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Foursquare: Tablet App goes to Windows First!

[8/28 @ 8p EST – Note:  I’m receiving a few emails that say the links aren’t working for the Windows 8 app in the Windows Store.  I just tested and they work…  From the Windows Experience Blog – “the app is propagating across the Windows Store servers, if this link doesn’t work keep checking!”]

imageToday, the Foursquare application has been published to the Windows Store.  This is an EXCLUSIVE, Windows 8 FIRST, Tablet app that  provides users with an immersive experience that can take advantage of devices with larger screen sizes.

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Here’s what Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, said about the app (credit:  Windows Experience Blog):

“People want to experience and explore the world around them, and the Foursquare for Windows 8 app helps them do that. It makes it fun to search for a place for dinner or to go out, and helps people discover new experiences. We’ve worked with Microsoft on a bunch of initiatives over the years, and this product is another example of the great things we can do together.”

Publisher Description

Foursquare for Windows 8 helps you make the most of where you are and where you are going. Keep up with your friends and discover great places and activities nearby, on all your Windows devices!

Application Features

  • Get instant suggestions when you open the app, even if you don’t have a Foursquare account
  • See places that are currently trending, recently opened, or just best nearby
  • Easily search for “Thai”, “park” or “brunch”
  • Get directions, hours, photos, and more
  • Full-screen photos viewer brings locations to life
  • Save places to your to-do list and create custom lists
  • Get tips from friends, top publications and brands
  • Like or dislike places and leave tips for friends
  • Check in without interrupting location browsing
  • We learn your tastes the more you check in

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Download Windows 8 App

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You can also read about the application from the Foursquare blog.

Lastly, if you have a Windows Phone and haven’t done so already, download and install the Windows Phone Foursquare app from Windows Phone Apps.

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SAP continues to move forward with Windows 8 Support

Last March, I did a post on SAP and their commitment to the Windows platform and to the Windows tablets.  At that time, SAP had published 6 apps to the Windows Store and have made a public commitment to move their sales force to the Microsoft Surface Pro for their mobility scenarios.

I want to quickly follow-up on that post as SAP continues to publish new apps for the Windows ecosystem.  I believe part of the interest and success includes native support of the rich Office Productivity applications, the ability to digitally ink (with Windows 8 Pro devices), and the security and management capabilities that enterprises struggle with as the demand for mobility increases.

For this quick update, the two new apps that are found in the Windows Store include:

SAP EMR Unwired

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Per the details:

With the SAP EMR Unwired mobile app for Windows tablets, physicians and nurses have easy, secure access to patient data right at the point of care. The app connects to clinical back-end systems, including hospital information and imaging systems (PACS), and displays the patient’s data on the Windows tablet in a clear and easy-to-read format.

You can download the app and start using it immediately.

SAP Sales Pipeline Simulator

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Per the details:

You can use the SAP Sales Pipeline Simulator mobile app for Windows tablets to check your sales pipeline anywhere and at anytime. This app accesses the SAP CRM application and allows sales reps to not only check their pipeline, but also to simulate changes to their pipeline and check how these changes affect their sales targets, right from their Windows tablet.

You can download this app as well.

Each of these apps can be downloaded and test with demo data.  So, go ahead and take a tour of these new applications from SAP.

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American Greetings Windows 8 App

imageAGInteractive, a subsidiary of American Greetings, has just published their justWink Windows 8 application.  The reviews are overall positive; however, there are concerns that some of the creation capabilities have sexual innuendos and the user of the application should be aware.

The design of the application looks great and should be a perfect application for your arsenal.  It could definitely save your rear in a pinch – an easy way to not forget your loved ones for that special occasion (birthday, etc.).

Publisher Description

justWink lets you personalize and send awesome greeting cards from your Windows 8 device to your friends, family, and beyond, via email or Facebook.
Where no greeting card has gone before? We just went there.

Always have the perfect card at your fingertips—over 500 cards that will work for every who, what, where, and when in your crazy life!

Cards that shuffle between, funny, bold, cute, trendy, sassy, heartfelt, sweet, and beautiful. Cards that open and flip and make people smile just like real cards.

You can even customize these cards like you can any greeting card: Add your own note, drop in a photo, and even add your own signature (or finger doodle) for the authentic “I Actually Care About You” feel!

