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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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Microsoft has made this leap year a memorable one. From the masses to the developers everyone got something to be excited about. First up, they eclipsed the entire Mobile World Congress announcements with the consumer preview of Windows 8. With over 100,000 new features, the newest operating system from Redmond is loaded to the hilt with amazing features.

Developing apps for Windows has always been a profitable venture for developers. With the new Metro style, for the first time ever, Windows developers have a chance to one up Mac apps in the eye candy quotient. Thanks to the new Visual Studio 11 beta, a new version of the .NET framework and a bunch of templates and tools, coding for Windows 8 is gonna be a whole lot easier.

After the break, let us check out the major attractions from a bird’s eye view. Read on!

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Last week, Microsoft grabbed a lion’s share of the news cycle. The drama surrounding the prospective Office app for iPad and a tongue in the cheek ad campaign against Google were the two main reasons. Even after a couple of days of claims, accusations and denials, no one is sure if an Office iPad app is in the works or not.

Google called IE privacy policies non operational, expiration dates for Windows Vista and 7 were pushed back, massive Skydrive upgrades are about to come, Visual Studio beta launch date was announced, Hotmail for Android clocked record downloads and a bunch of Microsoft apps and services are gonna be rebranded and more.

Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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Wow, what a week! With the impending consumer preview of Windows 8 in the next few days, not a lot of us were expecting any major announcement from Redmond. Windows logo went through major rebranding and now looks more aligned with the overall metro style. It isn’t a flag anymore, we now have true windows.

Microsoft took a jab at Google’s privacy violations, a new social advertising campaign was announced, Bing and Facebook apps for WP7 got updates, Hotmail was lauded for effectively curbing spam, Microsoft shares reached a new high, Zune might be replaced with a new music service and more.

Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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Those of you who have been waiting to get hold of Windows 8, it’s time to rejoice. Microsoft announced the date of customer preview of the next generation of Windows operating system for the desktop and tablets. Last week the company also teased us with a list of apps that will make the final build too.

Microsoft retail outlets are set to be opened in Canada, Office 15 screenshots and video demo were released, details of Windows 8 support for ARM emerged, MS employees raised boatload of money for charity, a cool mockup of Nokia tablets showed up, Microsoft Flight to launch soon and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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Microsoft and Google started slamming each other (again) last week. MS started the war of words by taking a dig at Google’s newly unveiled privacy policy and Google promptly reverted back. The world witnessed Internet Explorer gaining marketshare in January at the expense of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Nokia gave away cupcakes to potential customers of Lumia phones, juicy details of Windows Phone 8 surfaced, Zune might make a comeback, Xbox 720 might not launch this year, Office 15 beta to release by summer, responding to a customer preview Microsoft has removed the start button from Windows 8 and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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This Week in the World of Windows

Last week witnessed some cool, lukewarm, awesome and touching news from the Microsoft camp. Did you guys hear that Bill Gates poured his heart in a letter and Steve Jobs kept it by the side of his bed during his last days?

Nokia admitted to getting couple of hundred million dollars to promote Windows Phone 7, cool personalization options for Windows 8 were unveiled, Google enabled multiple calender sync for WP7, Kinect might be integrated into laptops, a native Hotmail app for Kindle Fire surfaced and more details about the Kelihos botnet emerged. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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It might not look hot and happening from a distance, but once you start following Microsoft closely, interesting nuggets of information always keep rolling in. Last week, Microsoft posted record results for Q2 beating the pundits and announced that it has sold over half a billion Windows 7 licenses to date.

Instagram and Skype are about to land on Windows Phones, rumors about a new version of WP7 showed up, more details of Windows 8 app store emerged, part of Bing maps to be powered by Nokia and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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CES ended last week without any earth shattering announcements from major players, including Microsoft. While there was no word on the potential launch date for Windows 8 or a slew of mind blowing devices sporting Windows Phone 7, we did get some good news with the impending release of Kinect for Windows.

Even if you take CES out of the mix, this past week was eventful for Microsoft. A cool web version of Cut the Rope is now online, Nokia is secretly working on exclusive apps, a major protest from the workers at a Chinese factory and more. Read on for some of this week’s best Windows app news and updates.

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The Windows ecosystem is a very happening place with so much going on every passing day. There might not be an army of blogs covering every move of Microsoft in breathtaking detail, unlike in the case of our fruity competitor. But, that’s why we are here at Windows.AppStorm, right? From the core operating system to gaming and apps, juicy nuggets of information constantly come up.

But most of them might not merit a full length coverage in the traditional AppStorm style. So, at the end of a week, a few times per month, we’ll bring you some of the best Windows app news and updates. App developers, this is a great time to familiarize yourselves with our contact form to submit your news or tips.

Read on after the break for some of this week’s best Windows web app news and updates.

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