Microsoft's free Outlook.com email service hasn't seen much in the way of new updates lately, but that is changing. The company announced a bunch of new features that are currently rolling out in a Preview mode for a select number of customers. These new features will be available later for more Outlook.com users on an opt-in basis.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft helped to relaunch the official Eurovision Song Contest apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. Now, the company's Bing search engine is trying its best to offer predictions on which country will win the contest.
Currently, the Bing Predicts website does not list Eurovision as one of the categories, but the predictions started around three days ago according to tips sent to Windows Central. Unfortunately, the Eurovision predictions do not seem to work for those in the U.S. and instead, is isolated to those in the UK and the rest of Europe. Considering the low-awareness of Eurovision in the States, this makes some sense.
In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Windows Phone accessories at the Windows Central Shop.
Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, backup battery, screen protector or wireless charger for your Windows Phone and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Windows Phone accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.
Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Cublast is a Windows Phone game that landed on Store shelves late last month and is a fun, addictive way to satisfy your gaming itch.
Game play is laid out in platform style where you are tasked with guiding a bouncy ball from the starting point to the exit. While the concept sounds simple, you will have to use the tilt sensors of your Windows Phone to keep the ball from rolling off the edge of the platform or into one of the many dangers that are scattered about. Your sense of timing will also be tested as you tap the screen to make the ball bounce over these dangers or across the various levels of each platform.
The minimalistic graphics work, game play can be a little frustrating and there is that odd addictive quality that keeps you pulled into the game. Luckily, the game has 80 levels to keep most of us busy for a while and while at time frustrating, Cublast is a fun game to play.
Microsoft may be looking to acquire the company behind popular task management service Wunderlist, 6Wunderkinder. According to German publication Manager Magazin, talks between the two companies are "well advanced."
Finnish game studio 10tons has launched its latest title in the Sparkle series, dubbed Sparkle Epic. The orb-smashing game — available as a universal app — features great graphics, an immersive soundtrack, in-game powerups and a variety of orbs to choose from. Encompassing over 300 levels, Sparkle Epic promises to deliver hours of enjoyable gameplay, and unlike the earlier titles in the series, is free to play.
Lenovo announced its earnings figures for the financial year 2014-2015, with the PC maker boasting increased revenue and market share. In the three months ending March 2015, which Lenovo described as a "seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts," the manufacturer made $11.3 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 21 percent.
Windows 10 Preview keeps getting better after every update. We've just installed the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10122 on our HP Spectre x360. You can see the full list of what's new here, but we've also put it in front of our camera so you can see it in action. The most noticeable changes are seen in Start screen, Continuum, and the Project Spartan browser.
Discovery News has come out of the woodwork to release a new Windows Phone app, matching the Windows 8 one released sixteen months ago. In fact, both apps now seem to match up, which jives with the whole universal Windows apps model.
Perhaps even better than getting this official news app is that fact that it is stunning. Discovery News features some fantastic animations, smooth transitions, and it even leverages the universal Share picker for article sharing. Users can also toggle a light/dark mode for text in the articles. Here are some of the other features.
Electronic Arts launched their latest game in the Battlefield shooter series, the "cops vs criminals" title Battlefield Hardline, in March. Now that the game has been out for a couple of months, it's time to look forward to its first DLC pack, Criminal Activity, which will be out in early June.
The Windows Phone Store has a host of exercise apps, many designed for intense, short daily workouts to knock your body back into shape. Perfect Workout from Perfect Thumb hopes to catch your eye with over 100 animated workouts, daily reminders and progress charts.
Perfect Workout is a free Windows Phone app that comes with a full-body workout and add-on exercise packs available through in-app purchase. The exercise app hit the Store recently and makes a nice first impression.
Windows Phone app developers who depend on in-app revenues from the Google AdMob network should be able to rest easier today. The problems that were causing ad fill rates for those apps to take a steep drop have apparently been fixed.
Spotify has introduced a number of new features that help tailor the music your music listening to different parts of your day. The new Now section will serve up playlists tailored to activities and times of the day, like the early morning, for your commute, or when you go to bed.
Just a few weeks after India-based Micromax launched its Windows 8.1 2-in-1 notebook, the Canvas Laptab, in that country, another local OEM, iBall, is joining the party. This week, it announced a new Windows 8.1 7-inch tablet, the Slide i701, that should go on sale later this week for Rs. 4,999 (about $79).
Well, it's finally here. I've hyped myself into some frenzy over this game, and if you follow me on Twitter you're probably sick of all my Witchery tweets (sorry about that).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt culminates Geralt's story, but it also hopes to dethrone the likes of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Dragon Age Inquisition from the RPG throne.
I've played for around 2 hours so far. Our full review is in the works, but I wanted to offer some early impressions for those who might be curious and to kick-start discussions for those who have already picked up the game.
Minor plot spoilers for the first hour or so follow.
Fans of puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga might find something new to play with Gameloft's just-launched Ice Age Avalanche for Windows Phone. It's a free-to-play "match 3" puzzle game that's based on the popular animated movie series.
The new Windows 10 PC Insider Preview build 10122 is making its way to Windows Insider members on the Fast ring. Microsoft has fixed quite a few bugs in this version compared to earlier builds but there are still some known issues that have yet to be addressed.