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AdDuplex – your one stop shop for Windows app and game marketing and monetization

From the early days of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace to the modern days of Windows Store, AdDuplex was and is committed to providing top-notch advertising solutions for app and game developers, publishers and advertisers.

Premier cross-promotion network

Back in 2011, AdDuplex launched the first cross-promotion network for Windows Phone 7 apps and empowered thousands of independent developers to advertise their apps for free by helping fellow app and game creators. Apps that got initial attention in the early days of the ecosystem received an overall boost and enjoyed the early exposure for years to come. AdDuplex helped such apps by utilizing their ad space before they had reached a level of popularity that made monetization efforts worthwhile.

AdDuplex cross-promotion network works as an enabler of advertising exchange between participating apps and games. Developers place a line of code into their apps and start promoting other apps on the network. Those other apps return the favor. The exchange ratio is 10:8, meaning that for every 10 ad impressions your app shows, you are advertised eight times in other apps. The remaining two impressions are used by AdDuplex to help commercial advertisers reach their potential users and support future development of the platform.

Since 2011, more than 10,000 apps joined AdDuplex and use it to accelerate and amend their growth efforts.

User acquisition on Windows

Free cross-promotion is great, but it limits the velocity of your growth to a pretty linear scale. What if you want to grow faster and have a budget for that? AdDuplex provides an opportunity for app and game publishers to reach more users faster via paid advertising campaigns.

Publishers from all over the world use AdDuplex to both jumpstart their new apps and games, and acquire new users for their other apps and games.

Windows 10 era

The day after the initial public Windows 10 launch, AdDuplex was ready with an SDK for UWP apps. It lets developers use the same SDK and even the same ad units across desktop and mobile, and is now ready for your apps on Xbox One.

App developers and advertisers can target various versions of Windows Phone and Windows across all main device families and reach exactly the users they are looking for through either banner or full-screen ads.

Make money with your Windows apps and AdDuplex

The most recent development was a launch of ad monetization part of AdDuplex. While still in invite-only mode, every app and game developer is welcome to apply for and participate in a revenue-sharing scheme in which developers get 70 percent of the money that advertisers pay AdDuplex. And even when there are no paid campaigns to show, your ad space is not wasted – AdDuplex cross-promotion network kicks in and generates free advertising for your app or game.

Getting started with AdDuplex

Whether you are an independent app developer or an advertiser in search of scale, benefitting from AdDuplex services is really easy. Here are the basics you’ll need to get started (plus some nice extras):

Big news for enterprise customers and Windows 10, tales from the cloud and a program manager’s inspiring story — Weekend Reading, Sept. 11 edition

The first full week of September brought plenty of interesting and uplifting news to distract us from the fact that summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’ve got all the highlights in this edition of Weekend Reading.

More than 75 million devices around the world are running Windows 10, a number likely to grow significantly now that Microsoft and Dell have an expanded partnership to bring premium Windows 10 devices — along with world-class services and support — to enterprise customers. The Surface Enterprise Initiative was unveiled Tuesday.

Dell will be the first partner to sell Surface Pro tablets and accessories next month through its North America commercial sales organization and later in the year on Dell.com/Work; other markets will follow in early 2016.

“We want to move people from needing, to choosing, to loving Windows and so do our partners,” said CEO Satya Nadella in a press release. “Our global enterprise customers have asked us to match the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 experience with enterprise-grade support and services – and our partnerships like this one with Dell will do just that.”

Later this year, you’ll be able to get the latest and greatest in intelligent customer engagement with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016. As the most comprehensive Microsoft Dynamics CRM upgrade ever, the new version, announced Tuesday, will have an enhanced Excel experience, next-generation Cortana integration and a host of other great improvements.

The 2016 version “will change the game in other areas as well, including intelligence, mobility and service,” writes Bob Stutz, corporate vice president of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, who says it marks “a milestone in the company’s efforts to reinvent productivity.”

