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This Week on Windows: Microsoft Store’s 12 Days of Deals, Always Connected PCs and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about Always Connected PCs, check out Microsoft Store’s annual 12 days of deals, catch up on our Windows 10 Tips on getting started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app and bringing your stories to life with the reimagined Photos app – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
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Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Store this week:
Forza Motorsport 7 – Doritos Car Pack

From classic racers to rough-and-tumble SUVs ready to tackle any conditions you throw at them, the Doritos Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7 features seven vehicles from six different decades. Learn more on the Forza Motorsport blog.
Affinity Photo

Affinity delivers two serious tools, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, for creative professionals at a Microsoft-exclusive 25% discount through Dec. 11. Faster, smoother and more powerful than ever, Affinity Photo ($37.49 through Dec 11; regularly $49.99) continues to push the boundaries for professional photo editing software. Packing a huge toolset specifically engineered for creative and photography professionals, it’s a leader in power and performance.
Have a great weekend!

Hot holiday savings are here during Microsoft Store’s annual 12 Days of Deals

Holiday shopping is well underway and, for those that haven’t found that perfect gift, Microsoft Store has you covered with its annual 12 Days of Deals unwrapped daily at midnight ET through Dec. 17 – featuring an exciting deal every day on the hottest products from Surface to Xbox to Windows Mixed Reality – from Microsoft and its partners.
Check out today’s Day 1 Surface Pro bundle deal and get a sneak peek into tomorrow’s Day 2 savings on select Xbox games available at your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com where you can track all the deals. Plus, take advantage of picking up a purchase in store made online and free shipping and returns on every item, every day.
Here’s a look at the first two deals – stay tuned for more!
Day 1 (Dec. 6): Save $329 on Surface Pro i5 128GB bundled with a black type cover, plus get a free select sleeve, now for $799.
Day 2 (Dec. 7): Save up to 50 percent on select Xbox games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
Receive a Limited-Edition Xbox Holiday Ornament

While you’re shopping this weekend, Dec. 8 through Dec. 10, visit your local Microsoft Store to receive a Limited-Edition Xbox Holiday Ornament with a purchase of an Xbox One S or Xbox One X. Starting Dec. 15 through Dec. 17, you can get the exclusive ornament with any in-store gaming purchase of $50 or more. If you want to skip the holiday lines, get select Xbox digital games, downloadable game content, and subscriptions as the perfect gift that anyone can download instantly right from Microsoft Store on the Xbox One family of devices, Windows 10, or on Microsoft.com. Limitations apply. See Terms and Conditions.
Give back this holiday season with the Microsoft Wish Machine

Give back this holiday season by turning a wish into action that impact’s someone’s life when you visit the Microsoft Wish Machine at any Microsoft Store across the U.S., Canada and Sydney, Australia.*** Share your most inspiring wish – big or small – for a chance to have yours granted and inspire friends, family and your community to do the same.
Happy shopping!
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*12 Days of Deals – Each offer valid for 24 hours (until the next deal goes live), while supplies last. Promo period: Dec. 6 – Dec. 17. Deals on Microsoft.com will be available starting 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET, and during local Microsoft Store hours of operation. Deal availability varies in select markets. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. 
**Limited-Edition Holiday Xbox Ornament – Offer valid from Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17 or while supplies last. Available at physical Microsoft Store locations. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or promo code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit of 1 offer per customer. Other exclusions and limits may apply. See store associate for details.
***Microsoft Wish Machine – NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to 50 U.S. (D.C.), PR, Canada and Australia 13 years and older. Visit local Microsoft Store to enter by 12/31/17. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, including prize descriptions, for U.S. click here, Canada click here and Australia click here.

This Week on Windows: Tips for traveling with your device and more

 We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about Microsoft Edge, now available for iOS and Android; check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to choose your performance and battery balance – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!

What’s new in Microsoft Store:
 Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The heroes of Kingsman must band together with an allied spy organization as they attempt to defeat a common enemy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($19.99 HD/SD). Watch this action-packed adventure now, available in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
Have a great weekend!

