Yesterday saw the first Holy Quran App in the store joining the existing four Bible Apps. Today we are happy to announce the arrival of the first Jewish Faith App: “Jewish Calendar”. Though I am a Christian, I will not even pretend to understand all the intricacies of the Jewish Calendar not to talk of the Faith itself. I am just glad for my Jewish friends that they also have something in the Store. Hopefully we will see more of this kind of apps to complement what is already in the Store.
To download the App, please follow this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/076ca85b-3dbd-45a8-b964-c5f01ab49a19
For our Muslim friends this is something to rejoice about. We already have about 4 or 5 Bible Apps in the Store, so I guess it’s about time we saw apps from other religions too. Therefore, I am happy to announce that the first Quran app has dropped in the store. Titled “Holy Quran”, the app is a reference source for Muslims around the world, and features both Arabic and English transliterated scripts. On the surface the App looks thoroughly thought out, but until its installed, its difficult to judge its feature. Since I don’t speak arabic, I will not be the right person to judge the app quality. We can only peruse what the vendors says about the app, reproduced here below from the store:
Arabic and English Translation with English Search
The Holy Quran application comes to the Windows 8 app store. This comprehensive application includes Audio Recitation by Al Husari, English translation, transliterated Arabic, intuitive search functionality, and an easy to use interface.
Mushaf text from مجمع الملك فهد لطباعة المصحف الشريف (King Fahd Complex with Hufs Font.)
English Translation with side by side Arabic display
Arabic transliterated with side by side Arabic display
Individual Ayas selection and recitation by Al Huasari
Search in Arabic, English and transliterated Arabic
Sura and Juz index to go where you want in the Quran
Configurable font sizes: Large and Normal
Beatiful Uthmanic script font
Search using page number
Download Surah’s as you go
Fast audio playback
I am sure you Muslim scholars can’t wait to get the app, so please download the app from the Store via the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/0e37631e-5d81-4fc7-85fa-71857d107a03
So there I was thinking I was completed by the availability of OliveTree Bible App in the store. Combined with the YouVersion Bible App you would have thought it couldn’t get better than this, in drops the Bible Pronto app to add another dimension to the Bible experience on the Windows 8 Metro platform. Bible Pronto allows annotation and highlighting of the bible verses, a feature that is currently missing on both aforementioned apps. You can find Bible Pronto in the Reference section. Letup: The app is ONLY available on the Intel devices! Sorry for those of you on ARM devices, hopefully they’ll still port to ARM before Windows 8 goes gold.
Try the app, and let me know what you think. You can find in the store by search, or because most of the apps I mention in this blog are so hot new, they are not yet visible by just browsing the Store. So you can just use the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/e7c75bd5-6ba5-4fef-865b-062bbdb9dd01