Viber today released their app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Viber has more than 200 million users offering text, call, and photo and video messages worldwide over Wifi or 3G – for free. Viber is available for Windows 8, Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, Blackberry, Windows Phone and many more devices and platforms. Features: • Text with your friends • Make free calls with HD sound quality • Create groups with up to 40 participants • Send stickers and emoticons, making messaging fun! • Share photos, receive videos, and attach locations • Live Tiles • Lock screen notifications • Pin Viber and/or specific conversations directly to the Start screen • Snap Viber to the side of your screen and work, play or browse the web with Snap View • Search for Viber contacts using the Search charm • Share content on Viber and on Facebook using the Share charm ...

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Similar to Windows Phone, Windows 8/8.1 is also having Red Red Stripe Deals on apps and games from the Windows Store.   In the spirit of the holiday season Microsoft is doing 12 Red Stripe Deals running through the rest of the month. You can take advantage of amazing deals on the following apps and games from the Windows Store: PacMan CD DX+ – 50% Off. Original price: $9.99. Sale price: $4.99. Collins Learn Thesaurus – 50% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $3.49. Game Dev Tycoon – 50% Off. Original price: $7.99. Sale price: $3.99. Bejeweled LIVE – 60% Off. Original price: $4.99. Sale price: $1.99. Sunny Hillride – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Supermarket Mania 2 (Full) – 57% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $2.99. Rayman Jungle Run – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Package Tracker – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Draw a Stickman: EPIC – 50% Off. Orig. Price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Disney ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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The Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today. The Bing Maps Preview requires Windows 8.1and the app takes advantage of Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile.  The Bing app includes the following features: Natural Navigation from Your Point of View Streetside In-App Searching Traffic Notification on Favorite Routes Local Scout and Personal Picks Source: Bing Blog Download: Bing Maps Preview ...

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Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe.  Since 1955, children of all ages have tracked his route with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites, and jet fighters.  This year, Microsoft has lent a hand to make the experience the most magical yet, putting a fresh spin on the time-honored tradition with the launch of the new www.NORADSanta.org. This is not the first time Microsoft has worked with NORAD Tracks Santa.  Last year, the company provided interactive Bing Maps to give people at home an interactive visual of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, which was powered by Windows Azure, as well as apps for Windows and Windows Phone that allowed people a platform to play and learn. The Internet Explorer team collaborated with NORAD to rebuild the Web experience from the ground up.  The new ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices got updated today with many new features and improvements. It now features improved Live Tiles, ability to send and download picture messages, ability to add photos to specific albums and more. New features: - Tagging - Improved Live Tiles - Set windows profile pic when you upload a new profile pic - Download and upload files from messages - Download and upload photos from messages - Upload photos to a specific album - Choose and set your cover photo - Choose and set your profile picture - Use your profile picture as your Windows account picture - Add a secondary tile to go directly to messages (choose this from the app bar in messages view) This release also includes many bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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TripAdvisor’ today released their official app for Windows 8.1 devices that will help travelers plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor’s new app for Windows 8.1 is optimized for touch, and it is integrated with Bing Smart Search, which enables you to tap or click directly into the app when it is relevant to whatever you’re searching for. Also when you do search in Windows 8.1, content, such as hotel ratings and reviews from within the TripAdvisor app, is presented within results to give people an at-a-glance view of what’s available when they open the app itself. With just a single tap or click, consumers will then have instant access to the TripAdvisor app’s content and features, including its Hotel Price Comparison search tool. Description: Millions of traveler reviews, photos, maps from TripAdvisor. Plan and have your perfect trip. With over 100 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes ...

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Google surprised everyone earlier today by releasing Waze app for Windows Phone devices. Here is the next one, YouTube app for Xbox One consoles. As expected, this app takes advantage of Xbox One platform features such as Voice, gestures, etc,. The YouTube app for Xbox One also makes it easier to find and watch whatever you want: Voice – Control the app just by saying “YouTube” wherever you are in the app. Commands like play, pause, and fast forward will instantly pop up on screen. Gesture – Grab the screen to scroll through videos, and use your hand to pick which one you want to watch.   When your Xbox One arrives later this week, give this app a try. Source: Google ...

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Walgreens is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States and they have released their official app for Windows 8.1 devices in the Windows Store. It is a fully featured app and it works pretty well. Description: The Walgreens Windows 8 App featuring Refill from Account and QuickPrints, makes your life easier. Refill prescriptions faster, print your mobile photos and pick-up in about an hour. BALANCE® REWARDS FEATURES • Save, earn, redeem, in store and online • Get exclusive pricing as a member PHARMACY FEATURES • Refill from Account – Simply scan the barcode on your prescription bottle for instant refills • Transfer Prescription – Easily transfer your prescriptions to Walgreens • Refill Reminders – Sign up to get Rx Text Alerts to know when it’s time to refill your prescriptions PHOTO FEATURES • QuickPrints – Choose pictures from your Windows albums to print and pick up at your local ...

