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Top 5 Must Have application for Windows Phone 8 in India

 

I have been using Windows Phone right from its first release and used to test around with almost all the application that are released and available in the Marketplace. Frequently there will be a question like what are the most important apps that should be downloaded as soon as you purchase your first Windows Phone. Right now I have a Nokia Lumia 920 and 620 devices, and here are the top 5 application that are very much required to have it as soon as you purchase your Windows phone from the market.    [more]

1) HDFC Bank

The official app from HDFC Bank for Windows Phone is available in the market place for all the versions. The app looks pretty similar to applications on other platforms from the bank. With this application you will feel the same of web interface where you can browse through your accounts, do all the transfers etc. You can pay your bills and manage your account like with any regular mobile banking app. You can even manage  your demat account, mutual funds and credit card. The app which is a 2 MB download will work on both Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

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2) CricBuzz

This is the best app so far I came across for a Cricket fan in Windows Phone application listing. The apps gives live cricket matches scores for national and international matches with a very excellent interface to the end users. The app can be use to find scores, commentary and news for all Test matches, ODIs, Twenty20 Internationals along with all prominent series. Also included are comprehensive match galleries international schedules and radio commentary.

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3) Ebay Mobile

This is the best shopping application in Windows Phone 8, which I came across. Ebay Mobile application is designed specifically for Windows Phone keeping in with the basic design principles. eBay members can search, bid, and check their activity on the go. Buyers can submit that last-minute bid on a hard-to-find item, sellers can check on their sales, and act on time-sensitive information on the spot without a computer.

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4) IM+ Instant Messaging

This is one of the few chat messenger application that is available in the Windows Phone Market place. IM+ supports all major IM services, including Skype chat, Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, Sina, Mig33, MSN/Windows Live, Jabber, VKontakte, Yandex IM, Odnoklassniki.ru, Mamba, Fetion, RenRen, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ and Mail.Ru Agent. IM+ has key benefits like Send text messages and photos, Group chats in Skype, AIM and ICQ, Multiple accounts per service, Set your personal status messages.

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5) Indian Rail

Indian Rail application is best app which is an alternative for the famous IRCTC website which helps you get all the data you want to know about Indian Railways. It has some features like get Train Schedule, PNR Enquiry, Travel Plan, Train Live Status, Passing by Trains, Book via IRCTC, Fare for all quotas, age group, concession class, Quick  Seat Availability directly for a particular train in a particular quota.

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Build a Windows Store App for your Wordpress website in minutes

 

imageLooking out to build a Windows Store app for your Wordpress blog or a website without spending much of the time in coding or development, then you have a solution. Yes IdeaPress an online service provides an option to develop a Windows Store App for your Wordpress website which is free service for unlimited website migration and its open source to download from Github. Let us see how we can do that in this tutorial, let us take our www.AllAboutWindowsAzure.com website which is a Wordpress blog installed in a customized infrastructure.         [more]

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Open http://www.ideapress.ca which is the Ideapress service in your browser and click on Get Started button which will pop up a windows where we should input our wordpress blog or website url and the Email address (Provide a valid Email as the instructions will be sent to the mail id provided) as shown in the screen below.

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Navigate to the email ID which is provided and we can see the instructions available to develop the application for Windows Store easily. We will see in our upcoming article on the step by step approach on doing this.

Winzip for Windows 8 is available for free download

 

imageWinZip for Windows 8 gets you more power, more sharing options and more ease of use than ever with the muscle needed to safely handle large files on the go. Open and save zip and zipx file formats. Zip files and folders for faster, easier sharing. Zip, unzip and share in the cloud with new support for world-leading Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive cloud services. Password-protect important info with military-grade encryption. Squeeze files even more, including JPGs, with the exclusive zipx compression format. With the strength of the world’s #1 Zip utility at your fingertips, and deep integration with your social accounts and cloud drives.        [more]

The app has also added a way to share zip files on Twitter and LinkedIn and the app also lets users manage all of their zip file accounts from just one location. Finally, the UI of the app itself has been changed a bit. The app is free for 15 days but they have now put in a $7.99 a year subscription fee for the app.