The International Broadcasting Convention began Thursday in Amsterdam, and the conference vividly illustrates a shift that has taken hold of the media industry over the past few years: The cloud is everywhere. Media companies all over the world are adopting cloud strategies for not just on-demand video but also live sports events and entertainment, content management, editorial collaboration, audience analytics and much more.

As explained by Rainer Kellerhals, senior business development manager for Microsoft Worldwide Industry and Global Accounts, “Moving operations to the cloud allows companies to set up a new program or even a new channel in a very short timeframe — without investing tens of millions of dollars.”


Speaking of the cloud, Microsoft cloud technology is giving a big boost to a program in Texas that teaches moms about keeping babies and kids healthy through proper nutrition. The state’s previous information management system, implemented two decades ago, had outlived its usefulness.

The state agency is moving to a solution built on the Microsoft Government Cloud, an improvement that is expected to reduce coverage gaps and hardships for recipients, as well as making things much easier for caseworkers trying to give assistance.

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Microsoft also announced a pair of acquisitions this week. The acquisition of Adallom, an innovator in cloud security, is “the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering innovative identity and security capabilities to our customers, across both on-premises and multiple clouds,” writes Cloud and Enterprise Marketing Corporate Vice President Takeshi Numoto.

Microsoft has also agreed to acquire VoloMetrix, a pioneer and leader in organizational analytics. “This acquisition will combine VoloMetrix’ experience, technology and track record of success with Office 365 and our previously announced Delve Organizational Analytics,” writes Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365.

Earlier this week we met Vidya Srinivasan, a hacker, teacher, classical singer and Microsoft program manager for OneDrive-SharePoint. While recognized for her versatility, Vidya knows all of her interests have a common goal: She’s always looking to help others.

She’ll co-chair Open Source Day this year at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, leading a team of six people across the U.S. and Europe and working with eight open source organizations. You can read more about her inspiring story.


Just in time for the start of football season, NFL on Windows 10 is our App of the Week. Use it to track your favorite teams and fantasy players with personalized notifications of big plays on the field, and never miss a moment with in-game highlights on demand. Or find other useful options in this week’s five best new Windows Phone apps.

The week also brought updates to “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta” and “Minecraft: Pocket Edition,” and Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is now available in the Windows Store. Fans of Press Play got to choose which game they’d like to see next from the Denmark-based developer, deciding on multiplayer action game “Project: Knoxville.”

In other app news, you can save big on Disney titles and in-app purchases during the Disney & Star Wars End of Summer Sale, or test your smarts to stay alive with such tasks as hurdling an electric fence and cleaning a whale’s teeth in “Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games.”

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And that’s a wrap of this week’s top news. Check back here every Friday for the latest edition of Weekend Reading.

Posted by Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

A week to soar: Innovation on display at Worldwide Partner Conference, parties planned for Windows 10 release and Special Olympics athletes on the move – Weekend Reading: July 17 edition

It was a high-flying week at Microsoft, and if you blinked, you missed it. That’s why we’re here, to give you a recap of some of the week’s most important (and fun) goings-on, so let’s get to it:

The Worldwide Partner Conference got down to business. New technology innovations were showcased, including Project GigJam and the Cortana Analytics Suite, demonstrating Microsoft’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. Attendees got a peek at how one of Microsoft’s partners, Autodesk, will use HoloLens to fundamentally change how design professionals create, communicate, visualize and work. With many partners transitioning their businesses to the cloud, Microsoft is also making investments to make those transitions more seamless.

Satya Nadella at WPC 2015

Get ready to party with the launch of Windows 10. On July 29, when Windows 10 is released, festivities around the world are planned, with thousands of retailers participating, including all Microsoft store locations. Microsoft will also begin a year-long initiative, “Upgrade Your World,” to celebrate the people and organizations making a difference around the world. Microsoft will partner with 10 global and 100 national nonprofits as part of the initiative. The global nonprofits include CARE, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project and The Nature Conservancy.

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It’s time to shine for the stars of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which start July 25 in Los Angeles. This week we met two outstanding athletes: 21-year-old Daniel Wolff of Great Britain, who will run the 4×100-meter relay; and 23-year-old Xing Le of China, who will compete in rhythmic gymnastics. Microsoft is sponsoring both the summer games and the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. Last fall, the company announced a three-year, multi-million dollar partnership with Special Olympics to modernize the nonprofit’s technology and elevate it to the cloud.

Changing the face of coding, even as you read this. Women in U.S. colleges and universities earn only 18 percent of computer science degrees. That’s why Microsoft YouthSpark supports Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology in the United States. Microsoft sponsors and helps implement the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, happening this year in 60 locations across the country and reaching 1,200 girls who are learning computer science skills, and everything from robotics to mobile development to HTML coding.

Girls Who Code, Changing the Face of Coding

Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology, a free service that helps identify and remove online child sexual abuse photos, is now available in the cloud. It’s a major advance that gives companies like Flipboard a powerful way to help protect young victims while helping make the Internet safer for everyone. PhotoDNA has already helped detect millions of illegal photos on the Internet, with more than 70 companies and organizations – like Facebook and Twitter – already using it. But the previous, on-premise version required time, money and technical expertise to get up and running and keep up-to-date. The new PhotoDNA Cloud Service takes away those hurdles for smaller companies and other organizations that want to give users the freedom to upload content while ensuring the integrity of their platforms.

U.S. Air Force chooses Office 365, and Microsoft acquires FieldOne. The U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), is awarding more than 100,000 seats of a Department of Defense-dedicated version of Office 365 to Microsoft, Dell and General Dynamics. The agreement, expected to help the Air Force and DLA reduce costs significantly over the next three years, is one of the largest commercial cloud contracts in DoD history. Meanwhile, Thursday it was announced that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire FieldOne Systems LLC, a world-class provider of field service management solutions that allow organizations to better manage and deliver service to their customers in the field.

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Are you air-borne yet? No? Strap into an anti-gravity vehicle and race to glory in the futuristic and free game, “Fast Side of the Moon.” You can play alone, or compete with up to 20 other racers in multiplayer mode. Zoom to exotic planets and take on challenging courses. You’ll find “Fast Side of the Moon” in the Windows Phone Store.

"Fast Side of the Moon" game, Windows PhoneThis week on our journey to find people who #DoMore, we met Neal Sales-Griffin, who runs the Starter School in Chicago. In just nine months, Neal gives students the power of coding – turning them from consumers of technology to creators of technology.

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Thanks for joining us for Weekend Reading. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here next Friday!

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

An update to The New York Times Crossword app brings you more than 9,000 puzzles

A new update to The New York Times Crossword app for Windows and Windows Phone includes over 20 years worth of puzzles – that’s more than 9,000 puzzles to challenge you! The New York Times Crossword is free to download, and all users get free unlimited access to the daily puzzle and calendar archive for seven days upon downloading. After the seven days, simply subscribe to the New York Times Crossword for full access to The Crossword on your Windows devices and at NYTimes.com*.

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A few fun features you’ll enjoy with The New York Times Crossword app for Windows and Windows Phone:

Daily Puzzle
Enjoy the same puzzle that’s printed everyday in The New York Times newspaper. All daily puzzles are available the previous day at 10PM EST with a subscription.

Mini Puzzle
Short, sweet and available without a subscription every day, get a quick crossword fix when you don’t have time for the whole thing.

If you have a Surface, you can solve the way crosswords were meant to be solved: by writing directly on the puzzle as you would in the newspaper with Surface Pen.

Past Puzzles
Subscribers also enjoy years of classic puzzles from The New York Times archives.

Modern Puzzle Features
Solve puzzles that include new tricks like rebuses, highlighted or underlined squares, and more!

Download The New York Times Crossword for free from the Windows and Windows Phone Stores today.

*Subscription to The New York Times Crossword does not include access to any other New York Times products, including but not limited to NYTimes.com or mobile news content, e-reader editions, Times Premier, NYT Now, or any other apps.

Summer arrives with awesome new updates to some of our favorite apps and games

We’re here to keep you current on the latest updates to your favorite apps and games. This week we have a great list of the fun apps and top games, like Shazam and Monument Valley that have been updated just in time for the weekend! A group of Gameloft titles also got some updates, several of which now feature Xbox Live integration – so you can start earning Xbox achievements and move up the leaderboards. Below is a list of the apps and games with cool updates you won’t want to miss:

Shazam – Windows Phone

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This favorite music app keeps getting better on Windows Phone. With the latest update, browse the new News Feed that keeps you updated on the latest news about top artists – curated by the Shazam Editorial Team. Create an account and share what you’ve listened to using your Facebook login. And you can now back up your entire Shazam history on the shazam.com website.

Monument Valley – Windows Phone

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For fans of the beautiful and the surreal, Monument Valley offers a stunning, intriguing gameplay experience. Your mission is to guide the serene, silent Princess Ida through a land of mysterious monuments and fantastical architecture you manipulate. And now, update the game to play Ida’s Dream, the longest chapter ever created for Monument Valley.

WhatsApp – Windows Phone

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Top messaging app WhatsApp received a much-anticipated update this week, adding WhatsApp Calling for Windows Phone 8.1! Now you can call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free (data charges may apply), even if they are in another country. You can also now send audio files to your friends and contacts within the app.

Asphalt 8 – Windows, Windows Phone

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In this intense driving experience, master the island of Tenerife, from its tropical beaches to its breathtaking mountains and untamed wilderness. Four challenging new tracks, eight new cars, thrilling time-limited events and exclusive decals make Asphalt 8 even faster and more exciting. Now with Xbox Live achievements.

Despicable Me – Windows, Windows Phone

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New levels, minions and mini-games come to this game of jumping, flying and dodging. And if you’re mischievous enough, you just might capture the title “Minion of the Year”! Now with Xbox Live achievements and more.

Dragon Mania Legends – Windows, Windows Phone

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Give life to your dragons and prepare them for legendary battles in a game that starts with you raising fire-breathers from birth to warrior status. Newly updated with more habitats, 12 different leagues, 7 unique dragons to win, a new player island and multi-wave combat, Dragon Mania Legends gives you thrills every time you play. Now with Xbox Live achievements.

Dungeon Hunter 5 – Windows, Windows Phone

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Now there’s even greater excitement and intensity in this legendary series. Bounty Hunters, prepare for new battles in the treacherous Far East Xinkashi lands. Fight in daily events in a Stronghold room designed by the wicked Xinkashi builders, and get five more Stronghold rooms to build up with five vicious new traps. Now with Xbox Live achievements.

Ice Age Adventures – Windows, Windows Phone

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So many new experiences await you in the world of Scrat and friends. Restore Mount Scratmore to unlock a new volcanic village, spice up your town with steamy habitats and decorations, and continue the adventure with two new archipelagos and fan-requested animals just waiting to be rescued.

Plague Inc. – WindowsWindows Phone

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You have a new virus at your disposal in your quest to infect the planet. The mind-controlling Neurax Worm burrows deep in to the brains of its hosts, then takes over their thoughts and actions. And it’s in your arsenal as you send pathogens into the world.

Get these latest updates today from the Windows and Windows Phone Stores!

Exchange your information with new business contacts and keep in touch with Intro by about.me

Intro by about.me is available to download for free from the Windows and Windows Phone Stores today. This app offers a modern, easy way to stay in touch with new contacts by sending your about.me page as a digital business card.

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With Intro by about.me, your about.me page becomes a digital business card you can send to an email address, phone number or another about.me page. You are always are in control of which personal details you share, you can share any combination of your page, phone number and email. You can also keep track of the people you’ve shared your card with and cards you’ve received, Intro by About.me is a simple, efficient, modern way to network.

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Start sharing your digital business card today, download Intro by About.me for free from the Windows and Windows Phone Stores.

Project Premonition aims to prevent major health disasters, solar-powered Internet access increases in Kenya and Surface Hub availability announced – Weekend Reading: June 12 edition

Just another regular workweek gone by, you say? Not at Microsoft. We’ve been busy, with mosquitoes, drones and disease prevention in our sights; working to increase Internet access in rural areas around the world; and providing a very big canvas for collaboration in the office.

