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This Week on Windows: Spotify in the Windows Store, 360° videos, E3 and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to watch 360° videos with the Windows 10 Creators Update, catch up on all the Xbox news out of our E3 Briefing, learn more about the launch of Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, head over here for six things you need to know about Windows 10 S, or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.

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There has never been a better time to buy a Surface

Surface Laptop

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your new Surface, there’s never been a better time. We announced last week that at all physical Microsoft Stores in the US or Canada, when you trade in an old device, including an Apple MacBook or iPad, you will receive up to $850 off most Surface devices, including the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop*.

Microsoft Store associates will help find the right Surface for you with a device fitting, and with the new Surface Migration Assistant app, you can easily transfer all your files, pictures, music and settings to your new Surface device without missing a beat. Come into a Microsoft Store and let us show you how easy it is to make the switch to a Surface.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

djay Pro Sale – Buy for $39.99

djay Pro

Thirty million downloads are powerfully persuasive recommendations – and djay Pro ($39.99, regularly $49.99, June 19-25, 2017) doesn’t disappoint. Now, get all its amazing features and effects – including Surface Dial integration, for scratching – along with the access to millions of tracks that Spotify integration delivers, for 20% off June 19-25.

Sling TV Cloud DVR comes to Windows 10

Sling TV

This week, discover more features and easier, better viewing with Sling TV Cloud DVR – now for Windows 10 (free to download; services start at $20 per month; $5 per month more for 50 hours of DVR storage). Sling TV Cloud DVR gives even more control over how, when, and where you watch. More channels allow you to see more of your favorites. Schedule, manage, and record on most channels with Windows 10.

Want to record content from local FOX channels, Nat Geo, or FX? No problem – they’re part of the new channel lineup. If you have a favorite episode, epic sports play, or another never-forget moment, just choose “Protect” in the Manage DVR section, and it’s saved as long as you subscribe. Signing up is easy – you add Cloud DVR just like any other extra on Sling TV. Just sign in to your account on sling.com and select “Add Cloud DVR.” Change the way you watch – and enjoy – on Sling TV, today!

Spotify

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store. We first announced our partnership with Spotify in early May and are thrilled to bring the Spotify app to Windows 10 and Windows 10 S customers following on the heels of the release of Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S last week. The Spotify app is available today in all 60 countries where Spotify is available. Learn more in this blog post!

Kong: Skull Island – Buy from $14.99

Kong: Skull Island now in the Windows Store

When a group of scientists set out to explore an uncharted island in the South Pacific, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter the island’s extraordinary – and terrifying – wildlife. Kong: Skull Island ($29.99 UHD, $19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) is now available to own in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store four weeks before Blu-ray.

Have a great weekend!

*Offer valid from June 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. To receive full store credit towards the purchase of a new select Surface device, a customer must trade-in qualifying Surface Pro device subject to these terms. To be eligible for trade-in, you must own the qualifying device, device must power on, battery must hold charge and not be required to be plugged in to operate, and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing, liquid damage, modification(s) or have device warranty seal broken to be considered working. Cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Must contain a hard drive. Any appraised value will be determined at trade-in and provided as a Microsoft retail store credit. All trade-ins are subject to Microsoft’s discretion and approval. All trade-ins are final. Recycle for Rewards program provided by CExchange, LLC., and other terms and conditions may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. May be combinable with other offers. 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. See store associate for details.

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This Week on Windows: E3, the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S and more

It’s been an action-packed week between announcing Xbox One X and showing 42 new titles at E3, and the availability of the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Windows 10 S. Head over here to catch up on all the Xbox news out of our E3 Briefing, check out the new gaming devices announced at E3 by ORIGIN PC and Alienware and Dell – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store! Our This Week on Windows video team is all down at E3 this week, and we’ll be back with a new episode of the show next week!

