Shark Dash! – Xbox Game for Windows

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Description

Discover the new benchmark for physics puzzle games! Shark Dash is a highly addictive game that takes the physics puzzler to fun new heights with a unique cartoonish style starring funny little bath toys!Sharkee and his merry band of toy sharks were living happily in the bathtub. That is, until a bunch of mischievous ducks came along to ruin their peaceful little world. These cheaply-made rubber duckies are a little loopy from the chemicals they are made of, and now they’re teasing the sharks, playing pranks like they owned the place! But when the ducks kidnap Sally, Sharkee’s girlfriend, that’s when Sharkee and his buds have had enough! Join a wild journey to tricky bathtubs around the world, save Sally and get rid of the dimwitted ducks!

BATH TIME HAS NEVER BEEN THIS FUN
• Amazingly accessible gameplay: Simply drag and release the shark’s tail with your finger to launch him at the ducks!
• Dispose of the duckies, grab all the coins, and finish each level with the fewest jumps possible to earn 3 Stars! Use your Stars to unlock new levels!
• Not happy with your last shot? Undo it and try it again!

A WILD JOURNEY IN BATHTUBS ALL OVER THE WORLD
• Make your way through 96 levels with more to come in future updates!
• Visit 4 different environments, from ancient Rome to distant Japan!
• Complete tons of missions & unlock loads of achievements!

MEET THE MOST ADORABLE BAND OF BATH TOYS
• Sharkee, the hero and fearless leader of the merry band of plastic sharks
• Sawy, whose incredible saw nose can cut chains and drop heavy objects on those dastardly ducks
• Hammy, who uses his Jump Slash skill to leap through the air and hit ducks from incredible trajectories
• Scuby, Sharkee’s twin brother, a calm and meditative toy who likes to swim through the watery depths to take out duckies wherever they hide

Grab enough coins and you can upgrade the appearance of your sharks with cool new skins!

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Features

  • Simply drag and release the shark’s tail with your finger to launch him at the ducks!
  • Dispose of the ducks and grab the coins with the fewest jumps possible to earn 3 Stars!
  • Make your way through 96 levels and 4 different environments!
  • Complete tons of missions & unlock loads of achievements!
  • Play with 4 different types of shark, each with their own ability!
  • Grab enough coins and you can upgrade the appearance of your sharks with cool new skins!

Mine for Facebook – The First Dedicated Facebook App in the Store

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we have the first Dedicated App for Facebook in the Store. Don’t get me wrong, we already have Facebook apps in the Store, and the most popular being the FlipToast app that I have reported severally on this blog. But FlipToast, as awesome an app as it is, is meant to be a front for most of your popular Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. Which means it is impossible for this one App to do it all, you have to miss some features. Thus we have this great competitor in the App MINE for Facebook.  The app stepped in to fill the void of a full Facebook app till Facebook and Microsoft decide to release an official Facebook app.  It’s a well written app and gets the job done as advertised. You can view your Feeds, Comment, Like and UnLike, view Profiles, Facebook Notification etc etc. The list is just too long, so I’ll let you review the Description as given by Marvin Apps in the Store:

Description
MINE for Facebook is a Facebook client created with one mission in mind: to show you your Facebook feed, the way you want to see it.  Of course you can see your Facebook timeline, post updates, comment & like, …, but if you want, you can go one step further and customize your feeds until they exactly fit your needs.
We’re adding features constantly, so feel free to check back often – this is just the beginning :-)
Current version: 0.9.0

Features
View your Facebook news feed.
Comment, like & update your status, share a link, add a picture, …
View your friends’ profile pages, including their wall posts.
Customize your feeds! Do you only want to see status updates?  No problem.  Do you want to see all the pictures, but only from a select group of friends?  No problem.
So, next to your regular feed, you can create custom feeds, allowing you to select exactly what you want to see from which friends.
Update your Facebook status or share a link or picture from any application which supports sharing!
Get notifications from Facebook right on your Windows start screen.
Designed with Windows 8 in mind, for both touch & non-touch devices.
Search Facebook from anywhere in Windows.

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The App is at the moment free for all, so might as well go ahead and give it a spin. Download via the Source below.

