Microsoft last week announced its plans to update all native Windows 8 apps before the General Availability which is scheduled on October 26, and released updates to a number of apps as well. Today, the company rolled out more updates to its next batch of Windows Store apps.
The updates today available to Finance, Weather, Sport, Travel and Reader apps in Windows Store -- and it comprises more added features for the various apps, as well as bug fixes and performance tweaks to make the apps run smoother on older and newer hardware.
Windows 8 will see several variants including Windows 8 Pro N, which comes with Windows Media Player removed -- today, gets a listing on Amazon. Microsoft in addition is also offering a retail box titled "Windows 8 Standard Edition to Windows 8 Pro Edition, Upgrade Edition" which comes with a key card only and no disc. (check the full Windows 8 Box Art gallery under this post.)
Following, yesterday's release of official Microsoft Windows 8 TV adverts, the company has requested Google to remove the videos from YouTube as those infringing the copyright.
Today, a number of new Windows 8's retailers training videos made its way to internet, which have been designed to teach retailers what they have to say and do when customers ask questions about the Windows 8.
The videos embedded below demonstrates how to use Windows 8 in a simple manner, and while the consumer will never see these videos, the retails will act out everything seen to the consumer, making it like they are doing all the work.
Windows Store app development for Windows RT PCs guidence published to Microsoft Download Center addresses various aspects of developing Windows Store apps for Windows RT.
"The bulk of Windows Store app development practices are the same for both Windows 8 and Windows RT, but in a few scenarios Windows RT and the hardware particular to these PCs may require special consideration."
"Scenarios covered by this documentation include general development practices for Windows Store apps that run on Windows RT, remote debugging, installing the Windows App Certification Kit, installing app packages, and sensor API development," Microsoft stated.
Download Windows Store app development for Windows RT PCs here.
Responding to a report indicating that Microsoft is planning of releasing Office for iOS and Android in March of 2013 -- Microsoft's Frank Shaw refuted these claims stating, "The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share."
The report made the rounds on the web, after at a press event in the Czech Republic, Microsoft Office's product manager Petr Bobek revealed that "Microsoft will release Office for these two mobile platforms."
Office 2013 will be launched in the first quarter of 2013, "Microsoft will then gradually publish versions for other platforms," the Czech reports. Microsoft also confirmed that "Office 2013 would be available for businesses in December with a retail launch at the end of February of 2013. We will then see Office for iOS and Android, as well as Symbian, around March of 2013."
In other Microsoft Office news, Microsoft will deliver the new versions of its Office Web Apps to Office 365 users --as a part of SharePoint Online service update later in October, a Microsoft official confirms the report.
"The update delivers new Office Web App capabilities such as co-authoring and much improved on screen rendering."
A note on Microsoft's Office 365 wiki confirmed that the new Office Web Apps are arriving as part of the SharePoint Online Service Update (SU) 4.
"We update Office 365 with new capabilities on quarterly basis and sometimes more frequently. This is part of our regular cadence of updates," said a Microsoft spokesperson when asked about the new Office Web Apps' imminent arrival (via).
And, finally, according to a Xbox Live Ambassador post on the Xbox Forums, Microsoft is for the first time allowing Xbox Live members to migrate accounts.
It's not a simple process, requiring a wait of up to 6 weeks in which time the account is unavailable. In addition, the switch must be made to one of the Xbox Live supported countries/regions.
From the original Xbox Fourms post:
You have chosen to migrate your Xbox LIVE account to a new country. You should be aware that certain Xbox LIVE content, features and functions may vary depending on your location, due to licensing limitations provided by specific providers. In order to proceed, you must confirm that you have been informed of and fully understand the consequences of the migration of your Xbox Live account:
Microsoft reminds you that the migration of your Xbox Live account will have the following consequences:
Some of the services and content that you are currently benefiting from in the country originally registered may not also be available in the country you are willing to migrate to.
All of your current subscriptions, except for Xbox Live Gold if you had any, will be cancelled.
You may lose the ability to re-download some, if not all, of the content in your download history.
Any content that you will subsequently download after the account is migrated will be subject to any applicable geofencing rules of your new location.
Note on Geofencing: If you bought something in the country you originally registered in that wasn't geofenced, it could be that it will be if bought again, in your new location. These geofencing constraints depend on the license to distribute that Microsoft was granted by the content providers.
Please note that the migration process can take up to 6 weeks. During this time your account will not be available. No refunds will be given for any content that is lost during the migration.
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