Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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Microsoft has updated the Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The update is mainly focused on Lync Meeting presenters which brings most common features that are available in the desktop app. As a result, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app. For most users of Windows 8.1, Lync will upgrade automatically within 24 hours. To get the update sooner, search for Lync and click Install. In addition to new features, we also continue to improve the ease of use for Lync.  We think you’ll like what we’ve done in this update.  Here’s an overview of what’s new: This update includes: Manage meeting participants individually or as a group. You can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today made some significant announcements. The announcements include free OneNote app for all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers, releasing new OneNote for Mac, new OneNote Clipper service, new Office Lens app for Windows Phone devices. Along with all these, there is a hidden gem called OneNote Service APIs. This is a REST API that allows you to create rich content in OneNote and reach millions of users who are already using OneNote, for work and life, and across Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and the Web. Microsoft also announced 12 partners today, who have all successfully integrated with OneNote through our API to enhance their products and services. These partners are Feedly, News360, Weave (WP8/Win8), IFTTT, Livescribe, Doxie, Genius Scan, JotNot, Neat, Epson, Brother and Mod Notebooks. Partner apps and devices: We want to make it easy to remember things from anywhere, not just Microsoft apps. So ...

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Along with the announcement about release of free version of OneNote app for Windows and Mac users, Microsoft also announced a new service called OneNote clipper. OneNote Clipper is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote with just one click. To get started, use any major browser to visit www.onenote.com/clipper and follow the instructions to add the purple Clip to OneNote button to your Favorites bar. Congratulations, now you’re all set to start clipping the web to OneNote! To clip, just browse to any webpage and click the Clip to OneNote button. Once signed in, you’ll see the actual OneNote Clipper. The Clipper will let you know that it’s sending the page to OneNote, and when it’s finished, you can click the OneNote logo to immediately view your clip in OneNote Online. All of your clips are saved to the Quick Notes section of your default ...

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NCAA tournament is starting next week and if you are one of the basketball fans who is eagerly waiting for the tournament to start, here is some good news for you. NCAA® March Madness® LIVE is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to live streaming of all the NCAA March Madness 2014 games, get real time scores, team and player stats, latest news and video highlights throughout the tournament and more. Description: Watch every game of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament on your Windows 8.1 Tablet/PC! Download NCAA® March Madness® Live to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and track social activity around all the games. Log in with your TV provider to enjoy unlimited access to live streaming video of all 67 games, across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A three hour live ...

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Kobo was one of the first e-reading service that released their app on Windows platform. But the app was pulled few months back due to poor UX and performance. Kobo has today relaunched their app with all new design and user experience. Description: With Kobo, you can read on your Windows device anywhere, anytime. Download the Kobo app and browse from over 3.5 million free and affordable eBooks, comics and children’s books. Features: Pick up right where you left off. We’ll sync your bookmarks so you can keep reading across all your devices. Customize your reading experience. Enjoy crisp, clear text, in the size and style you prefer; try Night Mode for easier nighttime reading; and lock the screen in portrait or landscape mode to read how Enjoy first chapter previews for thousands of select books and save them in your library. Get access to more than 3.5M titles in ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the Windows platform build with Metro design language. The developers behind that app later developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 was built on Metro design language. Over 400,000 users downloaded these apps since its release. Today, they announced that MetroTwit apps have reached their end-of-life due to Twitter’s token limit. Here is the message from the developers, We are saddened to announce the end-of-life of the MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8 apps effective immediately. Due to the “access token limit” imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are preemptively sunsetting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed. Effective immediately, we ...

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The official OneDrive app for Blackberry 10 devices is now available for download from Blackberry App World. It includes all the basic online storage service features along with automatic backup of camera roll, ability to comment on or edit documents while you’re on the go and more. Good to see Microsoft’s commitment to support every possible device for OneDrive. App Description: Connect to Microsoft OneDrive is a free application that allows you to create an online space to store your files so you can access them anytime and anywhere. Share your files with others, all from your BlackBerry 10 device! • Automatically back up pictures and videos you capture on your device. • Share important files and documents. • Comment on or edit documents while you’re on the go. • Seamlessly and easily work with your online files on your device. Download it here from Blackberry App World. ...

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NewsHunt mobile newspaper is now available for download from Windows Store. Description: NewsHunt, India’s #1 mobile newspaper app brings together News from 100+ regional newspapers in 11 Indian languages.Now also includes newspapers from Bangladesh & Africa. ‘NewsHunt’ is free and is used every day by millions of users around the world - Recipient of GSMA Mobile Awards 2013 for Best Mobile Publishing Product & mBillionth Award 2013 for News & Journalism - India’s Best News App & in top 10 smartphone consumed apps across all platforms by Neilsen Consumer Rankings - Top Ranked News App on Windows Phone 8 platform - Named the ‘Most Downloaded News App’, by GetJar.com with over 8 million downloads till date - Users spend more time on NewsHunt than on YouTube, according to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights - Number 1 News App on Google Play in the free ‘News & Magazines’ category ...

