Xbox owners are in for a treat this holiday season as Microsoft gets set to offer daily deals in addition to the weekly discounts on games and other digital content. Xbox Live Gold members will have access to exclusive deals as Microsoft counts down to 2015.
In an unusually quiet announcement, Microsoft today launched the most affordable smartphone 4G device in India, the Lumia 638.
The latest affordable Lumia on the block, the 638 features a quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. The device sports a 4.5" LCD ClearBlack display. In a first, the Lumia 638 will retail exclusively on the newly launched Microsoft Store at Amazon India at a price of ₹8,299 ($135). The device will be available for pre-booking from December 17.
Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India by which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection.
It looks like after having offered a workaround for issues that arose in about 12 percent of PCs running the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879, Microsoft went ahead and released a hotfix to patch up the situation. You can download the update from Microsoft directly if you're a Windows Insider participating in the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Yummly is launching Yummly Recipes Lite for Windows Phone in time for the holiday season so you can cook up some great dishes or find some inspiration for your next party. Though this is only a lite version, Yummly promises that a full native version is in the works and will launch in the spring.
The 12 Days of Hidden Gems has officially begun, and we're starting things off in the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things), spending the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work great with Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.
The first Hidden Gem to be discovered is the Misfit Shine fitness tracker and in Hidden Gems fashion, we're giving all of you the chance to win a FREE Misfit Shine in our 12 Days of Hidden Gems Sweepstakes!!
Heading into Settings > Phone Update and owners of the dual-SIM budget Windows Phone will be greeted with an impending OS update.
INSANITY is now here for Xbox Fitness on Xbox One. Beachbody is one of the biggest names in home-excercise DVDs having made programs like P90X and Insanity from Shaun T. Now you have this insane workout on your Xbox One.
If you're still experiencing some issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, there may be some good news today. 343 Industries has just announced a pretty large content patch for the game that should help to cure some lingering woes.
Fans of the classic Killer Instinct fighting game franchise will be happy to know that one of its most popular characters, the cyborg-dinosaur hybrid, Riptor, is returning in Killer Instinct: Season 2, the revamped version of the series for Microsoft's Xbox One console.
This week will probably be the last week that we see a release for Xbox One until the new year. That could always change of course. So this week we have two downloadable titles that will arrive in the store tomorrow. The first is Kalimba, which is from the developers of Max and the Curse of Brotherhood. For the nostalgic gamers out there, Tetris Ultimate will surely bring some joy to you this holiday season.
Update: The BLU Win Jr also has the same OS update available.
Those who own the affordable – and highly stylish – BLU Win HD Windows Phone will want to force-check for an OS update. BLU in conjunction with Microsoft is pushing out Windows Phone 8.1.1 build 14203, one the latest versions of the Windows Phone OS. By comparison, the Preview for Developers program is up to version 14219, so as an official update, this one is quite close to the newest edition of the OS.
BLU Win HD users will find an exciting surprise upon installation: three-column support is now the only option for layout of the Live Tiles on the Start screen. Some users may not like this, but from our experience, it looks great on the Win HD's dark black display.
If you are looking for a feature rich navigation app for your Windows Phone and want to save a little cash along the way, myAppFree may have just what you are looking for.
For the next few days the popular Windows Phone navigation app GPS Voice Navigation is being discounted 60% through the myAppFree campaign. This knocks the price down from $6.99 to $2.99.
Capcom will bring one of its biggest recent games to the Xbox One console soon. The publisher revealed today that the third person action game DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, developed by Ninja Theory, will be coming to the Xbox One on March 17 for the price of $39.99.
The Office Sway Preview has been expanded and is available try out for anyone with a Microsoft account. Sway is a new app from Microsoft that allows you to express your ideas in a brand new way across any all devices. The Sway Preview launched 10 weeks ago and has seen over 175,000 requests to join and over one million visitors. Microsoft has also announced a handful of new features available today within Sway.
Microsoft is getting a ton of support for its stance on not disclosing emails stored on one of its servers in Ireland to the US government. A number of major tech companies, including some of Microsoft's direct rivals such as Apple and Amazon, have submitted "friend of the court" briefs today, in support of the company's decision to keep the content of those emails private.
One year after launch, the Xbox One has a single massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Onigiri. Based on Japanese mythology, Onigiri has a beautiful fantasy world to explore and lots of content for role-players to enjoy. And it's even free! The only downside is it's entirely in Japanese.
We've already published a helpful guide to downloading Onigiri and understanding its menus, making it fairly easy to enjoy for non-Japanese speakers. But nobody can deny that a true English version would still be more convenient and immersive for gamers living outside of Japan. And yet no English Xbox One version had been announced… Until now.
Windows Central is proud to break the news that the Xbox One version of Onigiri is coming to North America and Europe in early 2015, right alongside the Playstation 4 version. Learn about the English release, whether or not characters can be transferred between versions, and more in our exclusive interview with Onigiri developer Cyberstep!
One of the most popular iOS and Android strategy games, Plague Inc, will be infecting Windows Phone devices in the near future. The game's developer Ndemic Creations has announced it will be released on the Windows Phone Store sometime in 2015.
British Telecom has confirmed it has "entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange" which could lead to BT acquiring the wireless carrier EE for about £12.5 billion. This means that the UK's largest land line and broadband company could buy the country's biggest mobile phone carrier.
Evidently, I was not the only one to experience this as a few other reviews – both professional and from consumers – have noted that it can take more than one-tap to register on the Lumia 535. Some have reported that disabling 'Screen Magnifier', found under Settings > Ease of Access, helps improve things, which we can confirm, but others are still having problems. Now, at least according to Microsoft Lumia Malaysia via Facebook, a software update is in the works.