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Windows 11 will support Android apps, available through the Windows Store via Amazon Appstore

The lines between desktop and mobile devices continues to blur. These days you can run iOS apps on a Mac (but not vice versa). And soon you’ll be able to run Android apps on a Windows PC, no emulator or virtual machine required. It’s one of many new features coming to Windows 11, which is […]

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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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Microsoft Office is now available from the Windows Store (for Surface Laptop users)

As promised, Microsoft has brought its Office suite of applications to the Windows Store. You can now get the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications through Microsoft’s app store… but there’s one small catch. Right now you can only do that if you have a Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S. […]

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Not all Windows Store apps will run on Windows 10 S (No Linux distros, for example)

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system that, among other things, can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. That makes Windows 10 S faster and more secure than Windows 10 Home or Pro in some situations, but it also means you may have trouble installing drivers for third-party […]

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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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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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Is Microsoft trying to turn Windows into a “walled garden?”

There are a lot of nice things about app stores like the Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS. You don’t have to scour the internet to find apps, they’re all in one place. There are mechanisms in place that make it difficult for malware to pose as legitimate applications (or at […]