Microsoft researchers are working with academic partners on Project Premonition, a system that aims to detect infectious disease outbreaks before they become widespread. The system collects and analyzes mosquitoes to look for early signs that potentially harmful diseases are spreading. Drones fly mosquito traps in and out of remote areas in a semi-autonomous way. Once the mosquitoes have been collected, the next challenge is to analyze them for microbes and viruses that could pose a threat to humans. The initial work on Project Premonition was presented publicly Wednesday at TechFair, a Microsoft innovation showcase in Washington, D.C.

Many of us take Internet access for granted. But of the 7 billion-plus people on the planet, more than 4 billion still don’t have it. Efforts to change that are underway. Paul Garnett, director of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, recently made a return visit to Nanyuki, Kenya, to check on the progress of a unique project Microsoft has launched with several partners to deliver low-cost, solar-powered Internet access and device charging to rural Kenyans. The project, launched two years ago, utilizes “white spaces” – TV frequencies assigned to broadcasters but not used locally – that can be used to provide wireless, broadband access to the 80 percent of Kenyans who do not have Internet access.

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Students in Kenya, where Microsoft and its partners are delivering low-cost, solar-powered Internet access to parts of the country.

Get ready for the big screen, and the really big screen: The Surface Hub, Microsoft’s new large-screen collaboration device, will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets starting July 1. Available in two sizes, ginormous and more ginormous (or, 55 inches and 84 inches), the Surface Hub is designed for anyone to be able to walk up and use it, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information. It replaces disparate, conference-room tools – including a whiteboard, wireless receiver, projector and audio-video system.

Surface Hub

The Surface Hub harnesses the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps.

Speaking of big, the new Xbox One 1TB console was announced, with more room for the games and media that you love. Xbox One 1TB consoles will begin shipping to retailers June 16 in the U.S., and later this month in select markets, and will start at $399. Also, standard Xbox One 500GB consoles are now permanently priced at $349 in the U.S. and select regions. Also this week, a new partnership between Microsoft and virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR announced the inclusion of an Xbox One controller and Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows with every Oculus Rift that ships in early 2016.

Microsoft Disability Answer Desk now has American Sign Language support. The ASL support lets people who are deaf or hard of hearing get assistance for using Microsoft products in general, as well as assistive technologies such as screen magnifiers, speech recognition software and their devices’ accessibility settings. The support is currently offered in the U.S. only, though the company is continuing to evaluate the need for potential expansion internationally.

Woman standing in front of a blue background, with Microsoft logo on left side, uses American Sign Language to describe new Disability Answer Desk feature.

Ahead of the official start of summer, there are some great children’s games for Windows and Windows Phone. In our App of the Week, “Talking Ben the Dog” (free, Windows Phone), a canine who’s a retired chemistry professor, helps players mix test tubes, with some wacky results. In “Puzzles & Pixies” (free from the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store), you help the Pixies save their forest, with more than 200 levels in a colorful matching game. Meanwhile, fans of Disney games can snap up 10 of them for free from the Windows Phone Store and in the Windows Store now through June 17. The games include popular titles that range from “Disney Solitaire” (usually $4.99) to “Where’s My Water?” (usually $1.99).

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“Where’s My Mickey? XL” for Windows is among the Disney games for Windows and Windows Phone that are available for free through June 17.

And finally, this week on our quest to find people who #DoMore, we met David Harris, a tech entrepreneur who’s opening STEM career opportunities for students of color.

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David Harris. Photo by Nate Watters.

Thanks for joining us for Weekend Reading!

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

The TRAINR app for Windows Phone gets an update and Microsoft Band integration

The TRAINR app for Windows Phone got an awesome update today bringing you new features and Microsoft Band integration.


TRAINR is a game-changing fitness application that automatically tracks your repetitions and exercises. From push-ups, to pull-ups, jumping jacks, jogging, and even yoga poses, the Microsoft Band will now automatically recognize your exercise movements when you’re working out with the app.

