the selection and quality of the windows 10 store apps has taken a turn for the better in the last few months
Software publishers have started to load in their win32 apps in the Store
The big one is Itunes of course. I dont use Itunes per se but a program I use ( mediamonkey) requires it to be installed to sync to Ipods and Iphones
The big advantage of loading in Itunes this way is that it leaves behind all the other crud ( apple updater, Bonjour etc) and just does Itunes
But there are several others that I have used and can recommend. In some cases the author asks for a small fee for the program via the store. but you can install on any of devices hooked into your account and updates are handled thru the MS update process
Paint.net a solid paint/photoshop type program. Very good program that I have used for many years. This is the program that should have replaced MS Paint, rather than the POS Paint 3D
Libre Office full featured office suite - fork of the openoffice project solid program more like MS Office than the google office suite. One of my daughters went to school using this and wrote her PHD thesis with it.
Irfranview Lightweight handy image viewer/editor. I have used this program for over 20 years !!!! If I need to just crop or lighten an image to paste into another document, this is what I use.
Inkscape open source Vector drawing program - similar to Adobe Illustrator and visio dont use this program often but since visio isnt part of the standard office 365 package, a good program to have loaded up
Autodesk CAD Mobile Dont confuse this for a full featured CAD program , but for viewing and marking DWG files or creating simple CAD profiles, this free program works fine
Please feel free to pass along other useful items you found in the windows store
Appears that all the models now have been sold out.
I'm thinking there may be a silver lining with all the OEM's dropping RT.
When Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet, it was clear that they held it back so not to trample all over OEM's. They played it off as more of a reference design. They even limited the distribution and priced it high in hopes that other hardware vendors would pick up the carrot and run with it.
Well, we all know that things didn't work out the way Microsoft expected and now I think Dell is the only one left producing RT devices. Could this be the opening Microsoft needs?
Microsoft doesn't need to walk away from RT they need to double down!!! Remember Courier??? Microsoft now has the blessing and green light from its hardware partners to do whatever they want with RT devices cause they are not interested.
Microsoft needs to release some aggressively priced RT devices with tuned software. They now have their Apple device that they can control from start to finish without hardware vendors crying foul (although we all know they will).
Hey Microsoft, target Surface RT at the student and the executive first! Create an 8 inch version along with the current size, add an active digitizer and create a Courier/OneNote hybrid app that takes note taking to the next level. Make sure connectivity options are a plenty and above all price the thing to build marketshare!
Glad I got that off my chest
Some are getting emails stating that their Surface RT tablets have already shipped. WPCentral wrote an article on this today. Although, I have received mine and my account still shows it as "in process". Anyone else get an email?
Fashion Mall at Keystone
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: Coming Soon
Where to find us
This store is on the Lower Level of the Fashion Mall at Keystone, in front of Abercrombie & Fitch.
I would like to start organizing a line party on release day. I'm not sure if it's possible to do a midnight release since it's in the middle of the mall. Hopefully we will have more info in the coming weeks.