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Microsoft will launch yet another redesign of the Windows Store when Windows 8.1 Update is released next week and that new storefront was demoed live at BUILD 2014.
Microsoft has updated the beta of its Windows Phone App Studio, which not only has a new name (Windows App Studio) but now allows users to make a Windows Phone and Windows 8 app at once.
The VideoLAN team has released some more screenshots of the upcoming VLC Windows 8 app, including how it looks while in Snap mode. The team plans to submit the app for publication again this week.
Viber has finally released an app for Windows 8.1, offering users a way to conduct VoIP audio and text calls and including support for Live tiles and lock screen notifications.
We chat with Neowin community member Daan Lenaerts who has recently created an unofficial Neowin app for Windows 8 that's now available to download in the Windows Store.
The official eBay app for Windows 8 has received a major update, which finally allows its users to create, edit, and finish listings of items to sell from within the app.
Microsoft Research has released a new app for Windows 8 and RT that offers users direct access to a number of video lectures featuring a number of well known researchers, academics, and scientists.
Microsoft has just launched its newest in-house app, this time bringing the Bing Translator software to Windows 8 and RT devices with text, camera and text-to-speech features.
Microsoft has updated its in-house developed Modern Windows Phone app for Windows 8, which should make it easier to transfer different types of files from a Windows 8 PC to a Windows Phone.
Microsoft and Major League Soccer have launched a revamped version of the MLS Windows 8 app, MLS MatchDay, as part of a multi-year agreement between Microsoft and the soccer league.
Vectorform has announced that it has added a Twitter tool to its Windows 8 Toolbox productivity application. Users can download the Twitter tool via an in-app purchase of $4.99.
The ESPN Windows 8 app has received a major software update that includes a number of new features and bug fixes, and promises more new updates are in the works.
Boingo, which offers thousands of WiFi hotspots all over the world that can be accessed for a fee, has launched its own app for Windows 8 that helps users to find them.
There's evidence that Microsoft might be working on a Modern Windows 8/Blue app that will serve as a true file manager, which is something that's been highly requested by Windows 8 users.
Microsoft has launched a new update for the Windows 8 version of its OneNote app, adding in features such as support for notebooks on Office 365 and better pen customization.
The official Twitter app for Windows 8 received its first update today, but it was only for some unnamed minor bug fixes. Microsoft also issued a small update for its Fresh Paint Windows 8 app.
The well known photo editing software company Aviary has announced it has launched an SDK for Windows 8 software developers to access, along with its own free Windows 8 photo editor.
Staples has launched its official app for Windows 8 and RT, allowing customers of the office retail store access to the company's products along with other features.
ComiXology is dealing with heavy traffic that's causing its servers to crash after Marvel Comics announced today it was giving out over 700 free digital comics issues via the ComiXology service.
Yahoo has released a major new update of its Yahoo Mail app for Windows 8, adding in a number of new features such as folder management support, a way to search inside the app and more.
Microsoft has pushed out a new update for its Lync Windows 8 application, which adds some new buttons for faster access to Back, Search, Mute, and End Call along with other changes.
The WinZip app for Windows 8 that was first released in November for $7.99 is now available to download for free from the Windows Store, along with new updates for the app.
Over 100 days have passed since the launch of Windows 8 and it seems clear that lots of its users want a return of the Start menu as well as a dedicated Facebook app.
Eccentric musician Björk is leading the charge to use the Kickstarter site to raise funds for porting her Biophilia educational app to Windows 8 as well as Android.
Barnes and Noble has released a new version of its Nook eReader and eBook store app for Windows 8 today that adds support for signing in using a Microsoft account.
A newly released app for Windows 8, priced at a whopping $299.99, is called MBE Review and is designed to prepare users to pass the Multistate Bar Examination and become lawyers.
A newly released video player app for Windows 8 has the name "VLC Media Player 8" but that app was not made by the VideoLAN team and will soon be removed from the Windows Store.
Musician and actor LL Cool J is helping to develop an upcoming music app exclusively for Windows 8 called Liquid MyConnect Studio that's designed to allow for long distance music collaboration.
We have a brief chat with David Haddad, who has created a new Windows 8 app with a number of features and with a user interface that's designed to look like Star Trek's LCARS UI.
Plex has updated its popular paid app for Windows 8 this week with a number of new features and improvements, including an experimental code for remuxing most h264 video files.
Lazyworm Applications has temporarily cut the price of their popular Tweetro+ app for Windows 8 to just $4.99, which will last for the rest of the holiday season.
With just seven days to go, the Kickstarter campaign to bring the VLC program to Windows 8 has raised about 90 percent of its goal. The team has also offered up some technical info on the app.
The ComiXology app for Windows 8 has received a new and major update this week, with a full redesign of its interface as well as a new in-app storefront to buy digital comics.
Microsoft has released a minor update for the Windows 8 app version of Skype, which does improve the ability to use the VoIP app in "snap view" mode, for video chat and messaging.
The official Audible audio book store app for Windows 8 has launched and it includes an exclusive offer to get a free copy of the audiobook for the bestseller Life of Pi.
The Expedia online travel service has finally launched its official Windows 8 app this week in the Windows Store, which has also seen new app updates for Google Search and Netflix
A newly released third party Facebook app for Windows 8 app may get into trouble as the app itself is called just "Facebook", even though the developer says they have no official link with Facebook.
In our humble opinion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should personally code the Facebook app for Windows 8 to show that the company is serious about supporting other platforms.
An apparent glitch in the Windows Store has now caused a simple Windows 8 app that would normally be free to be priced currently at the whopping amount of $999.99.
Microsoft has offered up more information on how the company developed the Fresh Paint art creation app for Windows 8, which started as a Microsoft Research project.
The popular video streaming service Vimeo has now made its debut on Windows 8, releasing an app that lets folks check out the many videos on their service and upload their own clips to Vimeo.
Microsoft has now released the official BUILD 2012 Windows 8 app in the Windows Store, allowing anyone a way to quickly access information and video from the developers conference.
Hulu has announced that a Windows 8 version of its Hulu Plus streaming movie and TV show app is now available to download, and will also be available pre-loaded on some Acer and Sony Windows 8 PCs.
As promised, Netflix has now launched its official Windows 8 app in the Windows Store, two weeks before Microsoft is due to launch its next operating system on October 26th.
In this first installment of our new daily (Monday-Friday) feature spotlighting weird but fun Windows 8 apps, we check out the Iron Maiden Fan app from JamPot Technologies.
As promised, Microsoft has started updating its in-house Windows 8 apps with a new SkyDrive app. Also, the cable TV channel Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has released its official Windows 8 app.
Barnes and Noble will launch its promised Nook eReader app for Windows 8 sometime in the next couple of weeks, ahead of the launch of the Windows 8 OS on October 26th.
Microsoft has announced it is developing a Lync app made especially for Windows 8 and Windows RT that will be available to download in late October, around the time of Windows 8's launch date.
An official Windows 8 app for the United Colors of Benetton clothing line has been released, adding to the number of apps made for major corporations for the next Windows OS.