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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 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, 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!

Mixer interactivity now available with the Minecraft 1.2.5 beta

Mixer mobile broadcasting, directly in Minecraft  
When we launched Mixer Create on Android and iOS last month, we loved seeing the reaction from our community around the simplicity of mobile broadcasting. We’re now excited to bring the familiar Mixer Create experience directly into Minecraft, making it easier to start and manage a Mixer broadcast while you play. You’ll start to see this feature today in the Minecraft 1.2.5 beta on Android; iOS will come once 1.2.5 exits beta.  
Mixer interactivity in Minecraft  
Our Interactive 2.0 platform enables any game developer to add Mixer interactivity to their game with just a few lines of code; creating unique steaming experiences where viewers have actual impact on the gameplay. With Mixer Interactivity in Minecraft, any Minecraft command can be turned into an interactive button that viewers can use to change your game. Plus, with Mixer’s Faster Than Light (FTL) streaming protocol, you’ll be able to watch and play with less than a second of latency. Starting today, you’ll be able to try out interactivity in the Minecraft 1.2.5 beta on Android and Windows 10. Xbox One will come later this week, and then all versions of Minecraft will get the feature once it exits beta. Also, for Java fans, a separate mod will be coming later this year, as well.
We can’t wait to see what you do with Mixer broadcasting and interactivity in Minecraft. Drop us a line at @WatchMixer and let us know what you think, or just to show off your awesome Minecraft interactivity creations, and head over here to read more about today’s news!

Windows 10 Tip: Export your Minecraft creations to

The Minecraft Team recently released the Better Together Update, designed to unify the console, mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under one single Minecraft, which includes cross-platform play, infinite worlds, the community Marketplace and servers. And for Windows 10 PC players, integration with Paint 3D and makes it easy to export and share 3D creations and inspire others.
Today, we’re going to show you how to get started creating your very own 3D content in Windows!
Start by opening a new creative world, or an existing creative world.
If you are not using a creative world, you will need to enter creative mode by opening the in-game menu, enabling cheats, and changing your Personal game mode to “Creative”. This will allow you to use cheats, which are needed to enable the new Structure Block in-game. You will also need to change the Trust Player Permissions dropdown to “Operator”. This will allow you to use cheats, which are needed to enable the new Structure Block in-game.

Build the object you’d like to export from Minecraft
Give your in-game player a Structure Block
Now you will need to give your in-game player a Structure Block by pressing “/” and typing the following command: “/give @p structure_block” without the quotation marks.

Now place the Structure Block on the ground near the creation you would like to export by holding the Structure Block in your characters hand, and right-clicking on the ground near your creation.

Right-click on the Structure Block, and fill in the bounding coordinates for your creation.
You will need to fill in the X, Y, and Z coordinates for both the “Size” and “Offset”. Then enter a name for your creation, and select “3D Export”.
Now select “Export,” and to export your structure to Remix3D!
This will also prompt you to save the model locally in File Explorer.

Add a description and tags to your 3D model to classify your content on Remix3D.
Once finished, select “Upload” and then “Visit Model” to go directly to our community and see our village created in Minecraft, after it has been uploaded to!

Share your creations to social media directly from Remix3D and inspire your friends!
Check out your creation on and select your social media of choice to share your creation with friends.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s Windows 10 Tip:

Windows 10 Tip: Work better together with Microsoft Excel

We hope this has inspired you to start creating in 3D!

This Week on Windows: Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 7 demo, Start screen tips

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, read all about the Better Together Update for Minecraft, and check out our Windows 10 Tips on how to make Start full screen and how to set up family features on your Windows 10 PC!
In case you missed it:

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:
Forza Motorsport 7 Demo

Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at the limit with Forza Motorsport 7, now available as an edge-of-your-seat free demo. Check out the difference that gorgeous graphics at 60fps and true 4K resolution in HDR make to your fun. And in the process, choose from more than 700 Forzavista™ cars to collect, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis ever. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
The Better Together Update for Minecraft is here

Players using Xbox One, mobile, VR and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft are all one big, happy Bedrock Engine family with the release of the Better Together Update! Say goodbye to “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” or “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” and hello to a universal “Minecraft!” This update introduces cross-platform play, essentially creating a version of Minecraft that’s consistent no matter what device you’re playing on. For players using Windows 10 PC, we have integration with Paint 3D and, making it easy to export and share your Minecraft creations with our 3D community at
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

On the run from his old nemesis Captain Salazar and his crew of ghost pirates, Captain Jack Sparrow sets out in search of a legendary artifact which will give him total control over the seas. Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($24.99 UHD, $19.99 HD) tonight, available two weeks before Blu-ray in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
Have a great weekend!

The Better Together Update for Minecraft is here

Say goodbye to “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” or “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” and hello to a universal “Minecraft!” This update introduces cross-platform play, essentially creating a version of Minecraft that’s consistent no matter what device you’re playing on.
In the Better Together Update, we’ll also have three community server partners that will be accessible from within the game, bringing dozens of new minigames for people to play with millions of other players. Players on consoles will be able to access tons of player-made content on Marketplace for the first time – and anything unlocked from the Minecraft Store on one device will be available on all the other devices linked to that person’s Xbox LIVE account.
Totally new items will also be hitting the Marketplace tomorrow, complete with community made adventure maps, worlds, texture and skin packs. We’re also excited to make it easier for people on mobile or Windows 10 devices to invite others to play with them in their realm with Invite Links.
For players using Windows 10 PC, we’ll have integration with Paint 3D and, making it easy to export and share your Minecraft creations with our 3D community at
You can get the Better Together Update for free if you already own Minecraft on one of the Bedrock Engine platforms, and you can read more about the update over at!

Announcing exciting changes coming to MINECON!

MINECON is a worldwide celebration of the community, the game, and the joy that Minecraft continues to bring people around the world. In the past, it’s been a single massive convention – but today, the Minecraft team announced how they’re shaking up MINECON this year with two new elements! Here’s what you can expect:
MINECON Earth is a global interactive livestream event broadcast from two continents on November 18 and viewed by players around the world from their living rooms or at local viewing parties, retailers, theatres and community events. The 90-minute livestream will take place on November 18 at 12 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. GMT on If you’re new to Mixer, head over here for tips on getting started viewing and streaming!
Official Minecraft Community Events
We’ve teamed up with Minefaire, MineVention and BLOCKFEST to create authentic Minecraft events, a little closer to home. Players will get to meet their favorite YouTubers and streamers, compete in tournaments and costume contests, see unique content and much more. We’re excited to share more details really soon, but check out the Minefaire and MineVention websites for more info in the meantime!
With the combination of our livestream and the official Minecraft community events, we’re excited to make it easier for EVERYONE to participate from all around the world.  Anyone with a broadband internet connection can watch the livestream from wherever they are. We’ll have more details to share soon on exciting ways for you to get involved from wherever you are.
Save the date for MINECON on November 18, and head over to for even more details about this exciting news!