MyDigitalLife forum member FaiKee has posted a great thread full of lots of Windows 8.1 information.  He detailed some information regarding how the integrated Skydrive will work in Windows 8.1, changes to uninstalling apps, and changes to the Windows Store. SkyDrive does not automatically sync all your SkyDrive files to the PC. Instead it downloads placeholder files for all of your files on SkyDrive. Placeholder files are shown in the app and in the SkyDrive folder in File Explorer. These small files look like the full file, and have thumbnails and metadata, but they take a tiny fraction of the disk space of the full file. When you open a placeholder, the SkyDrive engine downloads the full file in the background. When you open a file this way, SkyDrive also marks the file as Available offline, so that the files you use will be kept in sync on this PC. ...

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Microsoft has updated their Xbox Music app for Windows Store with the ability to give free listening a try without having to sign-in ,access search from within the app, bug fixes and other UI enhancements. Today’s update to the Music app brings an in-app search button at the top right that allows you to search directly within the app for music on your PC, or in the Xbox Music catalog. The Music app will also now let you try Xbox Music’s free ad-supported streaming service by allowing you to listen to up to 15 songs without having to sign in. Remember, after you sign in to the Music app on your Windows PC or tablet, you can stream millions of songs for free* (with ads) with Xbox Music. You can search for any artist, song, or full album and instantly play whatever you want. And with Radio, previously known as SmartDJ, you can ...

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A number of popular apps including VEVO, a popular music application, and Edjing, a social DJing app, have made their way into the Window 8/RT App Store. VEVO, a popular personalized music video and music entertainment platform. The app provides users with access to 75,000 HD music videos as well as original programming and live concerts from popular artists all over the world. Using the Search charm, you can search for your favorite artists or discover new music with the various filtering options. And with Snap, you can watch your favorite music videos while browsing the web or playing your favorite games. Another music themed app edjing, a social DJ’ing app where you can mix music and create songs. With the edjing app you get a wide variety of DJ’ing effects. You can bring in music from your personal music library and mix songs with those effects and then share them on ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft is planning to update the Windows Store with completely new design. The new Windows Store has a new simple layout that lets you to browse through all the apps in the store. When you open the store, you will be greeted by a huge staff pick app on the left and ‘Picks for you’ section on the right of it. From there, you will be able to dig into the Store based on categories, search, etc,. Also you can see the new Windows Store in action from one of the leaked Windows 8.1 builds in the video above. Another major change you will notice is the new individual app page which you can see below. It also now features related app section and more. via:  Bavo ...

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Amazon Kindle app for Windows 8/RT devices just got a major update with new features. It has got a new redesigned in-book navigation, home screen and more. Check out the list of new features below. New Features: New! Search inside the book New! Redesigned home screen New! Sample recommended books New! Redesigned in-book navigation New! Easier bookmarking New! Redesigned Notes and Bookmarks with filtering New! Live Tile displays the book you’re reading Updated! View options menu Updated! Library and search views Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft is planning to update its core apps for Windows 8/RT devices along with the release of Windows 8.1. Weather app is also getting such update with support for larger live tile sizes, introductory video and more. Watch them it action in the video above. Local Weather – Quickly access 10-day and hourly forecasts, forecasts from multiple trusted providers, and historical weather averages. Day Drill Down – View each day’s forecast in detail with the day drill down feature, including day and night forecast and historical information. Places – Conveniently track current weather in the locations you care about most. World Weather – Browse current weather conditions for cities all over the world. Maps – Go deep in detail with radar, temperature, precipitation, cloud and satellite maps. See the weather in ski resorts around the world with snow forecasts, ski trail maps, ski deals & news, web cams and 360 ...

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WinZip for Windows 8 app in Windows Store just got updated with many new features. WinZip allows you to save and share files from your Windows 8/RT devices with direct integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The app comes with 15 day free trail after which you will need to subscribe to it for $7.99 per annum. Change log: - Add files and folders from Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive drives to a zip or zipx file - Open .zip, 7z, RAR and .zipx files saved on Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Save .zip and .zipx files directly to Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive - Remove files from a .zip or .zipx folder - Manage all your zip file sharing accounts: ZipShare, ZipSend, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Google Drive from a single convenient location - Direct email access to helpdesk - ...