Novartis unveils a new app to empower people with blindness and/or severe visual impairment

According to new data published this year in the Lancet Global Health journal, there are around 252.6 million people affected by blindness and moderate-to-severe visual impairment worldwide. *
At Novartis, we are committed to helping people with challenging healthcare issues. As one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, we are harnessing the power of technology to discover and reimagine how it can improve and, in some cases, extend people’s lives.
Today, I am excited to announce that Novartis is making available a new app called ViaOpta Hello powered by Microsoft Cognitive Services and the Windows 10 Universal App Platform. The app – which is the latest installment in the suite of ViaOpta apps – is aimed to empower people who are blind or have a severe visual impairment to experience the world. The Windows 10 PC app is available to download for free today** from the Microsoft Store, and the app is also available on Android and iOS platforms for smartphones.

We developed ViaOpta Hello to empower people with severe vision loss with the opportunity to engage with the world in new ways. Accessible via a Windows 10 PC and Android or iOS mobile device, it can be used to recognize an individual from a list of people who have given permission to be identified by the app, and to identify objects around the user. During the initial start of facial recognition set up, the app will send a request to use your smartphone camera. After set up, you can ask friends, co-workers, and family to upload their pictures, so the app can identify them later. With Microsoft Cognitive Services on the backend and use of a smartphone camera, you can take a photo of an individual or an object, and the phone will identify the person or object. On the desktop application, you can browse the photos from your phone or shared by friends to determine who or what is in the picture.
ViaOpta Hello is an early app, and we’re excited to hear what you think of it. So far, we’ve heard great feedback from our ViaOpta Hello test pilot.
Accessible via a Windows 10 PC and Android or iOS mobile device, ViaOpta Hello can be used to recognize an object, scenery or an individual from a list of people who have given permission to be identified by the app.
The journey of this app began five years ago at our headquarters in Switzerland. To develop solutions patients need, we work with organizations that advocate for patients around the world. ViaOpta Hello was developed in close partnership with advocacy group Retina International. In 2015, Christina Fasser, President of Retina International, expressed the need for more accessible and affordable technology that could help people who are blind or have severe visual impairment navigate everyday situations.
We wanted to help and got to work on our own homegrown mobile app. It was originally developed on a single mobile platform on iOS but the functionality was limited to identifying objects only. We needed an app that was simple, user-friendly and powered by intelligent technology that could identify people and objects with more confidence. At Microsoft Build 2015, Microsoft announced Microsoft Cognitive Services preview, which enables organizations to add intelligence to their applications, so they can see, hear, understand and interpret needs using natural methods of communication.
With more than 500 million active devices running Windows 10 and many built-in accessibility features in Windows 10, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Cognitive Services, we saw in Microsoft a partner that could not only help reimagine the app but also empower and inform its Windows 10 users too. Our previous version of the app only worked on mobile, but Microsoft and Novartis understood that in order to meet the day-to-day needs of its users, we needed an app that could work across mobile and desktop, no matter where people are or what device they are using.
We are excited to launch the ViaOpta Hello app that will enable greater accessibility, confidence, and independence to people who are blind or have a severe visual impairment. If we can create a connection that empowers more experiences with technology, then we have lived our mission.
For more information and to stay up to speed on accessibility efforts at Microsoft, visit microsoft.com/accessibility.
*Source : Bourne R, et al. Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections of the global prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis; The Lancet Global Health, August 2017.**ViaOpta Hello is currently available in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, East Africa and South Africa, Italy, Nordics, Spain, Australia, Turkey, China, and Ireland.

Start shopping Microsoft Store’s Black Friday deals now!

You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more at Microsoft Store on your Xbox or Windows 10 device.
Keep reading for the full list of the hottest Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and remember to check out our Cyber Monday deals starting Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. PT.
Surface

Save $329 on Surface Pro bundle
Get instant savings on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/256GB SSD) and black Type Cover.
Save $229 on Surface Pro bundle
Bundle and save on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/128GB SSD) and black Type Cover.
Free Harman Kardon Invoke
Buy a select Surface Laptop and get the new Harman Kardon Invoke speaker for free ($199 value) – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.
Xbox

