Category: Windows 8

Windows 8 News, updates, tip & tricks…

December 22, 2014 /

The new version of the windows phone store that came out with windows phone 8.1 has some really useful features. I just love the auto-update feature. However its been several times I felt if there could be a way to bookmark(Add to wishlist) some app to download later.This feature is not really there in the store but there is a workaround for this. For this you would need to install an App from the store – Windows Reading List. Either use the link or the below QR code OR STEPS: Install Windows Reading List app. Go to the store and…

February 1, 2014 /

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There are a number of music streaming applications available around the internet. Some of them are really good like “Pandora”, but then comes the issue that these services are restricted to certain regions. And most of these good services are not available in India. The best one I found for India is the “Nokia Music” and the best thing is that it comes free(unlimited music) with Lumia windows phones. Depending on the phone you buy, you will be getting it free for different range of time periods. I got it for 6 months and loved it. But what to do once the subscription is over? If you are really into discovering new music and prefer online streaming and listening to songs just like me. I store the songs that I like too much onto my phone.

You might be the person who don’t like paying for music and stream online or download (pirated) songs. I was asked this question so many times if there is any way to subscribe to Nokia music for free or any other option or is there anything better. So I decided to find some apps that would be good and support Indian audience, and here I list some of those I found:

Nokia Mix Radio

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This is one of the best music streaming applications, I can say that this is arguably the best offering for India. The quality of the streamed songs is pretty good. It also has some great features like search for songs, download songs, create mix, play music stored on the phone, etc. It has abundance of Bollywood & Hollywood songs and you can also download those to play when you are offline. This is one of the best features that people like about it.

You can create Artist mix which creates a playlist for you based on the artists you like. You can add up to three artists in one mix and then it will create a playlist based on the selected Artists and including other similar artists in it. This is a great way to discover new songs. Also it has some auto generated playlists for different genre, region, languages. Other than all these you can also play music stored on you phone.

September 21, 2013 /

When you buy a windows phone 8 in some countries like India, you might not get some of the great features of Microsoft’s Xbox service like Music or Podcast. As some of the services are not provided in all the countries. It was when I saw one of my friend’s phone had only three option in his Windows Phone store app but mine had two extra options i.e. Music and Podcast. I just wondered why is it happening. Did some research and found that its due to different region settings in the Xbox live account. I always hear to podcast…

June 22, 2012 /

The traditional start menu in Windows 8 has been replaced by Metro-UI and the start button has also been removed from taskbar. But, you can get the Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 style start menu easily by using a utility. You can also get the Windows 8 logo on the start button orb easily.

Although, there are many third party software available to bring the start menu back but, they don’t insert the start button on the right place and you have to use some difficult tricks to get the button positioned on right place. But, this utility, ClassicShell brings the start menu back and you can also customize the look of menu as well as start button orb.

ClassicShell has the following features:
  • Get any of XP, Vista or Windows 7 Style Start Menu.
  • There are many more start menus available.
  • You can also customize the start button with different styles.
  • Windows 8 logo can also be used as start button.
  • Special cut, copy and paste option can be enabled in Windows Explorer as well as Internet Explorer.
  • The Metro-UI is still accessible with special keystroke e.g. ‘Shift + left click’ on button etc.
  • The Metro-UI thumbnail is disabled after installing the start menu.
  • Many more options like search option in start menu can be used by right clicking the start button and selecting ‘Settings’.

How to get Special Windows 8 logo as Start Menu button

ClassicShell have three different start menu buttons but, the Windows 8 logo is not available to set as the start button. You can always set custom icons as start button and in the same way we will set the Windows 8 logo as start button.

June 20, 2012 /

Here’s Microsoft with its own tablet computer to compete with Apple Ipad. If Microsoft really want to compete the Ipad, it needs to bring out something unique and that what is seen in the tablet.

Although we don’t have much information about the specs of Microsoft surface. Let’s first compare there specs which we know:

May 14, 2012 /

Many Windows 8 Customer Preview users are eagerly waiting for the release Preview which is going to be released in June. Here we list two features of WRP leaked. In a pre-Release Preview build of Windows 8, Canouna on Winunleaked posted up that the build of IE10 is up to 10.0.837X.0 (up from 8250.0 in the Consumer preview) and has a current score of 319 points on the Html5test.com. For comparison, IE9 gets a score of 138 and IE10 from the Consumer Preview received a score of 316. While not a major improvement from the Consumer Preview build, it is…

April 20, 2012 /

Microsoft has some major changes in store for Windows Phone 8, which is codenamed “Apolo”. However this is not the next windows phone update which is Tango. Apolo Comes after Tango. Some of the changes that would be found in Windows Phone 8 as detailed by Microsoft are: Hardware Changes According to Belfiore, the overarching theme with regards to the Windows Phone 8 hardware ecosystem will be scale and choice. Apolo will add support for multicore processors. New Screen Resolutions(a total of 4, exact resolution not specified) Support for removable microSD card storage. NFC radios will also be supported. In…

April 17, 2012 /

Windows for long time has been having several versions to choose from and this makes it difficult for the users to chose. This time when Microsoft releases Windows 8, Microsoft would be releasing only 3 versions to choose from. This time Microsoft has also released a version that would be working on ARM architecture which is known as Windows RT. Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media…

March 9, 2012 /

Windows 8 news website Winunleaked.tk that is steadily becoming the source for many recent leaks of screenshots and inside-news relating to the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, has discovered a trick on Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows 8 Beta build that enables users to turn on transparency effect on the ‘Aero Lite’ theme. The ‘Aero Lite’ theme, which was revealed through an earlier leak last year and later seen in the Developer Preview and Beta builds of the operating system, is inspired by the Metro interface and features flat buttons and single color window border with no hint of…

February 19, 2012 /

Here’s a freeware utility for Windows 8 Developer preview that allows you to change the background of Windows 8 metro start screen within a few clicks. Also Check Keep Both Old Start Menu and Metro at the Same Time [Windows 8] You don’t need to have knowledge of Windows system files to use this tool. Just download and run ‘Windows 8 Start Tweaker’ on your Windows 8 dev build and change the background of start screen to whatever you want. You can choose any image file to replace the default metro start screen background. The tool is created by a…