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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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Spotify for Windows 10 available now in the Windows Store

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store.

We’re excited to announce that 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 and offers the same familiar experiences as the Win32 application**.

With Spotify on Windows 10, you can enjoy, discover and share millions of songs wherever and whenever you want. Make and share your own playlists, or let Spotify suggest something great for you. Listen for free or subscribe to Premium for higher quality listening and to take your music offline

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

We’re proud to partner with Spotify to make it easy for customers to enjoy music however and wherever they want. Get started with the Spotify app for Windows 10 by downloading it today from the Windows Store. You can also learn more about today’s exciting news over on the Spotify Blog.

*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or greater. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update click here.

**The Spotify app for Windows 10 is available in the following markets, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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How to distribute your existing Desktop Applications via Windows Store to Windows 10 PCs – including the new Windows 10 S configuration

Overview

Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps in the Windows Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 S keeps you running fast and secure day in and day out. Windows 10 S was inspired by students and teachers and it’s the best Windows ever for schools. It’s also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security. By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places.

What do I do with my existing non-Store app? Desktop Bridge is the answer

With the Desktop Bridge you can easily package your current desktop application or game as an .appx, distribute through the Windows Store and target all Windows Desktop devices including Windows 10 S to increase your user reach and easier monetization.

You can package any desktop application such as: WPF, WinForms, MFC, VB6, etc.

Once completed, your users will enjoy from smooth installation and update experiences: Clean, simple and fast install/uninstall updates via differential packages, streaming and many more.

Now you can also modernize your app with the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to increase user engagement and reach all Windows devices.

We have a lot of customers that already went through the process such as: Kodi, Slack, Evernote, Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and many others.

Here are few customers that shared their stories:

  1. MusiXmatch is the world’s largest lyrics platform with millions of lyrics available online and more than 50 million users on various platforms
  2. Tale of Wuxia (侠客风云传) is a traditional desktop Win32 role-playing game (RPG) that was created by Heluo Studio
  3. CLIP STUDIO PAINT is the leading paint tool software that supports creation of animation and manga

A quote from Evernote:

“The Desktop Bridge vastly simplifies our [Evernote] installer and uninstaller. It also opens up UWP APIs including Live Tiles and notifications. And having the full-featured Evernote app in the Windows Store means future improvements will reach users faster.”

—Seth Hitchings, VP Engineering, Evernote

What should I do next?

  1. Register as an app developer in the Windows Dev Center
  2. Prepare to package your application
  3. Sign up and get started using the Desktop Bridge
  4. Package your current desktop application as an .appx
  5. Test your Windows app for Windows 10 S, you can also check out this blog post for more details
  6. Submit your app to the Windows Store

Resources

Did you find this post helpful? Please let us know in the comments below—and also let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to dig into for you about this topic.

Enjoy!

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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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Six things you need to know about Windows 10 S

Our mission with Windows is to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us. This is the North Star that guides our team in all we do. With Windows, not only do we want to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us – we also want customers to have choice around the best Windows for their needs. Back in May, we introduced a new set of educational products and services, including the introduction of Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is the next step of our Windows journey by offering customers a familiar Windows 10 experience, streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps from the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for students, educators, creators, and businesses alike who prefer longer battery life, faster boot up time, and the peace of mind that comes with using apps that are Microsoft-verified.

Windows 10 S Start menu show in English.

Windows 10 S ships with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and includes familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana*, Windows Hello**, Windows Ink**, Microsoft Edge, Paint 3D, and more.

Here are six things you need to know about Windows 10 S and some tips for getting started:

  • Windows 10 S is designed for superior performance. Start-ups are quick and designed to stay that way.
  • Browse the web with Microsoft Edge: a faster, more secure browser. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft Edge is the default browser. Microsoft Edge is built for Windows 10 and offers a secure browsing experience. In fact, Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 S blocks more phishing sites than Google Chrome on Chromebooks. Microsoft Edge is useful for students and home users alike, ensuring compatibility with the sites college students and universities use, like Google Docs. New features in Microsoft Edge–like the new Tab Preview Bar–make it easy for students to research and manage school projects. And, with Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can easily make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate. If you’re new to Windows 10 S and Microsoft Edge, visit this post to learn how to import your data from other browsers into Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge, Bing is the default search engine, and you can easily research and save any tabs – including any search engine as your preferred search destination.

