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How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19

How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19
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The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack is launching on Feb. 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To mark the occasion, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio on Feb. 19, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.
You’ll be able to get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on Feb. 20!

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves

This marks an exciting time for the team as they move towards the game’s launch on March 20, as it gives you the chance to see what the performance will be like on your system;

For more detail into how Sea of Thieves has been built from the ground up for Windows 10, and for more technical insight into all the great features coming to PC, head over here to read more about today’s news!

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves
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CES 2018: iBUYPOWER, MSI and ORIGIN announce new gaming PCs powered by Windows 10

Simple, built-in Mixer streaming provides low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to watch or interact with other gamers–no extra hardware or software required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Stay connected with your gaming community through the Xbox app and the power of Xbox Live.
Let’s take a closer look at the gaming PCs announced this week:
iBUYPOWER Case Builder

Built with creativity in mind, the Case Builder project allows you to con­figure the look and structure of your computer case upon purchase. Paint your canvas and fuel your imagination with the Snowblind Element, featuring a transparent LCD monitor display embedded into the PC case.
Designed and engineered by iBUYPOWER, the RGB Cable Combs serves as the final piece of the RGB puzzle, illuminating your exceptional cable management.
MSI
MSI launched three brand-new gaming products at CES: the new Optix gaming monitor line-up, new gaming desktops, a motherboard, a graphics card, and the new GT75VR Titan Pro with Killer Wireless-AC 1550.
MSI introduces the new Optix MPG Series

MSI is proudly expanding its Optix gaming monitor line-up with the MPG curved gaming monitors. The new Optix MPG series will consist of two 27-inch monitors, the Optix MPG27C and Optix MPG27CQ. These mark the next level in MSI gaming monitors with a curved VA panel with an 1800R curve. Both models feature a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, and the MPG27CQ is equipped with a 1440p WQHD screen, while the MPG27C has a 1080p screen.
Other features include:
SteelSeries GameSense built-in
Using the five RGB zones on the front of the monitor, gamers can easily program lighting effects in SteelSeries Engine to notify them of in-game timers or cooldowns, Discord notifications or other important information they want at-a-glance. The back of the monitor has RGB lighting as well.
With its 178-degree viewing angles, the MPG series is perfect for use in a multiple monitor matrix display for an optimized gaming experience.
The screen uses an anti-glare VA panel with 100 percent and 115 percent coverage of the NTSC and sRGB spectrums respectively. It features 2 HDMI (2.0) ports, 1 DisplayPort (1.2), 1 USB 3.0 Type B, an Earphone out port, Kensington Lock, 1 Mic in port, 1 audio combo jack and 2 USB 3.0 Type A ports. It also has an adjustable stand to maximize productivity and comfort and supports VESA mounting.
MSI Gaming desktops dominate with incredible performance and sharp design
 
The Trident 3 Arctic has gotten even better with an upgraded Intel 8th Generation processor and NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card. The Arctic is the perfect gaming solution for those with space constraints or design requirements and features the ultimate performance for a wide variety of applications.

The Infinite X features a more traditional tower design than the Arctic, but still hosts some unique features. The Infinite X uses either dual steel or dual tempered glass side panels, Mystic Light RGB LEDs, MSI’s award winning graphics cards, Intel’s 8th Generation CPU and MSI’s Silent Storm Cooling 3 Pro liquid cooling. MSI gaming desktops excel in gaming performance, audio quality and connectivity. MSI also adds gaming benefits such as Silent Storm Cooling, automatic overclocking with Game Boost, super-speed storage configurations, Audio Boost and Nahimic for an incredible in-game sound experience.
Additionally, the Aegis Ti3 gaming desktop will be available with an Intel 8th Generation processor later this year.
Z370 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard

MSI showcases the future of PC gaming technology based on the latest Intel® 8th generation platform. The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is ready to take on any build a gamer throws at it.
The Z370 comes with a variety of features to help gamers perform at the highest level. The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING handles internet connectivity lightning fast thanks to the Killer xTend. The Killer xTend combines a built-in switch with wireless extender. Killer allows for ultimate traffic prioritization.
The motherboard supports Triple Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield V2, Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor and has an Xtreme Audio DAC with Nahimic 2 to deliver breathtaking sound quality. The Z370 has four available slots for DDR4 RAM with Steel Armor. Steel Armor keeps the DIMM slots shielded to protect DDR4 modules and deliver pure data signals for the best gaming and overclocking performance. It also supports multiple GPUs via NIVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire, with optimal slot placement for the best possible airflow.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z Graphics Card
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z brings legendary overclocking potential to the desktop. Lighting cards are designed for the ground up for extreme overclocking and performance. It features a Tri-Frozr thermal design, using three award-winning TORX 2.0 fans with double ball bearings to prove itself as the pinnacle of air cooling. In addition to the thermal design, the Lighting Z uses close quarters heat pipe cooling. The heat pipes are infused into the Close Quarters Heatsink and Backplate for greatly improved thermal performance. The Lightning Z is built with military class four components for maximum stability and quality.
MGT75VR Titan Pro with Killer Wireless-AC 1550
MSI also unveiled a new GT75VR Titan Pro with the all-new Killer Wireless-AC 1550. Developed in partnership with Intel, the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is the world’s fastest 2×2 11ac wireless networking adapter delivering up to 1.73Gbps of throughput and is the ideal networking solution for gaming, streaming and downloading. The Killer 1550 features 160MHz channel support and can deliver twice the throughput of what standard 2×2 11ac adapters can deliver.
To learn more about MSI’s complete line of products, visit us.msi.com.
ORIGIN
 
ORIGIN PC announced this week the launch of their next-generation GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, and L-Class desktops for gamers, artists, professionals, esports players and tech enthusiasts all over the world.
Designed and built from the ground up by ORIGIN PC and running Windows 10, the next generation GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, and L-Class desktops now feature an all-new aluminum exterior with tempered glass side panels, tool-less upgradeability, and ORIGIN PC’s patented Variable Mounting technology, which allows the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations: Standard ATX, Inverted ATX, 90 degrees or Inverted 90 degrees and with no additional modifications needed.
ORIGIN PC also gives you the ability to convert your MILLENNIUM or L-Class Full Tower into a GENESIS or L-Class Super Tower with an optional super tower expansion kit. With the optional super tower expansion kit, you can store additional dual 360mm radiators for improved system cooling, or add up to 12 (3.5 inch) or 24 (2.5 inch) storage drives for maximum storage.
Other features include:
Tool-Less Upgradability: The new ORIGIN PC GENESIS, MILLENNIUM and L-Class Desktops feature magnetic side panels and thumbscrews to give you the ability to change your most popular components without the need of any tools.
Customizable and Swappable Tempered Glass or Aluminum Side Panels: The side panels of the GENESIS, MILLENNIUM or L-Class desktops are easily swappable and require no tools to open thanks to the all-new hinge design.
Multiple PCI Cards in Any Orientation: ORIGIN PC’s GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, and L-Class desktops support any PCI based cards such as graphics cards, capture cards, or PCIe SSDs in any desired orientation.
Interchangeable Aluminum Front Door: Configure your ORIGIN PC desktop to open the front door to the left or right for convenient access to your optical drives, media card reader and all of your bay devices.
Top Panel Cover for Concealing Ports/Buttons: Gain instant access to your power and reset buttons or popular I/O ports such as (2) front mounted USB 3.0 Ports and (1) USB Type C Gen 2.0 ports by easily sliding the top panel cover up or down.
Super Tower Bottom Expansion Kit: Convert your MILLENNIUM or L-Class Full Tower to a GENESIS or L-Class Super Tower with the Super Tower Bottom Expansion allowing space to add dual 360 radiators for increased cooling support or up to 24 (2.5 inch) additional storage drives.
Remote Controlled LED Lighting w/Motherboard RGB support: Customize the beautiful internal LED lights with over 16 colors and four effects using ORIGIN PC’s RF remote control. Switch between your case lighting synced with your motherboard or remote control with the push of a button. Every GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, or L-Class Desktop can sync with optional motherboard lighting software so you can have universal lighting inside and out.
You can learn more about everything ORIGIN announced here!
In case you missed it, our partners, including Acer, ASUS and Dell also announced gaming laptops and desktops powered by Windows 10 earlier this week:
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming laptop

