blog. Microsoft gave the following Release note with the update:

Release notes:
Added File and Folder management support, Details View, Permission Management and SkyDrive as a Share Target

You are greeted with this landing page after installing the update:

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SkyDrive wants to make it clear all barriers have been removed in accessing your files. Wherever you are in the world. Pressing on the “Watch a video about SkyDrive” launches the tutorials about SkyDrive to newbies to show what SkyDrive is all about. Letop, this video is running in the SkyDrive itself, it doesn’t drop you to the video player. Pressing the Back button takes you back to the intro Screen.

The Apps is indeed snappy and looked polished, don’t know if they’ve had this before but now you can open the chevron and see your recent and shared documents as follows:

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Have you noticed anything new in SkyDrive? Let the world know here below in the comments. Letop, you may not see this update as I have forced-downloaded it. I mentioned how you can force-load an update on my buddy WindowsObserver.com Site.

Are you seeing other built-in Apps updates, let me know in the comments below too.

Wikipedia Update is in the Store

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Wikipedia released an update in the Store today with the following Change Log:

Release notes
Release 4:
* Added privacy policy link under settings/about
* Dropped currently unused location permission
* Fix for crashing bug on launch
Release 3:
* Fix for cut-off text in articles
* Can switch language on hub
* List recently changes articles on hub
* History popup list
* Initial localization support
* Added GPL license info
* Fixes for snapped view
* Network connection errors detected
* Pinning disabled on hub (used to crash)

Get it in the Store via the following Source

Source: Windows Store

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Windows 8′s Media Player loses Media Guide/Store

It appears that Windows Media Player 12 for Windows 8 is not only loosing its DVD playback feature, but also its built in media store, including the outdated and useless Media Guide. Media Guide for Windows Media Player was an online Media Store that started to be integrated to Windows Media Player with Version 7, introduced alongside Windows ME 12 years ago! It was part of Microsoft’s then online media Strategy, branded as “Windows Media” with its newly launched website, http://windowsmedia.com. The media store has seen some improvements during the Windows XP era but very little during the Windows Vista Era. Continue reading

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