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Windows Store–Unofficial report of 60,000+ Apps available for Windows 8

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It’s been reported that the Windows Store has crossed over the 60,000+ app mark.  Windows 8 has been available for 6 months and we are continuing to see the Windows Store momentum increase.  Source

This is a separate store from the Windows Phone Store which has 150,000+ applications available.

I’ll still claim that the Windows* Ecosystem has over 1.2+ Million Applications available.  Read prior post.

*x86 Systems

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Windows 8: Stephen Legler’s Technology Blog

This WordPress blog is now available as a Windows 8 application (once it completes the Microsoft Certification Process… estimated April 18, 2013).  Please read the Privacy Statement below.

This blog is now touch-optimized as a Windows 8 Application “Stephen Legler’s Technology Blog.”  The application allows for you to have a reader experience and leverages the Windows 8 features:  Live Tiles, Search, and Sharing.  You are also able to bookmark articles of interest (i.e. Windows 8 Tips & Tricks) for easy access later.

You can get the application here:  Coming Soon

Details on how to Turn Your WordPress Blog into a Windows 8 Application:  Coming Soon

Application:  Blog/About

This application consolidates articles, tips, and tricks from Microsoft’s Stephen Legler.  Stephen is a top-producing sales executive and technical strategist with focus on Windows and client technologies (with special emphasis on management, security, mobile devices, tablets, and virtualization).  Download this application to learn about the latest Microsoft-related news and tidbits, along with bonus topics that Stephen is passionate about.

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Updated Windows 8 Apps coming tomorrow–Mail, Calendar, and People

Microsoft is set to release updates for the Mail, Calendar, and People app tomorrow.  Read the official Windows Experience Blog.

There are many improvements, but from the announcement, I’m most excited about:

  • Mail App – the ability to read and compose rights managed email.
  • Calendar App – for Exchange customers, the ability to see a person’s availability when trying to schedule a meeting.

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Windows ecosystem has over 1.2+ million apps

My sensationalized headline for the month.  Yesterday, it was reported that Windows 8 crossed the 50,000 applications in the Windows Store.  This is a great milestone that was achieved in about 5 months since the launch of Windows 8.

It goes without saying that every time I give a presentation on Windows 8, I have someone immediately asking “How many apps does Windows 8 have?”  Usually, this is an attempt to try and showcase the quantity of apps compared to the iTunes store and Google’s Play Store.  Many times, I give the straight answer of “30,000” or “40,000” and now I can reply with over “50,000” applications.

The iTunes store boasts 700,000+ applications available.  Of those 700,000 apps, there are just over 300,000 that are developed specifically for the iPad device. 

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We all know that the app stores are plagued with apps that nobody cares about.  Seriously, how many “Fart Apps” do you really need?  Sam Oliver from AppleInsider summarized it quite well in his article – 2/3 of Apple’s iOS App Store populated by ‘zombie’ apps, estimate finds.

Most of the applications on Apple’s iOS App Store are un-downloaded, unranked, and largely invisible software options.

These applications, estimated to account for around 400,000 on the App Store, have been dubbed “zombie” apps by new mobile analytics and ad firm Adeven and its Apptrace tool.

All of these conversations around the number of apps has has me thinking… is “50,000 apps” the revised number to give?  Yes, the Windows Store now has over 50,000 applications.  Did you know that the Windows Phone Marketplace has over 150,000 applications.  So, could my response in return be that there are over 200,000 applications available for Windows and Windows Phone?

Better yet.  Could I included the applications that are available for Windows 8 Professional that aren’t available on other platforms?  Steve Ballmer reported at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics show that there were “800,000 new unique Windows 7 applications” made available.  That was over 3 years ago.  I’ve since seen reports of over 1 million applications available but need to locate reference.

With this new understanding, can I accurately report that the Windows Ecosystem has over 1.2 Million applications available with the clarification of:

  • Windows 8 Professional – 1+ million (50,000+ Touch Optimized apps)
  • Windows Phone – 150,00+
  • Windows RT – 50,000+ Touch Optimized apps

I don’t think this is a stretch or false advertising.  It showcases the uniqueness of the Windows ecosystem.  It is the only platform that embraces today and the future while allowing for continued use of existing investments.

The Windows ecosystem provides the greatest flexibility to meet your personal and business needs.  Windows 8 was built with a touch first experience allowing you to embrace the new touch optimized Modern Applications from the Windows Store.  Windows 8 Professional provides a full desktop experience allowing for you to maximize your existing investments in your Windows 7 applications and games that are more geared for your mouse and keyboard.

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Meet the new Windows 8

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