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All about E3 2017:

Heading into a Firefight with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Earlier this year the we saw the return of grand real-time strategy on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the release of Halo Wars 2. With it came an explosive new single-player campaign, an innovative competitive multiplayer system in Blitz, and an introduction to a new, captivating villain in the Banished and Aritox. At E3, we got our first hands-on with the next chapter of the saga with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, which sees the return of our favorite ancient enemy, the Flood, as well as the new co-op multiplayer mode Terminus Firefight. Head over to Xbox Wire to read all about it!

Razer announces upgraded Blade Stealth Laptop powered by Windows 10

This week, Razer announced its upgraded 13.3-inch version of the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth with Windows 10, measuring 0.52 inches thin, weighing 2.93 pounds and with up to nine hours of battery life. Powered by the Windows 10 Creators Update, it arrives with the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Night lightmini view and more. It also ships built-in with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender.

Features of the Blade Stealth Laptop include:

  • Available in traditional black or gunmetal with tone-on-tone Razer logo (US only)
  • 3 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
  • 100% sRGB Touch IGZO Panel
  • Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.7 GHz / 3.5 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD options
  • 16GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (902.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) – External Graphics with Razer Core
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed); HDMI 2.0a audio and video output; built-in stereo speakers; built-in array microphone; 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in 43.6 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery

To learn more, visit razerzone.com!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made: Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition is now available for pre-order. Drivers will experience gorgeous true 4K graphics within 30 famous environments, with race conditions that change each time you return to the track. Pre-order it from the Windows Store here, and head over to Xbox Wire for our hands-on impressions of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS!

Blockbuster Movie Sale* – Save up to 45% off

 Blockbuster Movie Sale in the Windows Store 

Kick off summer with the Blockbuster Movie Sale! Save up to 45% on new releases like XXX: Return of Xander Cage, score amazing deals on movie bundles like the Transformers 4 Movie Collection, and enjoy major savings on franchise favorites like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, The Hunger Games, and more. Don’t miss the Blockbuster Movie Sale, now through June 19 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Saban’s Power Rangers – Buy for $14.99

Saban's Power Rangers now in the Windows Store

When five high school students discover an old spaceship and acquire unique superpowers, they must team up to save the world from a dangerous alien threat. Saban’s Power Rangers ($14.99 US) is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before Blu-ray and DVD.

Have a great weekend!

*Blockbuster Movie Sale is not available in all markets. Sale content and discounts may vary by market.

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This Week on Windows: Beauty and the Beast, Yooka-Laylee and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here for our Windows 10 Tip on how to organize your Start files with the new tile folders in the Windows 10 Creators Update, explore an ocean world and encounter majestic creatures and ancient secrets in ABZU, now in the Windows Store –  or, keep reading to catch up on this week’s news.

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

HP launches new, cutting-edge portfolio of OMEN by HP gaming products with Windows 10

This week, HP announced a new portfolio of OMEN PCs, displays and accessories, packed with features designed to target the needs of gamers around the world. Built with Windows 10, these devices arrive equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12, can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere and have Cortana* – your digital personal assistant who can help you complete tasks, set reminders and more – built-in. The new products announced include:

  • OMEN X Compact Desktop with a factory-overclocked GPU from NVIDIA and a versatile formfactor, creating the ability to dock and undock quickly for gaming in any room or attach the desktop to a backpack accessory for an unparalleled, untethered VR experience.
  • New backpack accessory with the OMEN X Compact Desktop for a new dimension of flexibility to the platform
  • OMEN mechanical keyboard, a mouse with weight customization, and a headset with cushioned ear cups to reduce background noise and mousepads designed for precision
  • OMEN Desktop with advanced thermal engineering, a modern powerful design and access to industry standard parts for easy upgradability
  • Improve your reaction time and maximize the potential of your GPU with the OMEN 25 display with AMD FreeSync or the OMEN 27 Display with NVIDIA G-Sync support
  • OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops, with the latest high-performance graphics from NVIDIA and AMD, high-resolution displays with optional GSync and FreeSync technology for fast refresh rates and a single-access service panel

To learn more, visit HP.com!

