Microsoft and Amar Chitra Katha Launches ‘ACK Comics’ App For Windows 8 Tablets and Notebooks

Microsoft  and Amar Chitra Katha today launched the first official Amar Chitra Katha comic application, ‘ACK COMICS’ exclusively for Windows 8 tablets and notebooks.  First five comics – Shakuntala, Birbal the Wise, Tirupati, Tenzing Norgay and Anant Pai will be available free of cost to Windows 8 users.

Amar Chitra Katha ACK Comics App Windows 8 Tablets and Notebooks

With this free app, developed by Ninestars’ App9 Digital Studio, consumers can now instantly browse, buy, download and read hundreds of old favorites as well as the latest titles from Amar Chitra Katha, on the go.

A legendary household name in India, Amar Chitra Katha is synonymous with Indian fables from the great epics, mythology, history, literature and oral folktales. With more than 400 comics in 20 languages that have sold over 90 million copies to date, Amar Chitra Katha is a cultural phenomenon, popular across the world.

ACK Comics app will be available exclusively on the Windows 8 platform for the first month.  The free app will bring the entire library of Amar Chitra Katha titles to Windows 8 users in a downloadable, easy-to-read format. Consumers can read their comics on multiple devices using a single user account in either Flipbook mode (standard, page by page) or Panel-by-Panel mode (for ease of reading on smaller devices).

To download the Amar Chitra Katha App for Windows 8, users can visit http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/ack-comics/d35b8045-7f57-4d58-a746-7c6598e22d36

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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  • Rama December 23, 2013 8:14 am, 8:14 AM

    @vivek krishnan
    accepted that windows 8 running on haswell processors would be costly but power efficient and even if they are costly people would have a reason to shell out those extra $ since it gives them extra productivity as compared to ios or android
    windows rt on the other hand despite being on cheaper arm processors are not doing well, for example microsoft already has a billion dollars stuck in surface rt and there is no good reason to buy surface rt simply because most x-86 apps cannot run on it so its better to buy a android tablet at the same price tag and enjoy more apps and windows rt has not been showing any good momentum too for example even though windows phone has only a 3.6% market share but still its showing a year over year growth of about 150% which is amazing and gives some hope on windows phone but no such thing with windows rt,so yes merging both windows phone and windows rt is a good choice

    see all i want to say is that lumia 520 available for 7k provides a smoother experience than android phone at the same price tag so people are ready to compromise on app availability whereas for nexus 7 2012 available at 7.5k it has enough specs to run android smoothly and has more apps then why should someone choose rt in scuh a scenario.

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  • Vivek Krishnan December 22, 2013 11:32 pm, 11:32 PM

    @Rama – The current crop of Ivy Bridge processors are not that power efficient. Haswell ULV processors are going to be so, but they wont come cheap. On the other hand, we have ARM chipsets that just sip power. So, unless Intel makes pricing cheaper, I doubt you will get a x86 machine which is cheap.

    As far as the apps are concerned, I think they are increasing the number of free apps, but they would do better to make WP8 free, it would be best, that would work out cheaper than Android – they charge a fee of about 10$ – AFAIK.

    As far as W RT is concerned, it was a confusing thing – I know several people who where not sure it could run x86 apps or not – that was crappy marketing on MS part. Now, merging the two lines is the best they can do simply because they can make it easier to sell – sort of Windows Mobile.

    App Ops. Now, yes, Google removed it, but you have to admit, would even MS for that matter allow that kind of functionality to be exposed to the end user? I think not. However, no big deal – hardly anyone has used it, and those who want it, there are several ways to get it back.

    As far as what Google is doing with MS – that is really stupid. And who is the end loser? Google. Metrotube does not serve ads AFAIK, so thats Google’s loss.

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    • Rama December 23, 2013 11:12 am, 11:12 AM

      @vivek krishnan
      i agree that ms does not provide anything like apps ops to the end user but i completely disagree with the fact that its not beneficial to the end user,if you on play store and search for the facebook app you ll see that a number of one start ratings fb has got is because of asking permissions like scanning through contacts,call logs,messages etc which are completely irrelevant especially call logs now if app ops would have been there the end user can prevent fb from accessing these and continue using the service the main reason why many poeple dint use aps ops was because many were simply not aware of it and google pulled it out from android preety qucik.