[Update: 2012-11-22] We’ve just been contacted by the Author of this App below in the comments as you can see. The author indicates this is just a preview of things to come; an appetizer if you will. They promise a high update and release cycle which will indeed make this app great and give Facebook a run for their money when the Official Facebook app drops in the Store. You can trust your friends on McAkins Online to be on top of latest developments as they appear in the Store. So check back regularly for updates.

Source: Windows Store

Windows 8 Introductory Tutorial

New to Windows 8? Check out this video tutorial I made to help you get started with Windows 8. The video is meant to help you get started, but to truly get used to the new OS, you need to have hands-on time with it. Windows 8 is all about muscle memory. Continue reading

YouTube RT – A Must-have App for Music Lovers and Surface Users

If you love listening to YouTube videos in the background, in cases of music or podcasts, for example, then you might have noticed a short-coming in the metro version of IE10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT. If you play YouTube videos or audio from, say, Pandora, and you switch away from IE to another app, all audio stops. To listen to web audio in the background you must use IE10 on the desktop. This is very annoying for tablets, like the Surface because the desktop is hard to use with touch. Luckily, we have an elegant solution for listening to YouTube in the background without going to the desktop. Meet YouTube RT.

The biggest reason for me to recommend this YouTube app over any other is because it keeps playing the audio even if you switch away from the app. Almost all other YouTube apps fail at multitasking this way. In addition, this app embraces the metro design language and has an overall polish to it. As an added perk, you can even download YouTube video for offline viewing! There are some other neat features that I detail in the Pros/Cons section later in the post.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so there are some screenshots!

 

As you can see from the screenshot above, you have various download options. In addition, can add videos to your “Now Playing” playlist for a lean-back experience, change streaming quality, or exit in or out of fullscreen mode. We’ll get to that in a bit.

 

Here, the video keeps playing even when I switch away from the app. You can see the name of the video and the uploader when you use your hardware volume keys while in another app. Very handy.

 

Another cool thing this app does is it keeps playing the current video even when you browse YouTube or do a search. On the screenshot above, notice the mini playback controls while I am browsing.

 

Finally, here’s a screenshot of playing video in non-fullscreen mode. Here, you can view video description, related videos, rate and comment on the videos, etc. You can also click on the uploader icon and check out their latest uploads, subscribe, and other standard stuff. There are a lot more that I didn’t take a screenshot of, including the download manager.

Now, before going any further, I will let you know this is a paid app, with a free trial option. At the time of this writing, the app costs only $2.49. Note that I will take extra care when recommending a paid app for obvious reasons. I want our readers to be confident that you are paying for quality products. I always recommend trying the app before buying, and will rarely recommend apps that doesn’t offer a free trial. So go ahead and try the app before deciding if you want to buy it.

Finally, let’s summarize the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Good YouTube streaming experience, with multiple streaming quality options
  • Play YouTube video in the background while working on other apps.
  • Video keeps playing when you browse YouTube; offers search suggestions.
  • Download YouTube videos in various qualities to your PC
  • Connect with your Google Account to see new subscriptions, favorites, watch history (They also appear on your live tiles)
  • Like, comment, and favorite apps. Make playlists and watch multiple videos in a row automatically
  • Your settings syncs with your Microsoft Account. No need to reconfigure when installed on a new PC.
  • Well implemented Snapped view

Cons

  • Paid app (try before buying)
  • Occasional crashes
  • Videos are cached. They take up large disk space over time. The only solution I found is to uninstall and reinstall the app to clear the cache.

There you have it. You can download this app from the Windows Store! YouTube RT

Source: Windows Store

PrimeTube – The Most Elegant YouTube Player to Date In the Store

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Here is another elegant YouTube player in the Store, and this time, I think we’ve got ourselves a winner in PrimeTube. This App supports all YouTube features, that I am worried they get in trouble with Google with this client. I mean, if you have this client, why bother to go to YouTube site anymore and consume Adds. Yeah I know, you still consume Ads via embedded Ads in videos.

