In advance of the launch Microsoft is readying updates to its built-in Bing search, Bing apps, and the Camera app.
The new Photo Loop feature requires new camera hardware that will be available in the Surface 2 and other tablets this holiday season.
When you open the Camera app on Windows 8.1 with a compatible device it will start to instantly take pictures from the moment it’s loaded. While you won’t see it taking pictures, it acts as a temporary buffer so you can use a radial menu to rewind a photo where someone may have blinked or looked away.
For example, search engine marketers spent more on advertising in Q1 to run ads on smartphone and tablet devices, says digital marketing agency IgnitionOne, which compiled the report. Spending on both devices rose nearly equal amounts, with tablets up 112% and smartphones up 113% from last year. That growth came at the expense of money spent on trying to reach desktop users.
Impressions on tablets rose 129%, and clicks 79%, while smartphones rose 27% and 25%, respectively in the quarter. On average, tablet users spent 17% more time on sites and had 9% higher engagement scores. IgnitionOne uses engagement as part of their scoring system that measures behavior and propensity to [...]
While these apps come bundled for free with Windows 8, some have been criticized for being less than full featured or, as Mary Jo Foley in ZDNet noted, some users have said they feel more like betas and simply "not very good."
Those developed for Windows 8/Windows RT by Microsoft's Bing AppEx team get much better marks for being solid and useful.
Updates are expected soon for a range of apps including Windows Mail, Xbox Music, Microsoft.Bing, Microsoft.Camera, Microsoft.Bing, Microsoft. Reader, Microsoft.BingNews Microsoft.windowsphotos, Microsoft.BingFinance, microsoft.microsoftskydrive, Microsoft.ZuneVideo, Microsoft.BingWeather, [...]
Available today via the Windows Store or the Get Your Google Back website, the Google Search Windows RT app mimics the other Windows 8 app by allowing users to search for web results by typing or by using their voice.
There is also the ability to run image searches and to view the recent and full search history, while the Instant Previews mode gives a snapshot of each web page in the search results. Google Search can be opened by using the Search charm from the Charms bar.
The launch of Google’s latest app means that Windows 8 and RT tablet owners will now be able to choose between Google and Bing when looking to browse the Internet.