Challenge yourself with TRAINR’s Challenge mode and try to beat your best score, or use the Workout mode and choose from four professionally designed multi-day routines that will walk you through specific exercises and rest periods created specifically for strength, endurance, cardio, and circuit training. And when you’re finished, share your completed workouts online.

More updated features you’ll enjoy:

  • Four multi-day routines based on high intensity interval training, designed by top LA trainers to keep you on track and get you in shape
  • 21 bodyweight and dumbbell based exercises for your upper body, lower body, and core

Download the TRAINR app for Windows Phone today!

There is even more fun on-the-go in the latest Minecraft – Pocket Edition

New adventures await you in the world of Minecraft – Pocket Edition. The Windows Phone app got an update today bringing you all kinds of cool things to make creating, building, and exploring in Minecraft even more fun.

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There are new skins, which allow you to change the appearance of your Minecraft character, so that in addition to Alex or Steve, you can be a butcher, dog, or plumber (upload your own skin or choose from one of the downloadable packs). Pocket Edition has added squids, spider jockeys, bats, edible clownfish, adorable baby zombies and more. There are even boats with space for two – you and your wolf can go fishing!  While you’re on the boat, feel free to throw things from it, like snowballs and eggs. And there is a new World Edit screen so you can rename worlds and change game modes. Start exploring on the go with Minecraft – Pocket Edition, available in 14 languages as of today! You can read more about the new update on Mojang’s blog.

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New languages available:

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Uruguay)
  • French (France)
  • Canadian French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese

Download Minecraft – Pocket Edition for Windows Phone today.

Relaxed summer fun starts today with these casual games for your collection

With summer just around the corner it’s the perfect time for some casual gaming fun! Here are a few suggestions for relaxed entertainment in the season ahead.

Bloons Tower Defense 5 (Windows $9.99, Windows Phone $2.99)


Five-star tower defense with unrivaled depth and replayability

The Bloons are back, and they’re as relentless as ever. Build awesome towers, choose favorite upgrades and even hire cool new Special Agents as you aim to pop every invading Bloon in this latest update to the most popular tower defense series in history. Play on more than 50 tracks and enjoy more than 250 random missions, battling Bloon enemies along the way – tougher Camos, Regrower Bloons, and the fearsome ZOMG. Pop, pop and away!

Beardify, Fatify and Oldify (Windows Phone, Free to $1.99)



What would you look like with a beard… or when you’re 90…or with another hundred pounds? Just turn to these playful apps for the answers. From a five-o’clock shadow to a face thick with whiskers, Beardify gives you a fun, realistic look at a hyper-masculine you. For a peek into the future, whether you’re 5 or 75, Oldify turns the clock ahead and previews what you might look like with gray hair and wrinkles. And for those with a good sense of humor, check out a chunkier you in Fatify, which plumps up and animates your face in 3D, complete with jiggles, burping, smacking and more.

Jewel Tree (Windows $4.99, Windows Phone $1.99)

Thrilling combos and boosters!

Thrilling combos and boosters!

This all-ages, all-fun matching game keeps you on your toes as you string together chains of chips vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Going for an even bigger score? Cross over linked chips, then backtrack. With more than 90 levels, numerous modes and challenges, and cool boosters and charms, nothing can match this game!

Jungle Heat (Windows Phone Free)

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The tropics full of oil and gold are languishing under the onslaught of General Blood. Your task is to free the native riches and claim them for yourself! Fortify the walls, hire troops, and onward to battle in this free cross-platform war game which you can play on any device or social network.

Plague Inc. (Windows $1.99, Windows Phone $.99)


Looking for something a little less casual? Well, can you infect the world? That’s the tantalizing, horrifying question posed by this game that mixes high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Evolve a pathogen to move it beyond Patient Zero, even as you are making sure it adapts to the ways humanity defends itself. Innovative play makes this you-against-the-world drama a thrilling adventure – and puts you in a nightmare where only the strongest can survive!

Download these great games today, then relax with them all summer long!