Tapatalk for Windows now support x86 processors!

Tapatalk has just updated their Windows app for desktops and laptops. Until now it only supported Windows RT edition which means that few users could benefit from it.

New features:

– New feature: New User Tour and Onboarding Process
– New feature: Topic/News Feed
– New feature: Images in topic list
– New feature: Push notifications and toast support
– Fixed issues found on previous version

More: Tapatalk app for Windows in the Windows Store

The New York Times is free on Windows devices till Jan 31

Microsoft has collaborated with The New York Times to offer free trial access to the newspaper through the official apps for Windows and Windows Phone till the end of the month.

The company said:

The Grey Lady – aka The New York Times – has never looked as colorful as it does as an app, and now you can have unlimited access to all its immersive glory and well-respected reporting and writing for all your Windows devices until Jan. 31. During this window of opportunity, Microsoft and The Times give you full access to more than 25 sections, as well as in-article videos and slideshows. You can also pin sections and blogs to your Start screen using Live tiles to get breaking news at a glance. Stay informed and up-to-date on world and national news, business, the arts, technology, sports, travel and more.

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Viber for Windows 8 launched

Viber this week launched their app for Windows 8 (Windows RT) devices. The app support all the core features of this platform including: Pin, Snap, Live Tiles, Toast Notifications and others.

Features:

Best-quality HD voice calls
Text, photo and sticker messages
Receive videos and attach locations
Group conversations
Seamlessly transfer calls between Viber for Windows 8 and your mobile device
Live Tiles
Pin Viber and/or specific conversations directly to the Start screen
Snap Viber to the side of your screen and work, play or browse the web with Snap View

Windows RT 8.1 update is available again

Microsoft has re-released the Windows RT 8.1 for the owners of Windows RT based Tablet PCs.

This update was released along with Windows 8.1 on October 17 but was later removed after there were complaints about devices bricking.

Microsoft spoke about the problem:

This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.

Microsoft has also released a recovery solution for owners of devices that got bricked by the original update.

Nokia launches their first Tablet PC model Lumia 2520

Nokia today launched their first Tablet PC model Lumia 2520. Sadly, it comes loaded with Windows RT 8.1 which basically makes it a useless product for majority of the consumers looking for a Windows tablet. It also becomes a challenger to Microsoft Surface 2 which was recently launched. Microsoft of course is in process of acquiring Nokia’s phone division so it is not clear what the future of Nokia’s Lumia branded Tablets is.

Nokia has priced it at around USD 500 before taxes and subsidies.

Specifications:

Operating System: Windows RT 8.1
Networks: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz; WCDMA: 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100MHz; LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 17, 20
Speed: LTE: 150 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, micro SD card support up to 32GB, SkyDrive cloud storage
Display: 10.1” 1080p full HD (1920×1080) AHIPS Capacitive Multi-Touch Display, Gorilla Glass 2
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Primary camera: 6.7MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with f1.9 aperture; FFC: 2MP HD wide-angle
Size & weight: 267 x 168 x 8.9* mm (*volumetric); 615g
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB 3.0, BT 4.0 LE, 3.5mm audio connector
Battery: 8000 mAh
Audio: Stereo front facing speakers

Windows 8.1 would come preloaded with Skype on the start screen

Microsoft revealed today that Skype would be a preloaded app on Windows 8.1. It would also be listed along with other native apps on the Start Screen.

Users would no longer be required to download the app from the Windows Store. Of course, they would have the option to install the desktop edition if they prefer it over the Metro edition.

Microsoft said:

Communicating, connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience, and Skype for Windows 8.1 is a natural extension of that. Skype is all about easily sharing everyday experiences with the people that matter most through calls, texts, video or instant messages. We believe connecting isn’t just about talking – it’s about sharing everyday moments and getting things done, no matter where you are. And we will continue to focus on making your experience, easier than ever.

Twitter on Windows 8 now support multiple accounts and more

Twitter has updated their app for Windows RT and Windows 8 devices. The app now support multiple user accounts.

They have also added support for user lists which is a heavily used feature by power users on the platform.

In addition, users also get the ability to pin lists and user profiles on their start screens.

Asus to switch focus away from Windows RT devices

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih has admitted that Windows RT devices are not doing well and this is forcing them to switch their focus away from this segment of the market.

Shih said consumers still need their desktop apps which are not supported on RT devices and that is why their entire focus would be on devices running Intel processors (Windows 8).

Asus is not alone. Even Samsung has stopped focusing on Windows RT devices. Almost all of their recently launched Windows Tablets are running Windows 8 edition as well.

Asus has been making some interesting crossover products as well. They recently showcased a new Tablet that runs both Windows 8 and Google Android.

Microsoft Surface has been a financial disaster for the company

Microsoft Surface has been a financial disaster for the company

Microsoft recently announced a USD 900 million charge to their accounts on accounts of unsold Surface inventory.

And fresh reports indicate that the company has generate revenues of just USD 853 million from Surface devices.

In addition, the marketing expenditure for the company has also increased by around USD 1.4 billion to promote Windows 8 and Surface devices since launch late last year.

The tablet is still in low demand. The market share is miniscule. Low cost tablets like Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7 dominates the market. And things are unlikely to change in the near future as several partners have also decided not to focus much on their Windows RT based products.