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.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 is now hitting the streets today in the U.S. and soon elsewhere in the world. There are likely a lot of questions that you have about the device that maybe we didn't cover in our exhaustive review. If that is the case, we have a solution, our very own AMA (Ask Me Anything).
Starting at 4 PM ET and going through the weekend I'll be taking questions about the new Microsoft Lumia 950 in our forums.
How do you participate? Simple, just hop into the thread linked below, and if you are registered to comment on Windows Central, you are registered to comment in our forums.
Update: We received another tip from Fabrizio letting us know that there will be a similar event on Dec. 2 in Milan, Italy.
Original story: Microsoft has sent out an email to Windows Insiders in the Netherlands inviting them to an event in the city of Rotterdam on December 2 where they will be able to check out the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile.
Jawbone has been promising it would release a Windows Phone app for its fitness division for over a year. Now the UP by Jawbone app is finally available to download in the Windows Phone Store. That's the good news; the bad news is that the app is still not compatible with its UP family of fitness trackers.
For many of our readers, the Thanksgiving Holidays are just a few days away and the mad dash for the grocery store is about to begin. From turkey dinners to sweet potatoes to a cornucopia of casseroles, it is a Holiday to cook for.
The Windows 10 Store has a host of apps available to help those in need of a little help around the kitchen or who may need an idea for a new dish to have on the table. Many are free titles and for his week's Windows Central Roundup, we will shine the spotlight on the top four free Windows 10 cooking apps.
As we do with every roundup, you guys and gals are invited to offer your recommendations in the comments below. If you have a favorite recipe, feel free to toss that out as well.
Every week, lots of new stuff drops on Groove Music and Movies & TV, and it becomes hard to keep up. Well, that's where we come in. Every weekend we'll highlight some of the hottest albums and singles on Groove Music.
We'll also let you know what movies and television shows just dropped on Movies & TV for your viewing pleasure. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
In our review of the Microsoft Lumia 950 I noted that there is support for USB OTG and Type-C peripherals. Now, we'll go more in-depth and show you some of the more practical things you can do with it using a cheap USB Type-C adapter.
The gist of the technology means that you can use external storage like a USB thumb drive or any USB card reader and connect it up to your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. Using the build in File Explorer in Windows 10 Mobile you can then browse the drive, view and edit files like .docx, .pdf, image files and music, create folders, move things around and more.
If you like battling the undead from behind the wheel of a car, Route Z may be just what the doctor ordered. The game offers three different landscapes, eight unique vehicles, gobs of upgrades and plenty of Zombies to run down. Route Z also closes out this week's AdDuplex HERO App lineup.
The HERO Apps program is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network and partners AdDuplex with myAppFree, AppDeals, PluralSight and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.
Today we shine the spotlight on Route Z.
If you're getting yourself a shiny new Lumia 950 then these cases will help you take good care of it.
To case, or not to case? That is the question. As smartphone design evolves it's understandable you want to show off your new gadget. But at the same time it's meant to last you a decent amount of time and so you want to take the best care of it you can.
So check out this selection of cases that should help you do just that.
Earlier this morning, our full review of the Microsoft Lumia 950 became available just as AT&T sales were slated to begin.
One of the more interesting areas of the Lumia 950 is its ability to 'become a PC' through the optional $99 Display Dock for Continuum. As our review and video were already rather lengthy, we broke out a segment just on Continuum to go a little more in-depth. Of course, due to the new nature of such a technology we'll also likely follow up on this article with more depending on your feedback, questions and various usage scenarios you propose.
Through its new servicing model, Microsoft recently began to roll out the first major update to the desktop version of Windows 10. Version 1511 includes a lot of features and improvements to make the overall experience a little better.
With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.
For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.
They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.
30 years ago today, on November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows 1.0 for IBM-based PCs. The 16-bit graphical user interface-based operating system was the first in the Windows line which continues to this day with this year's release of Windows 10 and this week's official launch of Windows 10 Mobile.