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This Week on Windows: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Surface Book 2 and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows, where we’re talking about the new Surface Book 2 and everything in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Head over here to read more about this week’s news, check out the Surface Book 2, or, find out what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.
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 Happy Hallowdays
 
Spook up your Halloween with this Collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment, and haunting apps – on sale now through Oct. 31, 2017.
The Dark Tower

The fate of worlds lies with the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), the only one who can defend the Dark Tower – which holds the universe together – from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Watch good and evil collide in The Dark Tower ($14.99 HD/SD), based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. Get it now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!
Thumper

For a shattering combo of racing and rhythm games, Thumper ($19.99) sets a new bar, with classic rhythm action, blistering speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle, screaming down an endless track and crashing through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls.
Have a great weekend!

This Week on Windows: Marimekko, Surface, Middle Earth: Shadow of War and more

This Week on Windows, we’re celebrating a milestone, showcasing new Surface designer accessories and we’re showing off Middle Earth: Shadow of War! Head over here to learn more about Marimekko and Microsoft Surface, check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to work more efficiently with MyAnalytics or keep reading to see what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths. In the epic new story of Middle Earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition ($99.99), nothing will be forgotten.
 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 4

The fate of the Eternity Forge has been decided, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 ($4.99; $19.99 for a Season Pass) from Telltale Games opens with the Guardians more bitterly divided than ever. This growing tension is temporarily sidelined, however, by a more pressing problem: escaping a dark and treacherous cavern before they all are eaten alive.
War for the Planet of the Apes

In the trilogy’s stunning final chapter, Caesar and his apes will face an army of humans on the battlefield in an epic confrontation that will determine the fate of both their species…and the fate of the planet itself. War for the Planet of the Apes is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
Have a great weekend!

This Week on Windows: Forza Motorsport 7, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, learn how to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset or how you can export your Minecraft creations to Remix3D.com.
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Dell introduces new Inspiron 5000 Series powered by Windows 10

This week, Dell announced the new Inspiron 5000 series laptops offering the perfect blend of style and entertainment. The new Windows 10 devices, available now in 15 and 17 inches, are thinner and sleeker with more sophisticated color options including platinum silver, black, sparkling white, rose gold and recon blue*.
Other features include:
A brilliant FHD resolution screen and Dell’s exclusive Smartbyte technology. Smartbyte is a network optimization software that prioritizes streaming and conferencing above other network activities
MaxxAudio Pro, an audio solution that allows your favorite music and movies on your laptop to sound just like they do in the theatre or studio
The new Intel 8th Gen Intel Core processors, optional GDDR5 discrete graphics and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
In addition to traditional HDD and SSD drives, the Inspiron 5000 series is future-ready with NVME SSD and Intel Optane memory options
Windows Hello, so you can bypass the password and log in with the optional fingerprint reader located on the power button
The Inspiron 5000 Series is available at Dell.com, and start at $699.99 USD for the 15-inch and $549.99 US for the 17-inch, with multiple upgrades and options available to meet your entertainment and everyday computing needs.
Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Preview)

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Free) is a different type of collectible card game – one based on skill rather than luck. Command customizable armies, hone your strategy and prepare to use deception to defeat your opponents. As you sling powerful unit and spell cards and summon heroes with game-changing abilities, remember that your clever tricks are fair game in Gwent.
Cuphead

Cuphead ($19.99) has arrived on Windows 10 & Xbox One! Cuphead is a side-scrolling action platformer with a heavy focus on boss battles. Traverse the interactive overworlds to help Cuphead and Mugman repay their debt to the devil on a bet they shouldn’t have made.
Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 2

The death of a villain was just the beginning. Now, as Batman: The Enemy Within ($4.99 Episode 2; Season Pass Ep 2-5, $19.99) opens, explosions are rocking Gotham. Batman races to face a new foe but will the force he meets cause even the Dark Knight to fall?
Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Get ready for the thrill of motorsport at the limit. Gear up for the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. Forza Motorsport 7 is here, available worldwide today on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Pinball FX3

Pinball FX3 (Free, with IAP options) is the biggest, most community-driven pinball game ever – and for pinball fans, that means it’s full of multiplayer matchups, non-stop tournaments and league play with endless opportunities for pinball competition. What started with 68 tables has grown and grown, with new tables released regularly. And now, updated graphics deliver dynamic lighting and real-time shadows for even more realistic play.
Have a great weekend!
*Color availability varies in each region, based on local customer demand.