Xbox One S only $189 + free game
Score an amazing deal on an Xbox One S 500GB console, plus get a select free game of choice and one month of Xbox Game Pass.
Save $50 on Xbox One S bundles + free game
Save $50 on Xbox One S 500GB and 1TB bundles plus get a select free game.
Windows 10 PCs
Save up to $300 off select Windows 10 PCs
Looking for a new PC? Save up to $300 this holiday when you purchase a new Windows 10 PC that lights up the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses, faster broadcasting for gaming, features to turn photos and videos into real memories, and much more.
Windows Mixed Reality

Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality headsets
Grab instant savings on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers, starting at $299 – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

Bundle and save up to $400
Get instant savings on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets and PC bundles.
Accessories
Up to $20 off Xbox controllers
Save instantly on select Xbox Wireless Controllers through Monday, Nov. 27.
Save $20 on Minecraft controller
Build, dig, and craft in style with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper.
Save $50 on Elite headset
Hear every pin drop with the Turtle Beach Elite 800x on-ear headset with noise-cancellation – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.
Digital
Up to 50% off games
Stock up on the hottest Xbox games this season like Halo Wars 2 and Super Lucky’s Tale.
Call of Duty for $49.99
Save $10 on Call of Duty: WWII.
Save $20 on Office 365 Home
Get Office 365 Home for $79.99 and get things done from virtually anywhere, on all your devices.
Microsoft Store
Don’t forget! Microsoft Store locations nationwide will offer the first Black Friday shoppers a chance to win an Xbox One X. Be in line before the store opens on Nov. 23, in select locations and on Nov. 24, in most locations for a chance to win.** Check your local Microsoft Store for more information.

Happy shopping!
Visit your local Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com or any of our retail partners for more details on availability and pricing.
Offers valid for a limited time, while supplies last. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. 
**No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S.+ DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who visit a Microsoft Retail Store beginning on November 23 or 24 (check your store’s Black Friday hours for opening times). One winner will be drawn 15 minutes after opening at each store. Must be present to win. For Official Rules, see a store associate.

This Week on Windows: Black Friday deals, Minecraft 1.2.5 Update and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners, kicking off Nov. 23; check out our Windows 10 Tip on editing any URL in your Microsoft Edge Favorites – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!

What’s new in the Microsoft Store:
 Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and our partners kick off Nov. 23. Save big on Surface, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Windows 10 PCs – and get an Xbox One S at its lowest price ever! You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Forza Motorsport 7 – Standard Edition and Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. You can check out more deals here.
Mixer Interactivity, Mobile Broadcasting and Windows Mixed Reality Arrives in the Minecraft 1.2.5 Update

Hot off the heels of MINECON Earth, Minecraft takes a deep dive into the world of Mixer Interactivity and Windows Mixed Reality with the 1.2.5 update, which graduated from beta this week! Players will be able to build, explore and battle mobs from new, creative perspectives, making this update the most immersive yet. Here’s what’s new:
Windows Mixed Reality: Building, exploring and coming face-to-face with monstrous mobs in Minecraft takes on new meaning when experienced with a Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Now you can share the adventure with friends playing on mobile, Windows 10 or console, set up your own world with Realms, or join one of the massive player-run servers.
Mixer comes to Minecraft: Players on Android and iOS platforms will gain access to instant, native broadcasting from directly within the game. If you’re streaming on Mixer, you’ll utilize the power of Faster Than Light technology, enabling you to broadcast with sub-second latency and also co-stream your gameplay with up to three friends. We’re also introducing native Mixer Interactivity for Bedrock Engine-based platforms! Any Minecraft command can be turned into an interactive button on Mixer, enabling communities to play along with their favorite streamers in real time.
Netflix – The Punisher

From Netflix (Free, subscription required for content) comes the latest Marvel hero to take care of business, his way. The Punisher is Frank Castle, a former FBI agent whose wife and children are murdered after witnessing a mob hit. After exacting revenge on those responsible, he becomes a one-man judge, jury and executioner, delving into conspiracies and rooting out injustices wherever he finds them.
Have a great weekend!

