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I have been called an Apple fanboy. It might have something to do with the fact that I own an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air; it might have something to do with my love for Golden Delicious and applesauce; there’s no real way of knowing. Still, despite this apparent bias, I find myself in possession of a Windows Phone 7 device, allowing me to stay current with the rest of the mobile scene and giving me a chance to try out this far-too-neglected operating system.

What do I think coming into this? As an iPhone user, how am I seeing my future with this device playing out? Are you even still reading this, or are you preparing to raid my home and declare me a ‘fanboi’? Read on to find out.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway last week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundleBot. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@ceanlovesyou
@hooksha
@Arilontong
@Rafael_Olivra
@Tardisandyou
@dyoonet
@saurabhgolu91

Congratulations 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 all bought a new PC in our time only to turn it on and look at two rows of shortcuts for trial software on our desktop. Heck, we see most of these apps on almost every PC we’ve ever worked on. Most of them are incredibly successful applications that have been around for a long time, and most people don’t know that there are alternatives.

In this roundup, I’m going to show you 20 free applications that will knock your socks off in both performance and features. Not only are they better than the full versions of the trial software, some of them are new applications that will extend the functionality of your PC. From here on out you’ll never want to use the old software again, and you’ll be telling all your friends about these free apps!

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It’s been over a decade since it first came out, but in my opinion Windows XP is one of the greatest versions of its series to ever be released. A combination of stability and simplicity led to it being adopted quickly wordwide, and it remains amongst the most-used operating systems today, despite the distribution of it’s successors Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Though it becomes officially obselete and unsupported in 2014, I would like to explain why Windows XP remains best for me.

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That’s right! AppStorm has now landed on Google+ and will be delivering you app related goodness right to your Stream! We’re excited to let you know that now, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, you can get involved with Windows.AppStorm over at Google+! We’ll be using Google+ to let you know about the latest app news, reviews, how-tos, and roundups. Read on to find out more…

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If you could go back in time a year ago and come visit myself, I’d have met an iPhone-toting Apple fanboy who couldn’t say two sentences without bad mouthing Windows. Thankfully, I’m not like that person anymore thanks to the rationality of Paul Thurrott and the totalitarianism of Apple over their devices and software.

So I became a dedicated Windows user, but I was still stuck with my iOS device. Last week I finally removed those shackles and picked up a Windows Phone running 7.5 “Mango”, and I’m going to review some of my favorite features in this article. I’m not going to compare 7.5 to 7.0 since I don’t go that far back, so this review comes from the point-of-view of a converted iOS user.

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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, or Android 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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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway last week, and special thanks to the kind people at MacPaw. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@schmiedelstefan
@libelcom
@jdenredden
@s_v_
@DesignSweeter
@prithi
@musaid
@Hos4m
@i0ni
@arniglobal

Congratulations 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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If there is one thing you need to hand to Apple, it’s the fact that they made getting software easy. Because of the iPhone App Store, Blackberry created App World, Google revamped the market, and Apple themselves spun off a Mac version of the store.

It’s pretty much expected now that if you have a platform, you’d need a store, even though just five years ago you had to go hunting for apps. Unfortunately, Windows does not yet have a centralized place to get software. Lucky for you, I know just where to find it.

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Video games have become, to say the very least, the pastime of choice in the 21st century. The affordability and flexibility offered by games consoles has put one in almost any home with a television, whilst smartphone gaming has given the once-niche device category a whole new dominion.

Among this wave of mainstream gaming choices, it’s easy to neglect the PC gaming scene. The platform was once king of the jungle for the reason that back in the day, the only household device powerful enough to play any sort of game was your home computer. Indeed, timeless classics such as Elite and Worms are a reminder of the golden era that the PC used to reign over. For better and for worse, times have now changed, and PC gaming has begun to slide into obscurity.

However, the platform may have an ace up its sleeve.

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