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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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Tweetro+ Twitter client for Windows 8/RT device was originally released as a free app, then later got pulled from Windows Store due to Twitter API limitations. The developers of the app again published the app with new features for $9.99 last month. Now, they have reduced the price of the app by half. It’s now available for $4.99 as a Holiday Special price. It features the following, Features: •Multiple accounts (2 with initial purchase & up to 5 via in-app purchases) •In-app browser •Pin multiple tweet columns to main hub •Photo browser •Custom views (snapped, portrait, landscape) •Semantic zoom for bird’s eye view •Notifications •Real-time streaming of tweets (timeline & search results) Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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When Windows RT development was in final stages, it was reported that HTC was denied by Microsoft in becoming Windows RT OEM. It was said that Microsoft declined due to”concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. Now Bloomberg reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT tablets. One with 12-inch screen and another with 7-inch screen that will compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle. Both these tablets will reportedly can also make phone calls and will be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon processors. The devices are expected to go on sale in 3Q 2013. Bloomberg also added that HTC did not choose Intel processors because it was concerned about the end user pricing which will go upto $1000. After the release of Microsoft Surface, many Windows RT OEMs scaled back their plans and it may be the reason behind HTC’s inclusion ...

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Amazon today updated its Kindle Reader app for Windows 8/RT devices. This new update brings in the ability to purchase books/magazines within the app. This release includes an in-app store for touch optimized devices along with improvements to the reading and library experiences. (In-app store is available in English for customers with an Amazon.com account) 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. It is one of the best reading apps available in Windows Store at the moment. Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ceasing the development of Expression Suite. Expression Studio Ultimate included the following programs, Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program Expression Design, vector graphics editor Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance  SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design Microsoft will no longer develop any of these products and Expression brand will be discontinued. Here is the announcement from Microsoft. Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 provides a rich design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. In addition to that, WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow support is available today as a preview and will be released in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. Blend ...

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Microsoft has released a minor update for Skype app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. This Skype app allows you to Exchange instant messages with all your Skype, Messenger and Outlook.com contacts without draining your device battery life. What’s new: - Enhanced Snap view for smarter multi-tasking - Performance improvements - General bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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Audible has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Audible came to Windows Phone users after a long wait, but it seems Windows 8 users may not have to wait for the same period of time. Description: Try Audible with a free copy of Life of Pi. Immerse yourself in this great story with this very limited offer. Audible is home to more than 100,000+ titles, from best sellers to classics, interviews, comedies, and everything in-between. Hear why more readers choose to listen with Audible. Please Note: Only new Audible.com customers who register using the Windows 8 app are eligible for this free Life of Pi offer. Existing or previous customers, including customers that have previously taken advantage of a free trial membership, will not be eligible to receive a free copy of Life of Pi. Features:  Download books to your device via wifi Chapter navigation, ...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer marketing team posted an ad that targets IE haters last month. That ad was focused on the IE haters who generally have a bad impression on IE however good it is. Now, IE pokes fun of itself saying that the sign of Mayans apocalypse is here because Internet Explorer 10 is actually good now. Will these kind of marketing change people’s minds? via: Gizmodo ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today detailed the deprecated features and components in Outlook 2013. There is a long list of features which you can read below. Exchange “Classic Offline” Mode “Deliver to PST” for Exchange accounts Calendar Publishing to Office.com (PubCal) VPN and Dialup Settings Outlook search via the Windows Shell Journaling Legacy Contact Linking/Activities Tab Import/Export to Legacy Applications :Outlook has traditionally supported importing and exporting data to and from many different file formats. Many of the formats Outlook has supported are outdated and are no longer in mainstream use. Outlook will continue to support comma-separated-value (.csv) files as well as .PST files, but other file formats are no longer supported. Read more about the above in detail from the source link below. Source: Outlook blog ...

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Snes8x is a Super Nintendo emulator for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The app is based on Snes9x, a free and portable SNES emulator. Using this app, you can play Super Nintendo games. This app provides support for virtual touch controls and keyboard input as you can see in the image above. If you are a fan of old Nintendo games, give it a try. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Fitbit which has products that track your health and fitness has released their app for Windows Store. This app allows you to access your health and fitness info from your Fitbit account and more. Description: The Fitbit family of products motivate you to stay active, live better, and reach your goals. This app enables you to view graphs of your activity levels, sleep and weight and gives you a clear picture of your health and fitness trends. Important: This app is designed to be used with Fitbit devices. Syncing data from your Fitbit devices to your PC still requires Fitbit Connnect software which can be downloaded for free at http://www.fitbit.com/start. You need a Fitbit account to use this account, which can be created using the Fitbit connect software or from the Fitbit website. Features: •Daily and historical graphs of your step, calorie burn and floor climbing patterns. •Feedback on progress against ...

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We all know Windows 8 UI/UX is very simple to use and we have seen couple of videos where children were using it with ease. Microsoft Portugal took a step further and decided to demonstrate how simple Windows 8 is. At Windows Experience center in  a Fnac store in Lisbon, a small boy gives a demo of Windows 8 features to a adult customer who visited the store. Watch the video above, the moment speaks for itself. Source: Microsoft ...

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Google today updated its search app for Windows 8/Windows RT devices. The updated app brings in new features and performance improvements. * Added support for printing * Voice search improvements * Added ability to launch all results in default browser * Speed improvements * Bug fixes It already supports number of features listed below, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search – Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from ...

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We all know that Microsoft Kinect is being used in various ways by various people. From Xbox 360 games to Shopping Malls with AR apps, Kinect’s potential is virtually unlimited. Now, Microsoft is working with US Air Force to develop Kinect Therapy System  that can be used by injured soldiers and veterans to perform physical therapy at home. “Microsoft is committing R&D and marketing resources to ensure that the [Defense Department] community is aware of the capabilities of the product, as well as the breadth of our partner community, which includes the system integrators,” said Phil West, Microsoft’s director of public sector solutions. “The targeted scenarios include therapy-related functions, but they also span training and simulation, interactive user interfaces, and so on.” Injured soldiers and veterans who find it difficult to come to Army base or medical center for therapy can now do it at their home. Microsoft Kinect connected ...

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  Bitcasa has released their infinite storage app for Windows 8/Windows RT devices. With Bitcasa, users can play whole music albums, watch videos in various formats, view and share photo albums, and read documents from anywhere. Instant streaming from the Bitcasa Infinite Drive allows users to stream their personal jukebox of music, videos, and photos to mobile and desktop devices without having to sync or store files locally on each of your devices. Description: Bitcasa upgrades your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone to unlimited storage space. The Bitcasa App for Windows 8 is the best way to store and instantly access ALL of your photos, music, movies, and documents on your computer and tablet.  Simply add whatever you like to Bitcasa, and it is instantly available on all your devices. Bitcasa instantly streams everything you own to your computer or tablet. Sharing photo albums or movies with anyone ...

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Microsoft today added two new apps to its Xbox LIVE network. 1) AOL ON Network app: The ad-supported video network includes more that 420,000 short-form videos from AOL properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, as well as content partners that include Reuters, the AP, BBC, E!, ET Online, Sugar, Splash News, CNET, and Martha Stewart. 2) Vimeo: Packed with amazing ways to watch, discover, and share, the Vimeo app for Xbox 360 enables lovers of high-quality videos to stimulate their eyeballs through their console. Follow your Xbox Live friends’ activity on Vimeo, control the app via voice or gesture with Kinect, and access Vimeo on your Xbox 360. Find these apps on your Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. via: TC Source: Major Nelson ...

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