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  Microsoft announced the Machinima app for Xbox One last month. It features Machinima Wingman, an exclusive Snap mode-enabled companion experience that will be available on Xbox One from Nov 22nd. Today, they revealed the official list of titles that will be available at launch. Machinima will create 30 custom Machinima Wingman videos for each game title that will automatically populate in the Snap window after saying “Xbox, Snap Machinima.” At launch, you can find exclusive videos for: “Dead Rising 3” “Battlefield 4” “Ryse: Son of Rome” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” Some achievements include: License and Registration: Simply download the Machinima App. n00b: Watch a video on the Machinima App. Thanks for the Sub: Subscribe to a show, game or partner on the Machinima App. Addict: Launch the Machinima App 10 times within 30 days. Night Owl: Launch the Machinima App between 1 and 4 a.m. local time. You Can Be My Wingman ...

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The long awaited Flipboard app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Flipboard is like a modern day RSS reader with a great UX. You can discover and read content in a enjoying way. Description: Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine. Use the Discover button to customize your Flipboard with iconic sources like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company and many more. You can also connect your social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share what you are reading and enjoy updates from friends all in one place. When you find things you like on Flipboard, use the ...

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During the Visual Studio 2013 launch event in New York, Microsoft revealed its upcoming compiler technology that will compile .Net code directly to native code. Mary Jo Foley reported that this project is codenamed Project N. Microsoft Project Manager Orville McDonald demonstrated this technology with FreshPaint app. One version of FreshPaint app was compiled using this upcoming compiler technology while the other one was a normal current FreshPaint app. It was shown that the optimized FreshPaint loaded very quickly. “We don’t do JIT (just-in-time compile) and use optimization that we use for C++ code,” ZDNet reported the following on this upcoming project from Microsoft, I’ve gotten a few tips in recent months about “Project N,” which, according to my contacts, is designed to make applications developed in .Net/C# work better on Windows 8 and Windows RT via new compiler technology under development at the company. My tipsters have said Microsoft is planning to go ...

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NOOK for Windows 8 just got updated to v1.7 with support for Windows 8.1 and many new features. Find the full list of new features below.  Features: · New Large and Small Live Tile sizes · Import ePub and PDF files from your PC or SkyDrive to access your favorite content in one place · Type anywhere in the app to search your Library or search within the NOOK Shop to find new books, magazines, newspapers and comics. · Send feedback feature allows for enhanced customer support · Improved support for use in portrait orientation and a range of window sizes · Navigation and usability enhancements · Bug fix to address missing content: existing users should sign out and sign back in following upgrade Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Windows Store was launched along with Windows 8 almost one year ago. Windows Store allows users to download apps developed on modern UI on their Windows 8/Windows 8.1 machines. According to latest data from Microsoft, Windows Store racked up roughly 1.7 million daily downloads, both free and paid, in October(around 51.2 million applications totally). This is a 38.56% increase in numbers since June. While this numbers may look good when you look at it independently, it pales in comparison with Apple App Store and Google Play Store. According to recent Apple numbers, App Store reached almost 74 million app downloads daily. I’m not drawing any conclusions from these numbers since Windows Store is an year old entity while Apple App Store has been over there for almost 5 years. With the launch of Windows 8.1 and many touch screen devices in the market, I hope Windows Store downloads accelerates over ...

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Facebook is moving in a rapid pace updating its official app in Windows Store. Last week, they added support for controlling notifications. In the recent update, they have added a bunch of welcome improvements. The most notable ones are the support for Share Charm to share content on Facebook, IM-only snap mode support and picture messaging. There is also an option to download a photo to set as your profile photo or lockscreen photo. I wish Facebook can also take Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 under its development to release frequent updates. Download the update from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft is expecting a spike in app purchases by the public this holiday season due to increased Windows and Windows Phone devices and the availability of new Microsoft Gift Cards. Gift cards will be available from several different sources, consumers may purchase gift cards in retail stores or electronically, select retailers will include gift cards in their holiday sales promotions or Microsoft and its partners will distribute promotional gift cards with device promotions in select markets. Also Microsoft has some big expectations around the amount to be spent on Windows Store due to gift cards, As a result of consumer gift card purchases and promotional programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, we expect consumers to have over $100 million dollars (USD) available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases this holiday season. Read more from the link below. Source: Windows blog ...

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