My Windows 10 for Phone Tech Preview Upgrade Horror Story

Windows Phone Upgrade Gear

The purpose of this post needs to be made very clear. I am not ranting or complaining about buggy software or Microsoft. I am writing this article for two main reasons. One, I want to provide Microsoft with feedback so that they can track down the issues I and others are having. Two, I want to remind all of our readers that Windows 10 for phones is not finished and is very buggy. I do not recommend installing it unless you are ready to troubleshoot your phone and are aware that your phone may stop working for any reason. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the subject at hand.

Microsoft released a preview build of Windows 10 for Phones (Build 10051) on Friday, April 10, 2015. I installed it on three phones. The Nokia Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia 928, and Nokia Lumia 520. All these phones were previously running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. The Nokia Lumia 830 upgraded to Windows 10 preview without a hitch. However, the upgrade for the Lumia 928 and Lumia 520 was a disaster.

It is as if one went to surgery and came out with a missing lung, kidney, and open wounds. This is how I would describe the upgrade of the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 928. Let’s start with the Lumia 520. after the upgrade was complete, things appeared to be normal at a first glance. All the tiles were where they were supposed to be. I could see some new apps and upgraded ones. However, as soon as I tapped on the “All Settings” tile on the Action Center, I noticed that nothing happened. So, I decided to open settings from the All apps view. But I was in for an epic surprise. Continue reading

Watch Windows 10 The Next Chapter Event Live!

Windows 10 Featured

Microsoft is about to reveal its true vision of Windows 10, in their Windows 10 event slated for January 21, 2015. We expect Microsoft will cover the updates to Windows 10 desktop since the last build release in November 2017, with Windows 10 build 9879. We also expect Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 for phones and tablets, along with the continuum feature for convertible touch PCs. Furthermore, we are counting on Microsoft to show off some cool advances in gaming on the PC, which they have fallen short of for the last decade. Will Microsoft make a new contender against Steam? Only time will tell.

So let’s find out together. Let’s watch the event as it happens…Live! If you miss the event, don’t worry, as you can still watch the rerun. Click the link below to watch the event. Enjoy!



PSA New Windows 10 Build in few Weeks

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We have a quick public service announcement to let you all know that a new Windows 10 Technical Preview build is due in a few weeks. The information comes from Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, who works in the Windows Division to help make Windows 10 a reality. He notified one user via reply that a new build is arriving soon. Continue reading

OneDrive on Windows 8.1 Updated with New Features for Desktop Users!

One of the updates for Patch Tuesday on June 10, 2014 was for Microsoft OneDrive. This update brought significant UI update for desktop users. Let’s check it out. Continue reading

Pro Tip: Use Custom Colors for Windows Phone Start Screen Tiles

Windows Phone Logo Medium

With Windows Phone 8.1, you can now choose any background images for your Start screen tiles. A nice side effect of this is that you can now also put custom colors for your live tiles too! No, Windows Phone 8.1 did not add new accent colors for you to customize device with. Instead, you can use a solid color of your choice as the background picture for your tiles! Continue reading

Did you know: Windows Phone 8.1 Built-in Apps Update through the app Store

Windows Phones with Tiles

With Windows Phone (WP) 8.1, many of the built-in apps are now updatable from within the Windows Phone Store. Unlike on previous WP versions, the built-in apps do not need to wait for the next OS update to be updated. These apps now can and do update regularly just like other apps you install from the Store. I have already seen many of them being updated recently, and WPCentral documented today that the Games app has been updated. To compliment this, these apps now have their dedicated Windows Phone Store landing page just like any other apps you find in the store. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Multi-Window Taskbar Thumbnails for Windows Store (Metro) Apps

We kicked off our information about Windows 8.1 Update one with new taskbar features coming to Windows Store apps, namely the Jumplists and media controls. Today, I want to share with you another neat feature I uncovered. Windows Store (metro) applications running in multiple Windows show up in the taskbar as multiple windows. This behavior is the same in Desktop Applications since Windows 7. It is nice to see that it is being included in Windows Store applications. Continue reading

Microsoft Talks about New Office Word Web App Features and UI

New UI Jan 2014

Microsoft yesterday published a new blog post discussing new features and user interface updates to Microsoft Office Word Web App. As you know, this is the web version of Microsoft Word, offered free of charge to everyone. The update includes a fresh new look and feel, footnotes, and even a new way to interact with Word and get things done! Continue reading

Windows Store UI Updated With Top Categories and Subcategories

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Microsoft has silently added a handy new user interface to the Windows Store in Windows 8.1. The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 updates differently than does the other parts of Windows. This is because most of the Windows Store’s user interface is delivered from Microsoft servers. In laymen’s term, the UI for the Windows Store comes from the internet; it is not loaded from your computer’s hard drive. This makes it possible for Microsoft to update the Store without having to go through Windows Update. Basically, you don’t have to update Windows to get the new updates and features to the Windows Store! Continue reading

ALERT – Site is Being Upgraded

Dear Readers,

Warning SignI am excited to inform you that we are performing an upgrade to this website. We will be introducing some neat features that I think you will appreciate! In the meantime, however, please be aware that some existing features may not work properly or at all. This should only take a few hours at most. We’ll let you know when the upgrade is finished. When the upgrade is finished, everything should be working again. If you experience issues after that, please let us know.

