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Report: REALLY Good News is Coming for Future Windows Phone Updates

windows phone 8This may sound like a dream but comments from Paul Thurott suggests that the days of waiting months for Windows Phone updates to be rolled out is over. Now, Mr. Thurott is not saying exactly what it is, probably due to NDA, but he hinted at some very interesting thing.

There are three hints from the Microsoft watcher that should be noted. First is a comment on his blog in response to people blaming AT&T for the delay of Windows Phone GDR3 update on devices such as Lumia 920. Earlier, Microsoft MVP Richard Hay suggested that the delay was not due to AT&T blocking the update but a technical glitch on the update itself, which Microsoft had to fix. Thurott confirms this in the following comments in response to people blaming AT&T for the delay:

“No one is to blame. An unexpected problem came up. It was fixed. It was tested. And then it was released.”

“AT&T wasn’t at fault for this delay and had no way of knowing when the problem would be fixed. It delivered the updates as soon as it got a fixed version of GDR2.”

Now here’s the second, more interesting, comment from Paul Thurott, on the same article. He responds to this reader comment:

“Now we can go ahead and prepare early for complaining about GDR3. :)”

Mr. Thurott responds: “No need for that. Stay tuned.”.

Finally, we have the best hint that suggests that something is really changing in the Windows Phone update front. Mr. Thurott, on What The Tech, responds to the following question by Andrew Zarian. The conversation starts at 20:40 minute mark and ends at 21:27 mark:

Andrew Zarian: “When the next release (GDR3) comes out, would it be coming on [Lumia 520]?

Paul Thurott: “Yes. I can’t say much about that right now, but there’s going to be some good news there….[the lack of updates] aren’t going to be an issue going forward. I’ll talk more about that next week. But that won’t be a problem.”

This quick conversation seems to suggest that something is drastically changing for Windows Phone updates that may put an end to the long delays on getting updates. Paul Thurott says he can talk more about this next week, suggesting that Microsoft might have something to announce along this line!

What are your thoughts on this. I am very excited to see what exactly happens, but if what Thurott alludes to is correct, we might be in for a treat!

Source: Supersite for Windows and What the Tech

This article was first posted on McAkins Online.

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Windows 8.1 GA Sneak Peek — Windows 8.1 Apps on the Windows 8 Store

At the general availability of Windows 8.1 on October 18, new apps will flush into the store. Many of these apps are exclusive to Windows 8.1 and are not compatible with Windows 8.0. But how will Windows 8 users see these exclusive Windows 8.1 apps? As it turns out, Windows 8 users can, indeed, see Windows 8.1 apps on the Windows 8 store.

When Windows 8.1 launches, exclusive Windows 8.1 apps will be listed in the Windows 8.0 store with a big banner asking them to update to the new OS if they want to take advantage of the app. This is what it will look like.

8.1 app on Windows 8

 

As you can see, Movie Moments is an app incompatible with Windows 8. Therefore, users of Windows 8 still see the app on the Windows Store, but rather than an Install button, they have a button that takes them to the Windows 8.1 download page. Microsoft wants to do the best they can in order to promote the new OS as well as get users to the latest version so that developers can target more customers while taking advantage of the latest features and APIs of Windows 8.1.

Source: BUILD 2013

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Windows 8.1 RTM Adds A New Desktop Friendly Feature Since the Preview

Windows 8.1 Preview came with a handful of new features that made it easier for desktop users to use the OS, including boot to desktop, combustibility of the start screen to appeal for the desktop usage scenario, and better multitasking. Windows 8.1 RTM adds to the list. Thanks to our friends at Into Windows for discovering this feature.

In Windows 8.1 RTM, Microsoft added the ability to return straight to the desktop after closing metro apps. Currently, if you close all metro apps on screen, you will be taken back to the start screen. In Windows 8.1, you have the option to set it so that once every metro app on a monitor is closed, you are automatically taken back to the desktop. This is useful if you use the desktop primarily and open metro apps once in a while. A good scenario is that you double click on a photo on File Explorer and are taken to the Photos app. Once you close the photos app, you will be returned back to File Explorer; neat!

You set this option from the navigation tab in the Task Manager properties, the same place you set the boot to desktop. Here’s a picture (via Into Windows).