Beauty and the Beast – Rent from $4.99 or buy from $14.99

Beauty and the Beast, now available in the Windows Store

The story and characters you love come to life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, a cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Rent or own Beauty and the Beast now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 – Buy from $26.99

 Fear the Walking Dead Season 3, now available in the Windows Store

In the zombie-ridden wasteland formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border, the remaining survivors will come together as they attempt to fight off the infected and rebuild not only society, but rebuild their families as well. Don’t miss the season 3 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead ($34.99 HD, $26.99 SD), available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Forza Horizon 3 Mountain Dew Car Pack  – Buy for $6.99

The Mountain Dew Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 arrives tomorrow!

Seven new cars arrived today in Forza Horizon 3 with the release of the Mountain Dew Car Pack. From the ultimate track toy prowess found in the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven or the sensible practicality of “Australia’s Own Car” the 1951 Holden FX Sedan, this car pack is full of fun, functional, and formidable cars to take to the track or your favorite road.

Microsoft Ultimate Word Games – Free

Microsoft Ultimate Words Game in the Windows Store

It’s new, it’s fun, it’s three games in one: Microsoft Ultimate Word Games (Free, with IAP options) is the ultimate collection of the three best word games for Windows 10. Start with Crosswords, featuring multiple board sizes, difficulties and lots of options, test your skills at Wordament to find words in a 4×4 grid of letter tiles and then play Jumble to create as many words as you can using the given letters.

Yooka-Laylee – Buy for $39.99

 Yooka Laylee

The two pals who lead the way to fun in Yooka-Laylee ($39.99) also give the game its name. The goal is to thwart corporate creep Capital B, but along the way Yooka and Laylee explore the huge, beautiful worlds unfolding before them, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of collectibles.

Father’s Day Collection

Father's Day Collection in the Windows Store

The Father’s Day Collection in the Windows Store helps dads everywhere get the most out of their special day. Find favorite apps for dads including Skype, iHeartRadio, Hulu, OpenTable, PGA Tour, WatchESPN and much more!

Have a great weekend!

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This Week on Windows: Mixer, Computex, Minecraft and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to catch up on all the news out of Computex, check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to manage music playback on your favorite music apps with Cortana, learn more about the interactive live-streaming platform Mixer, or keep reading to catch up on this week’s news.

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

The 1.1 Discovery Update has arrived for Minecraft

The 1.1 Discovery Update has arrived for Minecraft in the Windows Store!

The 1.1 Discovery Update for “Minecraft” – the first big update of the year – has launched on Bedrock Engine platforms (Windows 10, the Pocket Edition and virtual reality). It includes the Minecraft Marketplace, which gives you access to a growing catalog of fun, community-made content safely and simply – while also providing Minecraft creators another way to make a living from the game.You’ll find six worlds, two survival spawns, two texture packs and four skin packs. Worlds often completely remake how Minecraft works, bringing in their own storylines, custom objectives, all-new textures, mini-games, re-designed mobs and more. Learn more over at the Minecraft blog!

“Adventure Time” skin pack rolling out for Minecraft on Xbox, coming soon to Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition

Minecraft: Adventure Time

Finn, Jake, Ice King, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum and more of your favorite characters from the “Adventure Time” animated series are arriving on Minecraft for Xbox, and will soon be available for “Minecraft: Pocket Edition” and “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.” The entire land of Ooo takes over your Minecraft world. You can take Fionna and Cake on a tour of the Candy Kingdom, fight the Ice King in the Ice Kingdom, take a trip with Flame Princess to the Fire Kingdom, and much more.

Head over to the Minecraft blog to learn more and read an interview with Pendleton Ward, the creator of “Adventure Time.”

Autodesk Sketchbook

Autodesk Sketchbook

The drawing app made for people who sketch every day, Autodesk Sketchbook ($4.99 monthly by subscription, with one-week trial), now adds a very cool new feature called Radial Symmetry, which lets artists and designers create perfectly symmetrical designs with up to 16 sectors of radial symmetry. Whether you’re drawing wheels, watches, flowers, mandalas – anything round – you’re going to run circles around everyone else.

