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Bing’s NFL playoff picks, Skype’s big milestone and the new Microsoft Envision event — Weekend Reading: Jan. 15 edition

Bing’s sports predictions, beautiful murals around the world and a photographer’s Great Barrier Reef adventure are just a few reasons to take a look back at the week’s news at Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading.

If you’re settling in to watch some football this weekend, you may want to first check out which teams Bing Predicts expects to win. Seattle or Carolina? Kansas City or New England? You can find predictions for the divisional round matchups on Bing or using the new “Cortana! Powered by Bing Predicts” feature on Xbox and the Windows 10 app.

Bing also offers what ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams calls “a one-of-a-kind predictive NCAAB experience” with AreWeIn.net, a data-driven tool that predicts whether your favorite teams will make this year’s NCAA tournament.

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This week Skype marked a big milestone: 10 years since it changed the way people connect with colleagues and loved ones with the launch of free video calling. To celebrate, Skype is rolling out group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 mobile — and it’s free.

Skype video calling has been used in incredible ways on various platforms and devices. Couples use it to keep in touch when they’re apart, soldiers use it to witness the births of their children, explorers in remote areas connect with classrooms of students and more. Users have made nearly 2 trillion minutes of video calls over the past decade.

What’s more, Skype Translator is now available to all Skype for Windows customers.

This week Microsoft announced a new flagship event for business leaders, Microsoft Envision, to take place April 4-6 in New Orleans. It replaces Microsoft Convergence as the premier event for execs and business leaders around the world. Registration is now open.

Attendees “can expect to gain insights, uncover solutions and build connections to help them achieve more,” writes Chris Capossela, Microsoft executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

It’s also almost time to reserve your place at Build 2016; registration opens Tuesday. The three-day developer conference begins March 30 this year in San Francisco.

For those of you who appreciate unusual art, local artists in 17 cities around the world have created stunning murals that bring new color to their communities as part of the “Designed on Surface” project. The collaboration is aimed at art that embodies the spirit of people who do great things and the places that inspire them.

Graffiti artists drew inspiration from Microsoft’s core theme, “Do great things,” and each used the latest Microsoft devices to enhance their creative process.

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In the enviable adventures department, National Geographic photographer Steven Alvarez traveled light on his 10-day shoot of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: He brought just a few Microsoft devices to capture about 10,000 photos.

The spectacular trip was part of his mission to capture the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Lumia devices. He came away with quite a story to share, along with tips for underwater photography using a Lumia phone.

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In apps this week, there’s plenty to keep you busy this winter weekend, no matter what Mother Nature has in mind. You can try liberating the world in the World War II-inspired “Panzer Geekz,” which sends you through model landscapes with combat based in toy physics and plastic destruction rather than graphic carnage.

Or put the pedal to the metal in “Smashy Road: Wanted” and go on the run from police, SWAT teams, Army jeeps and thundering tanks as you choose from dozens of different vehicles and navigate erratically changing terrain.

The latest table pack in the “Star Wars” Pinball lineup, “Star Wars Pinball: The Force Awakens,” is now available for “Pinball FX2” on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and is coming soon to Windows 10. The two-pack ($2.99 each as an in-app purchase) presents two different perspectives on the smash hit film.

“The Banner Saga,” now out for Xbox One, is a tactical, role-playing game based on quick, brutal decisions. The game’s art director and writer share how this thrilling adventure came together in an interview with Xbox Wire.

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This week on the Microsoft Tumblr page, we caught up with Sonja Rasula, founder of Unique Markets and The Unique Space, which bring the work of local designers, artisans and creatives to the public.  Her focus on quality over quantity is fostering the future of makers in the United States.

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You’re now caught up on the latest news around Microsoft. See you back here in one week for our next edition of Weekend Reading.

Posted by Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

Expanding access to prenatal care in Africa, connecting cars in Vegas and making Windows 10 and Xbox history – Weekend Reading, Jan. 8 edition

Welcome to the first edition of Weekend Reading in 2016! From Africa to Vegas, Microsoft was busy making all kinds of news this week. Let’s take a look.

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The moment an expectant mother first hears her unborn child’s heartbeat is immense, but many pregnant women in Africa never experience that joy, due to a lack of access to ultrasounds and prenatal care. To help them, a group of African developers have created WinSenga, an affordable, smartphone-based ultrasound that helps doctors and midwives more easily monitor fetal health. Part of a Microsoft Imagine Cup competition project, WinSenga also helps mothers hear the comforting sounds of their baby’s heartbeat.