Download Link - http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/winzip/62208b9e-fbb1-4a46-b085-4fd8f834ecc5

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5 Top Twitter Clients Apps for Windows 8

 

imageWith the official Twitter Client is yet to released in the upcoming months, Windows 8 have a list of Twitter light weight clients from the third party developers in a row. Out of the analysis in the Windows Store here is the list of Top 5 Twitter Clients which makes a life of a Social Freak easy when running with a Windows RT device or a tablet. Yes as Twitter comes out officially with its own app, even then these apps can be of most use which has a good customization. Twitter has never had an official application for Microsoft's PC platform, though it does have apps for Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other platforms.

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Best Twitter Client Apps:

1) MetroTwit - It is an elegant and clean user interface that look really beautiful to run in a Windows 8 device with its colorful look and feel. MetroTwit is proudly just a Twitter client and brings out the best Twitter has to offer with simple yet intuitive features. MetroTwit is a native Modern UI App that showcases the best Windows 8 look and feel it has to offer.

Features of MetroTwit:

  • Track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles.
  • Pin multiple columns on the homescreen.
  • Simple tweet, reply or retweet.
  • Search Twitter by keyword or hashtags.
  • View lists, saved searches, trending topics.
  • Fully functional snap view for quick access to tweets

Download Link: MetroTwit

Price: Free

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2) Rowi - It is an easy to use Twitter app for Windows with a clean and simple interface. This app is really a useful client for a real Twitter user where the app focuses on the user experience a big concert rather than including all the features that is required. Rowi Twitter Client app is customized and Optimized to work on all the Windows 8 devices which is running Windows RT and PRO.


Features of Rowi:

  • Simple, easy to use, thumb driven experience designed for slate devices
  • Columns for home timeline, mentions, direct messages, favorites, media filter and trends
  • Inline maps and photos
  • Toast notifications of new tweets
  • Auto-refresh interval setting
  • Setting to change Rowi's background image
  • Share links from other apps
  • Search on Twitter from Windows Search Charm

Download Link: Rowi

Price: Free

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3) Gleek - It is one of the coolest Twitter Client which has the option to have multiple accounts organized in the same view. Gleek is the most full-featured Twitter app in the Store, but is also the ONLY app that will bring you random tweets from users around the world. This application has most of the features covered that will make this app a Killer one in the Twitter Client listing.

Features of Gleek:

  • Full Twitter Timelines, Mentions, and Retweets.
  • Both Dark and Light Theme Support.
  • Custom Theme Colors.
  • See Random Tweets from users around the world.
  • Deep Search integration.
  • Search Tweets, People and even your OWN Timelines and Mentions.
  • Mute Users and Apps.
  • Full Retweeter and Conversation Views.
  • Share IN and OUT to other sources.
  • Almost EVERYTHING is Pinnable to Start
  • Unlimited Accounts
  • AWESOME Custom Columns, including Timelines and Searches.

Download Link: Gleek

Price: Paid

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4) Tweetro+
- It is an elegant Twitter client for Windows 8 and regarded by many as the best Twitter experience on the platform. This app provides an option to have 2 Twitter Slots and can manage upto 5 by purchasing in-app credits.


Features of Tweetro+:

  • Multiple accounts (2 with initial purchase & up to 5 via in-app purchases)
  • In-app browser
  • Pin multiple tweet columns to main hub
  • Photo browser
  • Custom views (snapped, portrait, landscape)
  • Semantic zoom for bird's eye view
  • Notifications
  • Real-time streaming of tweets.


Download: Tweetro+

Price: Paid

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5) TweeterLight - It is a simple, lightweight Twitter client. The app allows to see many tweets at once, and automatically fetches the saved searches from twitter.com website. New tweets are highlighted with a different background color, and your "last read" tweet is synced with tweetmarker.net. Support photo uploading to twitpic, and image preview for images hosted on twitter.

Features of TweeterLight:

  • Snapped View for just about all views.
  • Search (for users and tweets, using Windows 8's native search).
  • Lock screen notifications
  • Background updates
  • Live tile
  • Toast notification
  • TweetMarker.net support
  • Saved search support
  • Share target for links, pictures and text
  • Share source


Download: TweeterLight

Price: Paid

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