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Keyboard Shortcut Starter Kit for Windows 8

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As you might found out I am huge fan of Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8. I love the new Start Screen and how fast the metro style apps are. I am waiting for a touch based device that runs Windows 8, but until I have a touch device at hand and can try all the touch features, I am stuck with a standard pre-touch laptop.

Windows 8 is also very nice on a standard PC and what really makes it fly high are the keyboard shortcuts. I highly encourage you to try those and memorize them. Once they become muscle memory, they will make you super-fast and productive.

Windows App Store Leaves Mac App Store Behind

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The daily download volume among the top 300 most popular applications in the Windows Store is already three times higher than the volume among the top 300 most popular applications in the Apple Mac App Store. However, in terms of paid volume only, the Apple Mac App Store is still doing much (5 times) better.

After one month, Windows Store has 3 times more downloads in the top 300 apps than the app store shipping with the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. Not too bad, although the Mac App Store still generates 5 times more paid volume than Windows Store.

It’s a start!

EmailMe for Windows Phone 7

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This post was written by me about two months ago, then I forgot about it. I decided to publish it regardless. This app did not really live up to the plans downloadwise, but I am still happy with it. I plan to write a follow up and discuss what I learnt from it marketing and business wise!

In the last three-four months I worked on my first app called EmailMe, while commuting and now it is available on the marketplace for 0.99.

Crossing the Rubicon

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Once in every few years I have this moment, when I start to use something new and I realize that this thing will stay with me and I cannot go back anymore to the old stuff!

Couple of days ago I had this moment with Windows 8, because of a keyboard shortcut!

iPad Mini Stealing the Stage?

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The equal billing of iPad Mini with Windows 8 is itself bad news for Microsoft. Windows 8 represents the reinvention of Microsoft, one of the biggest changes the company has ever made. The iPad Mini is a follow-on product in the iPad line. It’s a very nice follow-on, and probably one that will sell very well, but it’s not at the same level of importance as Windows 8.

Launching Windows 8

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Today is Windows 8 launch day and I am very excited! While waiting for this day I started to read all these reviews and after reading most of the reviews - some are nice and some are not that nice - I have the feeling that this product launch is not going that well! I started to think how this new platform should be presented.

No Coins

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It occurred to me this morning, how I am not keeping any coins in my pocket anymore. Not wearing watches. No cameras with me, not using alarm clocks. There are no coins in my pocket, because it would scratch the gorilla glass on my smartphone. Watch, camera and alarm clocks are obsoleted by the phone! No shreds of paper and pen with me to write down things.

The smartphone took over and I am getting old and nostalgic now!

Dear User, We Love You!

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When looking at the latest and greatest apps on iOS, you might see things that are not really essential part of the app. They might not make sense at all! Like silly animation or stitches on the edge of the screen, corinthian leather or some old-age cassette player designed by Diether Someone. You might wonder why they wasted time all on these silly details, why not just put out the app and move to make the next one!

When I look at these apps, I see something different. With all these subtle touches and sweating the small details, these apps express craftmanship, pride, humbleness. These apps tell me the following:

Dear User,

We love you! We are humbled and greatly appreciate that you entrusted us with a piece of your attention and a little part of your life.

There is no task too small for us! We will handle all your request promptly, effortlessly and with a beaming smile on our UI.

We do what you ask us to do and then disappear like we never existed. But that’s okay! We exists to make you happier!

Regards,
The Well Designed Apps
PS: Oh and the stiched corinthian leather is there, because we think you deserve the best! Period!