The new Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop is powered by Windows 10 and designed for gaming enthusiasts seeking best-in-class performance in an attractive laser-textured design.
The 15-inch Acer Nitro 5 packs in the latest-generation AMD Radeon RX560 graphics for faster rendering, improved lighting and texture, as well as the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors for amazing performance, whether it be for gaming, content creation or multi-tasking applications. The lightning-fast speeds of DDR4 RAM of up to 32 GB combined with the SSD means fast booting, loading and restarting in mere seconds so players can get to the action immediately. Acer’s NitroSense utility allows the monitoring of the CPU/GPU, and adjustment of cooling fan speeds via Acer CoolBoost to keep them in optimal operation.
The Nitro 5’s chassis features a top cover with elegant laser texturing that brings bold refinement to the gaming laptop. And with the power of Windows 10 and Mixer, enjoy easily broadcast games from the Game bar, with no extra hardware or software.
Other features include:
15.6-inch Full HD IPS display produces brilliant imagery with crisp details
Front-facing HD web camera
Internal solid-state drive is available up to 512 GB
Finely tuned, high-quality speakers with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology.
Fast and reliable dual-stream 802.11ac wireless technology, a plethora of ports, including hyper-fast USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet to enable users to enter any arena prepared to execute every mission at the highest level.
To read more about everything Acer announced this week, please visit this blog post.
ASUS ROG G703

ROG G703 is a gaming laptop with an ultra-responsive 17.3-inch IPS-level display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, able to reach refresh rates of 144Hz. Built with Windows 10, these devices support connectivity with your friends through the Xbox app and the power of Xbox Live, support for Direct X12 and quick and simple game streaming through Mixer, with no extra hardware or software required. ROG G703 combines the best of laptop and console gaming with built-in Xbox Wireless technology that enables you to effortlessly connect up to 8 wireless Xbox One controllers, eliminating the need for multiple adapters.
G703 has a gaming keyboard with 2.5mm travel distance and 0.3mm keycap curve for improved comfort; while N-key rollover and anti-ghosting technologies ensure each keystroke is logged, even when numerous keys are pressed simultaneously. The keyboard also features highlighted WASD keys, a durable anti-slip palm rest, and dedicated hotkeys for Xbox, ROG Aura, ROG Gaming Center and XSplit Gamecaster.
Other features include:
Powered by the factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor that reaches incredible speeds of up to 4.3GHz out of the box
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with a maximum boost clock of up to 1974MHz
ROG G703 features the innovative Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that enables it to rid itself of harmful dust and particles.
To read more about everything ASUS announced this week, visit our blog post.
VR-ready Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

Dell unveiled this week the new VR-ready Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop starting at just $799. Engineered for PC gamers, the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop features 8th Gen Intel quad- and hex-core processors and graphics. It comes with Windows 10 so you can stay connected with friends on Xbox Live with the Xbox app. It also supports Direct X12, and enables quick and easy game streaming through Mixer, without the need for extra hardware or software; solid-state drive options offer faster boot-up times and intelligent thermal design provide longer gaming sessions. Read more about everything Dell announced in our blog post.
It’s great to see all of this hardware innovation from our gaming hardware partners. 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for PC gaming. To read more partner news from CES, please visit this link!

CES 2018: Five trends to watch – and new Windows 10 devices that power them

It’s exciting to kick off the new year with our incredible partners at CES, the world’s gathering place for people who love consumer technology. As I walked the floor and met with our partners, it’s been amazing to see the amount of innovation in the Windows ecosystem and the trends that will unlock creativity and empower a new culture of work in 2018 and beyond.

