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Join us on Twitch tonight for a first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

Watch our first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on Twitch every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice...
Xbox Music for Windows Phone picks up substantial bug fixing update for January

Xbox Music for Windows Phone picks up substantial bug fixing update for January

Microsoft today pushed out an update for Xbox Music on Windows Phone 8.1. The update is the first for 2015 and the first since the update last December. Although no new features were introduced, the 2.6.656.0 update does address numerous user complaints and issues with the app. The changelog...
PSA: Xbox Live is down yet again

PSA: Xbox Live is down for some yet again [update: and it's back]

Update: And everything appears to be back to normal, folks. Happy gaming! Just a quick heads up for those of you who were hoping to get some gaming in tonight: yet again, Xbox Live is going through hiccups for some users. We'll keep an eye on the service status page and let you know when things...
FLAC support will also come to Windows 10 for phones

FLAC support will also come to Windows 10 for phones

While we already knew that Windows 10 would be bringing native access to lossless audio in the form of FLAC support, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter today to confirm that support for FLAC files will come to Windows Phones as well. Belfiore says: "Yes, FLAC support will be on...
Weekly photo contest: Cold

Weekly photo contest: Cold

After a brief hiatus, the Windows Central weekly photo contests are back! Now we've had the holidays, CES and the Windows 10 event come and go, it's time to return to (some) normality. So, we've got a new contest for all the Windows Phone photographers out there with a theme that's pretty apt for...
EA Access members rewarded with free copy of Battlefield 4 'Second Assault' expansion

EA Access members rewarded with free copy of Battlefield 4 'Second Assault' expansion

Good news for Battlefield 4 fans out there: EA announced today that it is giving out free copies of the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion pack to EA Access members on the Xbox One starting tomorrow, January 29. From EA: "From January 29 to February 28, active EA Access members can...
NPR One lands for Windows and Windows Phone as a gorgeous universal app

NPR One lands for Windows and Windows Phone as a gorgeous universal app

National Public Radio today has released their new NPR One app for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1. The app is universal, appearing to use the same code across both platforms. It is also very minimalist, modern, and well done. NPR One is not your standard public radio app. Instead, it is a new...
Bill Gates On Reddit

Bill Gates is helping Microsoft create 'Personal Agent', thinks HoloLens is 'amazing'

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote today that the company's recently revealed Microsoft HoloLens hardware is "pretty amazing" and "the start of virtual reality." He also revealed, as part of a Reddit AMA session, he is working with Microsoft on a project called Personal Agent. Today was...
Bing Maps gets ready for the Super Bowl with updated venue map and blimp view

Bing Maps gets ready for the Super Bowl with updated venue map and blimp view

If past experiences with sporting events are any indication, finding your way around can be a nightmare at times. Today, Microsoft announced some updates to its Bing Maps platform in order to alleviate some of those issues for this year's Super Bowl attendees. First up, the folks behind Bing...
Bank of America Windows Phone

Bank of America to end support for its Windows Phone app in early March [update: Windows 8.1 too]

Update: According to its store listing, it looks like Bank of America will be dropping its Windows 8.1 app in March as well (thanks, Brent, for the tip). Original story: Yet another major US bank is ending its support for the Windows Phone platform. This time it's Bank of America, which has...

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