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Windows 8 – Apps in Windows store hacked, what will Microsoft do ?

In the last week several newssites reported that apps in the Windows store had been hacked. First there was a hack to convert a trial app to a fully functional app using WSAConeKey. Then there was also a “hack” to remove ads from apps.

I wonder if, how and when Microsoft will patch these vulnerabilities. If they don’t do something quickly, I think it could severely limit the number of apps being developed for Windows 8. And although the number of apps in the Windows Store is increasing pretty quickly, there’s still some catching up to do.

On the plus side however, Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in a month 🙂

I’ve personally been using Windows 8 for quite some time now and really like it. It did take some time getting used to, but Hyper-V makes my life so much easier. For me the Modern (Metro) interface and Windows 8 apps are a nice extra, but to be honest I don’t use them that often. Maybe that will change when more good apps will be released.

[UPDATE 12-12-2012]
App developers have always been able to secure their apps better as mentioned here.
[UPDATE 12-12-2012]

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 – Installing Windows 8 apps (formerly known as Metro apps)

Context

With Windows 8, the Windows store has been introduced. Using the store you can search, browse and install published Windows 8 apps. Apps in the store can either be free or paid and incldues trial options. Apps also need to allow you to install them on a minimum of five Windows 8 enabled devices without additional payment/fees.

These apps are tied to your account and can be installed on multiple devices you own provided you use the same account. This may come in handy when you by example:

Showing apps tied to your account and installing them

  1. Go to the Windows store
  2. Toggle the AppBar by right clicking, pressing windows key + Z or swiping down from the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Your Apps” 
  4. Choose from the dropdown box: “Apps not installed on this PC”
  5. Select the apps you want to install and select the “Install” button.
 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 – Sideloading application example (Wordfeud)

Context

One of the negative aspects of working with new technologies is that sometimes you miss some stuff that what available with older versions.

As an example, the Pinball FX2 game/app was in the store of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but was not available in the Windows 8 Release Preview. Another example is Wordfeud which was available in the store of the Windows 8 Release Preview, but is not (yet) in the store of the Windows 8 RTM.

[EDIT]

Apparently you can also:

  1. Go to the Windows store
  2. Toggle the AppBar by right clicking, pressing windows key + Z or swiping down from the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Your Apps” 
  4. Choose from the dropdown box: “Apps not installed on this PC”
  5. Select the apps you want to install and press the “Install” button.

[EDIT]

During my time with Wordfeud in the Windows 8 Release Preview I did however see that the developer provided the files to sideload the application. Sideloading means that you can install apps directly without going through the Windows store. More information about sideloading can be found here.

For sideloading Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. Enable powershell script execution using: set-executionpolicy remotesigned
  3. Download the latest Wordfeud build from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13365029/WordfeudMetro/index.html
  4. Extract the files to a folder by example : C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  5. From within Windows Powershell go to the folder using: cd C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  6. Execute the Powershell script by typing: .\Add-AppDevPackage.ps1

For removing the sideloaded Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. From within Windows Powershell remove the application using: Get-AppxPackage | where PublisherId -eq csykjp4qexh44 | Remove-AppxPackage
 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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