This Week on Windows: Hit Refresh, Ignite, Halo Wars 2, Excel and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, read all about the news from Ignite, and check out our Windows 10 Tip how you can work better together with Microsoft Excel.
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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
GAMES
Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition & Awakening the Nightmare Expansion

The explosive, real-time strategy of Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition ($59.99) is here and includes Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars 2 Season Pass and the Awakening the Nightmare expansion released today (included with Complete Edition, or $19.99 Standalone), delivering new blur cinematics and five campaign missions, including fight against the Flood from the Banished’s perspective.
Raiders of the Broken Planet (Free, with IAP options)

Challenging missions and playing for good or evil are the key elements of Raiders of the Broken Planet. Whether you’re playing 4 vs 1 or solo, whether you’re competing for valuable rewards or not, the world of Raiders offers epic battles against human invaders and warriors who know no fear.
MOVIES & TV
Game of Thrones Season 7

As new alliances are forged, and old enemies meet each other on the battlefield, the Night King and his terrifying army of the undead threaten all of Westeros from the North. Watch every thrilling episode of the penultimate season of Game of Thrones ($27.99 HD, $20.99 SD) available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
Star Trek: Discovery on CBS (Subscription Required, Free Trial Available)

Fifty years ago, Star Trek debuted on television and an entertainment genre was born. Now, Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All Access (Subscription Required, Free Trial Available) to show us what happened in the years leading up to Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise. That means a new ship, new characters and new missions. Watch it today with the CBS app for Windows 10.
Spider-Man: Homecoming ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD)

With guidance from his mentor Tony Stark, Spider-Man begins to navigate his new identity as a superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Watch the hit film tonight, available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store three weeks before Blu-ray. Plus, for a limited time, purchase Spider-Man: Homecoming and receive a free add-on for the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite game on Xbox One! For full details, visit: aka.ms/mmtv
Have a great week!

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!
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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 Remix3D.com, making it easy to export and share your Minecraft creations with our 3D community at Remix3D.com.
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!

This Week on Windows: Fall TV Guide, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, catch up on the privacy enhancements coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, check out this week’s Windows 10 Tip on how to make Start full screen – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels bundle available now

Calling all car aficionados and racing fans – another exciting Xbox One bundle is here! Make your Hot Wheels fantasies come true starting today with the Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle, featuring the highest-rated, best-selling racing franchise of this generation in stunning HDR. Each bundle includes:
Xbox One S with a 500GB hard drive
Xbox Wireless Controller
Forza Horizon 3 with the Hot Wheels expansion – a $69.98 value (you’ll get access to play on both Xbox One S and Windows 10 PC)
1-month Xbox Game Pass subscription with unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games
14-day Xbox Live Gold trial to experience the most advanced multiplayer gaming network
The Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle is available at participating retailers today, including Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com. Make sure to check with your local retailer for more specific details as availability and pricing varies in each market. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Ultimate Fall TV Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…fall TV season! Discover hot new shows like Ghosted and SEAL Team, watch new episodes of all your returning favorites like American Horror Story and Fear the Walking Dead, and check out free sneak peeks, pilot episodes and more with our Ultimate Fall TV Guide. Get your season passes now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store so you’ll never miss an episode – no subscription required!
Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 – Midseason Premiere – Buy from $26.99

The apocalypse changes everyone. But will it be enough to survive? Watch the thrilling midseason premiere of Fear the Walking Dead ($34.99 HD, $26.99 SD) available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
Transformers: The Last Knight – Buy from $19.99

Gear up for the action-packed final chapter in the Transformers franchise! When Earth’s greatest hero becomes our fiercest enemy, Bumblebee and Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) must lead the Autobots in the ultimate battle to save mankind. Watch Transformers: The Last Knight ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) now, available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
Polarr Photo Editor Pro – 50% off until Sept. 24

Whether you’re new to photography or a sophisticated user, the powerful, easy-to-use photo editing features of Polarr Photo Editor Pro ($9.99, regularly $19.99) are now yours at a big 50% discount, but only through September 24 in this Windows Store exclusive offer. Polarr delivers powerful auto-enhancement tools, more than 100 filters, and a complete set of global and local coloring tools. And now, get face detection and an advanced face-editing panel, too.
Have a great weekend!

