As you may know, we have been tracking Windows 8 app store trends and stats for quite a while. As a result you can explore loads of useful information about apps.
Recently we started collecting data about which apps are featured (globally and within specific categories). Very soon this information is going to be made available on the website.
You can help us make this information even better.
On some Windows 8 devices there is OEM branded featured app list (we’ve seen it on Microsoft Surface and Asus Vivo Tab RT). As you can see on the screenshot, it is called “Surface picks” on Microsoft Surface.
On VivoTab RT, it is called Asus Tablet picks.
We would like to track which apps are featured by which OEM and present this information on win8review.com. In order to do it we need to know “partner channel ids for these OEMs”. It seems that this information can only be obtained from the device itself.
That is where you come in. If you have a Windows 8 device that has a branded featured app list in the store, you can find the partner channel ID on your device and drop us a comment. This ID doesn’t contain any personally identifiable information it is the same on all machines from that OEM so there is no harm in posting it.
To find this ID follow these easy steps that will only take a couple of minutes to complete:
- Start the Windows App Store application and wait for the home screen to load. Make sure branded featured list is visible.
- Open “Run” dialog by pressing Win+R
- Copy-paste the following text there notepad “%localappdata%\Packages\WinStore_cw5n1h2txyewy\AC\Temp\winstore.log” and press Enter. A text log file will open in notepad
- Press Ctrl+F to search for a string: Channel partner ID set to
- Leave a comment here with the channel ID, OEM name, device name and model and the text describing the branded list in the store.
Here’s the list of IDs that we’ve figured out so far:
- Generic Windows install on x64 machine: 10005001
- Microsoft Surface: 10082778
- Asus Vivo Tab RT: 10018804
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
One of the biggest selling point of Windows RT tablets is the ability to connect with existing devices via USB. I’ve decided to scavenge my house for all kinds of USB gear and see if it will work with Microsoft Surface or not. Here’s how it played out:
- USB mouse and keyboard – works. I use Logitech K750 solar keyboard and Logitech MX mouse both in the office and on the go. I pulled the tiny universal receiver from the Intel-based Samsung series 7 slate and both keyboard and mouse worked like a charm. There is a caveat though. Each Logitech accessory comes with it’s own pre-configured universal receiver. In order to use one receiver with both devices it needs to be configured. Currently it can only be done on Intel based PC running Windows XP, Vista or 7 since Logitech hasn’t released drivers for Windows 8. Once receiver is configured there is no need for drivers and the receiver will just work.
- DSLR – works. Connected Canon EOS 5D Mark III and was able to browse files on the memory card, import and view them. The device center page also showed level of battery charge.
- Android smartphone as storage device- works. Can browse and manipulate files
- Android smartphone via USB tethering – doesn’t work. Windows RT doesn’t have the driver for NDIS Internet sharing device. A bummer. Hopefully this will get fixed in the future.
- Wacom Bamboo digitizer – works. Windows RT installed drivers and was able to use it for mouse input.
- USB-Serial adapter – didn’t work. There were no drivers for Windows RT
- DVD drive via USB-SATA adapter – worked. I was able to browse files on the disk. Unfortunately that particular drive no longer works as a burner so I was unable to check if it would burn files to recordable media.
- Portable USB Hard drive – worked. No issues at all. Event though the enclosure has dual USB plugs (one for data and one for additional power). Surface was able to spin up and power the hard drive with just one port just like my desktop PC does.
- iPad – worked. I was able to browse public file storage of the iPad from Surface just like from any other PC.
Printing… I also noticed that Surface automatically detected and installed both of my Brother network printers: MFC-7440N and MFC-6890CDW and was able to print to them via network. Since network scanning requires desktop application from Brother that part didn’t work. Hoping that Brother will release a Metro-style scanning app soon.
Overall, external device support by Microsoft Surface/Windows RT is impressive. It definitely beats iOS/Android by a mile. That doesn’t mean however that there is no room left for improvement.
My Microsoft Surface Type Cover has just arrived un USP truck. Unfortunately the Surface tablet itself is on a FedEx truck which has been delayed so I have nothing to attach it to currently.
Overall the cover has a solid feel to it. Keys click nicely and have just the right travel for my taste. There are function keys for search, share, devices and settings charms. Touchpad is somewhat small but I doubt that I will be using it much since the tablet itself is touch enabled.
Oddly, Windows, “W” and “plus” keys seem to be distinctly different from all other keys. I wonder if it is accidental or was done on purpose.
UPDATE: The Surface Tablet is here. Stay tuned for a hands-on review…
Just received an email from Microsoft that WIndows Surface ARM tablet is available for pre-orders.
You asked us to keep you informed of the latest developments with Surface. We’re thrilled to announce that Surface is available for pre-order today starting at 9am Pacific Time on Surface.com. Get your order in today!
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It seems that Microsoft erroneously has sent this out ahead of time. Since no pricing or other details have been announced yet.
UPDATE: The product page in the Microsoft Store is up.
32GB version will cost $499. Separate Touch Cover will cost additional $119, but you can also get it by adding extra $100 to the price of the device.
All versions feature 802.11abgn Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0, NVIDIA Tegra T30 CPU and 2GB RAM
64GB costs $699 and comes with the cover included.
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