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Source: Into Windows

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Windows 8.1 May Have Featured App Showcase on the Start Screen

We all are anxiously waiting for the general availability of Windows 8.1 on October the 18th. We are hoping that we will also see some influx of new apps designed for Windows 8.1 and apps that Microsoft has promised us in the 2013 BUILD conference, namely Facebook and Flipboard. Another thing we might find in GA of Windows 8.1 is a new presentation of featured apps on the Start Screen.

The new Windows (8.1)

If you see the image above (acquired from the Windows Website), you will notice that the Store Tile features a more prominent live tile. In Windows 8.0, the Windows Store tile was a live tile, but it would only show the number of app updates available. In Windows 8.1, it appears that the Windows Store is showing featured apps that users can download. You may already know that the RTM version of the Windows 8.1 allows you to set the Store tile to large, and on the picture above, it makes sense as to why one would want to do this. It seems that if you set the tile to large, you can see a collection of featured apps that Microsoft recommends.

Of course, if you choose to do so, you can turn off the live tile for Windows Store, or make it a small tile. You can also unpin a tile, as before. I am personally very excited for this feature, as it allows me to see new editorial app pics without having to launch the Windows Store. Secondly, it looks kind of nice. What do you think? If you are already running Windows 8.1 RTM, let us know if this feature is already available to you.

Update: This feature is not yet available in the RTM release that has been provided to MSDN and TechNet subscribers (as well as Dreamspark Premium users). It is very likely that it is part of the massive post-RTM updates that is coming before GA. All current RTM users will be able to download the updates from Windows Update for free in the near future.

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Let’s Run Internet Explorer 4 on Windows 8

Let’s have some fun guys! We are going to run ancient software in Windows 8. This time, however, it’s not any old software but a component of Windows that is almost two decades old! We are going to run Internet Explorer version 4.0 on Windows 8.0. Yes, I am serious! Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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Experiment: Running Windows 98 on Windows 7 & 8

Is running windows 98 on windows 7 or 8 possible in 2013? Well first, Windows 98 was released in 1998. That’s a whooping 15 years! We are going to try running this 15 year old bad boy and see just how compatible these operating systems are.

We will browse the web and try installing modern software designed to run on Windows 7 and 8. Is it possible to browse today’s modern web? Can we install today’s applications in Windows 98? How far can we go? Join us, as we venture into the world of a 90′s operating system in the second decade of the 21th century!

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Windows 8 Glitch Causes Windows 95 UI to Appear

For some strange reason, I encountered a Windows 8 glitch that did something unusual. Windows 8 fell back to the Classic, Windows 95 style, theme for window boarders, and user interfaces, such as buttons, text boxes, radio buttons, and more.

The Windows 95 UI theme, also known as Windows Classic Theme was finally removed in Windows 8 as an option. Up until Windows 7, users could switch to the Windows Classic UI theme. However, even though the classic theme in Windows 8 is no longer an option, it is still dormant, revealing itself when Windows needs to fall back to something simpler, and old fashioned.

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How To Reinstall Microsoft Office Without the Disc

Were you in a situation in which you lost or misplaced your Microsoft Office Disc and now are unable to reinstall Office on your computer? Ever wonder how you would ever be able to reinstall Microsoft Office It often happens that we may need to reinstall Microsoft office when we buy a new PC or when you reinstall Windows on our old PC. But what if you no longer have the Office installation disc? If you purchased Microsoft office, you can use it forever (this does not apply to the subscription based Office 365).

In this tutorial, we will show you how to reinstall Microsoft Office without the disc. If you no longer have access to your Microsoft Office Installation Disc, here’s how to get you up and running again.

What you will need:

  • A personal computer
  • An internet connection
  • Your Microsoft Office product key (More information below)

Reinstalling Microsoft Office without the install Disc:

Step 1: Locate your Microsoft Office Product key. When you purchased office, wheter you bought it at a store, from the web, or it came with your PC, you were given a 25-digit Microsoft Office Product key. It is very important to keep the Product Key in a safe place and/or write it down. You must have your product key to reinstall Microsoft Office.

Step 2:  Click here to visit the Microsoft Office download page. From the download page, what you need to click depends on which version of Microsoft Office you own. Please follow the steps below for your version of Microsoft Office.

Office 2013 for PC or Office for Mac instructions

Step 3: Click on the green Download button under the main heading “My copy of Office came with a Disk”.

Download Office Link

Step 4: Enter your Product Key. Once you do, you will need to log in to your Microsoft Account. You can create a free account if you do not have one.