“It’s not just a great way to track the health of the pregnancy and raise awareness if there are problems. It brings peace of mind for the mothers. Mothers always want to hear their baby’s heartbeat,” said Joshua Okello, co-founder and team leader for Cipher256, the Ugandan-based company that created WinSenga.

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On the other side of the world, Microsoft showcased new, innovative technologies at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It demonstrated mobility solutions for connected cars, as part of new partnerships with big automakers and automotive technology companies announced at the show.

Volvo Cars, Nissan, Harman and IAV are now using Microsoft technology to enhance their connected car strategies. They join Toyota, Ford and other companies already working with Microsoft to bring their cars into a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

“In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer,” writes Peggy Johnson, Microsoft executive vice president of Business Development. “The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life. And so our strategy is to be the ultimate platform for all intelligent cars.”

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CES was also the place for a bounty of Windows 10 news. ALCATEL ONETOUCH introduced Fierce XL, its first-ever Windows 10 phone, which has a 5.5-inch HD display, Cortana, Microsoft Edge and other Windows 10 goodies. Samsung revealed the sleek Galaxy TabPro S, a 2-in-1 tablet built for Windows 10. And Dell showed off an expanded portfolio of its Latitude commercial PCs, which feature Windows 10 Pro.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga has many modes.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga has many modes.

Ahead of CES, Lenovo announced its new ThinkPad X1 Yoga, a 2.8-pound, 0.66-inch-thick powerhouse. HP unveiled the HP EliteBook Folio, a new commercial-grade PC built in collaboration with Microsoft and Skype for Business. And Acer introduced the Liquid Jade Primo, a new Windows 10 phone, and updated its Aspire V Nitro “Black Edition” notebook with the latest Intel RealSense short range camera.

In other Windows 10 news, Microsoft announced that more than 200 million devices are now running Windows 10. Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows and Devices Marketing, said the operating system is having the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows. “We continue to be excited – and humbled – by the incredible response to Windows 10,” Mehdi wrote.

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Xbox also had good news to share, with record numbers of Xbox gaming over the holidays. More gamers used Xbox Live on Dec. 28 than on any other day in Xbox history, and Christmas week saw an increase in Xbox One and Xbox 360 gaming hours over the same time period in 2014. Xbox One also announced two new bundles to help usher in the New Year: the Xbox One “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” Bundle and the Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle.

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Bing was hard at work again with its predictions, this time calling for New England to repeat its win as pro football champions and “Spotlight” to win the Golden Globe for best dramatic movie. If you follow football and entertainment awards, Bing Predicts is your guide.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visits the Microsoft Social Innovation Hub at the National Council for Women in Cairo.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visits the Microsoft Social Innovation Hub at the National Council for Women in Cairo.

Finally, on the Microsoft Instagram channel this week, we followed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as he visited the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Egypt to learn how students, teachers and entrepreneurs are harnessing the power of technology to make an impact in the Middle East.

The trip was the latest in Nadella’s journeys around the world, from Kenya to Chile, where he’s met people using technology to make a difference. Nadella shared some of their stories and wrote that he’s looking forward to “continuing to learn and see first-hand how digital technology is empowering people to make things and make things happen.”

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

E3: Hot lineup of Xbox One exclusive titles, backward compatibility for Xbox 360 announced

It was hard to catch a breath during the Xbox E3 briefing Monday: The news included the reveal of “Halo 5: Guardians” Warzone, an all-new, massive scale multiplayer mode where up to 24 players battle with AI characters joining in the fight; a fully featured version of “Minecraft” for Microsoft HoloLens; and that Xbox will be the only console to support backward compatibility natively for select Xbox 360 games for free, and they will all have Xbox One features, including screenshots, broadcasting and GameDVR.

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Backward compatibility is one of the most-requested fan features, and more than 100 classic Xbox 360 games will be available at launch, with more to come.

Also announced was the Xbox Elite Controller, a pro controller designed to take gaming to the next level, and Game Preview on Xbox One — a new way for fans to purchase work-in-progress digital titles and participate in the development process by giving feedback to developers as they continue to update their games. Game Preview is coming to Xbox One as a pilot program starting this week.

In addition to “Halo 5: Guardians,” other exclusive titles coming to Xbox One include: “Forza Motorsport 6,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” “Fable Legends” and “Rare Replay.”