Training Haiti’s radiologists: St. Louis doctor takes her teaching global

From Missouri to Haiti
Radiology is often crucial in identifying and diagnosing injuries or diseases efficiently and accurately. Medical imaging techniques, such as x-ray, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT), have advanced alongside technology. Dr. Jennifer Nicholas has a long history of working to improve diagnostic imaging capacity and radiology training around the world, having traveled to Nicaragua, Kenya and Haiti to improve training for radiology residents and, ultimately, the outcomes for patients.
In September of 2016, she joined Washington University School of Medicine as an assistant professor and pediatric radiologist who practices at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital. As part of Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Jennifer is helping to develop a global outreach program, part of which involves providing radiology training in Haiti to residents at Hôpital de l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH), the state hospital in Port-au-Prince. One of the first stops on that journey, however, was at a mall in Missouri to explore device and technology solutions that would enable her to deploy a tablet-based curriculum, which utilized tools like PowerPoint for presentations and OneNote to serve as a dynamic professional toolbox.
A Particular Request
Upon meeting her in the Saint Louis Galleria, Jo Otey, business sales specialist at Microsoft Store, showed Jennifer how Surface Pro 4 and Office 365 would provide her with a way to seamlessly facilitate the tablet-based radiology curriculum in Haiti.
Jennifer’s goal was to create a flipped classroom environment in Haiti. Educators use a flipped classroom to break free from the traditional paradigm of educational lectures in a classroom. In this case, Jennifer’s flipped classroom needed to extend across geographic, cultural, and linguistic boundaries so the residents could complete their assigned reading, interpret cases, and create preliminary reports in advance of their virtual conference with Jennifer where the cases were reviewed, and the lectures given.
In September, Jo traveled to Haiti with Jennifer at her request to lay the groundwork for the flipped classroom at HUEH and help train the radiology residents on the technology. While the idea of flipped learning is not new, Jennifer’s program would take the concept to a new level. Radiology residents would be required to read course materials pre-loaded on the Surface Pro 4, interpret cases, and create preliminary reports in advance of a virtual conference and lecture where the case studies are reviewed.
The Flipped Classroom
Once Jennifer and Jo opened the possibilities of Business essentials to implement the curriculum, she discovered how transitioning to Microsoft 365 Business gave her the ability to manage devices remotely and securely and deploy new apps to the residents. Jennifer also had the ability to restrict usage of the devices until the residents completed the curriculum for the course. In addition to Microsoft 365 Business, Jo and Jennifer discovered solutions major challenges such as file sharing for the curriculum, facilitation, and communication limitations (language barriers and productivity tools). SharePoint allows her a means of monitoring the curriculum, usage, and progress of the radiology residents.

Since September, the residents have been preparing for the formal launch of the curriculum and Jennifer has noticed a major shift in the computer literacy of the radiology residents, due in part to the decision to use Surface Pro 4 with Windows and Office. The residents have been quick to take advantage of features like Skype for Business to interact with their colleagues within and outside of the Haiti. Microsoft Translator has helped bridge the language gap. Program participants can translate English coursework and reading into their native French to better understand the information, then translate to English to communicate curriculum-based questions to faculty. With OneNote, the residents create a virtual residency toolbox, and Jennifer will be able to use Forms to facilitate quizzes and surveys. Jennifer can then easily deploy apps and curriculum either in Haiti or the United States via a simple Microsoft 365 Business dashboard.
“The current infrastructure of the radiology department at HUEH is traditional x-ray film and paper printouts of relevant ultrasound images with hand-written reports,” says Jennifer. “During their careers, this group of radiologists will lead the transition to digital imaging in Haiti.  In addition to the radiology content the residents are learning through this curriculum, the computer skills they are strengthening with the use of the Surface Pro 4 and Windows will be invaluable as they negotiate new technology in the future.”
Currently, the radiology residency in Haiti includes 13 residents across the three-year program, but the curriculum also includes eight recent graduates of the program who are newly-minted practicing radiologists in Haiti. More than 20 Surface Pro4 were distributed to the radiologists-in-training. The resident doctors are responding positively to the program and are excited about the technology.
Unfortunately, the unexpected arrival of Hurricane Irma as the new devices were being implemented forced Jennifer and team to have to evacuate two days early. Still, the program is under way and Jennifer looks forward to the expansion of future global health programs in other parts of the world where there are radiology residents who are eager to learn, but their access to the latest educational resources is limited.
“I look forward to evaluating the curriculum in 2018,” says Jennifer. “I will be tracking how the residents are using the devices and the educational resources loaded on them. I will also evaluate how the residents’ levels of confidence in interpreting radiology studies have improved. During my last trip to Haiti, I was approached by doctors from other specialties who have heard about the curriculum and are interested in how they might be able to implement similar programs with their residents.”
Visit your local Microsoft Store to meet with a business sales specialist, explore device and technology solutions, and discover free resources like Office Hours that will help you to achieve more.

