Lync for Windows 8 is now available in the Store!

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Microsoft just released Lync client for Windows 8 to further usher-in the BYOD timeframe. So you are no more bound to that old archaic office client. So, if we have Skype on Windows 8 for consumer communications, we now have Lync for Business Communications. Here is Microsoft’s description of the App from the Store:

Description
IMPORTANT:  Microsoft Lync won’t work without Lync Server or an Office 365/Lync Online account.  Also, some functionality might require an update to Lync Server or might not be available to all users.  If you’re not sure about your account status, please contact your IT department.
This is Lync reimagined for the new Windows Experience and optimized for touch: providing fast, natural, hands-on control of your communications.
Lync meets all your communication and collaboration needs: integrating voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app.

Features
Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once.
Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management.
Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views.
Stay connected while reducing resource consumption — Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation.
Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues.
Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task and use both apps at the same time.

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Now if only my Office will deploy the latest Lync Server and stop living in the past. If you are one of the lucky ones with the latest Lync Sever that support this app, go ahead and download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

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Roxio MediaBook Ultimate is now in the Store

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[Update: You will need Roxio MediaBook Reader to read the output of this App, the Reader is also in the Store, just follow the link]

Corel Corp is heavily active in the Windows Store. Just type Corel in the Search Bar and see for yourselves. They are not only active for themself but have also gone in collaboration with some OEMs to deliver Corel’s Roxio’s products as built-in apps. For example, there are different versions of this Roxio MediaBook app for multiple OEMs in the Store. If you done the search above, you’ll see them in there. But then this is the Ultimate version of Roxio MediaBook. It is not tied to any OEM and you are paying $20 for it. And for all the memories this app contains, it is worth the price.

Like the name suggests, this app is empower you to create interactive eBooks from your Photos, video etc. Here is the full description:

Description
Create custom interactive eBooks using your own photos, video, text, audio and voice with Roxio MediaBook Ultimate. Choose from two design modes: let MediaBook create your book automatically, or drop your photos and videos into one of six templates for complete creative control. Personalize your eBook with stunning built-in effects and interactive smart objects, and your stories will come alive! Share and enjoy on different platforms including Roxio MediaBook Reader for Microsoft Windows 8 as well as iBooks on Apple’s iOS.

Features
Create stunning multimedia eBooks using your own photos, video, text, audio and voice
Auto-create a book: just use one of the  professionally-designed templates
Exercise total creative control by customizing each page manually. No design skills needed!
No limit on the amount of pages you can include in your eBook
Trim your videos to highlight the best segment of your clips
Add amazing photo or video effects like Sepia, Emboss or X-ray to your album with one click
Turn your picture into a puzzle, zoom, or flip through the pages
Bring your eBook alive with interactive smart objects like panorama, mosaic or filmstrip
Save your MediaBooks on your PC or upload directly to your Microsoft SkyDrive account to share with friends and family
Designed for touch, optimized for keyboard and mouse

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You can download this beautiful app now via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

XBox Title: Toy Soldiers Cold War: Touch Edition in the Store

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And here is another XBox Title for the Windows 8 devices. Note this is for high-end devices, see Requirements and the Size: 1.22Gb!

Content rating

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Teen

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Teen

Violence

What is this?

Description
The Cold War ignites when ’80s era action toys come alive and wage war! Toy Soldiers: Cold War Touch Edition delivers hours of intense combat combined with non-stop action strategy gameplay, now redesigned for tablets and touch-enabled PCs running Windows 8! 
Superpowers collide in this playful homage to ’80s action toys and films. Command the powerful Cold War arsenals of the USA or USSR armies, while controlling base turrets, modern combat vehicles, fighter jets, attack helicopters, and commando action figures.  When not fighting in a campaign vie for the highest scores on the mini-game leaderboards, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to BLOW EVERYTHING UP!
In addition to the main campaign, includied with the Windows 8 version are both the NAPALM and EVIL EMPIRE add-on campaigns from Xbox LIVE® Arcade.  Fight alongside your favorite Commando again while pushing into the jungles of the Viet Cong in NAPALM and join Ivan in the fight against a rising super power in EVIL EMPIRE.
Xbox LIVE® Arcade reviews for Toy Soldiers Cold War:
“”Toy Soldiers: Cold War does all of the work for you and makes those spectacular battles that you remember fighting on your bedroom floor as a child come to life.””     – Gamespot 8.5/10
“”Had we the ability to project our imagination into something real, I think the end result would have looked something like Toy Soldiers: Cold War.””     – Joystiq 4/5 star