Anyway, think of anything on YouTube, you’ve got it right here. You Subscriptions, Popular Videos, Channels, PlayLists, SD/HD Video Play, Snapped Mode Player, Enhanced Video Player built-in and finally an awesome Fullscreen Player. Ok, maybe I exaggerated on that Channel Stuff, need to check myself. If you are looking for a good Tube player without compromise, you need not look further. Here is how APP LYF described their app in the Store:

Description
PrimeTube is the most elegant way to access YouTube from your Windows 8 tablet, desktop, and laptop. This is brought to you by the developers of the acclaimed Windows Phone PrimeTube app.
Uniquely designed with faster navigation and loading as the primary focus, the app provides you an immersive experience to search, watch and manage YouTube videos. Some of the major features that PrimeTube provides in this version are listed below. More updates and features will follow soon.
We welcome any feedback/suggestion that you have regarding the app. Please email us at app.lyf@live.com
Happy YouTubing !!

Features
Search and watch YouTube videos. Manage subscriptions, favorites, playlists and watch later videos
In-App enhanced video player – LQ, HQ and HD video support
Added Keyboard features – Type anywhere in the app to search for videos and playlists
Live Tile + Support for secondary tile pinning
Play To enabled – Share videos not only with your social network but also with your favorites devices using  the Play To Devices
Push Notification for latest subscription videos
Data usage limit monitoring
Landscape, portrait and snapped mode support

 

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I hear you ask yourself, how much does all this awesomeness cost, well, nothing; for now! Who knows, they’ll change that in the future. But for now, you can go right ahead and download it from the Store via the following Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

ArcSoft brings ArcNote App to the Store for your Photo Journal

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Here is a nice tool from ArcSoft, long known for their Media Software on the Windows Platform. ArcSoft is currently strongly represented in the Store with about 5 Apps and one them is this free tool that allows you to crop and correct skewed media assets you captured via you Camera for example. If you are a nerd like me hopelessly lost in journaling your day via the camera of your Smartphone, you know what can happen when you want to quickly capture something for your personal administration. They always turn out skewed no matter how you try to balance your camera. Now we have ArcSoft in the Store to the rescue. Here’s how they described the app in the Store:

Description
Take notes from your camera.  Speed through editing skewed photos with intelligent cropping.  Manage and organize your notes with precision.  Send and share notes over the cloud.

Features
Intelligently crops and corrects the skew of captured presentations from whiteboards, slides, posters and more
Add text comments to each page
Convert to PDF format for quick sharing

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Like I said there are more apps from ArcSoft in the Store, just do a Search in the Store to see all them, for this tool, you can go right ahead and download it from the Store via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

First Mobile App from Resco: Mobile CRM is in the Store

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Since we are talking Business Apps dropping in the Store today, (see the SAP App earlier today) here is the first App in the Store from Resco, a business App and its free? Most of you from the Windows Mobile Timeframe will definitely remember as they were one of the de-facto software developers in the years of yore. Now they are moving their Mobile CRM app up to the Windows MX App world. The App is solidly built and packed with features. Let the App speak for itself:

Description
IMPORTANT: For full experience, the Resco Mobile CRM app requires an access to Dynamics CRM server (4.0 or 2011, on-premise/online). Without this access you will be only able to work with the local demo database.
Resco Mobile CRM app is a client for Microsoft Dynamics CRM that allows accessing your data anywhere and anytime. The app works in online or offline mode and it does not require any middleware or additional server – just install it on your device, connect directly to your Dynamics CRM and use it with your real data. You can access/create/delete/modify all data.
This app rapidly boosts the productivity of sales people and field service technicians. Now they can create new orders or quotes, access all invoices, accounts and contacts, schedule the appointments and many others.

Features
Online/Offline Mode – switch between online and offline mode or select one of three modes the app will work in after launch: Always online / Online when connected to Wi-Fi / Manual mode
No Middleware needed – insert Dynamics CRM URL and login credentials and you are ready to go
Custom entities support
Advanced filters and sorting
Multilanguage support
Integrated Bing Maps

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Please download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet App is now in the Store

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OK this one came out too while I was at work. SAP is now in the Store, Business people don’t have any excuse anymore not to buy a Windows 8 device.

