Windows 8 was a drastic shift in the Windows universe. We saw an operating system that moved away from the desktop environment we’re all quite used to, and brought the tiled Modern UI. I can’t lie to you, I’m still not quite into the new look and feel, since most of my experience has been on my kid’s laptop and the OS is clearly designed to live and breathe on a touch screen. But it’s been nearly six months since Microsoft released Windows 8, and early adopters should be well-accustomed to the new interface. We were ready, upon release, to provide OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8. The Windows 8-native app was designed to allow the same experience on a Windows 8 tablet or computer, as on a mobile device.
Sharing the mobile experience means that the Windows 8-native app does not support WMA Audiobooks and Music, WMV Videos, or transferring titles to mobile devices. However, the previous version of OverDrive Media Console can be installed alongside the new version to allow users to transfer books or enjoy the Windows Media content under Windows 8’s desktop mode. So with two flavors of OMC available for Windows 8, we’ve got two great tastes that taste great together!
When you, or your users, get your hands on a Windows 8 device, there are a few things you may need to be aware of when using both version of OMC on one computer. The Windows Media Player Security Upgrade will require running Internet Explorer 10 as an administrator. In some cases, using IE10’s compatibility mode may also be necessary to make sure the security upgrade can run. When using both versions of OMC on a Windows 8 computer, these are steps to take to make sure the correct format opens in the appropriate version of OMC (available from our help pages):
- Once you’ve found an audiobook, music, or video that you want to check out, save it to your computer instead of opening it. To do that, right-click the Download button, then select ‘Save As,’ or select the Download button, then Save.
- Once the ODM file has been downloaded, right-click (or swipe down) on it.
- Select Open With, then choose the right version of OMC:
• WMA and WMV titles: Choose OverDrive Media Console. You can also open MP3 titles with this too, if you prefer.
• MP3 titles: Choose OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8.
Once you have both versions installed, you can enjoy OverDrive media in the old style or new. In case you are wondering whether or not the steps we recommend have been verified to work, I must confess that I had to consult the help pages when setting up my daughter’s laptop on Christmas morning, so she could continue listening to her OverDrive audiobooks.
Justin Noszek is a Support Specialist at OverDrive.