Review Category : Windows 8

Skype for Windows 8 app got updated to v1.6 with one of the most requested feature contact blocking support and performance improvements. Contact blocking With this update, we wanted to give our users higher control over who can contact them by adding the ability to block contacts. To block a contact, select the person’s name to open up the chat window. Bring up the command bar by swiping at the top or bottom of your screen (or right click), and select block. You may also choose whether you want to remove or report the contact request as spam This new update also brings in performance improvements such as improved loading speed and reliability across the application. As a result, contacts load speed should now be a lot faster. Find the update in the Windows Store. Source: Skype ...

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The Modern Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8 already features swipe navigation for browsing the web. It supports Back and forward swipe page navigation with preview. Winsupersite reports that even desktop version of Internet Explorer 11 in the leaked Windows Blue build supports swipe navigation with touch. With IE 11, Microsoft is bringing this feature to the desktop version of the browser too. As with IE 10 Metro, it only works via touch; that is, you can’t use the mouse to “grab” the current web page and navigate right (back) or left (forward). But it provides a nice bit of consistency, and if you need to use both browsers for some reason they will now work more similarly. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Winsupersite ...

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According to Metrostorescanner, a 3rd party site tracking Windows Store apps, Windows Store has now exceeded 50,000 app mark. According to that site, Windows Store has exactly 50,341 apps. Windows Store was opened last October and since then the numbers increased constantly every month to reach this level. For a comparison, Apple AppStore has about 300,000 apps optimized for iPad with all leading app names available on the platform. Windows Store has a long way to catch up with Apple AppStore both in terms of app quality and quantity. Microsoft is working to improve developer experience of Windows 8/RT with upcoming update codenamed Blue which will include no.of improvements on WinRT. Source: Metrostorescanner ...

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Another video, An early build of upcoming update for Windows 8/RT codenamed Windows Blue got leaked online today. The build revealed no.of improvements and new features that will be part of this upcoming update. Following new features are spotted in the leaked build, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 apps New Live Tile sizes – Small, Large, etc,. Ability to share your Start screen screenshot through share charm. We will update the list as it gets revealed. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on the next release of  Windows 8 codenames Windows Blue. While a public preview of this release is expected in June, internal and partner builds of Windows Blue has started to leak online. Here are some of the screenshots leaked online which reveals new features like small live tiles, new way of personalization, improved UI, improved multi-tasking, etc,. via: Winforum ...

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The Windows Blue update to Windows 8 is expected some time in the middle to the end of this year, and Stephen Chapman from MSFTkitchen has managed to dig up this video presentation of an updated version of the Fresh Paint app built for the OS. New in this version is the interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry and the the ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with. In the video chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder says: "We’re really excited to work, now that the next version of Windows is coming, to make sure that we extend touch in even more dramatic fashion.If you look at a company like HP now that’s kind of struggling and cut their R&D budget, I think they may have wished there’s some stuff in the factory ...

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Microsoft last week launched a program where it will be paying developers upto $2000 for developing Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps. This program raised some voice in the industry saying that such programs will lead to poor quality of apps filling up the Windows Store. Microsoft responded to this complaints with the following statement to ATD, “We believe the best apps come from those partners who are invested in the platform and own their experience now and in the future,” Microsoft said. ” Of course, we are always working to spark creativity with new developer audiences and sometimes try limited incentives or contests, like Keep The Cash. However, it is not representative of an ongoing program.”   ...

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Speaking to financial analysts at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang has expressed his concerns over Windows RT. He is not pleased with the Windows RT device sales so far and it is didn’t meet his expectations. “We expected to have sold more than we did,” he said Tuesday. “I think everybody expected to have sold more than we did.” “They have to find a way to get into that ecosystem because it’s so disruptive. I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT,” He also expected Microsoft to release Outlook for Windows RT devices. “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete,” he said. “I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please…” “They own the source code and I know there are smart people up there. What do you ...

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Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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The Gunstringer Xbox Game which features 15 story levels with boss battles along with 3 infinite worlds in Endless Runner mode just got updated with many new features and improvements. Update Features:  >New power-up!  The Lucky Horeshoe automatically grabs coins as you run past! > New power-ups!  The 5 and 10 second Boosts gives the Gunstringer super speed for a short time! > New obstacle! Watch out for pits! > Completely redesigned Store allowing for easy browsing. > Extra Lives can now be bought in packs of 5, 10 and 20. > General bug fixes and improvements to gameplay have been implemented. This game costs $1.49 and you can download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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Twitter has finally released their official client for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This app comes with a great design and the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8. It also has share charm integration as well. App Description: With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before. ** Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline. ** Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. ** Express yourself with photos, videos and comments. Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8: - The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions. But nowhere else can you scroll through Discover stories horizontally. Smoothly move through a collage ...

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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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So far we have seen many references to Windows Blue, the next version of Windows which Microsoft is working on. Today, new job postings from Microsoft reveals some references to Windows 9, it seems Microsoft is already working on Windows 9 along with Windows Blue. Here is the description from Bing team job listing, Do you want to join the frontlines in one of the biggest battles we are fighting in the company? Do you want to work on the latest technology? Bing brings search experiences to tens of millions of users with over a billion page views a week. As a member of the Bing Client team, you will be joining a team that is constantly innovating in the latest technology areas by combining the best of client and services to build great customer experiences. We utilize cutting edge technologies across the stack from Bing metro application development using ...

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IDC yesterday released its latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker estimates. IDC expects tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017. IDC also predicted that Windows will only have arounf 10% of the total tablet market by 2017 with Windows RT growth to remain below 3% during the forecast period. “Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets. “Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.” What do you think of their forecast? Source: IDC ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a set of new themes and wallpapers for Windows devices in their Personalization Gallery. Here is the list of the new themes releases. One harbinger of spring is the sight of bees visiting the crocuses, apple blossoms, and daffodils that begin to bloom around this time of year. Our first theme, a collection of stunning macro images by photographer Mayur Kotlikar, opens a window into the busy and beautifully colorful world of these essential pollinators. Brilliant flowers and busy insects are also the subject of the new theme Garden Glimpses, which showcases the work of young photographer Rangan Das. I’m impressed by the painterly richness of his images. Our next theme features another participant in the Open Call, photographer Ondřej Vlček, whose camera is also focused on the small details of the natural world that might otherwise pass unnoticed: berries gleaming like jewels in the afternoon sun, ...

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Yahoo! has released a significant update for its mail app on Windows RT/8 devices. This v1.2 update brings in folder management, integration with Yahoo! Address book, etc,. The 1.2 release includes: - Folder management support: ability to add, edit, rename and delete folders - Integration with Yahoo! Address Book: ability to select, search and browse contacts - New languages support: Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, German, Greek, Traditional Chinese, British English, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesian and Swedish - Ability to invoke search from within the app - Overall performance enhancements and bug fixes Download it from Windows Store here.   ...

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