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  • Rama December 22, 2013 2:19 pm, 2:19 PM

    @Tharun Geroge
    Intel processors being power hungry is now a matter of past, the current haswell range of processors from intel are truly power efficient and as far as tablet OS is concerned microsoft’s windows RT does not stand a chance in front of apples ios and android because it lacks apps heavily and that matters a lot when people buy tablets and rt does not even have tablets at cheap prices like windows phone to make it popular amongst the people with a tight budget. windows rt has not been a success which is evdient from a billion dollar of surface tablets that ms has left unsold and why would manufacturers wanna concentrate in rt when the full windows version can be used as a tablet as well as laptop os.And the statement of microsoft dropping rt isnt even a rumor ms has indirectly said about it in a conference you can google about it and select the link of guardians website to read further.

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  • Rama December 22, 2013 2:14 pm, 2:14 PM

    @Tharun Geroge
    Intel processors being power hungry is now a matter of past, the current haswell range of processors from intel are truly power efficient and as far as tablet OS is concerned microsoft’s windows RT does not stand a chance in front of apples ios and android because it lacks apps heavily and that matters a lot when people buy tablets and rt does not even have tablets at cheap prices like windows phone to make it popular amongst the people with a tight budget. windows rt has not been a success which is evdient from a billion dollar of surface tablets that ms has left unsold and why would manufacturers wanna concentrate in rt when the full windows version can be used as a tablet as well as laptop os.

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  • Rama December 22, 2013 11:11 am, 11:11 AM

    @tharun geogre
    the free rumor is there but still microsoft is planning to abandon windows RT because there are not much differences between windows phone and windows RT and manufacturers are slowly starting to prefer producing a laptop-tablet hybrid of full version of windows 8 as its more productive and useful than windows RT

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    • Tharun George December 22, 2013 12:56 pm, 12:56 PM

      Windows 8 Hybrid needs a Intel processor. So the tablet will be heavy, low battery life and more heat. It will be a laptop without keyboard.

      Besides Nokia is going for Lumia 1520 Windows RT tablet. It is the only windows tablet that can compete leading android tablets. So microsoft cannot abandon it since its the only Tablet OS they have.

      The rumor I heard is from economic times website article. So might be true.

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  • Rama December 21, 2013 11:39 pm, 11:39 PM

    @Tharun Gorge
    As far as industry rumors are concerned microsoft is most probably planning to remove windows RT and have only windows and windows phone from next year onwards and the reason that google is not developing apps for microsoft becuase of low market share is simply a big lie because think practically,google is a huge big mnc and its hardly gonna cost them anything to develop apps for WP8 infact being an advertising company its only gonna benefit them in the long run by developing apps for ms because they would have an even bigger audience of the smartphone market to cater to and hence better ad revenues.The real reason why i believe google is not developing its own apps for windows phone and windows rt is because google knows that microsoft’s windows phone can run much smoother and better on low end hardware than android and in the long run overtake android and hence google is doing its part in hindering the growth of microsoft.Whats even worse is that when microsoft tried to develop a youtube app on its own for windows phone google blocked it by giving the lame reason that since the app was not compiled in HTML5 google would not support it whereas on the contrary google’s own youtube app for ios is also not based on HTML5.So google would not help microsoft in any way possible.

    Google only tries to look good in the eyes of other people but is not.
    1)Recently google made it mandatory for a user to be on G+ in order to post a comment on youtube.Thats the worst way google can make its own social networking site popular.Instead of bringing innovative features to google + so that people jump ships from facebook,twitter etc google is using such cheap tactics which is like almost forcing users to be on G+ so that they can make use of youtube.
    2)Google also removed ops app permission manager from android in the latest release of android 4.4.2…Ops app manager allows users to determine what parts of the phone a paticular app can have access to for example call log ,call history,contacts and all other parts of phone.By removing this feature google is highly compromising on private data as recently it was reported that an app called brightest led flash secretively sent data regarding users location to advertisers helping them deliver targeted ads and google has again given a silly reason that app permission manager was not meamt for public use and hance was removed but i feel that google has removed apps permission becasue its own business model works pretty much in a similar manner that is by exploiting private data.
    3)google has also shamelessly removed cyanogemod(a great alternative to normal android)installer and has also removed rom manager from google play which in a way kills the concept of andorid being an open source project and shows googles intention to have a virtual monoply over andorid.
    This is from a person
    WHO WAS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A GOOGLE HATER!!.

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    • Tharun George December 22, 2013 7:35 am, 7:35 AM

      The rumor I hear was Microsoft was going to give Windows RT for free to all manufactures.

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  • Tharun George December 21, 2013 7:10 pm, 7:10 PM

    I like Windows 8.1 very much. But app is very very limited. I use facebook, Skype and IRCTC apps. We want more apps on windows 8 platform. Google always ignore windows platforms saying low usage share.

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