Features
• NAPALM and EVIL EMPIRE campaign add-ons from the 360 version are included in the Windows 8 Touch Edition.
• 17 Campaign levels , each with 5 levels of difficulty – Casual, Normal, Hard, Elite and General.
• 5 Survival maps with 5 different modes provide endless waves of enemies; the ultimate test of your mettle on battlefield.
• 8 unique Minigames – Dominate your friends’ scores on the leaderboards for each minigame!
• 32 different usable turrets and vehicles – take control of any turret or vehicle to change the tide of the battle in your favor.
• “Wavelist Rewind” checkpoints allow you to rewind the battle to replay a previous wave and destroy all of your foes.

Recommended hardware
Min Spec (Tablet): Graphics: DirectX 10 graphics device with WDDM 1.2 or higher driver, System Memory: 2 GB for OS + 2 GB for Game Application
Min Spec (Tablet): Storage: 2 GB for Game Application, Screen: Touch screen supporting a minimum of 5-point digitizers and resolution of at least 1366×768.
Min Spec (Tablet): Screen:  The native resolution of the panel can be greater than 1366 (horizontally) and 768 (vertically). Minimum native color depth is 32-bits.
Min Spec (PC): OS: Windows 8, Processor 2.0 GHz, Memory: 2 GB RAM (32bit OS) 3 GB RAM (64bit OS), DirectX Version: DirectX 10
Min Spec (PC): Graphics: 1 GB Dedicated Graphics Card with Shader Model 4.0 or Higher, Sound: XAudio2 version 2.8 Compatible Sound Card
Recommend Spec (PC): OS: Windows 8, Processor 2.0 GHz Dual Core, Memory: 2 GB RAM (32bit OS) 4 GB RAM (64bit OS), DirectX Version: DirectX 10
Recommend Spec (PC): Graphics: 2 GB Dedicated Graphics Card with Shader Model 4.0 or Higher, Sound: XAudio2 version 2.8 Compatible Sound Card

Supported processors
x86, x64

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Well for those of you doubting the High-end game experience on Windows 8, here you go. Of course this is not for the ARM tablets and SurfaceRT, these are kind of game you play with a dedicated fan blowing on your rig. ARM processor can only dream of such a performance. So if you’ve got your rig ready, and you’re allowed to play violent game, i.e. you’re starting to grow a beard or anything above that stage, go ahead and download the app via the Source link. It’ll cost you $10.

Source: Windows Store

Angry Birds Space Has Entered Windows 8 Universe!

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Here we are with Angry Birds Space! Did anyone doubt MS will burst out on the first day with the latest Angry Birds? I never did for one second! Believe it or not, Angry Bird is the King Maker of any platform, shunning the Game is like putting a noose on your neck. So I can imagine that Microsoft have twisted a few arms at Roxio, probably a few more. The picture I see in my head here is MS just pushing money into someone’s mouth each time he wanted to open his mouth to complain. “You have to make the GA!” I heard MS screaming.

Anyway, I am glad Angry Bird is here, my kids are here Angry Bird is here, even my Cat is glad Angry Bird is here, now the kids will leave him alone Smile

Ok I wont keep you in suspense any longer, here is Roxio’s description from the Store:

Content rating

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Everyone

Entertainment Software Rating Board: Everyone

Comic mischief

What is this?

Description
ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO — the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space!
After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…
Angry Birds Space features over 130 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!
Features:
Over 130 interstellar levels!
Regular free updates!
Brand new birds!
Brand new superpowers!
Zero-gravity space adventures!
Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
Hidden bonus levels!
Beautifully detailed backgrounds!
Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic!
Become a fan of Angry Birds on Facebook:
http://facebook.angrybirds.com
Follow us on Twitter:
http://twitter.angrybirds.com
Terms of Use: http://www.rovio.com/eula
Privacy Policy: http://www.rovio.com/privacy
Support: support@rovio.com

Features
Regular free updates!
Brand new birds!
Brand new superpowers!
Zero-gravity space adventures!
Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
Hidden bonus levels!
Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

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Platform: x64, x86, ARM

So there we have it. I see Roxio’s name as Publisher, but believe me, we could also put Microsoft Studios behind Roxio’s name as I am sure this is a collaboration of the two companies to get this out on day one. Am I happy they did, I am sure a lot of you did. So if you haven’t downloaded it, please go right ahead and download via the Source Link here below.