In line with our mission to empower every person and organization to achieve more, creators, students, and gamers continue to inspire us. Over the course of this week, we showcased new devices and experiences in five key areas:
1. Beautiful devices ranging from premium to affordable to fit every lifestyle
PCs are increasingly a lifestyle statement. People want beautiful and powerful devices that fit their style. Surface Laptop is a great example. It packs performance, versatility, and over 14 hours of battery life into a sleek design. Starting at $999, Surface Laptop is available in four colors to fit your style.
Surface Laptop available in four colors
At CES this week, our partners announced incredible new devices ranging from premium to affordable. We believe affordability should not come at the cost of elegant design and access to innovation – and no ecosystem offers more choice than Windows.
Examples of new Windows 10 PCs unveiled at CES this week include:
Acer Swift 7
Acer Swift 7
At just 8.98 mm thin, the new Acer Swift 7 is designed for mobility, with an ultraportable design, all-day battery life, and a personal, trusted 4G LTE connection. The Acer Swift 7 also comes with a built-in fingerprint reader to unlock Windows Hello. The Acer Swift 7 starts at $1,699.
ASUS Zenbook 13
ASUS Zenbook 13
The ASUS Zenbook 13 UX331UAL features a feather-light 985g all-metal chassis and all-day 15 hour of battery life for $999.
Dell XPS 15
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 offers an eye-catching next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display with vivid color and cinematic immersion in a slim 16mm design. It’s built with the new 8th Generation Intel Core processor combining a high-performance Intel CPU and discrete Radeon RX Vega M graphics in a single package. It’s also built with far-field microphone capabilities that let you talk to Cortana even when you’re across the room from the PC. The XPS 15 2-in-1 starts at $1,299.99.
HP Spectre x360 15″
HP Spectre x360 15″
The HP Spectre x360 15″ is a great device with a starting price of $1,369 that will offer a beautiful convertible design, 4K screen, fast performance with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor or quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors and powerful graphics that allow you to effortlessly create, edit, and stream content while delivering up to 13.5 hours of battery life.
Lenovo ThinkPad L580 series
Lenovo ThinkPad L580 series
The Lenovo ThinkPad L580 series include 8th Generation Intel Core processors and optional discrete AMD graphics in a thin and light form factor. The Lenovo ThinkPad L series ranges from $449 – $779.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018)
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018)
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) has a 360-degree rotating touch screen, is Active-Pen enabled for Windows Ink (Pen sold separately) and offers secure fingerprint login with Windows Hello. Samsung will share pricing and availability of this device in Q1.
2. A new category of Always Connected PCs with up to 20 days of standby power
In December, along with our hardware partners HP and ASUS, we showed the world the first full-featured Always Connected PCs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running Windows 10. These Qualcomm-powered devices deliver instantly on, always-connected experiences that seamlessly switch between LTE and WiFi connections and up to 20 days of standby power. Also in December, we started shipping Surface Pro with LTE Advanced to business customers. Surface Pro with LTE Advanced provides seamless connectivity with unmatched versatility and performance.
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced for business customers
This week at CES, Lenovo announced the Miix 630, a 2-in-1 detachable that gives you the power and productivity of a laptop with the always-on, always-connected mobility of a smartphone. It offers up to 20 hours of battery life in a thin and light fan-less design and supports Windows Hello with a built-in infrared camera.
Lenovo Miix 630
HP also announced their Always Connected PC running on Intel chips: the HP ENVY x2.
HP ENVY x2
The new HP ENVY x2 is purpose-built for an always-on, always ready to work experience. The thin, light and durable device offers mobile flexibility to stay connected with an instant-on experience with optional 4G LTE and a brilliant touch display that supports Windows Ink.
3. Voice powers an increasing number of new PCs and devices
We built Windows 10 to be the most advanced platform for the most natural of input methods, including voice. From Windows Hello facial recognition to voice input with Cortana, AI is deeply incorporated into Windows 10 to make your experience more personal and more secure.
Thanks to far-field microphones arriving in more than a dozen new Windows 10 PCs, you can ask Cortana on your PC to check the score of the game, the weather, or hear the news. New devices from Dell and ASUS recently announced are great examples of what’s possible with this far-field capability and we will continue to see this number grow. We’ve seen Cortana expand to the Harmon Kardon Invoke voice-activated speaker, and we’re looking forward to more from HP, who will unveil a new device featuring Cortana, combining connectivity and voice activation in a beautiful, compact, and stylish design later this year.
Not only have we invested in deeply integrating Cortana for these advanced experiences, Windows also provides the most robust platform for our partners to offer additional voice capabilities.
This week, device makers including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo announced that Amazon Alexa will be available on some of their Windows 10 PCs in 2018 through an app. It’s great to see Amazon building an Alexa app for Windows 10 ahead of other platforms that leverage the far-field technology our hardware partners are building into their devices.
Finally, partners like Johnson Controls and Kohler have unveiled new smart home devices powered by the Windows and Azure platforms:
GLAS from Johnson Controls smart thermostat featuring Cortana
Johnson Controls announced the first in-home voice-controlled thermostat, using Cortana and powered by Windows 10 IoT and Azure IoT.
Kohler selected Azure IoT as its cloud platform to power its new line of connected products, KOHLER Konnect. KOHLER Konnect allows personalized bath and kitchen experiences that automate everyday tasks.
4. Mixed reality gains momentum
Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung
Last year, we welcomed the launch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from our partners Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, and unveiled highly immersive VR experiences, highlighted by many of the most popular VR games and experiences, including more than 2,000 titles from the Steam®VR library.
This week at CES, ASUS announced that their Windows Mixed Reality headset will be coming to customers in North America in the first quarter of this year.
When we unveiled Microsoft HoloLens, we knew mixed reality had the potential to change the world. Today, we’re inspired by industry leaders like Ford, thyssenkrupp, and Case Western Reserve University who are reimagining the possibilities of product design, remote assistance, and healthcare with HoloLens and mixed reality. With HoloLens now available in 39 markets and more on the way, we can’t wait to see what our partners will do in the coming year.
5. Gaming PCs that deliver more immersive and social experiences
PC gaming is booming, driven by innovation in VR, the incredible popularity of multiplayer games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the excitement of esports, and game streaming services like Mixer. We continue to see PC gaming innovation from partners such as Dell, HP, NVIDIA, Lenovo, msi, iBUYPOWER, and Corsair.
This week, ASUS unveiled the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G703, a gaming laptop with an ultra-responsive 17.3-inch IPS-level display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology that can reach refresh rates of 144Hz. It’s Mixed Reality Ultra Badged which means it’s powerful enough to run Windows Mixed Reality experiences when combined with a compatible headset and includes support for up to eight Xbox One controllers, eliminating the need for multiple adapters.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G703
Continuing to push gaming display technology boundaries, NVIDIA just announced Big Format Gaming Displays, along with supporting hardware partners Acer, ASUS, and HP. BFGDs are high-end, 65-inch, 4K, 120Hz HDR displays – complete with NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology and integrated NVIDIA SHIELD set-top streaming box – that they are calling ‘buttery-smooth’ for gaming.
With all this innovation, it’s no surprise that gaming on Windows 10 PCs has increased 500 percent in the last year, with nearly 200 million monthly active users gaming on Windows 10 devices.
This is just the beginning
We are just scratching the surface of what’s possible—and what’s to come in the Windows device ecosystem. With the relentless pursuit of new categories and new experiences on modern devices, innovation and ecosystem collaboration doesn’t stop at CES.
For us, this is just the beginning.
Terry
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This Week on Windows: Celebrate the countdown to 2018 with great deals at Microsoft Store