Description

With the SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet mobile app for Windows tablets, you can stay up to date on the orders and financial status of your customers anywhere and anytime. This app allows sales reps and account executives to display all of the relevant financial data of a customer, with the option to drill down to the level of a single invoice or sales order.
Note: To use the SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet mobile app with your business data, you must be a user of the SAP ERP application, having mobile services enabled by your IT department. SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet only shows data that you are authorized to view in SAP ERP. An enhancement option can be incorporated, configured in SAP ERP by your IT department, which allows you to display additional data. You can try it first with sample data.

Features
Display a list of all customers assigned to you and customers classified as critical
View customers’ financial details (total outstanding/overdue invoices and credit information)
Retrieve an original invoice or last dunning notice and view open, critical, or blocked sales orders
View the average payment arrears of the customer for the last 12 months
Collaborate smoothly with your back-office team working with SAP ERP

 

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Download now via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

The Official WinZip App is in the Store

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There Official WinZip App is now in the Store as you can see. Letop, the app aint cheap!

Description

WinZip is a powerful and easy-to-use app with the muscle needed to safely handle large files on the go. Open zipped files.  Zip files and folders for faster, easier sharing. Password-protect important info with military-grade encryption. With the strength of the world’s #1 Zip utility at your fingertips, WinZip makes it easy to securely share files from anywhere.
Use it to get oversized files or entire folders out to friends, contacts and followers through email and Facebook thanks to direct connection to ZipSend and ZipShare file sharing services. Whether sent by email, shared online or stored on your system, WinZip helps keep files safe and makes them easier to transfer.
Out to lunch but your boss wants that report ASAP? With a modern touch-friendly design, WinZip makes sending large files on Windows 8 tablets and PCs effortless.
Much more than a simple ‘unzip’ app, WinZip created WinZip with the same zip technology as its desktop version, but in a simple, easy-to-use package. Over a billion downloads to date proves users can count on WinZip to protect, store and share their important files.

Features
Open .zip and .zipx files
Secure confidential files from prying eyes, whether they are sent by email, shared online or stored on your system, with WinZip’s military-grade encryption
Easily send large files by email by zipping your attachments first or by using the integrated ZipSend file delivery service
Securely share any type of file and rich content on Facebook using seamless integration with ZipShare
Use the Windows 8 ‘Share’ charm to deliver zipped files to your contacts through email, social media or other apps
Experience super easy-to-use Windows 8-style interface with touch-friendly features
Securely send files to mobile devices with WinZip’s password protection
Compress large files, entire folders or archives for faster transfer and to save space on your system

Download via the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

The Official Nickelodeon App is now in the Store

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Hello there Nick, welcome to the Store! All the parents have been waiting for you, what took you so long? Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the official Nick app is now in the Store. The app is one of the Top Apps Microsoft has been showing in the background each time they give a Keynote on Windows 8 since Developer Preview. All of us trackers in the Store know that its just a question of time before it arrives. Now we are glad the waiting is over. You can get your spawnlings hooked on you beautiful gadgets now. Just say bye-bye already to your precious Surface already. I hope you all like it. Smile

Like Nickelodeon says, “Everything Nickelodeon, all in one place”, they meant that. All you kids favorites and Stars are in there with everything worthy of note about them. And they watch video of these stars at leisure. Did I say SpongeBob is all over the screen again? Oh I didn’t need to tell you that. Our hyperactive cheesy little friend is back in action in this app. Here is what Nickelodeon says about the app:

Description
Welcome to the Nick app by Nickelodeon – the home of all things Nick for Windows 8! Watch funny videos from your favorite stars and special animated shorts featuring SpongeBob, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and others. Play tons of games, like SpongeBob’s Jellyfishin’ Mission and TMNT Sewer Run. Enjoy the latest pictures of Nick stars hanging off set and playing backstage. The whole Nick gang is waiting for you – Victorious, SpongeBob, iCarly, Big Time Rush, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Korra, Robot & Monster, and more.
Download now – let’s play!

