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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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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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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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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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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eBay has released their updated app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new update fixes some annoying bugsand improves app performance. New features such as eBay messages, my eBay purchase history, etc,. are included in this update. We have been listening to excellent suggestions about usability, and have made many changes to enhance the experience as a result. This update includes several changes improving the ease of use, as well as design of the app. We will be adding more live tiles and seller functionality for creating listings in the near future, and continuing to add features based on the feedback we receive. Please provide feedback or bug reports via the app’s Settings -> Rate and Review. - New features: my eBay messages, my eBay purchase history, ask seller a question, view seller’s other items, save a seller - Pin to start and live tile features: pin my ...

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WinZip was released in Windows Store 3 months back at a steep price of $7.99. If you were planning to buy this app at some point, download it now. Because, WinZip can be downloaded from Windows Store for free. App Features: Open and save .zip and .zipx files Secure confidential files from prying eyes, whether they are sent by email, shared online or stored on your system, with WinZip’s military-grade encryption Easily send large files by email by zipping your attachments first or by using the integrated ZipSend file delivery service Securely share any type of file and rich content on Facebook using seamless integration with ZipShare Use the Windows 8 ‘Share’ charm to deliver zipped files to your contacts through email, social media or other apps Experience super easy-to-use Windows 8-style interface with touch-friendly features Securely send files to mobile devices with WinZip’s password protection Compress large files, entire folders or archives for ...

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Three months back Barnes & Noble released its Nook Reading app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. All x86, x64, ARM based devices were supported for this app. Nook app got updated today to v 1.2 which adds the ability to sign in using your Microsoft account. Since hundreds of millions of people are already having Microsoft Account, this new Nook app integration will dramatically simplify users reading and shopping experience. Download it for free from Windows Store here. ...

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Microsoft has released a new app called My Server for Windows 8/RT devices which allows you to manage Windows Server 2012. Description: My Server for Windows 8 is an application designed to help you keep seamlessly connected to your server resources through devices running Windows 8. With My Server, you can manage users, devices, alerts, and access shared files in Windows Server 2012 Essentials. In addition, files that you have recently accessed with My Server files continue to be available to you even when offline. Features: •Browse, edit and search files stored on your server •Manage users, devices, and alerts •Share local resources to server or save server resources locally •Access files that you opened recently even without an Internet connection. The changes made offline will be automatically synchronized to the server when online •Playback of media files stored on server Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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iStoryBooks app is now available in Windows Store for free. Description: FREE STORY BOOKS WITH FUN PICTURES, TEXT & AUDIO FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES. Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation! Free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them. When we publish new books they will appear automatically in the App. All books we publish are picture books with audio. We welcome your valuable comments and suggests. Please post your comments and suggestions, play games, puzzles and download coloring pages at facebook.com/iStoryBooks. Type of books include childrens books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, toddler books, preschool books, nursery school books, kindergarten books, fairy tales and picture books with accompanying audio of the text in each page. ...

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VMware has released their View Client app preview for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: This is a preview of the VMware View Client for Windows Store. This application allows you to connect to a VMware View virtual desktop from your Windows RT device. VMware View Client for Windows Store makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Windows RT system over RDP. Connect on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN). Features: •On-the-go access – Work on your Windows-based VMware View virtual desktop right from your Windows RT tablet, laptop or computer. •Best of both worlds – Feel right at home with support for gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop. Need to do something more complex? Call up the touch pointer for better mouse tap •Secure from any location – At your desk or away from the ...

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DuckDuckGo search app is now available in Windows Store for free. This app allows you to do web searches, Water Cooler stories, etc,. Description: We believe in better search and real privacy at the same time. That’s why: • We don’t track you. • We have tons of goodies. • We drop the clutter. • We don’t filter bubble you. Goodies are special queries give you instant answers. They’re great on the go since you have to visit less sites or apps to get what you want. In fact, in this app, you get everything you can get from our Web site plus: • Auto-suggestion of topics when searching • Auto-suggestion of phone apps when searching • Access to your recent searches • Water Cooler stories Water Cooler is a stream of interesting stories you won’t find in the news apps. All of the stories come from special feeds like ...

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CNN has released their official news app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: CNN connects you to the world, wherever you are. Stay informed with the latest headlines and original stories from around the globe. Follow up-to-the-minute reporting with breaking news and video. Lead the conversation by sharing today’s news and dig deeper into the stories that matter most to you. • Get breaking news and follow stories as they develop.• Go beyond the surface with international, politics, opinion, tech and entertainment stories and more. • Contribute your story or opinion to CNN iReport by uploading photos and video directly from your app. Follow other iReporters and see stories from their point of view.• Read the top headlines on the go with the CNN Live Tile.• Choose the font size that most appeals to you.Have questions or feedback on the CNN App? E-mail us at WindowsTablet@cnn.com. We are ...

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Microsoft Dynamics team has released their Business Analyzer app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Description: Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer displays business intelligence information for your Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution. Features: Connect to SQL Reporting Services to display Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 FP1 reports. Interact with reports using a variety of report actions, such as copy, edit, view and refresh. Open Microsoft Lync Windows 8 edition from a report to initiate a conversation with someone about the report. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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