AppyMouse brings Awesome back to the Desktop on Tablets.


If there is one aspect of Windows 8 that perpetually frustrates users on the new OS, it is the traditional Desktop. With the continued focus of Microsoft on the MX or Metro environment to the detriment of the desktop in Windows 8, users have been complaining. Of course the 180 degree turn of MS with the Start button is known to appease traditional users. Even with this and all the enhancements MS did to the desktop in v8.1 notwithstanding, there are still aspects of this OS that simply won’t go away in frustrating users. I.e. the ability to use the desktop of this OS on a tablet.

With tablets averaging 10” size and sporting ultra-HD resolutions, the desktop elements have been shrinking. There holds on rule, the more the resolutions you have, the smaller your screen elements become given the same Screen size. So when your 10 inch device sports a Full-HD resolution, your buttons, icons and text boxes shrinks to nothingness. You either need a magnifying glass to read text, or you resort to what everyone does now, increase the size of screen elements with the Display tools in the System, an action that defeats the need to have a high resolution screen on a small device in the first place.


But even with increased screen elements, there is still the problem of targeting this small UI elements with the finger on a Touch device. Missed touch-activations is the result. When Yes and Cancel button stand next to each other on a dialog, you have the chance that you’ll hit Yes, while you meant Cancel on a Delete dialog box with all consequence thereof. So this is where Appymouse comes to the rescue. To give traditional desktop users a familiar UI operation back on a Touch device like Surface without having to increase screen elements to ugly sizes. Anywhere a desktop is presented, this tool is your hero.

See AppyMouse in action

AppyMouse is a tool published by Ostudiolabs and can be downloaded free of charge from their site. It is an executable, which means you can only install on the desktop and not in the MX environment. Installation brings the control to the lower right corner of your device where with the movement of the Thumb you can move the mouse on the screen, and tapping performs a click. Two-taps is your double-click as expected. See the video above to convince yourself. A picture is worth a thousand words right?

The publisher have of course taken your convenience into consideration by making the Control deck transparent so you can still see your work. And when you don’t need AppyMouse anymore, you can dismiss it to the Taskbar. You can also move the control to left side if you’re left handed, or it is just convenient. Look Mama, Photoshoping on my tablet, hands only!

This is something Microsoft self should have thought up and added to the OS instead of this coming from third-party developers. Consequence is that this app of course can only be installed on an x86 devices, you can’t install it on WindowsRT devices like SurfaceRT. So if you’re a SurfaceRT user, you are for now out of luck on that device desktop. If MS built this, it would have been included in the WindowsRT OS.

Coincidentally about a month ago I implored TeamViewer publishers to introduce this very feature on Windows 8 because they already have the very same feature as AppyMouse on the Windows Phone 8 devices with their TeamViewer client for WP8. There you can control a remote desktop sessions just like AppyMouse, and you can Zoom too. Now my request to AppyMouse publishers is to add Zoom function to generally zoom on the Desktop where those shrunken displays is a pain. I have even asked MarkRuss to add this zoom functionality to his ZoomIT tool. Hopefully they’ll be able to implement this. But in the meantime, we welcome this awesome tool to the desktop. It definitely makes life easier for the already frustrated Windows 8 Desktop users on a Tablet.

CC: @Ostudiolabs

Windows Server Essential Remote App is here!–My Server for Windows 8


Here is something new from Microsoft! My Server App is a port of the Windows Phone version, and those of use that use the app on Windows Phone know this app is to Access and Manager your Windows Server Essentials, i.e. the Home Server replacement for Server 2012. The functionality is basically the same, but I expect Microsoft to add more features to this app as time goes on. Here is Microsoft’s description from the Store:

My Server for Windows 8 is an application designed to help you keep seamlessly connected to your server resources through devices running Windows 8. With My Server, you can manage users, devices, alerts, and access shared files in Windows Server 2012 Essentials.  In addition, files that you have recently accessed with My Server files continue to be available to you even when offline.

Browse, edit and search files stored on your server
Manage users, devices, and alerts
Share local resources to server or save server resources locally
Access files that you opened recently even without an Internet connection. The changes made offline will be automatically synchronized to the server when online
Playback of media files stored on server





This is an app to get if you treasure remote access to your files and media on your Home Server. Download now straight away from the Store via the link below.

