Now as per a new Apps Tracking site MetroStore Scanner has reported that the store has crossed 25,000 apps mark on 3rd december,with 25,539 apps ( at the time of writing this post).Windows Store in the United States sporting close to 16,000 apps in the regional store,while China is still leading with over 17,000 apps in the store.
The site lets you track the apps with filters like,country,type and sorting Of the new and changed apps in the store.Store is surely growing at an astounding rate and we can expect the store to reach close to 50,000 apps mark within a month or so.
The device features many improved features( being a pro device) like the core i5 Processor,1080P screen and other connectivity features.But as tweeted earlier by Microsoft’s Surface General Manager Panos Panay ,answering a persons query on Twitter about the battery life comparison between the Surface RT and Surface Pro.He said that the Surface Pro’s battery would be approximately half of the Surface RT.So it puts Surface Pro with around 4 hours of battery life and drags the device back to the old Laptop era with the 4-5 hours battery life devices.
With its competitors providing double the battery life for a lesser price tag(iPad devices and the Nexus tablets) this surely puts Surface Pro under a lot of pressure and a raises lot of questions regarding the choice of battery and the processor.
Even in comparison with its own platform puts the Surface Pro at a sales risk.Since there are already a lot of Windows 8 tablets floating around witha better battery life with the likes of Acer w510 (running Intel Atom processors)with 9 hours of battery life( doubles up to 18 hours with the keyboard) and its bigger brother W700 with the core i3 Processor giving upto 9 hours of battery life and this is the trend for the other Windows 8 devices as well.
Windows. Blue has been the talk of the town even before the launch of Windows 8, with few reports caliming that this would be the next update to Windows 8 slated for release next year.
Recent findings from TheVerge suggests that Windows Blue would introduce a new standardize approach with more regular updates for Windows and Windows Phone ecosystem.The Update is said to be having some UI changes In the platform and also the pricing of this update will be lower(or possibly even free of cost) in order to ensure that everyone install this update on their Systems.
Soon After this update release Microsoft will update the Wndows SDK Supporting the new release and will stop accepting apps Specifically built for Windows 8 and pushing the developers to move to the blue platform for apps development.However the Windows 8 apps will run on this update despite of the changes in the SDK.For upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows Blue users will need to have a genuine Windows license or the pirated Version if detected while upgrading will not allow the built in apps and Windows Store to function after the upgrade.
This is still an unconfirmed report,as none of the representatives from the company were ready to talk about this update.
Windows 8 was launched at a mega event last month(26th October) along with the Surface RT and other Windows 8 hardware.Within 4 days of the launch 4 Million Windows 8 Upgrades were sold to public,giving an indication of a good start.
Now Microsoft has officially announced on their Windows blogthat just after a month of the public release Microsoft has sold as many as 40 Million Windows 8 licenses worldwide.
Windows business head Tami Reller shared this news at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.Not just that,but according to Microsoft Windows 8 is outpacing the sales of Windows 7 in comparison with it’s launch,though they didn’t specifically mention the numbers,but i guess this 40 million do speak for itself.
Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet as we all know is the cheapest Windows 8 tablet running the full version of WIndows 8(thanks to the Intel Atom processor).
The cheapest Windows 8 deal Just got a lot cheaper! As reported earlier by WPCentral, the Windows 8 tablet is available for a discounted price of $399 at the Online Microsoft Store,which is $100 less than it’s actual price.
The tablet sports a 10.1″ Display with 5 points of multitouch,to go with a 2 GB of RAM and a 32 GB Solid State Drive.It also sports a Pair of cameras with 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front facing camera and other connectility features like WiFi,Bluetooth and Micro SD slot as well.The device packs up battery life of 9 hours which can be extended to upto 18 hours courtesy the Keyboard Dock(optional add on) which costs around $250 more.
This is definitely a killer deal considering that the tablet does run Windows 8 and not the Windows RT version,so you can run all your existing Windows apps on the device along with the Windows Store apps.
We have already seen a few stories of Surface RTs durability with Steve Sinofsky taking it to spin to the recent Car run over accident.Surface came out strong in both cases with a few scratches on body but still working.
So taking inspiration from these events,CNets Jeff Cannata decided to test the surface tablet to extreme torture test.
First he put the Surface tablet in a freezer for 2 and a half hours and checked out if it was working or not.Surface survived the freezer and worked smoothly.After that Jeff upped the ante and put the Surface tablet in an Oven to bake an egg! after almost an hour into 250 degrees of heat,the surface still worked well,though this time there was screen discoloration,but the tablet was still functioning.
