Blue apps transferred to Windows 8 in new workaround

New versions of Windows often bring new applications or revise older things to make them (subjectively, at times) better than before. Windows Blue is no different, but with it remaining unreleased as of yet, you can't get the new goodies. At least you couldn't; FaiKee at MyDigitalLife has found a way to get Windows Blue apps on Windows 8.

You're going to need Windows 8 Pro to do this, so if you don't have that then you're out of luck. FaiKee has lifted the apps right out of Windows Blue, and you'll need to download those first. Afterwards you'll have to fire up a Chinese program and request a one-month Microsoft Developer License and import the certificate.

The result of following FaiKee's instructions? Calculator and Calendar, running on the current version of Windows 8. It might seem like a lot of work for not much reward, but this process of adding new features to older versions of Windows goes back. People worked to get Windows 7's Calculator on Windows XP and Vista, for example.

We'd like to know how FaiKee worked out the process, but if you fancy bringing some Blue features to Pro then this is the way to do it. Neowin's own Ben Buffone took a look at the leaked copy of Windows Blue so you don't have to.

Source: MyDigitalLife | Thanks to FaiKee for the tip!

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Sure I know that, I didn't say I was the first. What I intended is to provide a way(and a tool) so anybody could do it. I am quite sure you used VS with all those commands that only a developer can handle. )

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
I've tried them on Blue and most of these apps are nowhere near finished, with many bugs. Waste of time.

I think that's the general theme Microsoft are aiming for with Metro apps, not Blue in itself.

sagum said,

I think that's the general theme Microsoft are aiming for with Metro apps, not Blue in itself.

I'm quite happy with the latest updates to Microsofts apps. They're quite functional now. You have to remember all these apps are completely new and will continue to improve over time.

Some of these Blue apps are not even 50% complete though. For instance the "Movie Moments" app just has a single button that wont do anything.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Um, it's not an April Fools.

An article like this, posted on April 1st, referring to someone called "FaiKee"?

Yeah, it's an April Fools.

Don't believe any tech news you see posted on this day.

FaiKee is actually someone who has been around for a while now and has done a lot in the Windows community, mostly over at MyDigitalLife from what I've watched.

FloatingFatMan said,

An article like this, posted on April 1st, referring to someone called "FaiKee"?

Yeah, it's an April Fools.

Don't believe any tech news you see posted on this day.


Go look at the user on the forum, he posts a lot about Windows Betas.

Cool proof of concept, I guess, but just for a calculator and an alarm I think I'll just wait till Windows Blue.