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Old 10-25-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Kindle App for Windows 8

Amazon has just announced that they have released a new Kindle app tailored for Windows 8: Introducing “Kindle for Windows 8”. You can learn more about the app here.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Why does Windows 8 need apps?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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It isn't just a desktop os.

App is most useful for tablets
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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App is short for application.
Windows has millions of them.

In this Case, the Kindle for Win8 app is built on the "Modern windows" API instead of the older desktop APIs of Kindle for PC.

It'll be interesting to see what Alf's friends make of it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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This is a great reason why I buy my ebooks from Amazon and not Apple, even though I read on my iPad and iPhone. Even though I like the iBooks app better than the Kindle app. If DRM is going to lack me in, I'd at least prefer to be with Amazon who does a terrific job of putting it's app everywhere.
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Why does Windows 8 need apps?
Heck if I know!

I don't have Windows 8 (and have no intention of getting it anytime soon), but I would be interested to know how the Kindle for Windows 8 app and Kindle for PC software differ as far as features/function. Does the Windows 8 Kindle app have the same features as Kindle for Android app, which I do use on my tablets?
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Heck if I know!

I don't have Windows 8 (and have no intention of getting it anytime soon), but I would be interested to know how the Kindle for Windows 8 app and Kindle for PC software differ as far as features/function. Does the Windows 8 Kindle app have the same features as Kindle for Android app, which I do use on my tablets?
It sounds like it, at a minimum, has *different* ones; like using the Windows8 Live Tiles and Pins to provide quick-access to the start screen. Or its access to the standard Windows8 cloud and communications services.
Whether it turns out to be a superset of Android features or merely equivalent remains to be seen. Reviewers will tell us soon enough.

Just as they'll tell us how it differs from K4PC. Which still runs on Win8 x86.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
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Ho-ho!
Amazon has pulled off an interesting coup:
Several (most?) Windows systems (tablets, laptops, and desktops) will come with Kindle for Win8 pre-installed:
http://www.zdnet.com/amazon-kindle-a...es-7000006433/

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Amazon has released a Kindle app for Windows 8, and many major PC manufacturers are preinstalling it on their new Windows devices.

The e-reader app, which will run on both Windows 8 and Windows RT, was revealed on Thursday as Microsoft officially launched the x86 and ARM-based versions of its next-generation operating system.

Manufacturers preinstalling the Kindle app on their PCs and tablets include Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and Asus.

"We're excited to make the best content selection, along with all of the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem, available on Windows 8," Kindle chief Dorothy Nicholls said in a statement. "We're thrilled that leading manufacturers have selected the Kindle ecosystem for preload on their new Windows 8 devices."
You won't even have to go to the Winapp Store to get the Kindle app.
So much for Microsoft putting Nook on Win8 systems.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #9
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Ho-ho!
Amazon has pulled off an interesting coup:
Several (most?) Windows systems (tablets, laptops, and desktops) will come with Kindle for Win8 pre-installed:
The early bird gets the pre-install
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #10
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The early bird gets the pre-install
The early bird with the pre-install payments tends to do quite well.
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Wow! That really is a coup for Amazon.
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interesting. I thought B&N and Microsoft were working together for some reason.. but Kindle will come pre-installed instead of Nook?
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interesting. I thought B&N and Microsoft were working together for some reason.. but Kindle will come pre-installed instead of Nook?
Windows is an *open* OS.
The OEMs have a lot of say about what ships atop their hardware. In fact a lot of the "bloat", "crapware", and instability that many ascribe to Windows has nothing to do with MS.

In fact, Amazon trumping Nook that way is not unprecedented.
Quite a few MS competitors over the years have gotten their products preinstalled on Windows PCs beside or instead of Microsoft's product. Suites like WordPerfectOffice and Lotus SmartSuite come to mind.
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interesting. I thought B&N and Microsoft were working together for some reason.. but Kindle will come pre-installed instead of Nook?
1. I don't think MS sees Amazon as a serious competitor at this time.
2. The courts have made it clear that only Apple can lock competitors off their platform.
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