As far as we can remember, the release of Windows 8 (and of course, Windows 8.1 after that) has seen requests made by Slingbox customers for an app which will also be able to play nice on Windows 8 devices, and those will include a plethora of tablets, convertibles, laptops and desktop machines. Well, I suppose the gods of tech have heard you, since Sling Media recently announced that the SlingPlayer for Windows 8 app will be made available to interested parties over in the Windows 8 App Store.
As long as you own a Windows 8-powered tablet, convertible or PC, installing this app would let you use it for free, albeit with a time limit of 24 hours, tops. Once that time limit is up, you will have to make a decision as to whether to pick up the app for good at $14.99 a pop, or to just turn your back and wistfully hope that the price will be reduced one fine day down the road. Just for reference’s sake, $14.99 would be the same price as that of the other versions of the SlingPlayer app. Some of the new features that will arrive with the Slingplayer Windows 8 app include Gallery View, a touch-enabled User Interface as well as Windows RT support. [Press Release]
Just the other day, we read about how Microsoft rolled out a Skype for Windows Phone 8 update to the masses, and this time around, we have a little bit of something for Android device owners who cannot help but sneak in some Skype goodness into their everyday routine. We are looking at Skype for Android version 4.5 now, where there will be a couple of totally new features which will cater for Android tablet owners, in addition to general improvements across the board.
Skype happens to be the first Android application that will be able to deliver a picture in picture window, letting you check out your video call never mind the fact that you have already switched away to other applications. I guess some might say that this is an experience which would not be too different from Windows 8′s Snap View, albeit it comes with a touch of Android this time around, letting you multitask even when you are attending to a Skype video call. While this feature is available only on tablets, those using Skype 4.5 on your Android smartphone will still be able to catch out a message that performs a permission request to draw on top of other apps. Other bug fixes and quality improvements in Skype 4.5 would include better Video Instant Messaging functionality, compatibility for the Hudl tablet, crash issues on the Nexus 5 would be no more, as well as persistent drop down filter selections on the people tab. [Press Release]