Source: Windows Store.
Tip Credit: @NazmusLabs

Hydro Thunder Hurricane (6)

Hydro Thunder Hurricane – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

The adrenaline-soaked sequel to Midway’s legendary arcade racer is now available on Windows 8! Hydro Thunder Hurricane features high-powered speedboats rocketing through over-the-top themed environments, gorgeous visuals, and amazing dynamic water physics.Test your skills in 11 mysterious and dangerous race environments including Monster Island, the Bermuda Triangle and Area 51 – each one packed with massive jumps and drop-offs, secret shortcuts, destructible objects, and special events that racers trigger in-game.Unlock 20 all-new transforming speedboats as well as classics from the original Hydro Thunder like Razorback and Rad Hazard. Collect Boost powerups and fire up your on-board rockets for teeth-rattling speed. Conquer four game modes – Races, Ring Masters, Gauntlet, Championships — and race against your Friends’ best performances in the all-new Ghost Race!


Features

  •  ROLLER COASTER RACING. Fun, arcadey, over-the-top racing in 11 rich, beautifully themed interactive environments packed with shortcuts and surprises.
  •  ADRENALINE FUELD PHYSICS. Dynamic water physics delivers intense moment-to-moment gameplay on ever-changing, gorgeously rendered water-based tracks.
  •  ROCKET POWERED SPEEDBOATS. Master 20 classic and new rocket-powered speedboats with transforming boost engines, each with unique handling characteristics.
  •  FULL FEATURED EXPERIENCE. Classic arcade racing and a variety of all game modes including Gauntlet, Ring Master, and Championships.
  •  RACE AGAINST YOUR FRIENDS. Challenge yourself against your Friends’ best times in the all-new Ghost Race mode.
  •  RACE YOUR WAY. Control your speed boat with on screen touch, keyboard/mouse, Xbox Controller or tilt control on supporting devices.
  •  BECOME A TOP RACER. Earn Xbox Achievements and compete for top placement on the Leaderboards.
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Jetpack Joyride – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

Screenshots

Description

Suit up with a selection of the coolest jetpacks ever made and take to the skies as Barry Steakfries, the lovable hero on a one-way trip to adventure! Join Barry as he breaks in to a secret laboratory to commandeer the experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers. Rain bullets, bubbles, rainbows and lasers downwards as you fly towards higher and higher scores!Along the way you’ll collect coins, vehicles, powerups and more, all of which can be upgraded and customized in the Stash. Want to dress up like a ninja? Paint your Profit Bird gold? Grab your robot pal Flash to come along for the ride? The choice is yours!Stay alive, get funky and lose yourself in Jetpack Joyride. There’s so much to see and do, all the time in the world and more than enough jetpacks! As always, Barry Steakfries will provide!


Features

  • Huge arsenal of jetpacks and vehicles to unlock
  • Equip gadgets for special abilities in The Stash
  • Dynamic missions, objectives and rewards
  • Compete with friends and aim for the highest scores
  • Unlock achievements and share your skills online

Nook – We’ve Got an App for That

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At the launch of Windows today in New York, Microsoft confirmed what most of us watchers have been suspecting. The Nook App is coming to the Windows Store! It has been a long rumor coming, but the writing was all over the wall given the No-Shoot Joint Agreement Microsoft had with Barnes and Noble earlier this year. We were all asking if MS was going to do a Nook Surface or better still if B&N will follow Amazon footsteps and create an App for Surface a ’la Kindle. Well the answer is there for whole world to see, there is definitely no doubt anymore. “We can has Nook App”. Smile

Now watching the Store like a hawk when the App is going to drop. Trust us to be all over it when it happens. In the meantime go enjoy “Our Precious” your Surface if you’ve ordered one, or got one from Microsoft today.

Reckless Racing (1)

Reckless Racing Ultimate – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

The ultimate edition of the acclaimed Reckless Racing top-down racer series is here and exclusive to Windows 8. Now bigger and dirtier than ever! Download the free trial today!Race on a huge selection of road and dirt tracks, single and multi-player events, modded cars and trucks, and challenging game modes. Whether it’s a muscle car in the dirt, a monster truck in gravel, or a dune buggy in the snow, if you can build it – you can race it.Tweak, upgrade and customize your car collection as you level up in your racing career. Earn your place on the Xbox Leaderboards in both Career and Arcade modes.

