Former Writer · Sep 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

A Tour Through Current XDA Development on Windows 8

So far, users have been through two releases of Windows 8: the Consumer Preview and the Release Preview. Neither of them will stack up to the official release, but they give users a pretty good idea of what the final release will be like. Developers, on the other hand, actually have access to the RTM version now to prepare for when it’s released to the public. What has come of this? Not a lot publicly. However, developers here on XDA have begun releasing some introductory items for Microsoft’s newest offering.

XDA Forum Member Pasquiindustry has been rather busy and has released two tools to help future Windows 8 users. The first is called Modern Back Changer, and it allows users to theme various pieces of the OS, including the start screen background and other accents. The second tool by Pasquiindustry is MetroApp Link, which creates Metro App shortcuts right on your desktop. This can be handy if you only use certain parts of the Metro App and want to access them quickly.

Another application comes from XDA Forum Member MosquitoD4K, who released a calculator application called Calc4Win. It’s not the most advanced application in the world, but many use calculators for various things. This one appears to be a scientific calculator, which can be much more useful than the stock Windows calculator for some.

Lastly, an application is in the works from XDA’s newest TV producer lseidman, who also helped users install Windows 8 via USB drive. This application is called Tube and, if you hadn’t guessed, it’s a YouTube application that brings the functionality of the YouTube website to a native Windows 8 application. The UI isn’t complete yet, and there are still a few tweaks to be made, but the application looks very promising for those who frequent YouTube.

Despite still being weeks away from public release, there are those here on XDA who have already begun work to make Microsoft’s newest offering a little better. While many of our users handedly prefer Linux to Windows, our community has always been about options, and there’s nothing wrong with making Windows 8 a more attractive option.

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