Get this now: Chrome browser extension for the Windows Phone Store makes app QR codes
Here at Windows Phone Central, we go out of our way to bring you the latest and greatest apps conveniently. For instance, if you use our official app, you get one-tap access to download whatever it is we’re writing about, instead of making you hop out of the app and searching in the Store. If you’re browsing via the web on a PC, you get a nice QR code to quickly scan at the bottom of each article.
Well, ThomasP from the website WP7App.de has written a killer extension for the Chrome browser that goes one step further. The extension simply auto-generates QR codes for any app in the Windows Phone web Store. So if you are just browsing or someone emails you a link, when you head to Microsoft's site you’ll get a nicely accessible QR code for quick scanning.
OMG, this is awesome. Microsoft, why you no do this?
For ‘enthusiast users’ like ourselves, this is hugely expedient and frankly we’re befuddled as to why Microsoft doesn’t have this feature built in themselves.
Now, before you poor your haterade on Chrome, remember it’s popular because of the large assortment of very useful extensions e.g. the Metro-everywhere ones we covered recently. That’s not to say IE10 is not a good browser, but…even we use Chrome because of those extensions. (You can take us down a peg if you want, but we’re not fanboys here, just fans where appropriate).
Anyway, head to the Chrome WebStore to download the Windows Phone QR Beta extension. We highly recommend it.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
FF or bust.
Have fun for me though, its rather nifty.
The problem is that it's still very little compared to the other browsers, because the IE addons are harder to implement.
However, my question is, what add-ons do you use that you cannot live without, and are not available on IE?
Personally as a software developer (including web development from time to time), I use primarily Internet Explorer, with Chrome as a backup if a site refuses to work on IE, and I use Firefox only for testing that my code works fine on it.
neat, but, actually very useless.
that kind of rationalization is the most important one: making it easy for end users.
now: clicking one button
this: take out the phone, unlock it, click search, click the eye, wait till the camera is ready, and then click that displayed link. oh, and THEN, click install. or buy, or try, actually.
now tell me the second one is more simple and more straight forward, again. tell me how my argument is wrong.
but you raised some valid points nontheless. that i like. the right kind of thinking: sharing thoughts. so maybe show it when you're not logged in? show it down there where you can manually download the app? because that's not for general usage, too. it's for those special cases where you might need it.
now, most of the time I use Opera / IE10.
When this gets official i.e when MS implements this on the site itself , then only its "truely" another way to get the apps.
Its not pride , Its about sacrificing another choice (like restricting ourself to use chrome for this feature) actually.
I want a browser, not some bloated ChromeOS VM wannabe.
Why QR and all this ?
Under "find my phone" in settings :
"Send apps to my phone using push notifications"
oh wait........... It actually doesn't work at all
When user doesn't want to login because of security concern , How can he check the email in first place ? Would logging into gmail or live.com different than logging into windowsphone.com ?
The only time i use extentions are for IE-Tab to get sites to show up properly in Firefox lol
They really should make two browsers. IE for Business users and IE for Home and allow extensions in "home version".
Just my 2 cents. :)
but the same limited people can install chrome and find some magical addon.
No thanks! Browser extensions need to die like flash.
still browser extensions do indeed need to die quick.
I can convert my currrent URL or any text selected into a QR code to transfer to my phone. Pretty useful for things other that URLs.
"So if you are just browsing or someone emails you a link, when you head to Microsoft's site you’ll get a nicely accessible QR code for quick scanning"
If I already have the link, why would I need the QR code?
I don't use Chrome, but I can see that having another method to download the app is a good thing - In fact, I use the QR Code quite a lot from the WP Central website. Never any harm in providing mulitple ways to do things.
Microsoft - you should definitely implement this as a standard feature on the website.
I really hope they change their minds! Or that Nokia allow us to put Android on the Lumias. I 'like' Windows mobile but no proper dropbox? No KeePass? Too many core apps are still missing - but maybe in time they will be here, and so will Chrome