Next up he spilled a glass of Wine on the tablet,this time around th etablet did take a beating,with the touch response gone.
In the bonus torture tests,Jeff took the surface for a spin,only this time around the casing got crached in the middle,though surprisingly the display glass was pretty solid,until he dropped it from above his head on the corner,which eventually broke the display.
The surface did survive the first two heat and cold tests and the skateboard test Jeff really took it for a crazy spin and even after that the glass was pretty much ok!So we would have to give it to surface for its exceptional build quality and we would like to advise the users not to try this at home,school or anywhere else! unless of course you want to end up loosing your money!
Windows 8 was launched almost a month ago and with it the Windows Store had a kickstart with almost 8,000 apps at launch.
Now within less than a month later the store has reached 20,000 apps milestone,as reported earlier by WinappUpdate (on Twitter)which is monitoring the Windows Store stats for a while now.
According to their updates the Store now has 20,610 apps in total with 17,958 apps being free,which takes the tally upto 87% free apps in Windows Store.China is still leading in regional availability with number of apps close to 14,000 apps,United States follows with 12,675 apps in their region.
So almost in a month or so the store has managed to add around 12 to 13000 more apps in the store.This is definitely a good sign for the ecosystem and more importantly of those apps there are big titles like Angry Birds Star Wars and others releasing simultaneously on multiple platforms so with quantity there are quality apps being added in the store.
Oprah Winfrey is well known for her show all over the world.Recently she prised the new Surface Tablet saying that it is One of her Favorite Things of 2012.
Quite recently She expressed the Surface love over her twitter profile,tweeting “Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts.” but incidently the tweet wasn’t sent from her one of the favorite things this year,but it was sent from iPad’s Twitter app.
Zagg.com spotted this from the iPhone’s TweetBot app,which was able to Pull the source of the tweet.It might also be the case because there isn’t an official app for Twitter available over the Windows Store(not counting the third party apps) so you have to give Her the benefit of doubt.
Microsoft recently detailed the Play To feature for Windows 8,which allows streaming of Music,Video and Photos from Windows 8 apps to Xbox and Many other supported devices on home network.
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Talking about the feature on their developer blog,they explained how the developers can take advantage of this feature in their Windows 8 apps.Though there are obvious restrictions for some of the copy protected media which can’t be played using this contract but the unprotected media would work perfectly fine.
This feature is not just restricted to Windows 8 apps but the websites running in Internet Explorer 10 can also take advantage of Play To Contract,this feature is automatically enabled for Music,Video and Photos In IE10.The browser tries to identify the best media item to use as the Play To source, favouring the elements that are currently playing, selected, in-focus, and actively in view.IE 10 Would automatically ignore small videos/music with length smaller than 5 seconds and images with resolution lower than 300×300 pixels,these type of media will not be auto enabled.If Play To would stand out as a winner against its counterpart Airplay? Well only time will tell.
After the release of Angry Birds Space on the Windows 8 platform hours after the public release of Windows 8.Rovio is wasting no time to release their next Angry Birds game to the platform.
So along with the release of Angry Birds Star Wars on iOS and Android platform the game has been released simultaneously on Windows Store as well.
Here’s the Game Description,
JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers!
Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help!
Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll face off against the terrifying Darth Vader! Can you become a Jedi master and restore freedom to the galaxy?
Time to grab your lightsaber and join the adventure! May the birds be with you!
HOURS AND HOURS OF ENGAGING GAMEPLAY – Explore more than 80 levels in iconic locations like Tatooine and Death Star. Can you dodge Imperial pigs, laser turrets, sand people, and the dark side the force to get all three stars?
NEW GAMEPLAY MECHANICS – Use lightsabers, Blasters and Jedi powers to wreak havoc on the Imperial Pigs!
LEVEL UP YOUR BIRDS – Keep playing and level up your birds to improve their skills!
SECRETS AND HIDDEN GOODIES – Can you unlock all the R2D2 and C3PO bonus levels?
FREE UPDATES – This is only the beginning of the epic saga!
So if you are a fan of Star Wars and Angry Birds,this one is definitely recommended for you!The game is available over the Windows Store for $4.99,which is a bit higher price when compared to the iOS release which costs around $2.99,but you do get the Xbox Live Advantage.