This Week on Windows: Surface Book 2 available today, Black Friday deals and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about the Surface Book 2, available today; read more about the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners, kicking off Nov. 23; check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to make your movies and games sound better with Windows Sonic – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
 Surface Book 2 available today

Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a laptop in one beautifully designed device. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 is 4.2lbs.
Purchase your own Surface Book 2 here
The detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2 has been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode – and when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC. Surface Book 2 brings you a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader which makes it easy to connect other devices, accessories and memory cards without the need for a bag full of dongles.
Surface Book 2 13” is available today in the United States and additional markets around the world, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. Visit this blog post for 5 reasons you’ll love Surface Book 2.

Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and our partners kick off Nov. 23. Save big on Surface, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Windows 10 PCs – and get an Xbox One S at its lowest price ever! You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Forza Motorsport 7 – Standard Edition and Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at your local Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com and on your Windows 10 PC. You can check out more deals here.

What’s new in the Microsoft Store this week:
MINECON Skin Pack for Minecraft

MINECON is less than a week away! Get ready with the MINECON Skin Pack for Minecraft ($26.99), full of cosplayers, cake and dinner dress – everything you need for a MINECON celebration. Get a free fully explorable Minecraft map by the Elite map maker Jigarbov based on the MINECON Earth logo. Not to be outdone, the Minecraft team themselves have put together a free celebratory map as well, packed full of disco-dancing parrots. This FREE content is available for a limited time only: Nov. 13-27.
Hulu: Future Man

Hulu (Free, subscription required for content) has something hilarious in store this month, debuting Future Man, a new and original comedy series starring John Hutcherson. When his character, a janitor by day, world-ranked gamer by night, is approached by mysterious visitors from the future, they proclaim him the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion. Watch what happens.
Candy Crush 5th Anniversary

We’ve devoured this sweet matching game for five years, but we still can’t get enough of Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga (Free, with IAP options). Now, in celebration of this birthday milestone, there are special events everywhere. Candy Crush Soda Saga offers a Free Birthday Booster for levels 29 and higher through Nov. 21, and Candy Crush Saga does the same from today through Nov. 23.
Have a great weekend!

Announcing the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

It’s one of my favorite times of the year and this holiday, I’m looking forward to welcoming my sons home from college, enjoying time with my daughter, and watching a lot of football.
Of course, it’s also a great time to celebrate loved ones with incredible gifts and Microsoft has some great options – from the must-have Xbox One X or amazing value of the Xbox One S, to positively reviewed Surface devices, to cutting-edge technology like Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

With Black Friday just around the corner, Microsoft Store and our partners are offering some great deals on my favorite tech, there’s something great for everyone on your list. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. You can check out more deals here.
Save up to $329 on new Surface bundles

Described as a “killer device” and “near perfection” by top reviewers, the new Surface Pro is a beautiful ultra-light, versatile and powerful device. If you have a loved one looking for uncompromising mobility and productivity so they can create, study, work or play anywhere, the Surface Pro is the ideal gift. You can take advantage of our best deal ever for the new Surface Pro – $329 off the Surface Pro i5 256GB and $229 off the Surface Pro i5 128GB. Both Surface Pro options feature all-day battery life, a stunning PixelSense display, and a lighter-than-ever-feel, both bundled with the Black Type Cover. You can also add Office 365 Home for $79.99 and save 20%.
Save $199 with the purchase of Surface Laptop and the new Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker

From November 23 – 27, you can purchase Surface Laptop (either i5 256GB or i7) with the Harman Kardon Invoke voice-activated speaker and save $199.95. Surface Laptop blends portability and performance with impeccable design, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker delivers premium sound, the intelligence of Cortana, Skype calling, and more – all hands-free.