Challenge your friends in a variety of multiplayer modes including 1 on 1 rally racing and fastest lap. Track your multi-player invites, and results on the go right on your Live Tile.

Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to get Reckless!


Features

  • • Featuring 24 vehicles, 20 Career mode cups, 50 arcade challenges and over 150 customizable events!
  • • Physics driven handling – Drift like a champ!
  • • Play the free trial featuring 3 cup races, an arcade challenge and access to car upgrades!
  • • Beautifully rendered hand-drawn environments.
  • • Challenge your friends via Xbox Multiplayer
  • • See how you stack up against the competition with Xbox Leaderboards
  • • Earn gamerscore with Xbox Achievements
  • • Touch, mouse/keyboard and USB Xbox controller support.

Fox Now – The Third Fox App in the Store!

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Well, here I was thinking I have covered all Fox Apps in the Store, as you can see another one has just drop. Fox Now App has just been published in the Store. Again Fox is succinct on information with the app. They only supply the following:

Description
The FOX NOW app drives users to desired FOX content in less than 3 taps and gives them a clear path to navigate in and between FOX shows and use social integration to share content with other users.

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If this App is you thing, please download via the Source below.

Source: Windows Store

Fox News App is now in the Store

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This morning I blogged the Fox Business News App, now the general Fox News Apps just dropped. Of course Fox News itself need no introduction, and this app neither. This is just the app that exposes Fox New universe, bringing you up-to-date information about happenings around the world in general, and US in particular. There is not much description from Fox News Network to go with in the Store, but here are a few with screenshots:

Description
The Most Powerful Name in News™… now on Windows 8
With the Fox News app for Windows 8 – read the hottest stories of the day and watch the latest video clips from Fox News Channel!
We Report. You Decide®… On-The-Go!

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If you are Fox user, then this is the app for you. Please download via Source.

Source: Windows Store

Send To QR Code – Data Sharing between Mobile Devices

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Here is another tool to love in the Windows Store. Just send you text or URLs to QR Code, then scan it from another device. Convenient way to share data with other mobile devices.

Description
Share text and URLs with other devices via a QR code!
Simply select “Share” from the Charms bar and click on the “Share To QR” icon.
A QR Code will then be generated that you can scan with your smart phone or other device.

Features
Generate QR codes to open links on other machines
Activate directly from the charms bar

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Download via the Source

Source: Windows Store

Official Dell Shop App has arrived in the Store

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Well, well, hello there Dell. Welcome to the Windows 8 bandwagon. Hopefully you’re here to stay and stop that courtship with Linux Smile. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Dell with me into Windows Store. We already have HP Wares App, now we also have Dell in the Store. Like the title says, this is a window into Dell’s Webshop, buy Dell’s hardware and software, and wetware. Get latest Dell’s info and specifications on products and of course Order directly out of the application. Here Dell Inc’s description of the app:

Description
Tap into the app to find everything at Dell. With Dell Shop, you can find the perfect new Dell PC or get more from your current PC with custom-recommended electronics and accessories from top manufacturers. Using your System ID, Dell Shop can identify your Dell PC and make compatible suggestions. And even if your PC isn’t a Dell, you can still use Dell Shop to buy those must-have items. You’ll find easy access to the most popular accessories, from monitors, printers, projectors, mice and bags, to wireless routers and external storage. And if you’re looking to outfit a home theater, home office, dorm room or a creative studio, you’ll find complete solutions right here.
Creative Studio:
Whether you want to capture life’s milestones in photos and videos to share with friends and family, or you want to show an audience the world as you see it, the ideal studio will let you create like a pro.  You’ll find everything you need to capture, edit, organize, store and share your photos with Dell Shop.
Home Theater:
We’ve recommended equipment for a media room that lets you find and watch your favorite movies and shows, stream music and photos from your computer and get everyone moving with the latest games. Best of all, you’ll do it with cinematic-quality surround sound and picture, no wires and just one remote control.
Dorm Room:
A dorm room is many things: home away from home, library, lounge. You need to be able to print a 20-page term paper, then grab a game controller and whoop your roommate. Gather friends for movie night on a TV that doubles as your monitor by day. No matter what you study, with Dell’s recommendations and support, you’ll double major in work/life balance
Home Office:
Flexibility is the key to a superb home office. Whether the budget is for your business or your household. Whether the printouts are for customers or teachers. No matter if you have a small staff or a big family. Dell’s experts have selected the products that will best ensure you can handle whatever comes through the door.
Download Dell Shop today and start getting the most from your Dell PC.