Again, we can’t wait to push out the new and exciting features! See you on the other side!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

Assosiate Administrator of McAkins Online

The Kindle App for Windows 8 Updates with 2-Column View

Kindle for Windows 8

The popular ebook reader by Amazon, Kindle, has a major update for Windows 8 users. One of the biggest feature is the now 2-column view. Here’s the full details:

Release Notes:

– Improved page turn performance
– Increased book storage
– Added 2-column reading on ARM devices
– Disabled device dimming in reading mode
– Performance improvements and other enhancements throughout

Please note: After upgrading, an Internet connection is needed to complete the app update when opening the app for the first time.


Read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use Windows 8 application. You’ll have access to over 1 million* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. That means you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.


Buy once, read everywhere. Sign in with an Amazon account, and sync Kindle books across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed across any Kindle device.
Pin Kindle books from your Kindle library to the Windows Start screen for instant access to your favorites.
Start reading in seconds. Your Kindle book downloads while you read.
Shop the Kindle Store for over 1 million* Kindle books, including new releases and best sellers. Over 600,000 Kindle books are $4.99 or less, and over 1 million books are $9.99 or less.*
Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color, font size, and number of reading columns.
Highlight, take notes, and add bookmarks in any book. Look up word definitions and listen to how they are pronounced.
* Selection and price of Kindle books in the Kindle Store vary by country.
Source: Kindle

Cut the Rope Updates to Integrate Xbox Live, Achievements, and Leaderboards

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Ladies and gentilemen, we have a massive update to Cut the Rope game. This update finally brings the long awaited Xbox LIVE integration we have been waiting for. In theory, you can now earn Xbox achievements, get on the leaderboards, and log in to the game with your Xbox account. I say in theory because there seems to be a bug that is preventing users from signing in. However, I expect we will see an update soon. But here you have it. Enjoy the limited screenshot and app description!

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Source: Cut The Rope

False Alarm! Office 365 Preview Doesn’t Expire Yet

I posted a couple of days ago of the potential that Office 365 preview that Microsoft launched last summer would expire today. However, it appears that we had a false alarm! A news reporter of, John Callaham, noted that different people were seeing different expiration dates for Office 365 preview. Newoin, hence, contacted Microsoft about the issue. Microsoft had this to say:

Your trial will not expire but in fact renew automatically. However, the trial will still expire 60 days after the next version of Office becomes available…..people who see the notification in their billing section will not have to reset anything, it will be done automatically. If people have not checked the billing site until now then they wouldn’t have known that something similar has happened in previous months.

I apologize for any inconvenience you may have had. You can still continue to use Office 365 preview or download a trial version of Office 2013 Professional Plus for free until the final version of Office 2013 and Office 365 ships.


Optional Windows 8 Update Released: Bing Desktop

Earlier this year, Microsoft released “Bing Desktop” for Windows 7 that put a Bing search box on your desktop and also set Bing’s daily homepage pictures as your desktop background. That way, every day, you had a fresh, new, and high quality, desktop wallpaper. However, if you were an early adaptor of Windows 8, you might have known that Bing Desktop would only install and run on Windows 7. It would not install on a Windows 8 PC even with compatibility settings. But today, there is good news for Windows 8 users! Continue reading

Place Sticky Notes on your Start Screen

Windows 8 features the Sticky Notes app from Windows 7, but it’s outdated and doesn’t integrate with Metro and the Live Tiles. No fear, as we have a solution for you in the Windows Store. Sticky Tiles lets you place quick stick notes of various colors on your start screen for a quick reminder. You can add as many colorful notes you want to your Start screen, with each tiles either large or small.


Post Notes, To Do Lists, Reminders etc. as Tiles on your Start Screen. Then, you can just glance at the tiles to get the information you care about in one place.Choose a size, Select a type, Pick a color, Jot down the data, Pin!
Rearrange, Resize, Group, Unpin the Sticky Tiles just like the other App Tiles on Start Screen.

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  • 2 Tile sizes
  • 2 Tile types
  • 6 Tile colors

Download from Windows Store