This Week on Windows: Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Microsoft Word tips and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, read about the Surface Laptop colors arriving in additional countries, catch up on the news from IFA last week, check out five tips for using Microsoft Word – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Pre-order Super Lucky’s Tale

Head back to the era of classic platformers in Super Lucky’s Tale ($29.99), where an adorably energetic and optimistic little fox named Lucky is on a quest to find his inner strength – and to help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from the mysterious villain Jinx. There are lots of funny friends and adversaries along the way.
Forza Motorsport 7 has gone gold with demo arriving Sept. 19

“Forza Motorsport 7” goes live worldwide on Oct. 3, with Ultimate Edition owners hitting the track on Sept. 29. The official demo arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs Sept. 19 for players to download and play, for free. The demo features three unique racing experiences, showcasing the depth and breadth of the experiences available in the game. Drive the “Forza Motorsport 7” cover car – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS – to the brand-new Dubai circuit and experience the thrill of navigating the Jebel Hafeet Pass, one of the most famous driving roads in the world. Or, pilot the massive Mercedes-Benz Tankpool racing truck to victory at the high-speed Mugello circuit in Italy. Head over to Xbox Wire to read more!
Songbringer
 
Songbringer ($19.99) is a new sci-fi role-playing game with swords, secrets, dungeons and more. You play the role of protagonist and accidental hero, Roq Epimetheos. With a propensity for partying and making music, he cruises the galaxy with his skybot Jib aboard the ship Songbringer, searching for verdant planets absent the presence of galactic police. Available on Windows 10 & Xbox One with Xbox Play Anywhere today.
Harry Potter Books in the Windows Store

This fall, go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the complete collection of Harry Potter Books arrives in the Windows Store.* Find all seven books in the Harry Potter series collected along with other Harry Potter favorites including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
American Horror Story: Cult

Prepare to be terrified by the highly anticipated new chapter in Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology. American Horror Story: Cult ($24.99 HD, $19.99 SD) is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
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*Requires the Windows 10 Creators Update

This Week on Windows: IFA 2017, Wonder Woman and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, catch up on the news coming out of IFA this week, check out our Windows 10 Tip on five ways to personalize notifications on your PC – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Race to the finish line in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

In the final week of the “Forza Motorsport 7” Garage, you can check out cars that span more than 50 years of racing history, all of which you’ll be able to explore, customize and drive in “Forza Motorsport 7.” From the early days of racing history to modern high-tech marvels, this lineup is drawn from nearly every major racing series in the world.
The game includes classic racers like the 1966 Ford #2 GT40 Mk II Le Mans and the 1991 Mazda #18 Mazdaspeed 787B, among many others legendary race cars. Fans will also experience the latest technology and designs from Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, Aussie V8 Supercars and Formula E.
Head over to Xbox Wire to check out the cars unveiled during the last week of “Forza Motorsport 7” Garage and an infographic that encapsulates the diversity and breadth of the game’s more than 700 car lineup, and, as always, stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for the full list of announced cars that you will find in Forza Motorsport 7 when it becomes available on Sept. 29 for Ultimate Edition, and Oct. 3 for Standard and Deluxe Editions.
ReCore Definitive Edition

ReCore Definitive Edition ($19.99) launched this week, adding enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR support), a brand-new adventure, “Eye of Obsidian”, new weapon modes for Joule, new gear for all Corebots, more enemy types, the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot (“Tank”) and many other gameplay and performance enhancements. New players get the entire package as either part of Xbox Game Pass or for $19.99 from the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer, while owners of the existing ReCore game will receive the “Eye of Obsidian” adventure, the T8-NK Corebot, and all the other enhancements, for free, as an online update.  Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire!
Wonder Woman
 
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Amazon princess. Raised in a secluded paradise as a fierce warrior, Diana receives news of a terrible war in the outside world and leaves her home behind to join the fight. Wonder Woman ($29.99 UHD, $19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) is available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store three weeks before Blu-ray – watch Patty Jenkins’ highly acclaimed blockbuster today!
Labor Day Sale

Summer may be ending, but these deals are heating up with the Labor Day Sale! Save up to 65% on hit new releases, movie bundles, and TV season passes. Don’t miss amazing deals on titles like Kong: Skull Island, Logan, and Fear the Walking Dead. Shop the Labor Day Sale now through Sept. 4 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
Groove Music Labor Day Deal
 
Get the Groove Music Labor Day Deal through Sept. 4! Buy 1 month for $9.99, get 2 FREE 3-month promo codes. Give a code a to a friend or keep for yourself and start listening to your favorite end of summer hits.
Have a great weekend!