Source: Windows Store

TeamViewer Touch Arrived in the Store


Another favorite tool of mine has just debuted for touch interface in the Windows Store. TeamViewer is no stranger to most of you that live in the IT and Support circles. It is the public contender with SplashTop, LogMeIn and other Remote Desktop solutions. I have been using TeamViewer for years to support my extensive family and friends PCs. I am glad they released this Touch version as this will allow you to remote into hosts from within Windows RT devices like Surface etc that doesn’t have desktop version of Teamviewer.

As you can see above I have already installed the app and taken it for a spin. I  can say, it works as advertised. You can only initiate outbound connection to remote hosts, you will never be able to connect to TeamViewer Touch from outside. Security feature of Windows 8 of course. Here is TeamViewer GmbH’s description of the App from the Store:

Control any remote computer with TeamViewer Touch within seconds. If you want to remotely control this computer and benefit from the whole range of features please download the TeamViewer Desktop app (download on
With TeamViewer Touch you can remotely control computers or servers via the internet, as if you were sitting right in front of them. Whether you are providing spontaneous support for friends and family, administrating servers or working from your home office – TeamViewer lets you get the job done.
Find out why more than 100 million users trust TeamViewer!
Quick Guide
1. Install and start the app
2. Install and start the TeamViewer Desktop app on the computer you want to control (download on
3. Enter the TeamViewer ID and password of the remote computer in the app and click on “Remote ControlConnect”
— Preview version —

Windows, Mac or Linux — Remotely control any computer within seconds
Highest security standard — 256 Bit AES Session Encoding and 1024 Bit RSA Key Exchange
Integrated computers & contacts list — See the online status of your partners and connect to them via quick access
No configuration — Effortless access to remote computers even behind firewalls and proxy servers
Simple reboot — Reboot remote computers or servers from anywhere
Multi monitor — Switch between multiple screens easily


I am still fiddling with this app, I can’t see the remote-reboot advertised. Note the message in the description informing that this is just a preview, that is the app is just basic at the moment, there more to come in the future. For me, I am just glad to see TeamViewer onboard. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got in the pipeline for the future. Download the Metro now via the source link here below.

Source: Windows Store
Tip Credit: @Windows4Life (Thanks buddy!)

Splashtop Remote Desktop App has arrived in the Store!


Ladies and gentlemen, Splashtop is a GO for the Windows 8 Desktop! The company that was making a splash with Touch-access to Windows 8 desktop from within the iPad has decided also to make the same available from within Windows 8 desktop. Now you can reach your modern or old Windows Desktop now from your Windows 8 tablet. Also you can stream HD video and games up to 30FPS to your devices now. For most of you of course Splashtop Inc. needs to introduction. The following is the full details of the description and features of the app as stated in the Store:

Access Microsoft Word remotely

Access your Mac on Windows 8 tablet

Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Windows PC or Mac remotely from your Windows 8 tablet, anywhere, anytime!
Over 7 million users are enjoying Splashtop apps today, and you should too!

★★★★★ CES 2012 Best Mobile App Award
★★★★★ “Both a breakthrough and a bargain.” — The New York Times
★★★★★ “For simple access to a remote computer, Splashtop is hard to beat.” – CNET
★★★★★ “If you need to emulate your Mac or Windows desktop… Splashtop is one of the easiest ways to do it.” – WIRED
★★★★★ “Splashtop is your best bet.” – LAPTOP

Splashtop Remote Desktop for Windows 8 will give you tablet-to-PC or tablet-to-Mac remote access support with full audio and video over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks.
Go everywhere with just your Windows 8 tablet without having to carry your computer!
Besides Windows 8 tablets, Splashtop is also available for iOS and Android devices.

Install the free Splashtop Streamer on the computer you wish to connect to – supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP (including Home Premium), as well as Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leopard or Lion is required for Mac users)

Enjoy high-definition movies and videos (up to 30 frames per second), streaming from PC or Mac
Play interactive 3D games with low latency such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, or EA Sports games
Setup with ease through its simple, intuitive interface

I know a lot of you are interested in this app, so what are you waiting for? Download the app now via the following link: