Last week was one of Microsoft’s biggest in recent years with the announcement of Microsoft Surface, more information about Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as well as a ton more. The topic that stole the show was definitely Surface, Microsoft’s own first party tablet device.

As a lot of people have been harping on for a while now, Microsoft tends to do great when it handles both the software and hardware component of a device, like Apple. Case in point, the Xbox and the Zune, to a smaller extent.

This week I’d like to know your overall gut feeling when it comes to Surface. Are you in love? Hate it? Or can’t you even be bothered? I’d love to hear from you!

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

The number of chat accounts one has to sign up to keep in touch has increased exponentially. Of course, you can download separate apps for specific accounts and use it but running multiple apps in the background will kill your phone’s performance. Not to mention the sheer amount of logging in and micro managing that you’ll have to do.

This is when IM+ comes along. IM+ is a mobile application which lets you to sign in to multiple chat services and chat with your friends simultaneously from different accounts.


Storage is incredibly cheap these days. A couple of hundred bucks could buy you the kind of space that was only found only on huge data centers some years ago, virtually nullifying the need for optical disks.

Optical drives are dead for a long time now. No one uses it anymore as they make our lives harder than necessary. But most of our important data is available in the form of DVDs and is incredibly difficult to manage. Today, I’m going to show you how to backup all your data from your age-old disks without worrying about losing them.


Are you looking for an easy to use file storage system on the web, but can’t seem to find the perfect one? Today at Appstorm, we will be looking at two forerunners in this field. Mozy and Cubby are both extremely capable applications which will surely satisfy your needs!

We will be comparing the apps’ features and abilities and eventually choose our favourite. Hopefully one of these applications is for you!

Read on to find out!


Gmail is the most popular free email provider and many of us are dependent on Google’s mail service. Whether you want a backup for just-in-case reasons, or you want to move your existing messages to another Gmail account, Gmvault is the program for you.

Let’s see just how easy it is to back up and restore your Gmail account with Gmvault.


We all love getting something great for free! However, hunting down the good free apps from the terrible ones in the jungle out there can be a difficult job.

Fortunately for you, AppStorm is here to help. We’ve collected together some awesome roundups of fantastic free apps for every device you own – all while trying to keep a mix of old classics and new favourites, hit the links below and immerse yourself!

Over the forthcoming months at Windows Appstorm, we will be looking at each integral part of your computer: from the minor parts to the most important pieces of your machine. We will be reviewing the best choices available to help you make the best choice when building your next PC.

In our first edition, we will be looking at the best on offer in terms of computer cases. An important part of your computer, it needs to be suited towards your certain needs to control and stabilize the other hardware. In this article, I will be looking at four different price bands, choosing my favourite case from each.

Hopefully some of them will appeal to you! Read on to find out!


Installing an application, any application, leads to certain issues. You cannot copy the application folder to another computer and expect it to work. Keep in mind that every time you uninstall the application, it sometimes leaves behind junk data, and, in order to use the application again you have to reinstall.

Here are 15 essential portable applications that might help you avoid such problems. Pack your favorite applications into a pen drive and take it with you wherever you go and use them without installation. Never worry about leaving information behind.


There is no doubt Windows 8 is going to be the star attraction amongst the software lineup of the current year. All Windows releases get a lion’s share of the spotlight and customer attention, but this time the effect is going to be amplified many times over. This buzz is largely due to the Metro interface that’s making a transition from Windows Phone 7 to millions of desktop computers.

At this juncture, each and every tech enthusiast out there has witnessed and appreciated the awesomeness of Metro and people can’t wait to have the same goodness on tablets and desktops. With the Windows 8 Release Preview launch from a few days ago, we are inching closer to the final launch date.

After the break we have covered in detail what’s new and what has changed in Windows 8 since the consumer preview. Hit jump to learn more!


October 2011. Nokia was ready to showcase its first effort in Windows Phone with the Lumia 800, only ten months after announcing the switch from Symbian to Microsoft’s operating system as its main smartphone platform. Touted as the “first real Windows Phone”, the Lumia 800 was received with big fanfare from the Nokia fans, and a few shrugs from the Android and iOS crowd, as well as Samsung and HTC who had already released several Windows Phone devices.

Now, eight months after the announcement, the Lumia 800 has been out-spec’ed by the Lumia 900, and out-bargained by the Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, yet it still holds a good place in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with frequent updates and many operator contracts worldwide. Here is my personal review of it, focusing on the specific Lumia experience compared to other Windows Phone devices, outlining the reasons of its success as well as the shortcomings that I’ve noticed over a couple of months of regular use.


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