Features
Shop: Find and compare top accessories, including monitors, printers, projectors, mice, bags, wireless routers and external storage.
Search: Locate a product based on specific search criteria such as keywords, model number or item number.
Get personalized recommendations: Share your Dell Service Tag ID to narrow search results to only items that are compatible with your Dell PC.
Note: Some features may not be available in all countries.

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Well, that a long and detailed description. This is actually a very good App, you can see the effort that went into it from the screenshot already. If you are a Dell customer or you want to order something from Dell, this is the app to use. I just love shopping within a Metro App, very natural. Download the app via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

Official ABC News App has now arrived in the Store

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And here is the official ABC News App for your pleasure. It comes rather packed with features, just look at its size, 14.0Mb. That is huge for a Metro App. Here is ABC News Corp’s description of the App in the Store:

Description
See The Whole Picture with the new ABC News app for Windows 8 featuring breaking news stories, video, photos and more.  Get a dynamic, around-the-clock look at content from your favorite ABC News programs including Good Morning America, World News, Nightline, 20/20 and This Week.

Features
AM, Midday and Evening Editions that make it faster and easier to browse the day’s most engaging news
Breaking news alerts
Headlines from ABC News top stories in U.S., Politics, Investigative, Health, Money, Entertainment, Technology, Sports, International and Travel
Award-winning coverage from Good Morning America, World News, Nightline, 20/20, This Week
Lifestyle & Fun section to get the day’s most intriguing news, all in one place
Trending stories to see what everyone is talking about
Swipe from story to story for easy browsing of the day’s news

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This app is looking from what I am seeing here. Download and convince yourself via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Freda – The Quality E-Book Reader is now in the Store

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Another personal favorite App of mine has just dropped in the Store. Freda – The eBook Reader. If you’ve used the Old Windows Mobile devices and latter Windows Phone devices, you would at least heave heard of Freda. Now we are glad they have released the Windows 8 version before GA as promised by the Author when I contacted him a few weeks ago.

Here is Freda’s Description from the Author:

Description
Freda, the free ebook reader
The popular ebook reader for the Windows Phone platform (and Windows Mobile before that) has arrived on Windows 8.
Freda can read EPUB (DRM-free), FB2, HTML and TXT format books.  The app understands EPUB formatting information (bold/italic/large text, margins and alignment) and can display images and diagrams in books.

Features
Many options for cutomising text appearance and layout
Access to on-line book catalogs (Feedbooks, Smashwords, Gutenberg, Manybooks, Ebooksgratuits, Fibusta … )
Can work with the Calibre ebook library manager
Includes dyslexic-friendly settings (and the the OpenDyslexic font), to assist reading for dyslexia sufferers

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Well for those complaining of quality apps, here you go then! Download this app via the Source.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @England_Fanboy

Album Flow – An Elegant Music Player in the Store

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A simple but yet elegant Music Player.

Description
Album Flow allows you to choose and play tracks from your music library by presenting your albums in an intuitive flow of album art.
Flick to scroll through the flow of albums to choose one to play. As you change album the list of tracks will be updated, allowing you to play a track.
•  See albums in your music library
  – Album art is shown in a flow across the top of the screen
•  Find an album by scrolling left and right through the album flow
  – Smooth 2D effect when changing album
  – Albums are sorted by artist alphabetically
  – Track list with durations shown for chosen album
•  Play or Pause tracks
  – Starts tracks playing in the background
•  Integrated into charms for search
  – Search by albums or artists
  – Only matching tracks shown in the flow
•  Toast notification on track change
  – Keeps you up to date with the current track playing
•  Music Synchronisation
  – Automatic synchronisation when the app starts
  – Manual synchronisation available from the app bar

Features
Find an album by scrolling left and right through the album flow
Integrated into charms for search
Toast notification on track change
Music Synchronisation

Download via the Source.

Source: Windows Store

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