Microsoft is not a company renown for producing great image related software (Paint anyone?) but sometimes it can surprise. Fresh Paint is a touchscreen and finger friendly painting app that, while clearly aimed at kids, is great fun for anyone looking to get a little creative.

But while this is certainly an app that will be loved by kids, there is a degree of realism to the painting materials that make this worth a look even if you are slightly out of the target age bracket.

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In 2010, when Capcom unveiled a new version of Devil May Cry and announced that Ninja Theory was designing it, there was a lot of xenophobia amongst gamers. The reason behind this xenophobia was that a western developer, for the first time, was taking the DmC series into its hands.

While the game was being backed by Capcom, the first look and a redesigned Dante did not get the response Capcom was expecting. I personally felt that Dante’s cool, punk rock look had been taken away and something bland had been inserted in its wake. Fortunately, I was wrong.

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Think of web browsers for Windows and it’s the usual suspects that spring to mind – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, et al. There are plenty of others to choose from, but generally peaking it is the same names that crop up again and again.

Move to mobile platforms and things start to get a little more fragmented. There may not be as many web browsers available for Android as for Windows, but users are often more willing to try something new. One browser that has proved very popular with owners of Android devices is UC Browser HD, and the same app is now available for Windows 8.

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Earlier this month, gamers growled on message boards on the supposed death of DirectX. Microsoft soon released a clarification, saying that DirectX is not dead, though Microsoft’s wording left some people miffed.

This is as good a time as any to describe what DirectX is, why it came to be, and why you should care.

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Microsoft recently pushed out its latest version of Office. The app suite had been available in public beta for sometime, but nobody seemed to realize exactly what the company had in mind for the final release. Well, on January 29th the world found out and it was bit different from what most users were expecting.

First, the suite was released as not just Office 2013, but also as Office 365 Home Premium. While Office 2013 comes as traditional desktop software and in several different versions like Home and Student, Home and Office and Professional, it is an expensive suite and can only be used on one computer.

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In 2004, Blizzard released what has probably been their most prolific and most successful game to date, it is of course none other than the fantasy MMORPG World of Warcraft. Love it or hate it, the impact that the game has had on the MMO scene has been astronomical, not only pushing its predecessor titles into irrelevance, but managing to rack up an absolutely massive eleven million subscribers at its peak.

Even nine years after its release, WoW continues to dominate thanks to a steady content stream from developer Blizzard Entertainment, which has proven successful in keeping the fans satiated, and more importantly, paying.

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Customize Your Windows Desktop with Rainmeter 2.5

If you are not familiar with it, Rainmeter is a great free app for customizing your Windows desktop. The latest version, 2.5, is now available in beta form and comes with a number of changes and enhancements.

The beta is currently being updated every week — on Sunday to be precise. There are changes and fixes in every new version and a changelog can found on the web site.

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Web browsers are inherently dangerous pieces of software. They fall victim to drive-by malware installations, expose numerous flaws in Flash and Java, allow cookies to track you around the web and generally get victimized by every single malicious person who has access to the web.

Much of what you are exposed to in surfing the internet results from behavioral conduct — be safe by being smart in your habits. Do not download questionable files and avoid sites that you are unsure of. However, there are also flaws in the very programs you use to surf that can wreak just as much havoc. For that, however, there are fixes. None are the perfect solution, but all can help you rest a bit easier when instituted.

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Looking for an easy way to control two or more computers with a single mouse and keyboard? A little while ago we looked at look at Multiplicity which enables you to do just this, but Microsoft’s Mouse Without Borders adds handy extra options.

The app is free of charge and can be used to control up to four computers that are on the same network with a single set of peripherals. But the clincher? There’s also a shared clipboard so you can copy and paste text and files between machines.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@RichardReddy
@and314rew
@salim594
@DanniyChase
@Arvoisa

Congratulations again to the lucky winners — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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