Microsoft removed the ability to browse or purchase new apps for Windows Phone in the Zune Desktop app causing a stir amongst users. While Windows Phone users can still get podcasts, videos and music, the only apps available are for Zune HD users (who have no other method to get apps). Instead, users are instructed to use the Web Marketplace or the store on their phone, which is how most users are doing it anyway.
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A company called SyncFusion has created a product called Metro Studio 1 which looks to be invaluable to developers and designers alike. The companytraditionally develops .NET components for ASP.NET, WPF, WinForms, Silverlight, WP7 and others.
Metro Studio 1 comes with 600 unique metro icons that can then be customized through the interface. You can change the size, padding, background shape, and colors of any icon. Plus, the XAML source is provided for the icons, or you can save the PNG. Every icon is vector based (hence why the XAML source is available), so exporting at any size is possible.
Best of all, the studio is totally free, and every icon is royalty-free and can be used in commercial projects.
So go on, download it now.
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So you’ve got your Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and you are the physical keyboard type? Here’s a list of some helpful keyboard shortcuts.
|Windows key + spacebar||Toggles between input languages and keyboard layout|
|Windows key + ,||Peeks at the desktop|
|Windows key + Enter||Starts Narrator|
|Windows Key + PgUp||Moves full screen window (i.e., the new Metro UI) to the monitor on the left in multi-mon situations.|
|Windows Key + PgDn||Moves full screen to the right|
|Windows Key + Shift + .Windows Key + .||Snaps application and/or moves the snapped app to left/right|
|Windows Key + c||Opens charms bar|
|Windows Key + i||Opens Settings|
|Windows Key + k||Opens Devices charm|
|Windows Key + h||Opens Share charm|
|Windows Key + q||Opens Search charm|
|Windows Key + w||Opens Settings search|
|Windows Key + f||Opens Files search|
|Windows Key + z||Toggle AppBar|
If you’re a new Nokia Lumia 800 owner, you’ll doubtless have noticed that there are two music apps vying for your attention: Nokia Music and Windows Phone’s own Zune. You might question whether that’s necessary, but Nokia Music does a lot more than simply replicate Zune’s functionality.
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Groups help you cut through social networking clutter to stay in touch with the people who matter most—family, friends from the block, your bowling league. When you create a Group, it shows up at the top of your contact list. Tap it, and you’ll see the Group members’ Live Tiles and social networking updates, along with options for group email, texting, and chat.
Read more on how you can create, edit or delete a group. Its as easy as 1,2,3..