We've got some great discounts on apps and games for Windows and Windows Phone in this week's Red Stripe Deals. Let's get right to them:
Rayman Fiesta Run
A follow-up to the popular Rayman Jungle Run, Rayman Fiesta Run has you lunging for cocktail umbrellas, leaping on limes, bouncing on sausages, and punching piñatas across more than 75 levels of fun! This week you can get it for 67% off—just $.99 on Windows, and $.99 on Windows Phone.
Why buy another mapping app? Because Maps Pro isn't limited to a single map source—it works with multiple mapping styles, like Google Street View, Nokia, OpenStreetMap, and Bing Maps. It also offers offline maps, and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation with directions for driving, walking or cycling, and can interface directly with your external Bluetooth GPS device. This comprehensive mapping app is regularly priced at $4.99, but with 80% off this week, you can get it for just $.99 in the Windows Store.
Skateboard Party 2
Master over 40 skateboard tricks and hundreds of amazing combos. Use the tutorials in Skateboard Party 2 to practice and learn at your own pace, and then compete with other skaters online. Works with an Xbox game controller, on-screen touch controls, or accelerometer (tilt) controls, if your hardware supports it. Get it for 50% off this week, just $.99 on Windows as well as $.99 on Windows Phone.
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (Full)
The second in the popular Enigmatis mystery series, The Mists of Ravenwood gives you lots of spooky details, stunning plot twists, and 55 beautifully hand-drawn locations set in the redwood forests of Northern California. Normally $6.99 on Windows, you can get it this week for half off: $3.49 on Windows and $1.49 on Windows Phone.
Miriel's Enchanted Mystery
In Miriel's Enchanted Mystery, a charming casual time management game for kids 3 and up, you'll bake bread, make potions and colored cloth, and use powerful spells to complete tasks. Once complete, you can use what you've earned to buy more products and skills and make things even more interesting. Download it for $1.49 on Windows and $.99 on Windows Phone.
The super comprehensive Dictionary Pro app offers 14 languages online or offline, with instant translations, and (online only) access to medical, legal, and financial dictionaries, thesauri, acronyms, abbreviations, idioms, and encyclopedia content. You can also play word games, listen to audio pronunciations, and check out interesting daily articles on words and their origins. Get all of this, ad-free, for $1.99 on Windows.
Look for new Red Stripe Deals every Thursday in the Windows Store, under Collections, and in the Windows Phone Store, in the Red Stripe Deals Collection. Note that not all deals and apps are available in all locations, so you’ll need to check the Store app on your own device to see what’s offered in your part of the world.
Don't care about these apps. I've finally buckled and ordered Windows 7 Recovery Disks for my PC after being on Windows 8 since it first went RTM. I will never look back and I won't move forward with another Windows PC - ever.
I'm tired having to switch from Desktop to Metro Browsers just to add something to the Reading List (or using clunky buttons on the Favorites bar with a 3rd party service, cause Microsoft is too dumb to build in proper sharing support or a decent Add-On API for Internet Explorer ... I'm about to switch to Chrome).
Notifications on Windows 8.1 are terrible. They are too damn slow, often volatile (may work, may not work), do NOT look attractive (way too damn big), and way too disruptive (please look into transparency... it works wonders).
I am very interested in OSX after seeing them out-Microsoft Microsoft with their Desktop OS. Everything I was hoping Windows 8 would bring to Windows, they brought it. Sad.
Still no updated Windows Live Apps (Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker) that integrate properly with Microsoft Services. With Windows Live Messenger gone, Live Mail now doesn't do push email - at all. I'm not paying $70-100/year for Outlook for that, and the Windows 8.1 Mail app is an abomination in user experience for desktop users.
Still can't share anything to other apps from Desktop Apps.
No decent Desktop Search (see Spotlight in Yosemite, that's how you do it - that Bing Desktop is terrible).
No share page or social integration in Desktop Internet Explorer or decent Plug-In API (that every platform's major browser has at this point).
No Reader Mode or Reader List for Desktop IE. The one in Metro is unusable. It scrolls horizontally by the page. Thanks, but no thanks.
Shoddy continuity across to mobile platforms (No Android or iOS Reader List support and coupled with the lack of decent Plug-Ins and Apps on Windows, it makes using even third party alternatives like Pocket or Instapaper a pain from Desktop IE, and renders them unusable from Metro IE).
There's just too many problems. Usability has gone down the drain. Who designed this mess?
I have a different concern and does not know what to do with the feedback: Since a long time I can not send from my Windows 8.1 computer error reports to Microsoft. Also from my Surface 2 with Windows 8.1 RT will not do. For many other customers the upload also works no more: answers.microsoft.com/.../a9a5211b-6b38-4318-a9da-b7d8dfce61b3
Is Microsoft no longer interested in the troubleshooting process?