Microsoft keeps adding new features to its Cortana digital assistant. Some are more serious but some are just for fun, such as the latest addition that allows Cortana to play movie trivia games with Windows Phone owners.
Groove is Microsoft's newly branded service rising out of the ashes of Xbox Music. While the core of the service remains the same, with the launch of Windows 10 Groove is now available to millions around the world.
Whether you're just using it to listen to your streamed content, local music, moving your stuff from other music providers or any combination, we've got you covered with a complete guide.
Here's everything you need to know.
Microsoft has given a more specific time frame for the opening of its big flagship retail store at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York City. An image showing that the facade on the construction site now has a "Fall 2015" label for when the store will open.
With Windows 10 launching in just two days on July 29, Microsoft is making more of its websites compatible with the new operating system and its Microsoft Edge browser. Windows 10 users who enjoy checking their email on Outlook.com can now use Edge to also take audio and video calls via its Skype features for the first time.
Update: It's back in the story. Everyone can relax.
Original story: If you have been wanting to try out the Opera Mini web browser for Windows Phone, you will have to wait a little while longer. The app has once again been removed from the Windows Phone Store, and an Opera rep has confirmed on Twitter that it is working to resolve the issue.
Microsoft has sweetened the deal to purchase most of its Xbox One consoles if you buy it from the Microsoft Store site. The company is throwing in a free copy of Ubisoft's 2014 action game Assassin's Creed Unity with its Xbox One bundles, even if it already has a free game included in the package.
While Terminator: Genisys was a big disappointment at the movie theaters, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making yet another appearance as his trademark cyborg. 2K Games has revealed that people who pre-order the upcoming pro wrestling game WWE 2K16 access to two versions of Schwarzenegger's T-800 Terminator model as playable characters.
Earth Force Defenders is a real-time strategy game where you are defending the Earth from an alien invasion. Game play has a tower defense feel to it but your defenses are more mobile and you'll have to carefully dispatch them or run the risk of being overrun by alien ships.
The Windows Phone game has simple controls, several ship styles to help defend the planet and a host of upgrades to give you a better chance at victory. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, overall, Earth Force Defenders comes across a decent time waster of a game.
Microsoft has a tool available that should prove useful to those who wish to prevent some Windows 10 updates from installing. Microsoft has made it so Windows 10 will automatically download all available updates (to help fight issues and intentional vulnerabilities), but not every update is worth downloading, especially if they cause system instability.
Microsoft UK is giving away two Lumia 640 XL smartphones, one in black and the other white. As per the colors, Microsoft's latest promotion is once again themed around black and white. All you're required to do is get creative and let the team know why you deserve to be the one who takes advantage of the larger screen-touting Lumia.
Samsung has introduced the SE370, a full-HD monitor that can wirelessly charge Windows Phones compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard, such as the Lumia 930, Lumia 830 and the Lumia 1520. Samsung's own Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also come with wireless charging support built-in. The monitor comes with a wireless charging area integrated into the stand, allowing you to top up your devices with ease. An LED light notifies you once charging commences.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
This week, we're looking at resolution bumps for MGSV and PES 2016, fresh Fallout 4 information, and Snoop Dogg's backwards compatibility request!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!
So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Update: It looks like the sign-in issues with Xbox Live have been fixed, but Microsoft is now dealing with reports that some users cannot purchase content or downloadable items, or unlock Xbox Live achievements.
Just three days remain until Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 on Wednesday, July 29. Microsoft has been posting a new video and blog post every day for the past several days to promote the launch and today is no different as it looks at some of the apps that will be included with Windows 10.
Bethesda likes to give attendees of its yearly QuakeCon fan convention something special, something the folks who stay at home just won't be able to experience. Last year, convention-goers got to watch an exclusive reveal of the new Doom (also known as Doom 4) that never got released anywhere else. Nor did it leak, amazingly.
This year, we knew in advance that QuakeCon would have panels for Fallout 4, Elder Scrolls Online, and Doom. We didn't expect anything on the level of the 2014 Doom reveal. But during the QuakeCon 2015 opening ceremony, Bethesda dropped a surprise announcement: the new Doom's multiplayer mode was playable at the convention!
Naturally, yours truly had to give Doom multiplayer a shot. Keep reading to learn what running-and-gunning against other players will be like in next year's Doom!
Microsoft is holding invite-only events for select Windows Insider members to attend Windows 10 Fan Celebrations around the world on Wednesday, July 29. One of them is in New York City and Microsoft's Xbox Live programming head Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb will be giving away 50 invites for people to attend that event.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go.
New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.
Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
Gamescom is just over a week away and besides the Xbox press conference on August 4, EA will be hosting another of the big events of the show. August 5 is the magic day and the good news for everyone not in Cologne is that it'll be streamed live, online. August 5 is the first official day of Gamescom, but it's open only to press and industry attendees, before the public are let in on August 6.
At E3 this year, publishing giant, Bethesda, dropped a bombshell on the gaming world with the official announcement of Fallout 4. The latest in the venerable series of post-apocalyptic role-playing games, Fallout 4 promises a huge open world to explore, tons of freakish enemies to battle, and lots of meaningful choices for players to make. It will arrive on Xbox One, Windows PC, and PlayStation 4 this November.
While gamers got a fairly good look at Fallout 4 during Bethesda and Microsoft's E3 press conferences, we're all hungry for more. November's a long way off! Today attendees of QuakeCon 2015 in Dallas, TX got their own unique peak at Fallout 4. Bethesda shared nearly 10 minutes of new gameplay footage plus lots of behind-the-scenes info and concept art.
The QuakeCon Fallout 4 footage was exclusive to attendees, but we've got a full write-up with all the details.
Leaving out the bulk and taking impacts head-on is the Amzer TPU Case, sporting a slim design with incredible grip that keeps your Lumia 640 XL in your hands. Grab one today while they're 50% off their usual price!
The government of China plans to lift a 15-year sales ban of all game consoles in their entire country, including Microsoft's Xbox One. The ban follows a decision in 2014 to allow consoles to be sold just in China's Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).