Netflix – House of Cards, Season 5

Season 5 of House of Cards, now available on Netflix

Tensions rise and the drama increases in Washington DC with the return of Frank Underwood in House of Cards Season 5 on Netflix (Free, subscription required for content). It’s guaranteed to be the binge-watching pleasure of the coming weeks, so don’t miss out on a moment of this wildly popular series.

$25 Gift from Groove Music

Now through June 30, buy a 1-year Groove Music Pass in the Windows Store and get $25 to spend on apps, games, music, TV and more.

The weather is warm, the music is cool and it’s time to enjoy a season of songs with Groove Music. Now through June 30, buy a 1-year Groove Music Pass in the Windows Store and get $25 to spend on apps, games, music, TV and more. Stream millions of songs, ad-free, discover exclusive playlists for different moods and activities, and take your music anywhere.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 5

The Walking Dead in the Windows Store

Have a great weekend!Walkers have flooded the New Frontier camp, and in The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Episode 5 ($4.99; season pass, $19.99), Javier, Clementine and their allies are in a tight spot. This final chapter, titled “From the Gallows,” sees tensions within the Garcia family rising as past promises loom. How will you choose who is trustworthy…and who you should protect?

Have a great weekend!

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This Week on Windows: The new Surface Pro, Movies & TV deals and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here for our Windows 10 Tip on how to lower the blue light emitted from your PC with Night light, watch the season premiere of Casual with the Hulu app from the Windows Store, or keep reading to catch up on this week’s news.

In case you missed it:

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

Halo Wars 2 – Sergeant Johnson Pack – Buy for $5.99

Halo Wars 2 – Sergeant Johnson Pack is now available in the Windows Store

He’s back! The newest leader for Halo Wars 2 is none other than Sergeant Johnson himself and this time he’s brought his “Green Machine” with him, in addition to new units, abilities and tactics. The update also includes Halo Wars 2 feature improvements such as two new visual themes for Blitz mode’s Proving Grounds map and a variety of other fixes and improvements.

$25 Gift from Groove Music

Now through June 30, buy a 1-year Groove Music Pass in the Windows Store and get $25 to spend on apps, games, music, TV and more.

The weather is warm, the music is cool and it’s time to enjoy a season of songs with Groove Music. Now through June 30, buy a 1-year Groove Music Pass in the Windows Store and get $25 to spend on apps, games, music, TV and more. Stream millions of songs, ad-free, discover exclusive playlists for different moods and activities, and take your music anywhere.

Creative Apps IAP Sale

Creative apps IAP sale, now with up to 75% off premium features for a limited time.

As spring turns to summer and the world comes inspiringly to life, turn your own inspirations into reality with our collection of creativity apps – now with up to 75% off premium features for a limited time. Use them to draw, color, or just have fun experimenting and letting your creative juices flow. Includes favorites like Sketchable, Aphalina Designer, Planner 5D and more.

John Wick Chapter 2

John Wick Chapter 2 is now available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store

Bound by a blood oath to help a former associate, legendary hitman John Wick is coming out of retirement and taking on some of the world’s deadliest assassins. John Wick Chapter 2 ($14.99) is now available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store. Get this gripping, action-packed sequel three weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!

Have a great weekend!

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This Week on Windows: Build 2017 and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s special episode of This Week on Windows! You can catch up on all our news from Build 2017 in the blog post below.

Build 2017: Sparking the next wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

In case you missed our Windows 10 tip from this week you can find it right here:

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

Logan (Buy for $14.99)

Logan movie poster

In the near future, Logan attempts to hide from the world as he cares for an ailing Professor X. But everything will change when a young mutant shows up, on the run from sinister forces. Logan is available now to purchase for $14.99 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store. Watch the gripping superhero movie everyone is talking about one week before it comes to Blu-ray and DVD!

