As promised, pre-orders have begun for businesses and organizations to purchase the big 55-inch and 84-inch Surface Hub touchscreen PCs. Microsoft is not taking the pre-orders directly; it is partnering with a number of resellers to sell the PCs, which will come with Windows 10 pre-installed. The 55-inch model is priced at $6,999, while the 84-inch version has a price tag of $19,999.
It's taken several years, but finally Windows XP, which launched in October 2001, has finally lost its second place position in the desktop PC market share to another operating system. The research firm Net Applications has posted its desktop OS market share numbers for June 2015, and it shows Windows 8.1 taking over that second place spot from Windows XP for the first time.
You heard right. Starting today, the folks at the Windows Central Canada store are offering 20% off absolutely everything.
There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day, whether it's rocking your favorite maple leaf tee, enjoying the local parade, or scooping up some sweet accessories for your Windows device. Until midnight July 3, you can save 20% on a brand new case, charger, Bluetooth and much more by using coupon code: 7115 during checkout. We've got accessories for the hottest devices including the Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 920, Lumia 635, and Lumia 830 that you shouldn't go without while they're on the cheap.
Game of Thr33s hit the Windows Phone Store earlier this month and is a deceptively difficult match-three puzzle game.
The Windows Phone game presents you with a series of shapes that you have to find matches of three. The twist comes into play in that the matches do not have to be exact. You can base the match on the shapes color, number, pattern or style. There does have to be some consistency in the matches, but you do have some latitude in creating the match threes.
Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the game has hundreds of puzzle levels to tackle and two gaming modes. Game of Thr33s makes a nice first impression and isn't too shabby of a Windows Phone game to pass the time with.
Microsoft's LTE-enabled variant of the Surface 3 is set to go on sale this week. Business customers in Germany and the United Kingdom will be able to get their hands on the tablet from July 3, followed by France and Spain. Microsoft has stated that carriers will be handling sales of the Surface 3 LTE to enterprise users, including Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Orange Business Services in France, O2 in the United Kingdom and Movistar in Spain.
Best Buy has the Lumia 635 in white available for $49.99. The Windows Phone is tied to the T-Mobile US network, but at just under $50 it's quite the deal for those looking for an affordable, yet capable 4G smartphone.
Launched earlier this year for Windows, Autodesk's Pixlr image-editing app is now universal, allowing you to get creative with filters and quick fixes such as crop, straighten and more on Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Phone 8.1. The utility also features an Autofix tool that automatically balances colors and corrects lighting conditions.
Wednesday, July 1 starts a new month and Microsoft wants to start it off right for fans of the console versions of Minecraft. Those versions will get a new update that will add a number of new features and content to the popular sandbox game.
Emirates Airlines announced that it has starting rolling out QI wireless charging trays in its First Class and Business Class lounges. The initial rollout will see 30 wireless charging trays installed in the airline's lounges in Dubai.
As promised earlier today by Windows Insider head Gabriel Aul, Microsoft has released the 10159 PC preview build of Windows 10, a day after the company released the 10158 build to Fast ring members of the Windows Insider program.
Starting late last week, those on AT&T were finally able to get their hands on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. The phone features a rather generous 5.7-inch display and by all accounts it is a winner. We managed to pick one up and figured we would unbox it and give you the full tour.
We already reviewed the Lumia 640 XL for Europe. However, this one has LTE on board and obviously works on the AT&T network. Retailing for $249 off-contract or just 99 cents on, I have to admit that this is a really nice phone. Indeed, the 5.7-inch display seems to be the sweet spot between typing and carrying it around.
Party Gods is an interesting Windows Phone game that will test your skills at timing in a humorous style. You play the role of a dancing bull who is under attack from an angry horde of bunny rabbits.
Your only defense is to stomp these furry critters into non-existence. The challenge, you have to crush the rabbits to the rhythm of the music.
Party Gods typically runs $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store but for the next twenty-four hours, through a partnership with myAppFree, you can pick up Party Gods free.
We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your Windows Central experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to Windows Central, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, iMore, Windows Central, CrackBerry and Connectedly.
On June 29th, Microsoft decided to roll out yet another preview of Windows 10. This time was the turn for build 10158, and after just moments of using it, you can already feel that Microsoft is getting the operating system ready for primetime.
Microsoft is trying to get the new operating system ready for the July 29th release, and it's delivering on that promise.
Windows 10 build 10158 is one of the best previews Insiders have received. The new build looks and feels more complete, and there is a number of changes and improvements over previous builds. Perhaps the most important news is that build 10158 doesn't contain any known issues, which is fantastic.
Last week, Microsoft's "new" mission statement was leaked via an internal email from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The content of that letter was quite vague in terms of specific product names and services, but it did buttress Nadella's emphasis on a "mobile-first, cloud-first" world. The communiqué did mention "productivity services, cloud platform, our device platform and our family of devices" but that is about as precise as it got.
Nonetheless, what everyone in the media focused on was the line about "tough choices". Many in the blogosphere immediately harped on the idea that Nadella was indirectly referring to Windows Phone and its poor market performance. Yesterday, however, we saw two significant announcements by Microsoft (1) A partnership with AOL and Bing web advertising and (2) They are selling some mapping assets to Uber.
Canadian developer Compulsion Games made a name for itself with a 3D platformer called Contrast, which arrived on Xbox One last year. Compulsion's sophomore effort We Happy Few takes place in a darker, more sinister setting. In a twisted alternative history version of 1960s England, everyone is required to be happy at all times. Fail to follow the rules or take your mandatory Joy medication, and your fellow "Wellies" will feel compelled to kill you. You'll have to learn to hide in plain sight as you seek a way out of the manic and dangerous world of Wellington Wells.
We Happy Few is officially in development for Windows PC, but it has a great chance of arriving on Xbox One via Microsoft's ID@Xbox program as well. The game's Kickstarter campaign just reached full funding, with a few days left for backers to help with stretch goals. We've spent some time with the pre-alpha version of this gorgeous first-person adventure. Read our impressions to get an idea of the dystopian society that Compulsion is building in We Happy Few!
Grand Theft Auto V is now available for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 platforms, but publisher Rockstar Games isn't done yet with new content updates for the crime action game. Today, it announced that Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part Two will be released as part of GTA Online on July 8.
One of the increasingly amazing things about the Xbox One game library is the support from indie developers through the ID@Xbox program. We're big fans here at Windows Central and in recent times we've been given a bunch of great titles to play like Massive Chalice, Beach Buggy Racing and Shovel Knight, to name a few.
With E3 having been and gone, we already knew that there's some good stuff headed our way. How much? How about 124 trailers for new ID@Xbox games. How's that grab you?