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"What's that?" you say. "You know what I'm looking forward to?" Yes. Yes I do. I am many things, but most of them can be lumped into the over-arching group of "geek."

And chances are pretty good that if you're reading about Windows 8 before the beta, you're a geek to. So while shorter boot times, Metro UI, and an updated Windows Explorer certainly features you may be looking forward to, let's look at the real reasons we should care about Windows 8.

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Nokia and Microsoft. The Finnish company is bonding up with Redmond in an attempt to bolster the relative smartphone newcomer (Windows Phone 7) with the power of a dying smartphone brand. Sure, that sounds bleak, but I actually think that Microsoft and Nokia happen to be on to something.

What could it be? Ha! Like I’d spoil that in the preview.

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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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I’m a huge fan of the Metro interface that Microsoft has used with the Xbox Dashboard and Windows Phone 7. It’s stylish, modern, and functional when it’s used for these two purposes, and now Microsoft is bringing the Metro interface over to the PC with Windows 8.

I’ve got some mixed feelings about this, and I’d like to share them with you today.

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Each OS, regardless of whether it powers a mobile, desktop or tablet device, has its own distinct personality that people relate it with. iOS and Android have the grid of icons going for them while Aero is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Windows 7.

This week I have a really simple question for you — do you like the Metro interface concept that powers Windows Phone 7 as well as the upcoming Windows 8?

Personally, I love Metro. It felt incredibly fresh when it was released and feels just as fresh now — specially compared to the now long in the tooth iOS. Live tiles are a clean way to communicate with the user without cluttering up the interface and the typography dominated interface has been a pleasure to work with.

So how do you feel about Metro? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

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:

@NickG365 who wins a copy of Trine 2
@chichozell who wins a copy of Dungeon Defenders
@luciebara who wins a copy of Braid
@Baxxow who wins a copy of Bastion

Congratulations again to the lucky winners — we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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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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I was around 12 when I got my first ‘proper’ computer. It was a blazing fast Pentium 3 with a ginormous 128mb of memory, a standalone graphics accelerator and a 40gb hard drive. It came with a shiny copy of Windows 98 with a snazzy new mediaplayer called Winamp and this really funny game called Road Rash pre-installed. Thus began my love affair with Windows, gaming and computing, in general.

Today, I’d like to know which was the first Windows operating system you’ve used. I don’t care if it was the infamous Me or the hugely popular XP. I’d love to know what AppStorm readers started with and how. This is where your spark for computers started, after all!

If you have a great suggestion for a weekly poll then comment below and I’ll give the best ones a shot.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

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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