Microsoft Shows Off the Best of "World of Apps" Called Windows 8 Apps; Augmented Reality Apps in Work; Surface "The Gig of a Lifetime"

"40 million Windows 8 copies had been sold in just one month," Microsoft stated recently, to meet its expectations, the "devices and services" company has been working hard on advertising its new Windows 8 operating system, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, and Surface RT tablet. In a new video aired today, Microsoft shows off […]

"40 million Windows 8 copies had been sold in just one month," Microsoft stated recently, to meet its expectations, the "devices and services" company has been working hard on advertising its new Windows 8 operating system, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, and Surface RT tablet.

In a new video aired today, Microsoft shows off a "new world of apps" when it comes to Windows 8. Microsoft makes reference to "Windows 8 Apps" in the video, as opposed to Windows Store apps or Modern apps, or even Metro apps for that matter.

According to a new report, the number of apps available in the Windows Store, upped to 28,000.

In another advertising campaign, Microsoft launched a new Surface challenge dubbed "Surfacing New Talent - The Gig of a Lifetime," to allow a band to perform during a Grammy Live event.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on February 4 and, in addition to the live concert on the stage, the band will also star in a Microsoft TV commercial.

To be eligible, the bands must register before January 20, 2013 and must have a maximum of four members.

Microsoft is set to get involved into the world of augmented reality tools with its very own projects the company has planned for Windows Store, according to ZDNet.com Microsoft is now hiring engineers for its Bing Information Platform, as the company intends to develop augemented reality apps for Windows Store featuring camera tracking, audio and visual recognition.

"Microsoft's Bing Information Platform team is working on an augmented-reality SDK, as well as a number of related apps for Windows 8 tablets and other devices," the report suggests.

"There's an Augmented Reality (AR) team inside Bing that is building both an AR framework and AR applications that will ship on Windows 8 tablets and other unspecified devices. The team already has made available some AR deliverables, including the Bing translation app, augmented-reality-enriched Bing Maps, and the Bing Vision and Bing Audio technologies in Windows Phone.

But the Bing AR team -- which is staffing up further -- also is working on an AR software development kit (SDK) for third-party developers interested in buildng AR apps; Microsoft-developed and -branded AR apps and games using this SDK; and a Windows Azure-based cloud framework for supporting both the Microsoft- and third-party AR apps," added ZDNet.

There's no projected release date for the time being, the new tools are very likely to show up in the Store in 2013.

A Nokia engineer, named Justin Angel, blogged how to crack Windows 8 games through in-app purchases. Angel highlights the Soulcraft Windows 8 game as an example of how Windows 8 users could potentially edit parts of a game to bypass having to pay for in-app purchases.

The engineer stresses that "storing encrypted data locally, alongside with the algorithm and the algorithm key/hash is a recipe for security incidents."

And, as usual, Justin Angel's blog post along with his blog went down following the post gone viral.