This Week on Windows: Apps for back to school, gamescom and more

It’s been an action-packed week with all the news out of gamescom! In case you missed it, get ready for back to school with discounted apps and STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Store, check out our Windows 10 Tip on three ways to get started with OneNote or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store. Our This Week on Windows video team is at gamescom this week, and we’ll be back with a new episode of the show next week!
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Clash and win weekly in League of Legends with ASUS ROG Arena at Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store is teaming up with ASUS Republic of Gamers and HyperX to host weekly League of Legends events at Microsoft Store locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. We’re inviting gamers at every skill level to unite with others in their local community to form teams and battle against one another on high-powered Windows 10 ROG G752VS gaming laptops with ROG Gladius mice, Whetstone mouse pads and HyperX Cloud II headsets. Sign up individually or with a team to compete in a single-elimination bracket tournament for a chance to win unique prizes and participate in giveaways. Register today to challenge local players each Saturday, beginning Aug. 26 making it easier than ever to jump in – all you need is an active League of Legends account. Head over to Xbox Wire to read more!

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Eye-Catching Designs in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

Here we are at the penultimate week six of car announcements coming to Forza Motorsport 7 and we’re shining the spotlight on a truly unique batch of cars. The Forza world fell in love with the custom built special models that debuted in Forza Horizon 3 and we’re pleased to say that Forza Edition cars, as they’re now known, will be a part of the fun in Forza Motorsport 7!
Not only do these cars look great and drive well, but Forza Edition vehicles also offer advantages to progress your career and increase your credit balance. Each Forza Edition vehicle has built-in multipliers that will enhance your credit reward for racing and winning with it, as well as increase the XP gained while you are behind the wheel. These are tools of your racing trade that will deliver a big payoff, race after race. Head over to Xbox Wire to learn more!
Halo Wars 2: YapYap THE DESTROYER Leader Pack

The strategy gameplay of Halo Wars has a formidable new element in the new Halo Wars 2: YapYap THE DESTROYER Leader Pack ($5.99). The combat is as explosive as ever, but now there’s a new leader in town: YapYap the Destroyer. Once a Grunt, now lording over all the Grunts in service to the Banished, YapYap is a tactical genius with a range of powers and units at his disposal.
The Mummy

From her tomb beneath the sand, an ancient princess will rise to reclaim the destiny that was taken from her – bringing with her unimaginable horrors. Get The Mummy ($14.99 HD/SD) now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, three weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
Have a great weekend!

This Week on Windows: Minecraft, OneNote, Marvel’s The Defenders

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about the exciting changes coming to MINECON, learn how you can turn text into timelines in PowerPoint, or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.
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Tune in for Xbox @ gamescom Live this weekend

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.
Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9 p.m. CEST / 8 p.m. BST / 12 p.m. PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X. What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. Head over to Xbox Wire for more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:
Back to School App Sale

It’s time to think about shopping for fall classes and activities, but we’ve softened the blow a bit with our Back to School Collection featuring discounted apps. Now you can get heavy-hitters like Complete Anatomy, Movie Edit Plus Pro, Stagelight, Krita and much more, all on sale until September 17!
Forza Hoonigan Car Pack

Forza has teamed up with motorsport-lifestyle brand Hoonigan to bring some of the most iconic Hoonigan cars to Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3. Fans who pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition ($99.99) digitally will receive Hoonigan Car Packs for both games at no additional cost. Read more over at Xbox Wire!
Defining the soul of a racecar in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

This is week five of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage, and we’re bringing a huge list of cars to the game – cars that represent a worldwide sample of automotive excellence, with a particular focus on the best cars coming out of Europe. When curating this list of cars to reveal, we pondered the following question: what defines the “soul” of a European car? Some might point to quality, exemplified in cars like the Audi RS 4. Others will point to timeless design – think of the BMW 2002 or the Renault Alpine A110 as prime examples. What about incredible performance? With cars like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, drivers will never lack power and agility. Is it luxury you want? Look no further than the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce. Head over to Xbox Wire to check out the cars of week five!
Netflix – Marvel’s The Defenders

Get ready for the first episode airing August 18! A sinister conspiracy threatens New York City, but Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are joining forces to take on this common enemy. Watch the story unfold as Netflix debuts Marvel’s The Defenders (Netflix streaming membership required). With eight episodes in all, there’s no shortage of heart-stopping moments and stunning superhero moves.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Sale

After a summer of making memories in pictures, it’s time to get them organized for easy viewing and sharing. That’s just what Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 ($59.99 through Sept. 4, 2017; regularly $99.99) does best. Now on sale for 40% off through September 4, Adobe PSE makes photo and video organization, editing, creating, and sharing as simple as it gets.
Have a great weekend!