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Microsoft is pulling the plug on its ad service for Universal Windows Platform apps (another nail in the coffin)

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps probably seemed like when Microsoft unveiled the idea in 2014. Basically UWP apps are the Windows 10 follow-up to the “Metro” apps designed for Windows 8 and distributed via the Microsoft Store, the idea was to create a class of apps that could run across a range of devices including […]

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Windows 10 will let you run multiple instances of UWP apps soon

The Microsoft Store may not be as essential to Windows 10 as the Google Play Store is to Android or the App Store is to iOS. But there are a few key advantages to downloading Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from Microsoft’s store rather than from third-party sources. You can get updates automatically. Install an […]

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Kodi media center now available for the Xbox One (coming full circle)

Kodi is a popular, open source application that turns a PC, an Android device, or many other gadgets into a full fledged media center with a TV-friendly user interface for accessing music, movies, photos, and more. It got its start many years ago as a project designed to turn the original Xbox game console into […]

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Chrome and Firefox won’t run on Windows 10 S (unless something changes)

One of the key differences between Windows 10 S and other versions of Microsoft’s desktop operating system is that Windows 10 S can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. Theoretically that allows for better performance, battery efficiency, and security… but it also means that millions of Windows programs that aren’t in the Store won’t […]

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Windows 10 might soon let you block non-Windows Store apps from installing

Microsoft is working on the next major update to Windows 10, but if you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program you don’t have to wait for the Windows 10 Creators Update to be released to try some of the new features. Almost every week Microsoft releases a new preview build of the operating system […]

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Compact Overlay is like picture-in-picture mode for Win10 apps

The latest preview version of Windows 10 includes a new feature that’s sort of like the picture-in-picture mode for TVs that lets you view one program in a small window while viewing something else in the rest of the screen. It’s called Compact Overlay, and it’s basically a way to keep a one app running […]

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Amazon is pulling the plug on its Kindle app for the Windows Store

Amazon’s been offering a version of its Kindle app through the Windows Store since Windows 8 was released. But now the company is scrapping that version of its app and instead recommending Windows users install the Kindle for PC desktop app, which is compatible with Windows 7 or later. Have a Windows RT tablet? Then […]

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Kodi Media Center now available as a Windows Store app (Universal Windows Platform)

The popular cross-platform media center app Kodi is now available from the Windows Store. That means you can download the app from the store, get automatic updates from the store, and don’t ever have to visit the Kodi website again (unless you want to).   According to the Kodi blog, there are also benefits for developers, […]

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Desktop apps start arriving in the Windows Store

Microsoft has been providing tools that let developers convert desktop/Win32 apps into Windows Store apps… and now the first of those apps are starting to show up in Microsoft’s app store. Some of the first of those apps include Evernote, Double Twist, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, and Arduino IDE. Note that you’ll need to be running Windows […]

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Videolan launches a Windows 10 universal app (beta)

It took a little longer than expected, but Videolan has finally released a beta of the VLC media player app for Windows 10. VLC 2.0 for Windows 10 is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which means it should run on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The app should adjust to different screen sizes and […]

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Microsoft starts putting Win32 apps into the Windows Store (thanks to Project Centennial)

Microsoft has released tools that allow developers of desktop Windows programs to convert their software into Universal Windows Platform apps that can be distributed through the Windows Store. And it looks like the company is practicing what it preaches, because a handful of Microsoft utilities have started showing up in the Windows Store. What kind […]