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows!
Beginning today, find the perfect last-minute gift or treat yourself during the Countdown to 2018 sale with deals of up to 50% off popular PC games, up to 65% on select Xbox Digital Games, up to 60% off popular movies and TV shows, up to 75% on must-have software and apps for Windows 10, great deals on Surface and Xbox One bundles, entertainment and more! You can shop the sale now at Microsoft Store online, on your Windows 10 PC, and on your Xbox.
Below we’ve rounded up some of the best Countdown deals, available now at Microsoft Store:
Game On
There are numerous adventurous options on sale now for PC and Xbox gamers alike:

PC Games
Save up to 50% on popular PC games for Windows 10, including these favorites:
Disneyland Adventures – 35% off

The Disneyland theme park comes alive like never before. Each adventure is based on the park’s real-life attractions, with opportunities to interact with beloved Disney characters.
Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition – 35% off

Gorgeous graphics and more than 700 Forzavista cars to collect bring you the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limit.
Super Lucky’s Tale – 35% off

A delightful platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero, on his quest to help his sister rescue the Book of Ages.
Xbox Consoles
For a limited time, buy an Xbox One X and get PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the game named “Best Multiplayer Game” at this year’s Video Game Awards.
For Minecraft fans, save $100 on the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle (1TB), and enjoy $20 off select Minecraft Edition Xbox Wireless Controllers with purchase of the Minecraft Explorers Pack. There are also several limited-time deals happening now inside Minecraft.
Or save up to $80 on Xbox One S 500GB bundles, now starting at $199, plus get a free select game.
Xbox Digital Games & Subscriptions
Save up to 65% on select Xbox Digital Games. Plus, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can save up to 10% more! Not a Gold member? Get your first month of Xbox Live Gold membership for just $1. And while you’re at it, try Xbox Game Pass for just $1 for the first month.
Here are a few of our Xbox Digital Game favorite deals:
Call of Duty WWII – 17% off; 25% off with Gold
The popular franchise returns to its roots in this edition, a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation.
Star Wars Battlefront II – 30% off; 40% with Gold
Enter a Star Wars multiplayer universe where up to 40 players fight as iconic heroes and authentic-to-era troopers, all in a massive array of vehicles on land and in the air.
Cuphead – 15% off on Windows 10 and Xbox
Inspired by cartoons from the 1930s, this game is a classic run-and-gun actioner with visuals and audio painstakingly recreated to be authentic to the feel of the era.
Entertainment
Not a gamer but still want to be entertained? Find great deals on Movies & TV and ebooks during the Countdown sale, too.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens + Bonus – 25% off

Relive this epic adventure and see tons of deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage and amazing bonus features, too – including an hour-long featurette.
Spider-Man: Homecoming + Bonus – 50% off

Following his sensational debut in Captain America, a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as a web-slinging superhero.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle + Bonus – 25% off