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Skype team today released an update for Skype app for Windows 8 which brings in enhanced HD videos call support and improved video messaging experience. New Features: Enhanced HD Video Support We’ve added support for HD video in select scenarios. Depending on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices, callers may be able to send 720p video and receive 1080p video, thereby improving the overall quality and performance of the video call. Video Messaging continues in Preview We continue to improve video messaging and encourage you to try it. Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they’re off or online. With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced a partnership with MLS to bring improved apps and fan experiences exclusively for Windows 8. You can read more about the app here and about the partnership from the press release below. NEW YORK — May 20, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. and Major League Soccer (MLS) today announced a multiyear agreement to work together to bring MLS fans the best and fastest soccer content through the power of Windows 8. The announcement took place yesterday at the LA Galaxy versus New York Red Bulls game at Red Bull Arena, where the two companies showcased a new and improved MLS app and previewed the new in-stadium fan experiences powered by Windows 8. As part of MLS’ initiative to be known as “the smartest league,” the improved app for Windows 8 will feature exclusive content and this season’s schedule, standings, highlights, play-by-play, roster lineups, game stats, goals, cards and ...

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The official Major League Soccer app is now available for Windows RT/8 devices allowing fans to follow the entire 2013 season from their devices. Microsoft also announced a multi-year partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS). Together, MLS and Windows are bringing the game to you with unique in-stadium and online experiences for soccer fans. This app features exclusive content and this season’s schedule, standings, highlights, play-by-play, roster lineups, game stats, goals, cards and substitutions, etc,. Features Read news stories from around the league Watch highlights from MLS Check scores and standings Follow each and every game with stats and highlights Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Adobe has released its Photoshop Express app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The app is free for download and allows basic photo editing and you can purchase some filters through in-app purchase as well. Description Photo magic at your fingertips. On-the-go photo editing was never so fun, fast, and cool. Touch your way to better-looking pictures with automatic fixes and filters. Get your pictures to pop! And after sharing, you’ll be the talk of your friends. Features •Basics: Crop, straighten, rotate, and flip 
your photos. Remove red eye. •Auto-Fix: One-touch adjustment for brightness, exposure and shadows. •Color: Slider controls for exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance and more. •One-touch filters: Choose from more than 15 eye-catching effects! •Upload your photos to Adobe Revel to sync them across your devices. •Get creative by adding the Looks Pack* and Noise Reduction Pack* •*available as in-app purchases. The Adobe Looks Pack gives your ...

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Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar. It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June. via: Neowin via: WinBeta ...

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Game Description: Imangi and Disney/Pixar’s hit game Temple Run:Brave is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE IS AN OFFICIAL APP FROM IMANGI AND DISNEY/PIXAR WITH AN ALL NEW LOOK AND NEW ARCHERY FEATURE! From Imangi, the makers of Temple Run, and Disney comes a new take on the most exhilarating app in the App Store. Join Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave as you run, slide, jump, turn and shoot your way across the wilds of Scotland on an endless running adventure! New features just for Temple Run: Brave – • Introducing ARCHERY – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins • New, amazing visuals. It looks better than ever! • All new environments inspired by Disney/Pixar Brave and the wilds of Scotland • Play as Merida and King Fergus from Disney/Pixar Brave • Outrun Mordu, the demon bear, to ...

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It seems that Windows 8.1 will come with the ability to automatically update apps in Windows Store in the background. In the current Windows 8, user has to go to Windows Store and update the apps, but enabling auto-updates will further simplify the user experience. Google Android OS already has this similar feature where user can give permission for an app to automatically update when it is available. Recently, the Movie Moments app in Windows 8.1 build got updated automatically without user’s consent. Here is the observation from winbeta, After further investigation, in the Windows Update “installation history,” it shows “Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Microsoft.MovieMoments.” Not only was that the only app that was updated, but apps by the names of “PlayReady Client”, “VCLibs Preview Internal” and “WinJS 2.0 Preview Internal” are also updated, and have version numbers ranging from 6.3.9345 to 6.3.9391. Source: Winbeta via: ...

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Following the release of Star Trek app for Windows Phone 8 devices, Paramount Digital has released the same app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Be the first to experience Star Trek Into Darkness! Join Starfleet for your chance to rise in the ranks from New Recruit to Captain and beyond!! Stay up-to-date on the latest Star Trek Into Darkness news, along with exclusive articles found only in the app. You will have first access to insider looks, and can complete a variety of missions including trivia and polls. By doing so, you’ll rise in the ranks of Starfleet! Features: Trivia: Complete quizzes to see how much you really know about Star Trek. Polls: Let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts and opinions. Web Missions: Read articles, watch videos, and discover interesting pieces of information on the next film. Latest Star Trek News Purchase Tickets to ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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