Windows Defender Security Center shown on Windows 10 S

  • Microsoft–verified security. With Windows 10 S, customers who want to use apps can get them from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally each run in a safe “container,” ensuring consistent performance and security for the system. Windows 10 S customers will be protected from malware by default with Windows Defender and can use additional anti-virus software available in the Windows Store if they choose.

Homepage of the Windows Store shown on Windows 10 S

  • Download the apps you want right from the Windows Store. There are many choices of apps in the Windows Store that are ready for you to download and use with Windows 10 S. Some examples include: Office 365 Personal in preview – available today for Windows 10 S– Hulu, Pandora, Autodesk SketchBook, Netflix, Sling TV, Complete Anatomy, Duolingo, NPR One, Facebook, Instagram, Drawboard PDF, OhBot, Fluid Math, Sensavis Visual Learning, and Twitter. We continue to work with our partners to bring even more apps to the Windows Store over time – Spotify and iTunes are apps we recently announced that will be available in the Windows Store in the coming months. Visit the Windows Store to get started exploring all the content available to download.

Office 365 Personal available in preview in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S

  • Office 365 and Windows 10 S are Better Together. Windows 10 S runs the rich desktop Office apps including popular productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. The full suite of Office apps in preview are currently available to download today with Office 365 in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S. On Surface Laptop, you can simply open the Start menu and click on any of the Office app icons like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to launch the download from the Store. For more information on Office 365 Personal in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S, visit this FAQ.
  • Built-in Windows experiences to keep you productive and inspire creativity. Windows 10 S offers familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana–your digital personal assistant–password-free sign in with Windows Hello, Windows Ink, the Xbox app, Paint 3D, and more.

For more tips on getting started with Windows 10 S, check out our Windows 10 Tips blog posts or visit this FAQ. We are excited to make available Windows 10 S today on the new Surface Laptop, and in the coming months, Windows 10 S will become available on even more devices across a range of price points from our partners.

*Cortana available in select markets.
**Windows Hello and Windows Ink experiences dependent on hardware.

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Windows 10 Tip: Browse books in the Windows Store with the Windows 10 Creators Update

Did you know that with the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve added a new digital category in the Windows Store called books,* joining games, apps, movies/TV, and music?

With books in the Windows Store, you can discover and read e-books from your favorite authors across genres you love – from sci-fi to thrillers, to children’s books, and everything in between.

Here’s how to get started:

To get started, open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing.

Open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing. Books is available across Windows 10 devices, from laptops to 2-in-1s, desktops, and mobile.

Once you’ve purchased a book from the Windows Store, you can start reading immediately with Microsoft Edge, which supports offline reading without an internet connection. What’s more, in Microsoft Edge you can easily personalize your reading experience with custom font sizes, layouts, and themes. Microsoft Edge has integrated Learning Tools accessibility features like Read Aloud and text spacing to make it easier for everyone to read, including people with learning differences like dyslexia and English Language Learners.

Have a great week!

*US only

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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?

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Everspace 1.0 now available on Windows 10 and Xbox One

It has been a very long road to release since we started development on Everspace more than two years ago, and it’s hard to believe the day is finally upon us. Truly an exciting time for everyone here at Rockfish Games and for space game enthusiasts. The greatest addition coming with the full release is the long-awaited campaign, including missions, cinematic flashbacks, and fully-voiced cutscenes (in English and German) with text localization available for more than 10 languages including French, Chinese, and Spanish.

Everspace now on Windows 10 and Xbox One

As all players who have played Everspace in Game Preview have already experienced, the hero finds himself clueless in the cockpit of a space fighter at the beginning of the game. After completing basic pilot training, the peculiar onboard AI provides sometimes useful contextual information about the game world and its lore. Now in the full version, you’ll gradually unveil the mystery behind the hero’s existence and your mission through character encounters and cinematic memory flashbacks.

In the completely revamped final sector, you must survive an all-new boss fight that will provide the last piece of the campaign puzzle. But this will not be the end of the game. There’s still an important objective to accomplish to reach the final destination of your journey — no more spoilers beyond this point!

For the full release, you can also look forward to a great set of Achievements and some further surprises that we got up our sleeves. So look for Everspace if you’re up for a narrative-driven roguelike space shooter in a procedurally-generated universe full of surprises, and head over to Xbox Wire to learn more!

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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.

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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!

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