Cortana works across both devices, helping you get things done so you can focus on what matters. Invoke will also be available at a discounted price of $99 from November 23 – 27.*
Get Xbox One S at its lowest price ever, starting at just $189

From November 23 – 27, gamers can get incredible deals on a variety of Xbox One consoles, games, and accessories, including Xbox One S at its lowest price ever, starting at just $189. Xbox One S offers the best value in games and entertainment, with over 1,300 games including blockbusters, popular franchises, and more than 220 Xbox One exclusives. With Xbox One S, you can play with friends on Xbox Live – the fastest, most reliable gaming network – and enjoy built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming.

You can also save $50 off Xbox One S 1TB and 500GB bundles, which include a console, game, and additional bonuses like Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Blockbuster games like Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, and Forza Horizon 3 are each $20 off and you can save $20 on Xbox Wireless Controllers, $15 on Stereo Headsets, and $10 on 3-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

With Windows Mixed Reality, you can escape to the most immersive experiences – touring top travel destinations, getting inside the most exciting games, attending the most popular events, even traveling across time and space – right in your own home, with you at the center of everything.

Available for the first time this holiday, you can save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality Headsets from our partners Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung and savings up to $249 on PC bundles from Acer, Dell, and HP. Try them out and experience mixed reality at your local Microsoft Store.
Upgrade to a new Windows 10 PC with savings of up to $300 off
Looking for a new PC? Save up to $300 this holiday when you purchase a new Windows 10 PC that lights up the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses, faster broadcasting for gaming, features to turn photos and videos into real memories, and much more.
Additional Black Friday deals from our partners include:
Save up to $150 on the Acer Aspire 1 and Aspire 3 laptops starting November 24 at Acer.com.
Save up to $100 on ASUS Transformer Book Flip 2-in-1, TP200 at ASUS.com/US.
Save on PCs from Dell, like the Alienware 17 Laptop available for $1599.99, the Dell Inspiron 14 3000 for only $129.99, or the Dell Latitude 3580 for just $579. The deals start November 15 and roll into Black Friday at Dell.com/BlackFriday and Dell.com/sbblackfriday.
Save $230 on the HP Pavilion 15 x360, or $200 on the HP 15” Notebook.
Save on great Lenovo devices like the Yoga 720 for $729.99, the Legion Y520 for $749.99, and the Yoga 910 Star Wars Glass for only $999.99. Check out these and other great deals starting on November 20 on Lenovo’s website.
Save on Samsung devices this Black Friday with Galaxy Books starting at $529.99 November 17 – 27, and All-in-One PCs November 19 – 25 at Samsung.com and other retailers.
Visit Microsoft Store for great deals

I encourage you to visit Microsoft Store for your holiday shopping. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift at any price, picking up a purchase you made online, or just experiencing the best of Microsoft from Surface to Xbox to Windows Mixed Reality – Microsoft Store has you covered.
Check out free demonstrations of virtual reality and Windows Mixed Reality. Experience true 4K gaming on Xbox One X.
Encourage STEM with top products like Lego Boost ($149.95) or littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit ($79.95), or Minecraft Super Plus Pack ($39.99).
Celebrate design with Marimekko patterned sleeves ($75) and skins ($39), or Surface Arc Mouse ($79.99).
Microsoft Stores nationwide will offer the first people in line before the doors open on November 24 a chance to win an Xbox One X.**
Get hands-on with the latest technology and join free, in-store activities in a fun, learning environment. Create holiday cards, learn how to paint, scan or play in 3D or build a Minecraft Holiday Village.
Happy shopping!
Yusuf
Visit your local Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com or any of our retail partners for more details on availability and pricing.
Offers valid for a limited time, while supplies last. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply.
*Setup requires the Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone, Android or iPhone and signing in with a Microsoft Account (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher). Must accept Cortana Terms of Use. Works with select music services (paid subscriptions may be required). Works with select home automation providers. Must accept Skype terms of use. Skype credit required for calls to mobile phones and landlines. Visit microsoft.com/en-us/cortana for all product features and compatible services. Cortana experience may vary by device. Wi-fi required.
**No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S.+ DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who visit a Microsoft Retail Store beginning on November 23 or 24 (check your store’s Black Friday hours for opening times). One winner will be drawn 15 minutes after opening at each store. Must be present to win. For Official Rules, see a store associate.