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SpongeBob is calling, so please go download the app right now via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Barnes and Noble’s Nook App is now in the Store

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And so the Nook App finally drops in the Store. I blogged this first with the Keynote of Windows 8 launch that we are getting the Nook App in the Store. My apologies for bringing the news late as the app dropped in the Store while I was at work. As to be expected of an App in which Microsoft has a personal invest, it is a superbly built app, fully featured and leaves the Kindle App in the dust. Basically the Kindle app is a joke at the moment. For an app that was built for the Metro experience, it was poorly implemented, it has the worst paging experience of any app in the Windows Store. You have to look carefully before you see you’ve turned a page. If you blink you’ll miss it. So, here is B&N showing off the Nook, my question is how much of the App was built by B&N, I will put my money on it that MS practically wrote this app. Just look at the size, ticking 15Mb, that’s a lot of feature packed into an MX App. With this app, the value of your Surface and Windows 8 devices just gone up! For the description of the App itself, I’ll leave it to Barnes & Noble as follows:

Description
Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK® for Windows 8™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC. Shop over 3 million titles including New York Times bestsellers, new releases, and the hottest newsstand issues. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.
NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics include Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and Sin City – all available on your Windows 8 tablet and PC.
NOOK for Windows 8 lets you customize your reading experience with different fonts, line spacing and themes. Turn pages with the flick of a finger or jump to any page. The app even comes loaded with free books.
And so you never lose your place, NOOK for Windows 8 syncs the last page you’ve read across your tablet or PC. No matter which device, always pick up right where you left off.
With NOOK for Windows 8, read what you love, anywhere you like.
NEWSSTAND CUSTOMER FAVORITES INCLUDE:
Entertainment & Celebrity – Us Weekly, OK! Magazine, Star
Health & Fitness – Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, Shape
Food & Cooking – Eating Well, Food Network Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray
Sports & Recreation – Runner’s, ESPN The Magazine
Business & Finance – The Economist, Black Enterprise, Harvard Business Review
Family & Parenting – Family Circle, National Geographic Kids, Parents, Girls’ Life
Fashion – Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire
Home & Garden – HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Living

Features
Shop over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips
Free samples of books and 14-day free trial subscriptions of newspapers and magazines
Syncs the last page you’ve read across your NOOK devices and apps, so you don’t lose your place
Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes let you customize your reading experience
NOOK Channels™ offers a pioneering recommendation system that provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme

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So, how about that for a large splash. The App comes with Kitchen and Sink and you can see. If you are curious about the App, please download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Samsung Printer Experience App is in the Store for Sammy’s OEM Printers.

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Here is Sammy joining HP in the Store with a dedicated app for their Printer Products. I must confess I am surprised at the quality of the app. For those people complaining that Metro Apps (or MX Apps as I am recently calling them) could not be made to do anything serious, you need to have a look in the Store for Apps like this. I just twitted a few minutes ago the first OCR App in the Store for example. So we are seeing more and more serious apps as Devs are getting the hang of MX APP Development. The App is really full featured, and they are claiming it is for all Samsung Printers, no matter which model you have. So, you may be a lucky customer if you have one of Sammy’s printers. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
Samsung Printer Experience is an application that lets users manage and control Samsung printers and MFPs. With this free application’s simple user interface, users can easily scan and print with Samsung multifunctional printers. Samsung Printer Experience brings further flexibility and convenience to users by supporting several advanced settings and status notifications, as well as ordering supplies and viewing troubleshooting guides.

Features
Monitor the status of your printers and show printer information
Features allow for troubleshooting, supplies ordering and configuring your printers
Advanced settings allow users to configure machine settings, network settings, address book (for MFP only) and maintenance.
Scan directly from your MFP and save images as JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP or PDF with useful features like rotating, flipping, or cropping, etc.
New features allow for single or multiple image selection automatically
Pin to start for quick scanning and browsing images stored on your PC.

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If you are one to the lucky ones with Sammy’s printer, go ahead and download this app via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Vimeo App Arrive in the Store for OEMs!

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And so “we can has Vimeo too” in the Store! Vimeo has arrived in the Windows Store big for Microsoft Partners. Vimeo LLC released about 5 App in the Store all dedicated to various Hardware OEMs, strangely there none independent in the Store, It may be me, I am I missing something?

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Here is how they described the App in the Store:

Description
The Vimeo app for Windows 8 brings the incredible online video content from Vimeo to Microsoft’s fast and fluid Metro user experience. Upload and watch your videos on Vimeo, browse our expertly curated featured channels, watch user videos, share video links to other apps, and even project content to any connected external devices via our PlayTo integration.