Phantom Dust (Free with IAP options)

Phantom Dust, the classic Xbox game blending third-person arena combat with card collecting, returns in re-release for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with full Xbox LIVE support and a host of enhancements. Collect 300 unique skills and build your arsenal of powers, taking them into battle online with up to three other players in a variety of match types. Compete in highly destructible arenas and unleash an array of powers and tactics to defeat your enemies, including orbital particle cannons, flaming swords, barriers of ice, flight, cloaking, attack reflection and other abilities. All the while, get Xbox Play Anywhere, cross-device multiplayer, achievements and 16×9 presentation. Phantom Dust features more than 15 hours of solo player content in a story that explores isolation and faith – and it’s ready for you now in the Windows Store.

Netflix – Master of None (Free, subscription required for content)

From the Netflix show, Master of None, two men riding scooters down a road.

This week, Netflix brings the comedic talents of Aziz Ansari back for another season of the hilarious Master of None. Follow the personal and professional exploits of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York City who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat – much less, deciding the path he’ll follow in life. As sharp and funny as the actor who leads the cast, it’s must-see viewing this spring.

Minecraft Greek Mythology Mash-Up Pack now available (Buy for $5.99)

Behold and bow before the mighty Greek Mythology Mash-Up pack!

Your favorite historical figures from ancient Greek mythology are now available for Minecraft on Windows 10 for $5.99 USD. By the beard of Zeus! Complete with 39 skins and a bespoke texture set, the pack also has an original orchestral soundtrack composed by Gareth Coker. Build a pantheon fit for the gods, trap the Minotaur in an elaborate maze, or set sail for adventures across the sea – the options are endless! To learn more visit Minecraft’s blog post.

ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup to Make History at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

It seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup, which is currently in full swing through May 28. Today, we’re excited to share that the Elite finals will take place in France during the most prestigious endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from June 17-18 – making it the largest racing esports event ever hosted at Le Mans. To mark this historic occasion bridging real-world motorsport and racing esports, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), creator and organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, made an entirely new category for esports competition: the Official Endurance Esports Category. After the esports race, the winner of the ForzaRC finals will accept a trophy on the same 24 Hours of Le Mans podium as the winning Le Mans drivers. Visit Xbox Wire to learn more about this exciting news!

Have a great weekend!

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This Week on Windows: Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels Expansion, Game Mode and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,; check out the new Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 3; read our Windows 10 Tip on getting the most power out of your Windows 10 PC with Game Mode –  or, keep reading for more on this week’s news.

In case you missed it:

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

The Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion Pack

The Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion Pack is available exclusively on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs (Xbox Play Anywhere). You can get the expansion as either as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as a standalone purchase for $19.99 in the Windows Store. Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels will transport you to a new Australian locale, where orange tracks spiral and loop into the air and iconic Hot Wheels cars come to life.

TV Season Pass Sale

Save up to 65% on current and past seasons of hit TV shows including The Big Bang Theory!

Save up to 65% on current and past seasons of hit TV shows including Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Six, Better Call Saul, and many more. Catch up on your favorite shows and discover new ones with the TV Season Pass Sale, now through May 22 on Microsoft Movies & TV!

Mother’s Day Collection

Check out the Mother's Day Collection in the Windows Store1

Few days of the year are more special than Mother’s Day, and helping you show Mom some love is what our Mother’s Day Collection is all about. This collection of apps – including favorites like 1-800-Flowers, Greeting Cards Studio, OpenTable, Pics Collage, and more – will help you plan the perfect Mother’s Day!

Netflix – Master of None

<aster of None, available on Netflix in the Windows Store

This week, Netflix (Free, subscription required for content) brings the comedic talents of Aziz Ansari back for another season of the hilarious Master of None. Follow the personal and professional exploits of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York City who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat – much less, deciding the path he’ll follow in life. As sharp and funny as the actor who leads the cast, it’s must-see viewing this spring.

Have a great week!

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This Week on Windows: Highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows where we shared highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City. At the event, we shared a lot of exciting news about Microsoft Education. If you missed the keynote, you can watch it here on-demand.