Install Office 2013

Step 5: Download and Enjoy

 Office 2010 for PC instructions

Step 3: Click on the green Download button under the main heading “Download or get a backup for Office 2010″

Download Office 2010

Step 4: Enter your Office 2010 Product Key and select your language. Once you do, you may need to log in to your Microsoft Account. You can create a free account if you do not have one.

Key Varify

Step 5: Download and Enjoy

That’s how you how to reinstall Microsoft Office without the original installation media. Have any other Microsoft issues you need troubleshooting? Sound off in the comments below!

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Rare and Exotic Windows RT Screenshots

There are only few Windows RT devices around the world, given the sales of Windows RT based devices. However, I want to share some rare screenshots of this already rare operating system. By rare screenshots, I mean the type of screenshots you will not see when you look up Windows RT images on the web. Most images show the start screen, office, and apps. I want to get more obscure and show you many of the desktop apps that ship with Windows RT. Plus, I have screenshots of things that make no sense whatsoever on a Windows RT system. Buckle up and enjoy!

Desktop Apps on Windows RT

Here are some desktop apps that ship with Windows RT. If you have Windows RT, you can take advantage of all these apps!

Attempting to Run External Desktop Apps and Updates

In these screenshots, I attempt to run an unauthorized desktop app both from a graphical user interface and from command line. I also download Windows Powershell help updates for offline viewing from command line.

Epic Fail: Funny Screenshots

Well, here are some screenshots from things that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Note that none of these screenshots are fake. They actually are from Windows RT code! We have the ability to uninstall desktop apps even though we cannot even install desktop apps. We have a Windows 7 Start Menu tutorial, and we also have Windows Update attempting to (unsuccessfully) install the Bing Bar a desktop IE ad-on, even though Windows RT cannot install desktop app or IE extensions. Oh, Microsoft, you will always be Microsoft!

Rare Screenshots of Windows RT Apps

You won’t easily find these screenshots of Windows RT apps. Go ahead, and try to find it!

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Asphalt 7: Heat – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

This game allows multiplayer play and is not subject to Xbox LIVE parental settings. Microsoft shares User IDs and gamertags.Hit the speed of heat in the newest, fastest, most visually stunning edition of the famed Asphalt series.A FIRST-CLASS LINEUP
Drive 60 different cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, including the legendary DeLorean.

RACE ACROSS THE GLOBE
Gear up to race on 15 tracks set in real cities around the world, including brand new tracks in Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio.

CHALLENGE THE WORLD
The completely revamped multiplayer lets you take on up to 5 of your friends locally or online. Keep track of who’s the best with the new Asphalt Tracker that lets you compare stats, show off achievements and challenge rivals. You can also find new online opponents with the matchmaking system. Practice hard, because there are special events that will pit you against the best in the world!

YOUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY
Play however you please with 6 different game modes packed with 15 leagues and 150 different races.

CUTTING EDGE GRAPHICS
Every car and track is more beautiful than ever thanks to graphics that push the limits of your device.

A RECORD OF SUCCESS
Acclaimed by both media and players, the Asphalt franchise has already attracted several million players worldwide… Come and join the ride!

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Visit our official site at http://www.gameloft.com
Follow us on Twitter at http://glft.co/GameloftonTwitter or like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Gameloft to get more info about all our upcoming titles.
Check out our videos and game trailers on http://www.youtube.com/Gameloft
Discover our blog at http://glft.co/Gameloft_Official_Blog for the inside scoop on everything Gameloft.

If you install this game, you understand and agree that Microsoft may share your User ID and gamertag with the game publisher to enable game features. This game includes multiplayer features with online interactions that are not subject to Xbox LIVE parental settings. These features may include the following interactions with other players online:

• Send and receive game invites;
• Play cooperatively or head-to-head;
• Send and receive in-game text messages;
• Communicate via in-game voice chat.

Please see the publisher’s site http://www.gameloft.com/privacy-notice/windows8/ for information on settings it may enable.

Features

  • • 60 cars from prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari & Lamborghini, including the legendary DeLorean
  • • Beautiful graphics that push the limits of your device
  • • 15 tracks set in real cities, including brand new tracks in Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio
  • • Revamped online & local multiplayer (up to 6 players) with matchmaking and special events
  • • Social Features: The Asphalt Tracker lets you compare stats, share achievements & challenge friends
  • • Complete 15 leagues & 150 races in 6 modes! Race for the top spot and leave the rest in your dust!

