Windows 10 Mobile users will see a new update for the OS that has a small but interesting change. The Touch menu settings for the OS have now been revamped so that they look like the new user interface for the OS, rather than the old UI used in Windows Phone 8.1
The next billion. We've heard a lot about them. Particularly regarding Microsoft's and Google's attempts to reach developing markets with low-cost smartphones.
It was a race to the bottom as Google's Android One strategy and Microsoft's low-end Lumias vied for mobile market share.
Microsoft's faithful fans watched Redmond claim and desperately grasp the 3% share they held by way of this low-end approach. A strategy that necessitated a nearly two-year absence from the high-end space.
While the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are getting most of Windows Phone press lately, you might want to think about getting a cheaper phone that can be updated to Windows 10 Mobile. The Microsoft Store site in the US currently has a deal one of those phones, the AT&T no-contract version of the Lumia 640.
A SHAREit version for Windows Phone has been around for a while, letting people transfer files to other devices via Wi-Fi. Now the SHAREit team has released an all new 'official' Windows Phone app, and have relabeled the old version as 'unofficial'.
SanDisk is currently hosting a sale on Amazon which drops the pricing of a few of its solid-state drives big time. Right now you can grab a 120GB SSD for just $40, or double the storage to 240GB for just $20 more. Normally, the 240GB drive retails at around $115, with some deals dropping it to around $80. This is the lowest price we've seen on the drive which has some pretty great reviews.
FABric Animals starring Emily is an enjoyable endless runner game in the Windows Phone that is designed for our younger gamers, but I suspect that kids of all ages (and that means some of you adults) will find it to be a fun game too. The core game is an endless runner style game where you guide the game's main character, Emily, through a series of platform challenges.
FABric Animals also has a few mini-games to help pass the time such as a coloring book where you can customize fabric animals. Graphics are well drawn up and game play not overly difficult to frustrate a young gamer, but challenging enough not to be too easy.
In playing FABric Animals over the past few days, it comes across as a nice option to have tucked away in your Windows Phone game library and should appeal to a wide range of age groups.
Your main menu for FABric Animals starring Emily has a host of options that includes access to the mini-games, access to the game's gallery, access to the main gaming mode, access to your high scores and access to the game's store.
First stop is the mini-games. You begin the game with access to the first mini-game, which is a coloring book full of fabric animals. As you play the main game and collect new fabric animals, the additional four mini-games become unlocked. You can view the fabric animals you collect in the gallery.
No one likes adverts, but they do help fund various services and online properties (including Mobile Nations!). While many see them as a way to support the content they enjoy, there are times when adverts can be intrusive or downright obstructive, especially on mobile. UK mobile operator EE is stepping in to lend customers a hand.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox One news!
This week, we're looking at Fallout 4 patches, Mass Effect Andromeda's lead character rumors, Dark Souls 3 series possibly ending and more!
From this week, every Sunday we'll be giving one lucky commenter a free Xbox One game, starting with Rise of the Tomb Raider!
We're still posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend. You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases too.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
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."
Traditional puzzle games: Xbox One doesn't have enough of them just yet. Sure, we've got Tetris Ultimate and the excellent Japanese Puyo Puyo Tetris. Action-puzzle fans have Peggle 2 and Sparkle Unleashed. Match-3 enthusiasts have had to make do with the less-than-exceptional Frozen Free Fall, and that's pretty much it as far as pure puzzle games.
Lucky for us, 505 Games, Pipeworks Studio and Infinite Interactive have just released all the puzzle game an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 gamer could need. Gems of War is the spiritual successor to Puzzle Quest –a match-3 puzzle-RPG with endless hours of content and PvP gameplay. It's also the holy grail of free to play games – a free game that never stops being fun even if you don't buy anything. Read our full review to learn why Gems of War might be the best free to play game on Xbox One.
If you've had to jump through some hoops to upgrade your computer or tablet to Windows 10, we want to hear about it.
This all stems from a recent personal experience. I just picked up an Alienware X51 R2, albeit used, still on Windows 8.1. To be expected, and indeed only recently can you buy a new one from Dell pre-loaded with Windows 10. I'm reasonably savvy, but the upgrade experience is, shall we say, less than ideal.
Maybe I should have expected it, but given how easy my other upgrades have been, maybe I got lazy.
10 years ago today, on November 22, 2005, Microsoft officially launched the Xbox 360 console. It has been by far the most successful console launch in the company's career, despite a few challenges along the way, and is still being sold and supported by Microsoft and third-party game developers.
Update: Microsoft has now confirmed they have removed the files in a statement sent to Windows Central from a spokesperson:
"The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we've decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 using the MCT tool if they wish. The November update will be delivered via Windows Update."
Original story: If you were hoping to upgrade your PC with ISO files with the current 10586 November version of Windows 10 with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, that option has now been removed. The company has quietly updated the Windows 10 Media Creation tool so that it no longer offers downloads of the November update, also known as version 1511, for the OS.
Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we played State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition from Undead Labs. State of Decay is a zombie survival game with tons of depth. We also gave out five copies of the game and some cool physical prizes. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay!
Bose is one of the leading names in premium audio equipment, but I see a lot of folks picking up a pair of Beats or Skullcandy these days. They are usually cheaper and known for their colorful and funkier designs. The new SoundTrue range by Bose is clearly a response to that trend.
I tested the new Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II (there's also an on-ear variant) for a few weeks. While the sound and ergonomics are terrific, it's also a tad expensive than others on the shelf.
Microsoft Studios not only has high-end games it publishes, but also casual games like its ever-popular Solitare Collection, and also games like Bingo, Minesweeper and more. Now the casual games division wants to make an all-new game, and it has five concepts that will be voted on by the public.
Last minute releases, last minute pull backs.
As the holiday season kicks into full gear, things are getting hectic as last minute launches flow out the door. Microsoft's long-awaited new Windows Mobile flagship finally arrived in the form of the Lumia 950, a 5.2-inch Quad HD hexa-core 20MP beast of a phone. And it's even beastlier brother, the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL is due a week later.
While Microsoft had a successful launch, things have been a little more hinky on the Android side of things, where LG unlaunched the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, a surpise move that saw the first cellular-equipped Android Wear watch getting pulled back from retail. That said, it's been a weird story for that watch since the very beginning.
In other news, Apple Pay launched into Australia and Canada (so long as you've got an American Express account), NVIDIA announced the new Shield Tablet K1, and even T-Mobile's notoriously unfiltered CEO thinks BlackBerry is 'on a comeback'.
Fake apps in the Windows Store are nothing new, but now it looks like one scam artist is trying to steal passwords by releasing fraudulent apps, including one that hides under the name of our of our favorite apps, Tweetium.
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).
Windows 10 Mobile officially launched this week with the release of the Lumia 950 smartphone from Microsoft. It includes the Continuum feature that allows the phone to be used like a PC when it is connected to a Display Dock. Now a new article sheds some light on how the Continuum feature was added to Windows 10 Mobile.