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Microsoft confirmed this week that it plans to release touch-first versions of Office for Windows 8′s “Modern” interface as well as bringing the experiences across to other platforms such as iOS and Android.

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While many, most in fact, use Windows to run our computers, few have yet made the leap to Windows Phone for our mobile life. In fact, Android largely dominates the mobile market, though Windows Phone is slowly gaining steam. Thankfully, there are a number of apps designed to bring the two services together. Over the next few weeks I plan to take a look at several of the more useful ones.

However, I wanted to get started with what is perhaps the most important one. I say that because this provides an essential service — the ability to backup your precious data in case something goes horribly wrong with the phone or tablet or, in the event one is lost or stolen.

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If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet you may well have considered using it to watch videos. Whether you have ripped videos of your own or acquired them through other channels, the chances are that they are at a resolution that is not optimized for your particular device.

Add to this the fact that videos can be supplied on one of an almost endless number of formats, the scope for something to go wrong or just not look quite right is increased. The aptly named Miro Video Converter can take care of all of this for you.

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I’m a big fan of maximizing my available workspace and here on Windows.AppStorm, I’ve looked at various tools that can be used to enhance virtual desktops and multiple monitor setups. Now I’d like to share another tool I’ve found that makes use of existing hardware you may own.

If you have an Android or iOS phone or tablet, you can use iDisplay to transform it into an extra monitor. The desktop software is free of charge and while the mobile apps do have price tag attached to them, they are a great deal cheaper than buying a new monitor of any size.

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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!

Earlier this year, Nokia unveiled their new imaging flagship, the PureView 808 with a 41MP camera sensor. Yes, you read that right: forty one megapixels. Given Nokia’s PureView research had started about 5 years ago, and the limitations of the current Windows Phone 7 devices, the 808 had to run Nokia’s old and battered Symbian OS, despite their current focus on Windows Phone with the Lumia range.

Following the positive praise for the PureView 808 in the tech world, and taking into consideration Nokia’s back-to-the-wall state and the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 8 that should lift some of the limitations, it has been all but confirmed that a Nokia PureView device running Windows Phone 8 will be announced during Nokia World next month.

I have had a Nokia PureView 808 in my hands for the past couple of weeks, trying and enjoying the camera in different conditions, and I am quite convinced that there’s a lot of potential in bringing this technology to the Windows Phone platform.

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If you’re also an Android user, then you should definitely check out Android.AppStorm – maybe start by grabbing some great free apps!

There’s certainly no shortage of free Android apps, but a lot of these are really more like free demos: they’re ad-supported “lite” versions with accompanying paid apps, or they’re 30 day trials, or they require you to unlock extra features via in-app purchases or by paying for a monthly account.

That’s not a bad thing, of course; we shouldn’t expect all developers to give away the products of their hard work for free! But in this roundup, we’ll look exclusively at apps that don’t ask for a penny.

Head over to Android.AppStorm to read the post!

With the decline of WebOS and Blackberry, the contest for the best mobile OS has largely been narrowed to just three: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Each operating system has its benefits and its downfalls, and as each matures, it will be interesting to see which adds the killer features to sway the majority of users. At this point, it’s obvious that Apple has the app crown for now, Google owns the customization realm, and Windows is catering to business users and anyone looking for something sophisticated and modern.

As someone who has used all three systems over the years and generally kept up with the news for each, I feel I can provide a decent overview of where they stand today. The sad truth is that all the OS hopping I’ve done is because each excels in a few areas over the others, but there is no one OS to rule them all.Hit the jump for a detailed comparison.

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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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There are millions of people worldwide who use Android phones, tablets, and other media devices. These folk obsess over their apps and love to use them wherever they are. If you are one of those people, you will love BlueStacks.

Plain and simple, BlueStacks allows you to run Android apps on your PC. So lets dive right in and take a look!

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