Features
Upload your videos to Vimeo
Browse Vimeo featured channels
Search for your favorite videos

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You can download the apps now in the Store via the Source Link. Note that link is for Samsung only, for other OEMs, please do a search in the Store for “Vimeo”, it will bring up the list.

Source: Windows Store

Does Twitter Want to Kick out Tweetro from the Windows Store?

Tweetro LogoLet me just start by saying that I am very disappointed in Twitter. Well, we know that with Twitter’s updated version of the API, new developers are limited by Twitter’s new and strict API rules. As I understand it, the new API only allows up to 100 thousand user tokens, after which a program trying to access additional user tokens must consult twitter for permission. This means for third party twitter clients, it can only have up to 100 thousand registered users without needing Twitter’s approval. The latest victim of this new enforcement appears to be the very popular Windows 8 app, Tweetro. Continue reading

Total App Count – 2012-11-11

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[Data per  2012-11-11]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 9385
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App Stats:
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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: —
Total Free Apps: —
Total Desktop Apps: —

Localization:
Total English Apps: —
Total Localized Apps: —

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: —
Non-Accessible Apps: —

Store News:

Here is another run of the News from the Windows Store. First my sincere apologies for missing the news run last weekend, I just couldn’t catch a break, had to go native and please the family. Coupled with an absorbing project at my day job you can understand my spottiness also online, via Twitter etc.

So here we are two weeks after General Availability, as Microsoft love to call their public deployment of their wares, and the Store is still waxing strong. As you can see from the Stats above, we grew 3656 apps in two weeks. Divide that by two and you have the per week number. Question is can Microsoft keep this momentum up? Time will tell. You can also see the exponential growth on the graph. Funny thing is, there are bonehead bloggers out there bad-mouthing the new platform for lack of apps. There you have almost 10000 apps, and how many does an average person have on their device again? Of course you can argue most them are chaff, yes, so it is with all App Store that I know as of today. Its all about Quality Apps. There are quality apps in the Store right now and more are still coming.

I will not burden you by listing all apps that debuted these past two weeks, but the Quality ones you will see I have already blogged on this blog, and the other that are worthy of mention are listed here below. I am sure you’ll find something for yourselves in the list. In the category of news is the return of the Trackage app in the Store, it was pulled for some reason, now it is back. Also HP has decided to make their Windows 8 Introductory Demo app available to everyone. You can now download the app in the Store on all devices and not only on HP devices anymore. Flixster also made news this week by releasing a major Update that fixed most issue with the app. I refused to blog/mention the app because of various issues with the app. Now, the app is fully usable so you can go download it. My personal favorite this two weeks have to go to the two Apps released by Telerik in the Store. Please see my post about them on this blog.

Talking of Chaff in the Store, have you also noticed that our friends from India own the Windows App Store? There are more Apps from India than every other localized countries combined in the Store. The Windows Store is in this way of much more value to someone from India than any other part of the world. This should be an incentive for other countries to catch-up. Let kids learn to code for crying out loud! Anyway, the number of apps now in the store has reached an impossible level that it is humanly impossible to be mentioning each app. I am now very selective in what I blog or mention, so if you see me blog an App here on this site, you can be sure it will be worth your money. That doesn’t mean I will not miss some apps, so please I welcome your suggestions if you think I have missed some killer app that you really love.

Back on the Stats. Have you noticed Entertainment and Education Categories left Games in the dust the past weeks? Simply incredible if you ask me. Education takes the crown, seconded by Entertainment and Game came on a measly third. The Education increase can be attributed to a few companies releasing books as Apps filling the Store like there is no tomorrow. Good for number chest-thumping for Microsoft, but makes it difficult to see the forest from the trees in the Store. I am still watching the Store like a hawk for the big Apps announced in the GA Keynote. ESPN is still not in the Store for example. I’ll keep you posted. Pardon me that I didn’t have time to collate the Paid/Free Apps numbers this week, I owe you one on that for next week.

On that note, I’ll leave you with these Notable Apps that I didn’t have time to blog but worthy of your attention:

Users Recommendations:
Radiant Defense
WeatherBug

That is it for this week, I hope to be back next weekend with collated news from the Store. In the meantime, be good to one another, and 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.