Here are highlights from the event:

Empowering students and teachers of today to create the world of tomorrow

We introduced a set of educational products and services, inspired by teachers and students, including a new Windows experience called Windows 10 S; new experiences in Microsoft Teams for modern classroom collaboration; new features in Minecraft: Education Edition to teach coding ; 3D and mixed reality tools to spark creativity; a range of Windows 10 S PCs for K-12 classrooms; and the perfect Windows 10 S device for college students—Surface Laptop.

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Modern classroom collaboration with Office 365 for Education

New classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents, and staff. To learn more about the new classroom experiences in Teams, visit the Office Blog.

Introducing Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition

We announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. To learn more about Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition visit, the Minecraft Education Blog.

Introducing Surface Laptop powered by Windows 10 S –  and available for pre-order

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Bringing 3D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

We announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, who is working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into their secondary and university level curriculum. By the 2018 school year, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history, and STEM, on all Windows Mixed Reality devices. In addition, we announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as mixed reality, using a simple RGB camera.

STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Stores

Beginning this Saturday, May 6, Microsoft Store locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia will host STEM Saturdays throughout May in all full-line locations in addition to the range of free programs year-round that empower students and educators. STEM Saturdays bring pop-up classrooms to Microsoft Store and offer hands-on experiences like building a sensor that measures the flexion and extension of a finger to learn about the anatomy of a human hand.

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

Microsoft in Education

Visit the Microsoft in Education Blog to read more about where to start and what to know about our event’s news.

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This Week on Windows: Surface Dial, Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels, and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here for this week’s Windows 10 Tip on keeping track of your tabs in Microsoft Edge, check out the big savings at Microsoft Store through June 18, with up to $200 off great devices – or, keep reading to catch up on all of this week’s news.

In case you missed it:

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Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion arrives May 9

The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion – Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels – arrives on May 9 exclusively on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs with Xbox Play Anywhere, and is included in the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass. This expansion lets players travel to a brand-new location in Australia, a place where lazy Sunday drives are replaced by insane high-speed stunts on miles of looping, banking, giant iconic orange Hot Wheels tracks. Starring famous Hot Wheels vehicles like the Twin Mill, the Rip Rod, and the Bone Shaker, Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels promises an automotive adventure unlike anything in Forza history. Read more over at Xbox Wire!

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming to Microsoft Store!

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming soon to select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada

Microsoft Store is excited to team up with Oculus, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS and ESL to host an in-store battle for magical dominance!

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming soon to select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada.* Oculus Rift works natively with Windows 10, which makes it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience.

On May 13, you can slip into a hidden world of bare-handed spellcasting and magicians’ duels at your local Microsoft Store. Local winners will then return to the store to battle it out in a series of regional competitions on May 20. Finalists will be flown out to New York City for the national finals at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York on June 3 to compete for the grand prize: Rift and Touch, plus an Oculus Ready PC and $1,250 in cash!

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Episode 4 ($4.99; Season Pass $19.99), the latest installment in the critically acclaimed horror series, opens with the discovery of the true nature of the New Frontier’s leadership, bringing relationships within the Garcia family to a head. Playing as Javier, you decide the shape and nature of your chosen family – but all the while, a herd of walkers moves ever closer to Richmond, putting pressure on allies and enemies alike.

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker now available in the Windows Store

In the second installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Anastasia reignites her passionate affair with mysterious billionaire Christian Grey and is forced to face the wrath of the women who came before her. Get the racy unrated edition of Fifty Shades Darker ($14.99 HD/SD) in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store two weeks before Blu-ray.

Have a great weekend!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada excluding Quebec. Open to players 13+, some restrictions apply. Round 1 ends 5/13/17. For details, see www.oculus.com/unspoken-tournament or your local Microsoft Store.
Rules: www.oculus.com/unspoken-tournament/legal/rules.

