Microsoft's Xbox leader Phil Spencer took over the top spot in April 2014, but in a new interview he said he is still trying to regain the trust of former Xbox 360 fans who felt betrayed by decisions that were made, and later reversed, for the Xbox One console in 2013.
If you are a fan of the recent Windows Phone game Lines, then you might want to check out the newly launched puzzle game Briquid Mini. It comes from the same development team, Gamious, and both are also published by Game Troopers.
Members of the Windows Insider program who were hoping to download new preview builds for Windows 10 on the PC and mobile side will have to wait at least a few more days. The head of the Windows Insider program, Gabriel Aul, has confirmed that the team won't be releasing new builds this week.
Microsoft announced the new Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 smartphones earlier this week, and third-party companies such as Finland-based Mozo and Sweden-based Krusell have already been named as "official" case makers for those phones, complete with a "Designed for Microsoft Lumia" logo.
This new logo looks to be a legit program started by Microsoft to shuffle off accessory production from themselves to third-party companies on an official scale.
If you prefer shopping at Staples, you'll be excited to know that the retailer is now accepting pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft's recently announced tablet is available for pre-orders from a variety of sources, with it officially releasing on October 26.
The Surface Book was perhaps the highlight of Microsoft's hardware announcements this week. The upcoming 2-in-1 laptop is the subject of a one-minute TV commercial that was quietly posted on the official Surface YouTube channel.
The Microsoft Band 2 is now available from another US retailer. Pre-orders for the wearable have now gone live on Amazon for the price of $249.99. All three sizes (Small, Medium and Large) are shown as currently available.
CSI, as a TV show, was recently canceled after over a decade on the air, but that isn't stopping Gameloft from launching CSI: Slots for Windows and Windows Phone. The game gives its players a chance to solve crimes while also playing slot games (hey, the TV show was based in Las Vegas).
Hopit is a simple, yet challenging Windows Phone game where you guide a colored circle up an endless path. You avoid the various dangers by jumping the circle between the lanes of the path or by changing the circles color to allow it to pass safely across some of the barriers.
Game controls are friendly for one-handed play and the pace of the game can be challenging. Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 10 devices, Hopit is a fun gaming option when you have a few minutes to pass. It is also toady's AdDuplex HERO App.
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If you're still outside the preview, I've put together a video to show how she works on the new dashboard, although I thoroughly expect she'll work a little differently when she ships to testers properly.
Microsoft drew ire for having two different applications to control system settings, but it now looks like the software maker will continue its plans to retire the Control Panel, offering Settings as the default application for changing settings in future Windows 10 builds.
Following a slew of conflicting reports, and one notably heated response from T-Mobile CEO John Legere, Microsoft has issued a statement saying that the limited carrier availability of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL is indeed part of its "short-term strategy" for the smartphone duo's launch.
Microsoft's NYC event was a hit and probably even the best device event of the year. Although Surface and Lumia held the spotlight, there were a few smaller announcements that deserve a little bit of attention as well. Let's take a look!