To learn more, read the press release.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Microsoft’s innovations help speed up customer adoption of cloud computing — Weekend Reading: Oct. 24th Edition

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on getting the cloud up and running faster, the release of Kinect SDK 2.0 and a new adapter kit, and the expansion of the Microsoft Garage to making cross-platform consumer apps.

In a post Monday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group, announced several innovations to help accelerate customer adoption of cloud computing. Customers will be able to run the most demanding workloads on the largest virtual machines available in the public cloud with new G-series virtual machines, along with Premium Storage. Powered by Dell, the Microsoft Cloud Platform System is the next step in hybrid cloud, and is the result of lessons learned in running Azure to datacenters. Also, the new Azure Marketplace is “an easy way for startups and ISVs to connect with enterprises and Azure customers everywhere so their innovative solutions can be deployed in just a few clicks.” Guthrie shared that new partners include Docker, CoreOS and Cloudera. Watch the Microsoft Cloud Briefing on demand.

Kinect democratized motion sensing in 2010 and that journey continues. Windows SDK 2.0 is now available for the Kinect v2 sensors, and developers can commercially deploy Kinect apps in the Windows Store for the first time. There’s also a $49.99 adapter kit that makes it possible to take the Kinect for Xbox One you already own and attach it to Windows PCs and tablets. With the adapter, all Kinect v2 sensors — Kinect for Windows v2 and Kinect for Xbox One — work the same way. Users also benefit by being able to use apps like 3D Builder and YAKiT to turn their ideas into reality.

Xuedong Huang, distinguished engineer at Microsoft, helped develop a voice-recognition app for Android smartwatches. (Photo credit: Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures)

The Microsoft Garage expands to include the exploration and creation of cross-platform consumer apps. The Garage started out in 2009 in Office Labs with “a simple vision of giving people at Microsoft an opportunity to embrace their inner innovator and explore grassroots projects, mostly as side projects,” says Jeff Ramos, manager of The Garage. It grew over the next five years into a global community of more than 10,000 hackers, coders and makers. Now, it’s the home base for Microsoft’s evolving culture, where experimentation is encouraged, failure is an option, apps are platform agnostic, and getting them to customers quickly for review is key to learning what will work and what won’t.

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Through CNN, you’ll see more of Bing and Internet Explorer in coverage of upcoming elections. Bing Pulse will now be included as part of CNN’s broadcast coverage, beginning with the 2014 U.S. elections. Viewers can now give real-time feedback on political events happening before Election Day. Together with Internet Explorer, CNN debuts a new broadcast companion website, My CNN Magic Wall. Microsoft has also helped upgrade CNN’s actual Magic Wall, the on-air interactive display used to present election night results and other news data. It will show off a new look and features, which include expanded data resources and more dynamic graphics.

Games and apps made big news on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and on Windows Phone, PCs and tablets. Before the next step in the Halo journey continues with the Nov. 11 release of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” and “Halo: Nightfall,” fans can join the HaloFest celebration with special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch. The Microsoft Garage project “Voice Commander” is now available for Xbox One, as is ESL Gaming. Meanwhile, “The Voice” jumps from the small screen to Xbox 360.

Over on Windows Phone, chats are more fun with the App of the Week, Skype Qik video messaging. And also worth a look: the latest Red Stripe Deals, hit music albums for under $2 using the Microsoft Music Deals app and building and training your team with “Dream League Soccer.”

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This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we gave a whole new meaning to the acronym ETA. Tell us how you own your #5to9.

Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: September 12th Edition—Rebuilt MSN combines content from media outlets with personal productivity tools

As we head into autumn, we’ve got stories on a revamped MSN, the expanded availability of the Surface Pro 3 docking station and highlights of the YouthSpark program as it enters its third year.

The new Web experience of the rebuilt MSN merges premium content from the world’s leading media outlets with personal productivity tools. “With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even access your OneNote notebooks. We’ve also integrated popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Office 365 and Skype,” writes Brian MacDonald, Microsoft corporate vice president, on The Official Microsoft Blog. The preview is now available.

The Surface Pro 3 docking station is now available in 28 markets. The Surface Pro 3 becomes a powerful three-in-one device – tablet, laptop and desktop – when it’s clicked into the docking station. The docking station has a Mini DisplayPort for HD video of up to 4,096-by-2,304 resolution, a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 1 Gbps for wired network speeds, and five USB ports, including three high-speed USB 3.0 ports.

