Having used Symbian, Windows Mobile, Meego and iOS in the past, and settled on Android for the past 18 months, I have been quite excited to check out Windows Phone’s current offer in terms of ecosystem, OS, and devices. Thus, for the past couple of months, I have been using a Nokia Lumia 800 (running WP 7.5) as my secondary device, along with my primary HTC Desire Z (running ICS). After a series of ups and downs, I have found a lovely cocoon with both platforms, although the back and forth between them is highlighting all the exclusive features in each that I wish existed on the other.

Here, I will tackle the Android features that I really hope make it to Windows Phone whereas on our sister site Android.Appstorm, you will find the Windows Phone features that I would like to have on Android. These points will be based on the out of the box options of each, neglecting what could possibly be done with rooting, unlocking, custom ROMs, homebrews, et al.

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Over the years, Redmond has launched several useful products. But not all of them are as useful as we would like them to be. Some gave them more trouble than the others. Microsoft had no choice but to let them go.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look back and see what we can dig up from Microsoft’s graveyard.

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I remember when I was a kid my first ever game that I played on the computer was the original StarCraft. I was at my godmother’s family and they had a computer with StarCraft installed. Her son asked me if I played before. I obviously didn’t. He started a custom map I believe, entered some cheat codes and let me play.

I honestly didn’t had a clue what I was doing, but the cheat codes kept me alive and eventually I won the match, with a little help. It’s been almost a decade and a half since it’s initial release, and almost at its 10 years anniversary,  Blizzard launched its sequel: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Read on to find out if the game is worth your while!

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Winner Announced

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

@Ahmedghassan

Congratulations again to the lucky winner — 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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Over the past few months I have been busy with my studies revising for a variety of different subjects. During this time, I have been able to use many different Windows Phone Apps for support. All these applications helped me to keep in control of all my work to revise the best possible way!

To find out if any of these applications can help you too, read on!

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You have probably heard a lot of people swear by their text expansion apps, and go on and on about how it has made them immensely more productive. You probably also haven’t tried one yet because you haven’t felt the pressing need for it.

“I’m doing just fine with my typing. What difference would a couple keystrokes here or there make?” Do I hear you asking? Let me tell you a true story then of a guy like you, and the free Windows app that changed him forever – PhraseExpress!

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I have eight email accounts, plus Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, which means I have many different browsers open at any given time to keep track of everything. What if I told you there is a one-stop shop that collates all of your email and social media accounts into one handy-dandy desktop application?

The app to rule them all is Inbox2, a free, open-source social email application that integrates your email accounts with your social media accounts. Let’s find out how well Inbox2 stacks up as a social email app.

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Apple commanded much of the technology industry’s attention today, as its CEO, Tim Cook, took the stage (naturally, only after Siri welcomed the crowd by video) at Moscone West in San Francisco to talk to an audience of thousands. One of Apple’s main announcements was OS X Mountain Lion, the next version of their desktop operating system that was shown off to a select few earlier in the year.

Even if you’re a diehard Windows user, it’s difficult to argue against the fact that the user base of Mac users is growing. With Microsoft readying to release a pretty different version of Windows, let’s take a recap over the key features of Mountain Lion, and how it stacks up with what Microsoft has on the table.

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Our industry is divided. Whatever you might think, people are aligned to one of the big technology players, whether that be Apple, Google, Microsoft or someone else, and we all come up with a whole host of reasons why our allegiance is better than someone else’s. One reason that’s commonly played for Apple is their user experience, based in a tied-up, seamless ecosystem that’s known to “just work”.

Ultimately, however, when dealing with Apple vs Google or Apple vs Microsoft, this argument is just not valid. Google and Microsoft both have fantastic user experiences built into their product, and some, quite frankly, fantastic user interface design. However, the difference between them and Apple is the customization options give to third parties who use the companies’ software on their own devices. It’s my opinion that these options ultimately taint the reputation of companies who do some superb work; let me explain.

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Laptops provide convenience. Not being tied to one spot to use your computer gives you the freedom to work or play on your schedule. No longer does a vacation leave you disconnected from the world. You can take your computer with you to a coffee shop for a change of scenery while still bringing your files and programs with you.

But just as you can easily take your computer with you, someone else can take your computer with them. A thief can pick up your laptop in a moment and be gone before you notice during a moment’s inattention. Your laptop can be left in a cab, on an airplane, or at a hotel. Most often the thief just wants the hardware to sell, but they also gain access to everything on your laptop. Encryption can protect your data, but can be difficult to use. TrueCrypt can provide a simple and reliable way to protect your data.

Editor’s note: We covered TrueCrype in an earlier article almost 9 months ago here. This article aims to provide an updated perspective.

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