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  The official Facebook for Windows app just got updated with lots of new features. It now supports Smileys sticker pack, editing posts, adding photos to particular album and more. Read the full list of features below. New features: - 320 snap view for the whole app - Smileys sticker pack - Profile pic sync - New Stories indicator - Create albums from photos page - Add photos directly into an album - Search thread names when choosing conversation members - Refresh in Nearby - Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. - Edit Posts - Edit post privacy - Edit Comments - Copy link to post - Add/Remove people from groups - Add friends to lists - Delete photos Great to see Facebook actively developing this app with steady stream of updates every month. Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: mackins   ...

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Microsoft Office suite didn’t add any completely new app in the past few years. Speaking to GeekWire,  John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing hinted about the next generation app experiences that is coming soon from the Office team. He highlighted the fact that the OneNote app which was added as a completely new app to Office suite in 2003 is now being used by millions of people. “We’ll do more things like that, that will be about different form factors and different applications,” he said. “The Office suite has been very consistent. We haven’t had new apps in a long time. We’ll have some new app investments coming. New ways of creating content, new ways of storing and organizing content.” “As much we love Word, Excel and PowerPoint, there’s another generation of app experiences we want to enable. Some of it will feel like big stuff, ...

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Twitter released its official client for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store last year. It has some basic features which should serve most of the people. If you are looking for a full fledged Twitter client, then try out Tweetium. If you have a large display, Tweetium has a beautiful landscape flow layout which combines optimal information density and rich media. Also, you can choose from different themes as well. There is also a Tweetium Pro subscription option that will enable lots of other features such support for up to 5 accounts, TweetMarker support and more. Find the full list of features below. Features: Modern flow layout combines the best of information density and rich media Flexible design adjusts to portrait, snap, and everything in-between Smart streaming-based feed with robust connectivity and suspend/resume handling. No more manual refreshing! Post new tweets with fast username auto-complete. Photo upload support – including ...

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Microsoft recently announced that Julie Larson-Green who was the head of hardware division at Microsoft will move on to a new role as Chief Experience Officer as Stephen Elop will take over her old job. Speaking to Recode at MWC, Julie talked about her new role at Microsoft, future of Microsoft, and the criticisms on Windows 8. She revealed that her top hardware job was not quite as close to product design as she hoped for. And she thought that becoming CXO(Chief Experience Officer) was exciting and new and part of the strategic direction of where Satya (Nadella) is taking the company. Within a fairly short time Microsoft is going to be a maker of phones, tablets and wearables. What do you think of Microsoft’s prospects in those markets. I think the vision of a computer on every desk has just evolved to be in every hand, in every pocket and every surface ...

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 Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated in Windows Store. The key improvement included is the ability to drag and drop songs or albums to create or re-order playlists. Key updates include: Drag and drop songs or albums to create and re-order playlists, build your now playing queue and beef up your collection Large page headers now hide as you scroll, leaving more room for your content App Features: Manage your personal music collection Create and edit playlists of your favorite songs Import your playlists from iTunes Listen for free! Stream millions of songs from Xbox Music on your Windows 8/Windows RT device Play your music on any Windows 8/Windows RT device you sign into Get an Xbox Music Pass for ad-free streaming and downloading on multiple devices Buy songs and albums to add to your personal collection Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists ...

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TouchMe Gesture Studio allows you to customize your very own Touchscreen gestures on your Windows 8 touch devices like Surface Pro, Dell Venue, etc. You can export your gesture file and use it with any gesture engine you like. Choose from over 30 gestures, roam your gestures between all your devices. You can even mimic keyboard shortcuts, change volume, switch between apps, and more using gestures. Touchscreens have improved the way we all interact with our computers! By using TouchMe Gesture Studio, you can create, edit, and export custom gesture files to take things one step further! Gestures available include: • 2/3/4/5 Finger Swipe up/down/left/right • 3/4/5 Finger Pinch in/out • 2/3/4/5 Finger TipTap left/right Actions currently available: • Show/Hide Touch Keyboard • Increase/Decrease Volume • Increase/Decrease Brightness • Open/Close/Switch Browser Tabs • Show the TaskBar • Sleep, hibernate, Sign Out, Lock, Shut down, and Restart • Mimic Keyboard Shortcut ...

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Nokia today announced a new range of entry level smartphones called Nokia X series. The first batch of devices will be Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and all these devices will be running on Android AOSP platform. Instead of relying on Google, Nokia is integrating Microsoft’s services into Android platform. It includes Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com and more. Skype team today detailed their Skype experience on all these devices. For the Nokia X family, we’ve specifically customized the Skype for Android app to bring you the same, great experience you get on existing Android devices. This means you’ll: Reach anyone, anywhere: Skype for Android complements the family of platforms on which you can enjoy Skype. Android users can connect with people they care about most on any device with Skype installed – PCs, Surface, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Xbox Ones, Androids, Macs and even TVs. Always be ...

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