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This Week on Windows: New Windows 10 PCs, Forza Horizon 3, and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to see our series, “A Week with Microsoft Edge,” all about the browser designed for Windows 10. Check out five ways to get started with the Paint 3D app, learn more about the new creativity apps for Surface Dial, download the Netflix app from the Windows Store to get ready for Bill Nye Saves the World on April 21 – or, keep reading to catch up on all of this week’s news.

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HP announces new Pavilion convertible PCs powered by Windows 10 at Coachella

HP revealed a new lineup of Pavilion laptops powered by Windows 10 with sophisticated designs, innovative technologies. and original features built to take advantage of the Windows 10 Creators Update. These devices include dual storage options, USB type-C, and the best of Windows 10: 3D in Windows 10, your digital personal assistant –  Cortana* – a more secure browser with Microsoft Edge, and more.

Other features include:

  • Up to 10 hours of battery life and HP Fast Charge (90% in 90 minutes) on select models
  • Latest 7th Gen Intel Core i3-i7 processors
  • Storage options: Dual storage up to 256 GB SSD+1TB HDD or single storage up to 512GB SSD or up to 2TB HDD on select models
  • Choice of AMD Radeon & NVIDIA GeForce Discrete Graphics
  • Enhanced 2x2ac WiFi option
  • HP Wide Vision camera or optional IR camera which supports Windows Hello
  • Exceptional audio with dual speakers, HP Audio Boost, and tuning by the experts at B&O Play – perfect for calls with Skype

These new PCs are available now beginning at $399 USD. Head over to HP.com to learn more!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

‘Fallout’ Mash-Up Pack now available for ‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ and ‘Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition’

Minecraft: Pocket and Windows 10 editions get update

Explore a post-apocalyptic “Minecraft” wasteland as Vault Boy, Nick Valentine, Fawkes the philosophical supermutant and others made famous through a retro-sci-fi series with the “Fallout” Mash-Up Pack. While console gamers have enjoyed the pack since December, it’s now available on “Minecraft: Pocket Edition” and “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition,” bringing with it 44 skins, as well as appropriately dystopian textures and music.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition available today for Xbox and Windows  

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Available Today for Xbox One and Windows 10

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition ($19.99), previously only available for Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition owners, is now available to purchase individually in the Xbox Store and the Windows Store. Get the enhanced version of the original Halo Wars that runs natively on Xbox One and Windows, featuring improved graphics, additional Achievements and includes all DLC created for the classic real-time strategy game. Read more over at Xbox Wire!

Forza Horizon 3 Porsche Car Pack

Down Under’s premiere road race just got a lot more thrilling. In Forza Horizon 3, home to Australia’s Horizon Festival, the back roads are filled with legendary and amazing vehicles from all over the world. Now, a new Porsche Car Pack ($6.99) joins the excitement, letting players experience prime examples of the breadth and depth of Porsche automotive history. Head over to ForzaMotorsport.net for more details on each of the cars featured in the pack, or Xbox Wire for more!

Buy Voodoo Vince: Remastered for $14.99

Voodoo Vince: Remastered launches today on Windows 10 and Xbox One

Vince the voodoo doll is back after a 13-year absence in Voodoo Vince: Remastered ($14.99), now in high definition and headed to the bayous of Louisiana and the streets of New Orleans. He’s searching for his keeper, Madam Charmaine, and as usual he’s ready to take on whatever monsters or villains get in his way. Read more over at Xbox Wire!

TV Spotlight – Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul available in the Windows Store

In search of a new TV obsession? This month’s TV Spotlight is on Better Call Saul, the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad spinoff which chronicles the backstory of slippery criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Binge watch and save on seasons 1 and 2 now, then dive into season 3 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

The Fate of the Furious – Preorder + Soundtrack

Preorder the Fate of the Furious and get the soundtrack in the Windows Store

Preorder The Fate of the Furious from the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store while the film is still in theaters and get the soundtrack now. Learn more on The Fire Hose.

Have a great weekend!

*Cortana available in select markets.

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