This Week on Windows: Surface Book 2 now available for pre-order, Xbox One X launch, Samsung HMD Odyssey availability and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! It’s been a major week for us this week with pre-order for Surface Book 2 now open, the launch of the world’s most powerful console –  Xbox One X – and the availability of the Samsung HMD Odyssey and Super Lucky’s Tale. Head over here to learn more about the Windows 10 Tip in this week’s episode on how to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar with Microsoft Edge, check out the HP Spectre 13, powered by Windows 10 – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
In case you missed it:
 Surface Book 2 available today for pre-order

Surface Book 2 is available today for pre-order with delivery beginning Nov. 16. Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a laptop in one beautifully designed device. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 is 4.2lbs.
The detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2 has been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode – and when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC. Surface Book 2 brings you a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader which makes it easy to connect other devices, accessories and memory cards without the need for a bag full of dongles.
Surface Book 2 13” is available for pre-order today in the United States and additional markets around the world, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. Delivery will begin on Nov. 16. To learn more about Surface Book 2, please visit this blog post.
 The world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, launches worldwide
 
The official launch of the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, brings a new era of immersive 4K gaming and 4K entertainment to gamers across the globe. With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is where console gamers can play the best versions of games. The new console launches with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, with more than 70 Xbox One X Enhanced titles coming in the first week and more than 50 available on launch day, including Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and FIFA 18. The Xbox One games library consists of more than 1,300 games and more than 220 exclusives, all of which play best on Xbox One X. More titles are on the way like the hottest game on the planet PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, releasing as an Xbox One console launch exclusive Dec. 12, 2017.
The power of Xbox One X
 Xbox One X is built for true 4K gaming, with enough power to drive native 4K resolutions, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut into a pristine visual package beyond what’s capable in existing consoles. Existing Xbox One games play even better, with improved textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X is also the only product in the world that packs all of the following features in one amazing device: 4K gaming for the world’s greatest games, a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K streaming capabilities, High Dynamic Range support for gaming and video, and premium audio that puts gamers in the center of spatial sound with Dolby Atmos support. The craftsmanship in the Xbox One X hardware means it’s not only the world’s most powerful console, it’s also the smallest and most feature-rich Xbox ever.
For the latest on where to buy Xbox One X, visit xbox.com/xboxonex. You can also head to your local retailer, including Microsoft Store, for more information. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Samsung HMD Odyssey is now available

The Samsung HMD Odyssey is now available for purchase. The Samsung HMD Odyssey provides a remarkable immersive experience with Dual AMOLED high-resolution displays, a 110-degree field of view, built-in premium AKG headphones, and built-in 6 DOF inside-out position tracking. The device is quick and easy to set up and delivers a premium virtual reality experience with superior picture quality. You can buy the Samsung HMD Odyssey today from the Microsoft Store.

Here’s what’s new in the Microsoft Store:
Super Lucky’s Tale

Super Lucky’s Tale ($29.99) is a delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Dive into unpredictable foxholes, or try devilish side scrolling challenge levels to unlock additional rewards. Read more about Super Lucky’s Tale over at Xbox Wire!
Forza Motorsport 7: Samsung QLED TV Car Pack

Arriving today for #Forza7, the @Samsung QLED Car Pack features an incredible variety of vehicles. Check out the trailer! pic.twitter.com/lhiLI1YRav
— Forza Motorsport (@ForzaMotorsport) November 7, 2017

The first of the monthly DLC releases for Forza Motorsport 7, the Samsung QLED TV Car Pack ($6.99) includes 7 new cars for $6.99. In true Forza fashion, this pack features an incredible variety of vehicles – from the latest Alfa Romeo to Nissan’s famous Bluebird Super Silhouette race car, as well a couple of rough-and-ready off-roaders.
Have a great weekend!