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Surface Pro 3 docking station

As YouthSpark enters its third year, Lori Forte Harnick, general manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs, shares how its programs are expanding. Two years after YouthSpark launched, it has created education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 227 million young people in more than 100 countries. Upcoming is an updated Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum, delivering Microsoft IT Academy broadly for the first time through YouthSpark nonprofit partners worldwide. The TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program is also placing more software engineers as volunteer computer science teachers in 131 high schools across 18 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Got a big file to share? You can now upload files of up to 10GB on OneDrive. Using the OneDrive desktop apps for Windows and Mac, any of the OneDrive mobile apps and the OneDrive website, you can now upload files of up to 10GB total on OneDrive. “We recognized that people not only have more files than they did before, but they have bigger files as well,” writes Jason Moore, OneDrive group program manager. You can also drag folders directly into OneDrive.com “from browsers where folder dragging/dropping is supported (specifically Google Chrome).”

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OneDrive

The Xbox world saw the introduction of Bungie’s “Destiny,” the digital pre-order and pre-download of “FIFA 15” and the final “Forza Horizon 2” car reveal. “Destiny” is now available for Xbox One and Xbox 360. “FIFA 15” – due out Sept. 23 for Xbox One – is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download. To celebrate the launch of the game, two “FIFA 15” game bundles are available for pre-order globally through the Xbox Store on the console or online. And for all you car lovers, the “Forza Horizon 2” full 210-car list is finally available. Vroom, vroom!

Apps and games flourished in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, including those that challenge your mind, indulge your fantasy life and keep everyone in the loop on projects. The App of the Week unleashes your inner enigmatologist with the NYT Crossword for Windows and Windows Phone. The weekly Red Stripe Deals save you at least 50 percent on “Plants vs. Zombies” and much more. “Order & Chaos Duels” is now in the Windows Store. But if you need more fantasy battles, try “Dark Lands” from the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, or “SoulCraft 2” from the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. Back in the real world, Wunderlist is the ultimate destination if you’re in search of one stop to capture ideas, to-dos and places to see.

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NYT Crossword

This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we got in the game with the help of a Kinect for Windows.

Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Enjoy that blissful transition between summer and fall! See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: July 25th Edition—Exploring Station Q, a hub for next-level computing research

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on potentially world-changing quantum computing research, the release of the Lumia 530 and a look ahead – and back – at the Imagine Cup.

At Station Q, headquarters of potentially world-changing quantum computing research, big brains inside and outside of Microsoft explore the exciting, mysterious, difficult and downright strange space where computer science meets quantum physics. Check out the full story to see how quantum computing could tackle problems that would take today’s computers eons to solve in the time it takes to grab a cup of coffee.

On Wednesday, we saw an announcement for the August rollout of the Lumia 530, an entry-level device for Windows Phone that delivers the latest Microsoft and Lumia innovations. This device will expand the reach of Windows Phone as the first Lumia introduced below 100 euros (at 85 euros, or about $114) and makes it easy to switch between two SIM cards. It also includes the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1, with Action Center and the Word Flow keyboard.

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Lumia 530

Three distinguished judges for the 12th annual Imagine Cup World Finals deliver a how-to for success for the 34 teams of young people from around the world who will be in Seattle from July 29 – Aug. 2. The judges for this year’s Imagine Cup, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, are a notable group of innovators, entrepreneurs, social advocates and most importantly, dreamers, who share one key characteristic: an insatiable passion for technology. Also, a look back at previous winners shows how they’ve continued to hone and revise the innovative work that earned Imagine Cup honors, and have created opportunities to get their products to market.

Ana Ferraz of Portugal won the Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition in 2013

Ana Ferraz of Portugal won the Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition in 2013

To win their 2013 Tour in the Southern Hemisphere, the British & Irish Lions rugby team had the support of more than 100 million fans and a secret weapon: Microsoft. No matter where the Lions turned, Microsoft had what the team needed to focus on the games and deliver an unforgettable experience for its fans – and for the team. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed.

At San Diego Comic-Con this week, Xbox-related events were – and are – everywhere. One of the big buzzes was the debut of the “Destiny” beta (including its guns and weapons). Also, car aficionados got to see the first 100 cars that will be featured in “Forza Horizon 2.” Elsewhere in the Xbox world, soccer fans and many others probably got a little thrill from the placement of Clint Dempsey, U.S. Men’s National Team captain and Seattle Sounders forward, on the cover of “FIFA 15.” Finally, the latest Deals with Gold includes “Batman Arkham City” and “Batman Arkham Asylum” for Xbox 360, available now through July 28.