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to discover an allied spy organization in the U.S.
ebooks
If a good read is more your speed, you’ll enjoy flipping through and choosing from the numerous ebooks on sale, up to 80% off, including:
The Bourne Objective by Robert Lundum – 50% off

No matter how the plot twists and turns in a Jason Bourne novel, the thrills are always first-rate. In this installment, he’s facing down mercenaries in Africa when he witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson – 80% off

The holidays are a stressful time of year, but keeping life’s little things from driving you crazy is what this book is all about.
Today Will Be Different – 50% off

A brilliant novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.
Gear up for the best you in 2018
It’s not all fun and games – we’ve got great deals on Surface, PCs, and apps to help ring in the new you in the New Year!
Surface and PC Deals
Save $200 on select Surface Pro and Surface Laptop i5 devices, designed for the way you work, play and all of the moments in between. Save up to $650 on PC and Windows Mixed Reality headset bundles and immerse yourself in a wide range of epic experiences. Or save up to $500 on select new Windows 10 PCs.
Software and apps
Save up to 75% on must-have software and apps for Windows 10, including:
Affinity Photo – 20% off

The latest version of this professional photo editing software is faster, smoother and more powerful than ever so you can do more than you imagined with your photos.
Dolby Access – 20% off

Music, games, and movies have never sounded this sweet! Whatever you watch, listen to or play, enjoy the rich, deep sound they deserve with Dolby Access.
djay Pro – 40% off

Hosting a New Year’s party or just need a new soundtrack for your life? Use djay Pro to access millions of tracks, including millions on Spotify, and put your own unique spin on music.
You can also still get your gifts in time for the holidays by picking up your online purchase or visiting your local Microsoft Store, and get a Limited-Edition Xbox Holiday Ornament with any in-store purchase while supplies last. Plus, experience the Microsoft Wish Machine by sharing an inspiring wish for your local community while you’re there. Wishes are already being granted so follow #MicrosoftWishMachine and get yours in today through December 31!
If you’re still looking for that perfect gift to give this Holiday season, we have the answer: This year, give the gift of choice with a Microsoft or Xbox Gift Card. Or, give the gift of games through Xbox digital gifting. It’s simple and fast, no shipping required.
Explore more deals
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Countdown deals from Microsoft Store here, but there’s so much more to explore – PC games, Xbox digital games, Movies & TV, ebooks, software, and apps galore!
And just to keep things interesting, be sure to visit the Microsoft Store on Xbox, on Windows 10, or follow Microsoft Store on Twitter, for even more, one-day-only Daily Deals on Xbox games, Movies & TV, and ebooks!
Happy shopping!
*Available 12/22/2017 to 1/4/2017 on select items available through Microsoft Store while supplies last. Offers and content vary by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply.

Calling all gamers: Here’s your go-to buying guide for gaming PCs this holiday

Maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a new gaming laptop this holiday but are overwhelmed by the variety of options to choose from. When shopping for new hardware, gamers often look for devices and specifications that fit their specific needs, and no two devices are the same. Whether you’re an experienced gamer or someone looking to dive into gaming for the first time, Windows 10 PCs offer something for all gamers this holiday.
This has been an exciting year for PC gaming, with new game features in the Windows 10 Creators Update and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that support gaming for all creators alike. Not to mention acclaimed, recently released titles such as Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead with even more to come in 2018 like Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.
With its built-for-gaming features, Windows 10 is the best version of Windows for gaming. Simple, built-in Mixer streaming provides exclusive near real-time, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to watch or interact with other gamers–no extra hardware required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, including cloud save and resume. Game Mode enables gamers to dedicate more system resources to games, delivering a more performant gaming experience on Windows 10.
Let’s take a look at some Windows 10 gaming PCs from our partners that will light up gaming for everyone this holiday.
For the casual gamer looking for a PC they can not only game on, but also feel productive with Windows 10 features that may include Windows Hello, Cortana, and more, take a look at these casual gaming PCs under $1,000:
ASUS VivoBook S510UA 15.6-inch
ASUS VivoBook S510UA 15.6-inch
Acer Aspire E5-575T-3678
Acer Aspire E5-575T-3678
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
HP OMEN Laptop – 17t
HP OMEN Laptop – 17t
Looking for something with a little more power? A PC with faster computing and graphical expertise, maybe even a device light enough to take with you anywhere? Check out the below premium PCs:
ASUS ROG Strix GL503
ASUS ROG Strix GL503
Origin EON17-SLX 17
Origin EON17-SLX 17
Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop
Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop
Acer Nitro 5 Spin
Acer Nitro 5 Spin
For hardcore gamers who seek superior specs like 4K displays, powerful CPUs, high-end graphics cards, and more, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few top-of-the-line gaming rig suggestions to consider:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus
ASUS ROG Zephyrus
HP Omen X
HP Omen X
Dell Alienware 17 R4
Dell Alienware 17 R4
Razer Blade Pro
Razer Blade Pro
Acer Predator 21X
Acer Predator 21X
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This Week on Windows: News from Samsung, Mixer and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! You can visit this blog post to learn more about Always Connected PCs, visit this post to learn more about Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android, and read more about the artists bringing their visions to life in mixed reality. You can check out our Windows 10 Tip on what’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
In case you missed it:
New Mixer app available now

Exciting news from the Mixer Blog today! Just months ago, Mixer announced they we were rebuilding the Mixer app for Android and iOS. Since then and with the help of the community, they’ve built the best version of the app to-date, and are excited to announce it’s available for download today on Android and in the coming days on iOS. To learn more about this news from Mixer, head over to their blog.
Samsung announces new Notebook 9 and Notebook 9 Pen with Windows 10
This week, Samsung announced the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and three new versions of the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018), offering a mobile computing experience that matches how people are using their PCs: whether at work, on the go and everything in between.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen: Superb flexibility, portability with S Pen and convertible hinge
The Notebook 9 Pen brings a thoughtfully refined design to the 2-in-1 PC. Its full metal chassis with a premium magnesium aluminum alloy called Metal12 provides durability while keeping it super light at 2.2 pounds. The 360-degree hinge provides flexibility to convert to a tablet from a laptop with ease by rotating the keyboard behind the screen for convenience. The Notebook 9 Pen has a built-in, refined S Pen that gives you the freedom to doodle, write, sketch, paint and more with Windows Ink. The S Pen is battery-free, built into the device and designed for immediate use.
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018): Powerful design, yet lightweight and thin
With three different versions offering a 13.3” to a 15” screen and enhanced graphics capabilities, the Notebook 9 (2018) weighs up to only 2.84 pounds and measures 15.4mm. The bezel around the screen measures 6.2mm providing a more immersive experience. This means great portability without sacrificing screen size, as well as a stronger, more durable metal body featuring Metal12. The device also provides always-on power thanks to the 75Wh Hexacell battery.
Availability: The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be available in select countries starting in December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S. Both the Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more visit Samsung’s newsroom.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now available on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One! Since we first announced PUBG would be coming to Xbox at E3 2017, it’s been amazing to see the excitement and anticipation fans have shared and on behalf of everyone at PUBG Corp., we want to thank you for your support.
PUBG is a battle royale-style game which puts up to 100 players on the remote island of Erangel for a winner-takes-all showdown. Each game starts the same – you jump out of an airplane over an island, look for a safe (or dangerous) place to land, scramble for armor, weapons and health kits, and try to stay alive as the safe zone becomes smaller and smaller, forcing players to keep moving to survive.
We chose to bring PUBG to console on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, as it’s the only console platform that gives us the opportunity to partner with the community and build the game together, much like we did with the PC version. The experience you have in PUBG on Xbox One today will be somewhat similar to what we shipped back in March on PC, but with a few updates. In addition, to support for third-person solo, duo, and squad gameplay on the current Erangel map, PUBG on Xbox One will also feature vaulting at its launch into the Xbox Game Preview program. On Xbox One X, the game will be enhanced to include HDR support and 4K resolution, with more details to come.  While in the Xbox Game Preview program, PUBG on Xbox One will continue to receive new content updates including the new desert map, “Miramar,” optimizations and more. Our goal is to unify the feature set and product roadmap of the PC and Xbox versions of the game as soon as possible.
Read more about the news over at Xbox Wire!

Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Store this week:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 Sale

We take more pictures today than ever before, which means we need an efficient, easy way to organize, find and share them. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 ($69.99 Sale Price, $99.99 Regular Price) is here to help. Now on sale for 30% off through Jan. 6, Adobe PSE 2018 makes photo and video organization, editing, creating, and sharing as simple as it gets.
Dunkirk

Trapped on the beach and surrounded by enemy forces, 400,000 Allied soldiers face impossible odds in Christopher Nolan’s epic masterpiece Dunkirk ($29.99 HD). Don’t miss one of the best-reviewed films of the year, available in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store one week before it comes to Blu-ray. Plus, for a limited time, purchase Dunkirk and get a free game add-on for World of Tanks! For full details, visit: aka.ms/Dunkirk.
Have a great week!

5 reasons you’ll love Surface Book 2

Starting today, you can get your hands on the most powerful Surface ever, Surface Book 2. We built this Surface for people who need the performance and graphics processing power to work, create, and game from anywhere. Now anyone who needs desktop-class power, from designers, developers, and engineers to scientists, artists, and gamers can have the freedom and flexibility of a laptop and tablet. Whether you choose the 13-inch or the 15-inch (US only), here are 5 reasons to love the new Surface Book 2.
It’s really powerful – Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface ever. It has four times the processing power and more than five times the graphics performance of the original Surface Book. It has up to twice the total processing of similarly spec’d MacBook Pros1. With quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete GPUs, Surface Book 2 has the power you’ll need for whatever you do.
It has amazing battery life – Surface Book 2 goes where you go and keeps up with up to 17 hours of battery life2 (or up to 5 hours on the detached tablet). That’s up to 70% longer than a MacBook Pro 13-inch or 15-inch. With the power slider in Windows 10 (click on the battery icon) you can optimize either for peak performance or longer battery life. And, if you don’t have your Surface power cord, you now have the option to charge via USB-C using a compatible charger.
It plays hard –With an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 graphics memory, you’re going to love gaming on Surface Book 2. Our team has been playing Gears of War 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 – both graphically intense games – at 1080p and 60 FPS and they look amazing on the PixelSense display. The 15-inch model even includes Xbox Wireless built-in so you can pair Xbox One Accessories and play wherever you want. Surface Book 2 is also ready for Windows Mixed Reality. Connect a compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset and controllers to experience the most immersive gaming and VR experiences with 100+ degrees view field and 90hz refresh rate.
It’s a creator’s dream – Whether you’re a game developer, digital artist, designer, 3D-modeller, AI developer, photographer, or video guru, Surface Book 2 is what you need to create the amazing. You’ll have all the power you’ll need to run full versions of the software you depend on, a beautiful PixelSense display and awesome keyboard and trackpad. Beyond these, Surface Book 2 lets you create and edit with the optional Surface Pen3, featuring 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt and on-screen use of the Surface Dial3 The ink experience even extends to Office 3653 , where we’ve done a ton of work as a company to make sure your work really comes to life.
It’s incredibly versatile – The original Surface Book made waves with its detachable screen, and these new devices continue to offer unmatched versatility. Use Surface Book 2 as a traditional laptop or disconnect the tablet to experience the freedom of the thinnest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC available. Turn the screen around and re-attach it for view mode, a great way to share ideas or watch movies at 30,000 feet. Close the device with the screen exposed and your Surface Book 2 becomes a powerful, portable Studio angled just right for drawing and using Dial. Surface Book 2 also includes a full array of ports – two full-size USB 3.1, USB-C, an SD card reader, Surface Connect ports in both the base and tablet and a 3.5mm headset jack.

Surface Book 2 is available today starting at $1,499.99 USD at Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com, and Best Buy in the US, and around the world at select retailers.
I encourage you to see and try one in person. I hope you love it as much as I do.
1Microsoft Test Lab 3DMark 11 Graphics and LuxMark 3.1 CPU+GPU score comparison, Surface Book 15-inch [Intel i7-8650U with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060] vs. MacBook Pro 15-inch [Intel i7-7567U with AMD Radeon Pro 560], and Surface Book 13” [Intel i7-8650U with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050] vs. MacBook Pro 13-inch [Intel i7-7567U], October 2017.2Up to 17 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in October 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: i-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with setting, usage, and other factors. 3Surface Pen, Surface Dial, and Office 365 sold separately.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Lucky’s Tale is here!

The Lucky’s Tale series is a diary of sorts for our development team. The original Lucky’s Tale, both our first platformer and first experience with virtual reality, was very challenging for us, but we couldn’t wait to return to that world and those characters to tell even more of their story. We learned a lot about who Lucky is – a brave, curious fox who loves adventure and making people smile.
For Super Lucky’s Tale, we wanted to expand on the language of the first game without losing the simple pick-up-and-play control scheme that keeps the game both accessible and engaging. We’ve introduced the nefarious Jinx and his Kitty Litter, created a whole new cast of silly characters, and expanded on Lucky’s backstory by introducing his older sister, Lyra, and their stewardship as guardians of The Book of Ages.
I hope that you have as much fun playing the game as we had making it. We’d love to hear from you! We really mean it, too – don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on Twitter (@PlayfulLucky), our Facebook page, or even an email (feedback@playfulcorp.com).
Thank you for playing!