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The enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and Playstation 4 looms near. It launches next week, in fact. Fans of open-world games and crime dramas have likely placed their preorders by now, with the promise of one million in-game bonus cash sweetening the deal. But so far those preorders have only been available through retail, not the online Xbox store.

Today Rockstar and Microsoft have rectified the situation. You can now hop onto Xbox.com or your Xbox One and digitally preorder Grand Theft Auto V. The download costs $59.99 in the US, the same price as the retail version. Digital preorders include the in-game bonus cash and allow pre-installation of the game so that it will immediately be playable on November 18. Read on for quick game details and preorder link!

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The Lumia 535 fixes many of the Lumia 530's ills, but comes at an odd time

Late last night, Microsoft announced the Lumia 535, the latest addition in the admittedly growing and confusing Lumia line. The Lumia 535 is confusing because it borrows many of the strong points from the Lumia 630 and Lumia 730 line, blurring the differences between the two.

Having said that, the phone itself is in many ways a welcome addition, mostly because it addresses many of the concern reviewers have had with the 5xx line of Lumias.

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The Lumia 535 is official! The first Lumia device to feature Microsoft's branding, the Lumia 535 is targeted at the entry-level segment, and is set to retail later this month in China, Hong Kong and Bangladesh for $140. To show how the device performs in daily scenarios that involve gaming and multitasking, Microsoft posted an official hands-on video of the device on its new Microsoft Lumia channel on YouTube.

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First look at Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer

Halo 5: Guardians isn't coming out till late 2015 on Xbox One, but 343 Industries is already giving us a first look at the multiplayer component. This new ten-minute video will take you behind the scenes as 343 Industries prepares to make a new Halo for a new Xbox.

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HaloFest is happening tonight. Microsoft and 343 Industries are kicking off the launch of the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One with HaloFest. They're also going to use the opportunity to give you your first look at the Halo 5: Guardians, present the world premier of the digital series Halo: Nightfall and exclusive interviews from the folks behind Halo. Here's how you're going to watch it across phone, tablet, PC and TV.

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Microsoft is launching a Work and Play Bundle that brings together the best of its cloud services for $199 annually. The bundle includes Office 365 Home along with 1 TB of OneDrive storage, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass for unlimited music streaming, and Skype Unlimited World & WiFi calling. Unfortunately, it looks like to get the bundle, you will need to head into a Microsoft retail store, but you have up until January 4th to take advantage of the pricing.

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Cortana may soon be ready to lend her sagely knowledge and wisdom to users of non-Windows Phone platform. Microsoft could soon be ready to unleash Cortana, a digital voice assistant that debuted on Windows Phone, on to competing operating systems to take on the likes of Siri for iOS and Google Now on Android. Though specifics were not disclosed, Microsoft hinted at its plans to free Cortana soon.

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Ahead of what is believed to be the launch for Microsoft's Lumia 535 tomorrow, specs for the entry level smartphone have leaked, confirming much of what we think we already know. If the latest leak is accurate, the Lumia 535 will be an entry-level smartphone with big ambitions, coming with a large display and qHD screen resolution allowing it to stay competitive against other modestly priced offerings.

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We're into the home stretch, 2014! This week is probably one of the biggest of 2014, so get your wallets ready. As we all know, this week Microsoft will be unleashing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to your living rooms as what is probably the biggest Xbox One release of the year. Ubisoft also has a pair of games coming out. One features a master assassin while the other is a lesser known title and is Kinect only. A superhero makes his first debut on Xbox one as well as indie hit Terraria. Continue reading for the full list of this week's releases.

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8 things I would improve with the Microsoft Band

Like most of my team here at Windows Central, I've had a Microsoft Band for over a week now. Which is a good amount of time to assess Redmond's new wearable and start to figure out it's strengths and weaknesses. There's no doubt about it, we love our Band, but there are a few things we'd like to see improved on both the hardware and software front for Band. Here's our list of things we'd like to see improved with the Microsoft Band.

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Tonight your local Microsoft Store is celebrating the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The Master Chief Collection is a bundle of Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 into one game and includes the anniversary edition of Halo 2. It's a big deal for Halo fans. You're going to want to swing by your local Microsoft Store tonight to get a free t-shirt, canteen and win some prizes.

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Chronos is one of our top third-party calendar apps for Windows Phone, which is why we are excited to see Chronos Calendar + being released. The original Chronos has an outstanding 4.4 (out of 5) rating on the Store to set precedent. The all new Chronos Calendar + has been rewritten from the ground up specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 devices, giving a boost in performance and fluidity.

Chronos Calendar + also supports the new WinRT/universal app mode, meaning you should expect an app for your Surface in the future.

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