Notes

Published: August, 16, 2013

Languages: English (United States), German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified)

Minimum System Requirement: Windows 8, Direct X 9.1, 1 GB Ram

Architecture: x86, x64, ARM

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Fishdom 3: Special Edition – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

Enjoy the ultimate Fishdom experience – it’s better than ever!Now all your fish are in 3D and have their own personalities. Feed them, play with them, and watch them interact with each other.

Engage in challenging and fun match-3 gameplay with new unique twists.

- Earn dozens of awards and achievements.
- Choose from over 150 underwater decor items and accessories.
- 8 unique themes.
- Design as many tanks as you like.

Hey, your finned friends are waiting for you – dive in!

Features

  • • • Endless play with 150 unique levels + 50 bonus levels (exclusive to the Windows 8 version)
  • • • 12 fun 3D fish, each with their own personality
  • • • Over 150 underwater decor items in 8 unique themes
  • • • Unlimited number of aquariums to design
  • • • Dozens of awards and achievements
  • • • Use touch or mouse/keyboard controls
  • • • 200 Xbox Gamerscore
  • • • Watch as your fish interact with each other and with you!

Notes

Published: Monday, August 21, 2013

Languages: English (United States), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), French (France), Russian (Russia), Italian (Italy), Portuguese (Brazil)

Architecture: x86, x64, ARM

App Highlight: World Clock – Time Zones App from TimeAndDate.com

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Almost all you know the famous Time resource site online called Timeanddate.com, well they are also now in the Windows 8 Store. Unfortunately we missed their debut in the Store on May 2nd, they obviously escaped our radar, our apologies for that. Still we are glad to bring you their App highlights. Timeanddate.com is the goto site when you’re dealing with International Time zone questions. Like when is your arrival time in that particular country in relation to your own time-zone, or when is that Microsoft online event scheduled in your local London time? Believe me, calculating that each time from your head can be of an headache, or better still, chance that you miscalculate and miss that important appointment. So, we are glad of the services Timeanddate.com provides to the community. And now that they have an app in the Store, which is even better for when you’re offline.

Here is the full description of the app in the Store; note that long list of features. Really nice.

Description

Do you normally check the time for multiple cities around the world? Are you tired of converting the time difference between cities? The World Clock-Time Zones app can help you organize your favorite cities so that you can easily find out the correct local time, as well as get the most relevant time zone information about the city.

Features

  • • Accurate times, synchronized with timeanddate.com.
  • • Large selection of cities from around the world to pick from.
  • • Sunrise / Sunset times.
  • • DST start and end times.
  • • Full support for Desktop and Tablet.
  • • Snapped view, so you can see your clocks whilst you work on something else.
  • • Fullscreen mode, showing a large clock of the city of choice.
  • • Quick access to some of timeanddate services, allowing you to quickly plan a meeting or event, create countdowns, check the weather, check moon phases, and find dialling codes.
  • • Automatic database updating.
  • • Upgrade available with:
  • • – Live Tile
  • • – Time adjustment (including meeting planner style notifications)
  • • – No adverts
  • • – Renaming clocks
  • • – Customize color of clocks
  • • – Show sun state on clocks

Specifics:

Price: Free
Avg Rating: 3.3/5
Total Ratings: 73
Publisher: TIME AND DATE AS
Category: Productivity
Size: 2.2 MB
Age rating: 12+
Download Link: World Clock – Time Zones

Screenshots:

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Source: Windows Store

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Microsoft Finally Lets You Search the Windows Store from Your Web Browser

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I honestly don’t know what took Microsoft so long, but believe it or not, until now Microsoft did not officially provide a way to search the Windows 8 App Store from your web browser. It is in contrast to every other app store model, including Microsoft’s own Windows Phone Store! But you can finally browse the Windows Store from your browser. Visit this site to get started.

You could browse and search the iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone app stores directly from your web browser. But in the case of Windows Store, you had to use the Store app from Windows 8. If you didn’t have Windows 8, well, then you are out of luck. Of course, there are third party sites that attempt to solve this issue, such as MetroStoreScanner.

Frustratingly, Microsoft still does not provide a way to browse the Windows Store from the web browser. You can only search as of now. But it is a start. I thank Allah (God), and Microsoft, that it finally arrived.

Okay, so here it is. Visit this page and you will be able to search for apps in the Windows Store by typing their name or keywords. If the query doesn’t yield apps, make sure “Apps” is selected on the left sidebar, and not “This Site”.

Go ahead and try it!