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As Windows 8.1 is set to roll out around the world, Facebook has released their very first app for the new OS marking the first time they have supported it with a native application.

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Everyone has run into this at least once before: Skype’s infuriating inability to synchronize messages across devices means that you get multiple alerts about the same message.

One on your phone, then your tablet, laptop and desktop to clear manually. It’s frustrating and ruins the entire experience, but we have good news: Microsoft has announced that Skype will get message synchronization in a future update.

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It’s not entirely clear why this wasn’t Microsoft’s strategy from the start, but a report from The Verge today suggests that the company is working to build a unified app store that works consistently across Windows Phone and the Windows desktop.

According to the report Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group at Microsoft made the announcement at an internal company meeting today.

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Online cloud storage is all the buzz right now. There are countless solutions that allow you to upload and sync your files to the cloud and Box is one of them. Box allows you to store your files online and access them anywhere, anytime. With the free personal account, you get 5GB, into which you can store all kinds of files and organize them into folders.

You can also share files and folders, and you also get real-time updates when someone views, edits or comments on your file. In addition to that, you can also invite members into a share workspace and collaborate on a file. Box launched a Windows 8 app and has recently updated it. Let’s see just how good it is!

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The vast majority of people upgrading will not have any issues, but there is always that stray use-case scenario that will encounter an error. In the past, Microsoft has done a great job with compatibility, and even shown that they are willing to make their OS backwards-compatible with older hardware and as much of the software as possible.

With that said, one of the biggest issues that can bite end-users is driver problems. A printer here or audio card there can wreak havoc with what you assume will be a simple upgrade.

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The folks at Humble Bundle continue to ship the finest game bundles the ‘net has ever seen, and this week, their third Android bundle is on sell. Even if you’re a dedicated Apple customer who would never dream of owning an Android device, this Humble Bundle includes copies of each game for OS X, Windows, and Linux in addition to Android.

Our friends over at Android.AppStorm have written in-depth reviews of each game in this Android Humble Bundle. If you’re a Windows user that also uses an Android phone or tablet, now’s the time to check out the reviews and see which of the games you’d love to get for your device. Or, if you’re just looking for some new games for your Windows, you can check out the reviews to see what the games are all about before downloading to play on your MacBook!

The third Android Humble Bundle is only available for a little over a day longer, so if you’re looking for a cheap way to pick up Fieldrunners, Spirits, SpaceChem, Osmos, and more, be sure to grab a copy before it’s over! It’s a great way to get some great games and support indie devs, ones that support Windows gaming at that!

In an event in LA, Microsoft showed off Surface, its presumptive flagship Windows 8 product that’s a full-blown tablet set to compete with models coming out of Windows OEMs. Coming in both Intel and ARM flavours, the Surface runs Windows 8 and is perhaps best used in conjunction with one of two accessories that offers the device a traditional keyboard and trackpad input.

Not only is Microsoft compete with its own licensees with the Surface, but they’re also going far into living out my personal dream for them, creating a stronger, more cohesive ecosystem that isn’t tainted by third parties.

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People are yet to stop talking about the resolutionary, err.. revolutionary consumer preview of Windows 8. But, the folks at Redmond are hard at work and it looks like they have hit yet another homerun with Office 15. It’s pretty evident that the new Metro style is going to be the UI across the board and the newly leaked screenshots of the desktop productivity suite show us why.

Nokia confirmed its tablet plans, Internet Explorer mocked itself for a promo campaign, new version of Thunderbird showed up, Nokia Lumia phones about to get tethering support, SharePoint Online 2013 details emerged and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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Microsoft is fierce when it comes to defending its intellectual property. Not mindful of the bad name it garners by suing or threatening sue competitors and fringe companies alike, Team Redmond just rolls ahead. Not even open source and non profit organizations are spared from the onslaught. The latest one to get in the cross hairs is OnLive.

Windows 8 to be fixed soon for WP 7 developers, Nokia might launch a Windows 8 tablet, new Xbox to drop disc drives, Windows Mobile Marketplace to be shut down, the Tango update to launch with a bunch of restrictions and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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If you have missed our mid week news digest and thousands of other articles in blog and traditional media outlets, here’s the newsflash – Windows 8 consumer preview is out. And what reception it was! Critics and commoners alike fell in love with the OS instantly. Even the usual suspect naysayers were unable to find something to mock at!

Skype for Windows Phone 7 finally made it to the app store, sudden influx of new apps forced Microsoft to change the review queue, Windows 8 got its first social networking app and new AMD drivers, WP7 marketshare improved, WordPress.com got a Metro app, over a million people downloaded Windows 8 in 24 hours, Soluto made it to the Windows 8 marketplace and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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