With the Windows 8.1 preview, a new start button has been added to the desktop that launches the Start screen. Users can customize their Start screen by adding personal photos to the background or by choosing from a wider selection of color combinations in place of a photo. The Start screen can be configured to display a newly developed Apps screen that launches when the start button is clicked. From the Apps screen, apps can be sorted by app name, apps most often used, or newest apps. An additional search feature includes the ability to play songs directly from the search results via the Xbox Music service. Depending on the search topic, users may get a results screen that includes a variety of interactive content, from related links, to images, and other similar information, like this search for ‘Marilyn Monroe’: The Windows App Store has been redesigned as well, and the five-device limit for installed apps has been removed. The new app store focuses on discovery … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview Includes New Start Button, Enhanced Search, Redesigned App Store & More
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Tweetro, a popular free Twitter client for Windows 8, is shutting down its free version and will work on a paid version — the latest episode of Twitter’s recent API changes impacting its developer community. Tweetro recently ran up against Twitter’s 100,000 user token limit and temporarily pulled its app from the Windows Store pending further clarification from Twitter. As WindowsObserver.com reports today, Twitter’s clarification came with bad news from Lazyworm, the makers of Tweetro: “Thank you for reaching out to get clarification on our developer policies. As you know, we discourage developers from building apps that replicate our core user experience (aka “Twitter clients”). We know that there are developers that want to take their passion for Twitter and its ecosystem to unique underserved situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user tokens — which went into effect September 5th, … [Read more...] about Twitters API Rules Force Windows 8 Client Tweetro To Shutter Free App & Go Paid
I’ve spent the weekend playing with a new Windows 8 computer as well as a Microsoft Surface tablet. My first impressions so far? Isn’t it a pity that Microsoft ruined Windows with all this touch stuff. I’m going to keep playing with both and trying not to have a knee-jerk reaction. But Microsoft’s big picture with Windows seems to be that touch-capable devices are part of our future, so we’d better touchify everything. The problem is, what works on a desktop computer doesn’t necessarily work on a tablet — or on a non-touchscreen computer. With Windows 8, trying to open the important “charms” sidebar panel is consistently a challenge. I have to get my mouse in the right spot and hope that it opens up. At first, I thought this was a problem unique to running Windows 8 virtually on my Mac. But I found it’s the same issue if I try to use my mouse to open the panel using a shiny new Acer touchscreen built for Windows 8. In … [Read more...] about Windows 8: A Touch Too Far?
One of the most interesting things out of Microsoft’s demo of Windows 8 yesterday that future tablets could easily be turned into fully functional Windows computers, since the OS is the same. But how about Windows 8 phones? Could you do that too? Would you interpret a smile from Windows president Steven Sinofsky to be a yes? Sinofsky, along with corporate vice president Julie Larson-Green, opened the Windows 8 kimono at the D9 Conference yesterday. You’ll find plenty of coverage over at Techmeme about the news. Perhaps most interesting was the idea that Windows 8 would work on tablets and laptops alike. The Tabtop Operating System Even tabtops run Windows 8! What are those? I made the name up, but the hardware is real and was shown, laptops with touchscreens. Want to use touch to control something? Reach out and interact through your laptop screen. Or use your keyboard and mouse. Both work. As the Microsoft press release puts it: A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of … [Read more...] about Could You Turn A Windows 8 Smartphone Into A Windows 8 Computer?
Today, Microsoft unveiled a new ad unit for branded search called Hero Ads. The new units are appearing on select exact match brand queries in Smart Search on Windows 8.1. Consider these ads as the front window or as David Ku, Microsoft VP of engineering referred to them, “a brand’s effective home page on the search results”. The ad units occupy the entire initial frame of results on Smart Search and offer rich visuals and navigational sitelinks. In the Range Rover example below, there are links to allow users to take a specific action such as Request A Quote, Schedule a Test Drive or navigate to informational content including Features, Performance and Design. David Pann explained at the Bing Ads Next event in Redmond, WA today that Microsoft is piloting Hero Ads with about 20 advertisers, including The Home Depot, Walt Disney World, RadioShack. He explained, Hero Ads provide “a new richer experience that allow advertisers to offer a more compelling result for … [Read more...] about Microsoft Pilots Giant Brand “Hero Ads” In Bing Smart Search For Windows 8.1