Windows 8 was released on October 26th 2012, and represents a massive change in the Windows sphere. I’ve been using it for months now and all i can say is using Windows 7 feels old skool already. It will take some time getting used to(the full screen apps, the live tile etc), but that’s the good thing about change. When you get the hang of it, you won’t go back. The Windows Store is the icing on the cake and showcases the best of apps from developers like me(Expect mine in a week, two at most).
Download Windows 8 here .
If you do not have Windows 8, you cannot download any of the Windows Store Apps. #EndOfDiscussion
The built in Windows 8 Video app does a good job of playing media files but if you are looking for an alternative, Multimedia 8 is descent pick. It is a free media application that allows you to access network media, load subtitles, convert media files, play 3D video, capture from external devices and much more! Published by Marcelo Garcia, it is a neat and good looking app. It still needs a bit of work though but it does have a lot of potential. Multimedia 8 can be downloaded from the Windows Store, (You must have a Windows 8 system to download it). You can check out more details here
This week’s Windows 8 app of the week is the PopCorn Time by Konvex Studios. Popcorn Time is your ultimate movies database, that gives you exclusive information about the latest hollywood & bollywood movies along with their insight reviews, ratings, trailers and movie clips. PopCorn Time is a free app and can be downloaded from the Windows Store. You must have Windows 8 to get it. Go to the Windows Store Website to get more information on the app
Its been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I know you people missed me, I’ve had a lot going on but during that time, There has been a lot happening in the Windows 8 world in Nigeria. First there was the Windows 8 (3 Day) camp for developers, a continuation of the Windows 8 event which took place earlier in the year. I was on hand to attend the event which held in Brown’s cafe Lagos and was hosted by Developer and Platform Evangelism Lead West Africa Shina Oyetosho. The event was followed by Developers Parapo an event continually hosted by CChub and this time sponsored by Microsoft. The Developer Camp event was more of getting practical with developing apps for Windows 8 while the Parapo was more of a social gathering for developers. This was my first Developers Parapo event and it didn’t disappoint. The best of software developers were on hand to learn about the opportunites of Windows 8 and how they could make cool money by porting their apps to Windows 8. The General Manager Microsoft Anglophone West Africa Emmanuel Onyeje started the event with how he started programming from a Commodore 64 computer at the age of 13 to how he became the General Manager of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa(Oh..and did you know he has a lot in common with Bill Gates?). He then talked about the endless possibilities with Windows 8 and what the future holds for the platform. This was followed by Q&A session. It was a fruitful experience and I think we are going to see more developers here in Nigeria jumping on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone bandwagon because they should know it is worth investing in? That its not about investing in the future or on a futuristic endeavor like a fellow developer put it. The Future is now. Windows 8 is live and ready. Sure its not wise to abandon the majority that use feature phones(and there are millions in this part of the world who do) or computers with old OSes especially if your app is all about local content, but the world is moving at a very fast pace and you need to be there for your users who will eventually upgrade before another developer makes an app with the same functionality as yours to cater for them and yours become second fiddle. Meanwhile let me stop blabbering, here are pictures from the Developers Parapo
Emmanuel Onyeje giving free alternatives to Google products.
Shina Oyetosho answering a question about cross platform games between Win8 and WP 8
With Emmanuel Onyeje. Why am I smiling?
Thanks Emmanuel Olalere for the pictures
This is my first Windows 8 app of the week article(first of many) and the featured Windows 8 app is one by Nigerian developer Akinwale Ariwodola. Its called ClassicRSS. ClassicRSS is a simple feed reader which provides a familiar interface for reading updates from your news and entertainment sources. Subscribe to your favourite RSS feeds and read the updates the same way you read your mail. You can also search through your RSS feeds and share links with your contacts by mail, Twitter, Facebook and other share targets on your device.
This release is free until Windows 8 General Availability (October 26th), so head over to the Windows store(if you have Windows 8) and search for ClassicRSS or check it out here
This will surely be good news for a lot of developers out there. I knew it would manifest but i didn’t expect it so soon. If you haven’t started writing windows 8 apps, you should really start now because Microsoft has announced that the Windows Store, the app store for the company’s upcoming Windows 8 release, is now open for app submissions from all developers, including individuals in 120 markets. Now you know what that means, No Yalla Apps(for many in Middle East and Africa), no third party proxy, You control your content, you are the app publisher. This is simply the best opportunity for developers. Go to the msdn site to check if your country is listed and good luck developing
GPS On provides turn-by-turn navigation with voice. The app has all the basic features you would expect from a navigation app – the ability to save addresses as favorites, automatic map rotation, route distance and time calculations, and automatic rerouting. You can choose to avoid highways and toll roads, and the app can also provide walking directions for local destinations. You can add points of interest to your route, as well. GPS On uses Bing Maps for their navigation features. It’s a solid set of features, and the one-time $4.99 price isn’t bad for what you’re getting. GPS On is available now on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Culled from ChipChick