Apps Central is a monthly newsletter by Microsoft Singapore that shares a range of marquee apps, new apps & top rated apps on Windows and Windows Phone that we hope will help you get the most out of your devices. This is a delayed release (February), but the list of apps are still very relevant. Do check them out and discover some hot new apps!
App Alert: Path
With a limit of only 150 “friends”, you’ll add only the people you care about, where you can be yourself, stay close to the people who matter most, and share life instead of links.
With its beautiful design and simple experience, Path is loved by millions of people—and it’s ad-free!
We love our new apps, but sometimes, updates to existing apps are so awesome that they’re worth mentioning as well.
By now, you may have heard that SkyDrive has become OneDrive – the one place for everything in your life, And if you thought we were going to stop at porting our excellent Bing apps over to Windows Phone, you’d be wrong! Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness have both made their debut on Windows Phone so you can take the valuable information they offer with you wherever you go.
Of course, we have plenty of great new apps to highlight, too. From navigation to reading to smashing things up like the Hulk, this issue’s apps will surely keep you entertained and educated.
New & noteworthy! Top rated! On Promotion!
Love is in the air! There’s no need to wait until the next Valentine’s Day to show your love for your partner. This made-in-Singapore app will keep your romance alive during your moments apart. LoveByte creates a private space for you and your lover to chat and interact in a beautiful interface!
Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive is the one place for everything in your life. Easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. OneDrive is seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1 and Windws Phone, and when you upload photos or videos from your Windows Phone to OneDrive, they’re waiting for you on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone.
Disney: The Little Mermaid Undersea Treasures
Explore the site of an old shipwreck at the bottom of the sea in this exciting preview of The Little Mermaid: Undersea Treasures! Search for lost items from the mysterious human world above the waves. Find each treasure quickly to earn bonus points and claim a place on the leaderboard!
Marvel Run Jump Smash!
Fly as Iron Man! Smash as The Incredible Hulk! Run and Jump as Cap! Run and Gun as Super Spy Black Widow! Run, jump, and smash as Marvel Heroes in a brand new endless runner! Compete with friends and fight Super Villains and their henchmen! How far can you make it?
The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post app brings you up-to-the-minute articles, photos, videos and blogs in a dynamic and personalized experience. By customizing your settings, you can be a part of the conversation on the topics that matter most to you — from politics, business and technology, to fashion, entertainment, lifestyle and healthy living.
HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection, now on Windows 8! With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your Windows and Windows Phone device. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline.
Bing Food & Drink
Now available on Windows Phone! If you’ve always wanted to pick up cooking or learn more about food and drink in general, the Bing Food & Drink app makes it a cinch. Explore recipes, choose wine and cocktails, and learn tips from celebrity chefs.
Bing Health & Fitness
Now available on Windows Phone! Still can’t shake off the extra pounds that you’ve piled on from the festive season? The Bing Health & Fitness app puts control at your fingertips by helping you track basic health parameters such as your body weight and calorie intake. You can even browse through the library of over 900 exercises and Yoga poses!
People Spotlight: Ben Goh
35-year-old Ben Goh, a software engineer at Autodesk, created Asher’s Maze for his son’s birthday, a game released exclusively on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store.
Inspired by his love for his son, Ben coded the game in his spare time during evenings and the weekends and launched it in the Windows and Windows Phone Store in just one year!
When asked why he chose to release his app on the Windows and Windows Phone platforms, Ben said, “I started programming on Microsoft platforms since the early Win32 time. For me, it is all about the familiarity of Microsoft platforms and the tools it offers. I’ve tried other platforms and other tools, but those just didn’t come close to what Visual Studio has to offer.
Read more about Ben and his inspiring story on Spiffy, a community site supported by Microsoft Singapore, here.
Of course, don’t forget to give Asher’s Maze a spin for yourself. Click on the link to the right to download the game now!
Think you are good at mazes? Think again! Asher’s Maze provides 24 levels of challenging mazes completely free of charge. If solving a maze with rockets chasing after you or tanks shooting at you sounds fun, then you’ll love this game. Challenge yourself to these colorful mazes, avoid wandering bears and falling stones while you collect as many fruits as possible.