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Top 5 Christmas Apps for Windows 8.1

'Tis the season for your computers and tablets to help make your holiday a happy one. For that reason, we are rounding up some of our favorite Christmas-themed apps for Windows 8.1.

Rather than compiling a list of apps to help you get your shopping done, this is a list of apps to help you and the family get into the spirit of the season.

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Fancy sending a personalised holiday greeting this year? Microsoft is providing you the means to do so with a special carol, dedicated to the person of your choice. With Jingle Bells or Silent Night to choose from, you're also able to pick a free app to bundle with the merry gift and everything will be taken care of for you. All you're left with is a link to share and you're done.

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If you need a little help getting those last minute Holiday greeting cards out or just are in the mood to spread a little more Christmas spirit, take a look at the Windows Phone app PostalBook.

PostalBook has over ninety Holiday oriented greeting card designs that can be personalize, saved, and shared over social networks.  Cards can be customized with text as well as your own pictures.

Electronic greeting cards are an easy way to reach out to friends these days and PostalBook comes across as a creative and convenient way to spread the Holiday spirit.

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Windows Phone Central Roundup: Games and apps for the Holiday Season

With Christmas right around the corner, what better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than with a few Christmas themed Windows Phone apps and games?

This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup features a few such games and apps.  We pulled a handful of the top rated apps and games from the Windows Phone Store for this week's roundup.  There is one app to give your Windows Phone lockscreen a holiday touch, a couple games with a Holiday touch, and one app to keep track of Saint Nick on his global journey.

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Microsoft has today kicked off its 12 Days of Deals for the month of December in the US. With Christmas just around the corner, it only makes sense for there to be some incredible offers on the hottest tech around. Today we've seen the Dell Venue 8 Pro have its price slashed at Microsoft Stores (and online), but there are many more offers on the way. 

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Technically speaking, it’s been a slow week, mostly due to the hangover from last week’s holiday festivities. In reality though, you probably have noticed that developers have been busy tweaking and improving their apps. We’ve covered a bunch of ‘em but there are still more. Today, we know of two pretty big updates that are well worth your time.

Both Miniclip’s Rail Rush, a freebie and Nokia exclusive game, got a Christmas bonus and Huyn’s Snapchat client, 6snap, received a few new features as well. Here are the details.

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The TechnNet UK team have announced a new festive competition for developers - say hello to The Twelve Days of Geekmas. Familiar with the original 12 days of Christmas jingle? Well, take that and add in a load of cool giveaways and you'll have the idea as to how Microsoft is going to celebrate the festive countdown. Unwrap the break to see what it's all about.

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Christmas is soon upon us and retailers are already kicking off some enticing deals to tempt you to part with hard earned cash. Expansys UK has joined the train with a Nokia Lumia 1020 Christmas pack. What's included in the bundle? Only the Windows Phone itself, the Nokia camera grip, wireless charging cover, wireless charging dock and a tripod. You can get all this for £559.99.

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MeTweets will be free for everyone on Christmas Day, thanks to the developer celebrating the festive period. On December 25th, those who don't already own the Twitter app will be able download the full version from the Store for free. It's a superb present from the developer of a highly rated Windows Phone app, and one which we recommend.

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SantaRacer updated, snow in the forecast

If you're looking for a simple, fun Windows Phone game, take a look at SantaRacer. The game was recently updated to version 2.0 with a new game engine under the hood and improved graphics that include snow fall.

SantaRacer has you guiding Santa and his sleight up a hill collecting presents and avoiding flying rocks along the way. If you hit a rock, you lose a reindeer. Run out of time or reindeers and the game's over.  SantaRacer is a fun game to pass the time with and has a bit of challenge.

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Just as the Nokia Cardboard Challenge comes to a complete closure the company has kicked off another competition for consumers to participate in. Also celebrating the festive period, the Nokia Paper Challenge is a perfect opportunity to use up the leftover wrapping paper (or newspaper, magazine, flyer, pamphlet, etc. if you don't celebrate with presents in December) to create Nokia products and win prizes.

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If you can't wait for that Red Ryder BB gun that you begged Santa for and want to see just how close he is to dropping it off under your tree, check out the NORAD Tracks Santa app for Windows and Windows Phone. The North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) keeps tabs on St. Nick's whereabouts throughout Christmas night and reports to eager young tikes awaiting his arrival.

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Microsoft recently published a video on its Windows Phone YouTube channel that featured Misfit Toys and 'Bumble' (The Abominable Snow Monster of the North) for a new Windows Phone 8 commercial. The team is back with another festive themed commercial featuring not only the Snow Monster, but Santa Clause who is enjoying a quick dip before the mad rush to deliver presents to kids around the world.

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In a nice nod to nostalgia, Microsoft has made a Bing commercial featuring the toys from the 1964 TV special 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' in addition to that troubled little elf, Hermey.

While Yukon Cornelius drags the misfits on a sled, he soon pops his back. Hermey, now technologically modern, whips out a little clay-mation Windows Phone and Bings 'hot yoga'. Both hilarious and informative, the commercial is our new favorite. But that's the power of childhood memories for you.

Source: Discover Bing; Thanks, Vector555

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Should you be looking for some creative festive fun, then look no further. The above video, directed and produced by "WPMom", features 10 applications and a little girl performing "Jingle Bells". The apps used in the video can be found below (in order of appearance):

  • Xmas Tambourine
  • Sleigh
  • Sleigh Bells Ring
  • Toy Xylophone
  • Christmas Lyrics
  • Christmas Bells Free
  • Holiday Musicbox
  • Happy Xmas Game
  • Holidays Slurpy
  • Tiny Christmas Tree

Anything to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhoneParent), via: WPSauce

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