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Destiny beta

The big screen made a big impact on apps and games this week. The App of the Week was Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” part of Comic Book Fans collections on Windows Phone and Windows Stores. And the Staff App Pick gave fans a way to see “Guardians” at the movies: the AMC Theatres app for Windows. If you’d rather give your peepers a more active task, then read to your heart’s desire on Scribd for free on Windows Phone, PCs and tablets for 90 days. There’s also lots to save on with Red Stripe Deals, rides to your favorite places using Uber on Windows Phone, the arrival of “Modern Combat 5: Blackout” to the Windows Phone Store and an update to “Maleficent Free Fall.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we kicked off our #8WordEssay sweepstakes. Tweet a #8WordEssay about what’s happening in this photo for a chance to win a new PC.

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Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope you’re enjoying your summer! See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Weekend Reading: June 20th Edition—LA County moves 100,000 employees to Office 365

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the impact of Office 365 on the L.A. County Fire Department and the city of Chicago, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and news coming from the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity 2014.

Los Angeles County, the largest in the nation, is migrating more than 100,000 employees in more than 30 departments to Office 365. The fire department, which responded to more than 300,000 incidents, is included, as well as the county’s social workers, district attorneys, assessors, field investigators, animal control and coroners. Half a country away, the city of Chicago and The Walsh Group used Office 365 to handle the details and the coordination of transforming Logan Square into an open recreational space – while still keeping the rail line intact.

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, a fully managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solutions, was announced Monday by Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president for Machine Learning. The service helps overcome the challenges most businesses have in deploying and using machine learning. It delivers a comprehensive machine learning service that has all the benefits of the cloud. With Azure ML, customers and partners can build data-driven applications to predict, forecast and change future outcomes in hours – a process that previously took weeks and months.

At the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2014, Microsoft Advertising introduced a series of videos built for Activision, Emirates Airline, Ford, Lexus and O2 Telefonica that show off multi-screen storytelling. Microsoft also brought Dan Lin, “The Lego Movie” producer, to Cannes for a discussion on how technology and the creative process and recorded a chat with him about it. Also at Cannes, infographics shed light on social media use, factors in buying a new phone and using other devices while watching TV.

For some lucky fans, the Xbox Media Briefing at E3 2014 felt like Christmas morning, as it revealed events and the games that capped off a busy E3. Xbox’s first-ever live Q-and-A after the briefing was also a treat for those fans. The new interactive series, “Every Street United,” debuted Sunday and now you can catch all the action on Xbox Video and through the app on Xbox One and Xbox 360. From now until the end of July, show your national pride and compete in “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport,” where it’s the number of fans you earn, not points, that counts. More sports-related news included the availability of “EA SPORTS UFC” for Xbox One and the release Wednesday of the MLG app for Xbox One, just in time for the MLG Championship, to be broadcast live from Anaheim, California from June 20-22.

Using inductive charging, a British designer has created the first ever pair of wireless charging trousers for Lumia smartphones. Talk about smarty pants! No mention of when the women’s version would be available, but here’s hoping that’s coming next.

Apps for Windows Phone, PCs and tablets gave us updates to Facebook Beta and “Angry Birds” and the introduction of “Words With Friends.” You can now upload videos directly from Facebook Beta for Windows Phone, while the App of the Week: “Angry Birds: Epic” is an all-new outing with pig-popping friends. “Words With Friends” arrived in the Windows Phone Store, and addicted wordsmiths everywhere rejoiced. Also new in the Store: Expedia and Moovit.

You can also check out the latest Staff App Picks: SponsorHub, Orbitz and Simple.TV.

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In this week’s installment of Snaps, Microsoft Stories’ digital photo album, we catch the beginning of the day with dawn at Two Brothers Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a photo taken by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez using a Nokia Lumia 1020.

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For a lot of folks, a cuppa joe starts the day off right. On the Microsoft Facebook page, you can see how it’s a great way to start the week.

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Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

E3: Lots of holiday Xbox One exclusives, including ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ and ‘Sunset Overdrive,’ are on their way

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, at E3 2014 in Los Angeles on Monday.

Lots of great games are coming to put under the tree this holiday season with new, exclusive Xbox One titles including “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Fable Legends” and “Dance Central Spotlight.”

The games were announced at E3 Monday, and also include: “Destiny,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Assassin’s Creed Unity” as well as a “vibrant catalog of games from independent developers,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

To learn more, read the press release and head over to Xbox Wire.

You might also be interested in:

· Here’s how to stay in sync with Xbox news at E3 2014
· Find out about the future of Kinect
· Choices abound with new Windows devices unveiled at Computex 2014

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff