Archive for November, 2011

Windows Phone 7 greater than 40,000 apps

As of November 16th 2011 Windows Phone Marketplace has now passed the 40,000 app and games submission mark.  Rafe Blanford writes “During the last four weeks, an average of around 165 new content items have been added each day” putting the store on track to reach the 50,000 mark sometime in January.  While that is impressive if fairs in comparison to Apple’s 500,000 apps and Android’s 400,000 apps.  Even though Microsoft’s App Store can’t match competing stores title by title, you will be able to find the most popular titles or the equivalent thereof.  The latest update aka “Mango” has integrated many of the productivity apps that iOS users seek such as Shazam, Facebook and Twitter to mention a few.

After reading the report by Rafe Blanford, I got to thinking about the 40,000 app milestone and decided to do a survey on my own.  I posted the following question to all of my Facebook, Twitter and Google+ followers “How many apps on average do you use on your smartphone on a daily basis?” and the response made me realize something that gave me a renewed faith about smart phones, apps and Windows Phone 7.  After polling 44 people the average app usage on a daily basis was 8.  With that said, is it important that Microsoft doesn’t have the 400,000 plus apps like Android or 500,000 like iOS?  I think not, what I do think is important is that they have the apps that most user want to remain competitive and desirable to existing and future consumers.

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Windows Live (Part 2)

In Windows Live (Part 1), I told you how you can access your files using your Windows Live or Hotmail account, but what if the file you need is not one of the files you are syncing?

Using Windows Live Mesh you can log into your Windows Live or Hotmail account and click on “Go to Windows Live Devices”.  Assuming you have already setup the devices you want to access, you simply click on “Connect to this computer” and enter your user name and password.

Once connected, you can add the particular folder that you want for syncing purposes or you can email the file from the remote computer to yourself provided the file is not too large to send via email.

Windows Live (Part 1)

If you are running Windows 7 and you have downloaded Windows Live from Windows Update, then you probably know the benefits of Cloud Storage but if you have not taken advantage of this free service then I recommend that you download and familiarize yourself with it.

After you create a Windows Live account or a Hotmail account, then you can begin using Windows Live Mesh to sync your your laptop computer with your desktop computer or your home computer with your work computer.

Having setup this program when I upgraded my work computer, I was able to log into Windows Live with my Hotmail address and access the files that I forgot to backup to my thumb drive without getting in the car and driving to work.

Windows Live allows you 5.00 GB of storage accessible via any computer with an internet connection.  But what if you maxed out your Windows Live storage and the file you needed is not on the cloud or what if you are not comfortable storing your personal files on the cloud?  Windows Live Mesh can sync your documents from one computer to the other without storing any of your documents on the cloud.

Two things worth mentioning, first you can only take advantage of all that Windows Live Mesh has to offer using Windows Explorer 32 bit edition and second you need to remember with Windows Live Mesh or any cloud storage option, when you delete your account your files are no longer accessible so remember to back up your files before deleting your account.

Windows 8 Preview

According to all reports, Windows 8 will be available as early as Spring 2012.  When it does, I will have no other choice but to run out and buy it if I want to remain informative to customers who ask for my help and to remain competitive if I want to stay in business.  With every new operating system, there is a level of excitement I feel when I have the DVD in my hand and I am about to install it.  Over the past couple of months I have downloaded and installed the Windows 8 beta developer preview onto a virtual drive.  I purchased the Windows Phone 7 when it became available in November of 2010 so I was already familiar with the metro tiles.  Although Windows 8 is in it’s infancy, I have to admit for the first time in my life since becoming a computer enthusiast, I am not excited about this OS.  Windows 8 is supposed to be chock full of innovative features but so far I am not impressed.  As of today’s date, if you were to ask my opinion, when Windows 8 is ready for the general public, I think I will install it on a virtual drive and remain a loyal Windows 7 user.

Are you still using Windows XP

Are you still using Windows XP?  Why haven’t you switched to Windows 7?  As of late Spring of 2012, Microsoft will be introducing their new OS called Windows 8 and Windows XP will no longer be supported.  You can no longer get support from Windows Update for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 9 does not work with Windows XP either leaving it susceptible to browser attacks.  What are you waiting for?

Google +

How many of you have signed up for Google +?  I have been using Google + since July 2011 and when asked what I think, I am quick to promote Google + over Facebook.  I like the “Circles” feature, the ease of use, the ability to post to my circles or the general public.  It incorporates a lot of Google’s features that Facebook doesn’t have and it allows you to post gifs.