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Dude, where’s my Apps?

Dude, where’s my Apps?

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I was watching an internal video of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch in Barcelona last night and saw something similar to this photo.   I thought “that’s a Kindle App!!!!  Awesome, off to the Store for me!”.   I headed to the Windows Store with the intention of filling my PC with this and many other Apps I had seen in the video and noticed that basically none of them were there.

I just assumed that perhaps something was shown in Barcelona that wasn’t in the public release and didn’t think anything of it.  I was chatting with my good buddy Jeff Alexander today, and he mentioned something similar, and then told me that if you change your Regional Settings from Australia to United States, all sorts of awesome stuff becomes available in the store.    Always willing to give stuff a shot, I changed my Samsung Series 7 settings to United States, and hey presto, there’s the Kindle App along with all sorts of interesting stuff.   MASSIVE kudos to Jeff for spotting that one for me!

On a side note, I have been constantly plagued with the error message “Sorry that feature is not available in your region” with lots of Metro Apps so far (Finance, Xbox Games, Xbox Companion, Music) and this also goes away with the change to the regional settings, although you do need to sign in with a US Windows Live Account to be able to actually do anything useful with them.

So I reckon that if you want to get the most from your CP installation, I suggest faking it that you’re from across the pond, and your experience will be that much better!

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