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Microsoft will donate $10,000 to save endangered wildlife based on your Zoo Tycoon activity

Microsoft will donate $10,000 to save endangered wildlife based on your Zoo Tycoon activity

Michael Archambault 18

Has your mother ever said that play those darn video games will never save the planet? No, she hasn’t? Oh, well – Zoo Tycoon is teaming up with Microsoft and fellow gamers to do just that. The virtual zoo community game that launched on Xbox One will be helping to save endangered animals through a selection of upcoming community challenges. The goals of the community challenges are to...

Xbox Music for Windows 8 receives an update - new features and bug fixes onboard

Xbox Music for Windows 8 receives an update - new features and bug fixes onboard

Michael Archambault 103

Microsoft’s digital music service, Xbox Music, has received an update for its Windows 8 application. The new update brings a collection of new features and bug fixes to enhance your listening experience. Whether using an Xbox Music pass for unlimited streaming or purchasing songs individually – this latest update is out to impress. In addition to increased stability, a number of long...

Slaughter zombies in the Dead Rising 3 demo, while you wait for "Operation Broken Eagle" DLC

Slaughter zombies in the Dead Rising 3 demo, while you wait for "Operation Broken Eagle" DLC

Michael Archambault 16

What could be better than sitting in front of your Xbox One and dismembering zombies with a variety of chainsaws and customizable weaponry? Nothing – absolutely nothing. Today, Capcom has announced a few surprises for fans of their latest masterpiece, Dead Rising 3, including a downloadable demo and the game’s first expansion pack that will be available soon. The Dead Rising 3 demo is...

Jay Machalani's Windows 8.2 concept - this is something you don't want to miss

Jay Machalani's Windows 8.2 concept - this is something you don't want to miss

Michael Archambault 194

Whether you love an operating system or you hate it, there is always room for improvement and the grasp of perfection is always one step further ahead than you are. In a video recently posted to YouTube by Interface and Branding Architect, Jay Machalani, he proposed how he would “fix Windows 8”. Jay stated that “Windows 8 is [his] favorite OS to date, but that [it] is filled with...

Bing gets even smarter – integrates TED talks and more into search results

Bing gets even smarter – integrates TED talks and more into search results

Michael Archambault 23

Bing may not be in the running to overtake Google any time soon, but the service’s attention to detail and focus on brining third party data into the mix can surpass the Mountain View team any day. Today, Bing has introduced integrated TED presentations, famous speeches, and more to their Snapshot pane. When you browse Bing for a person or topic of mass interest – a pane on the right...

European Commision throws out Cisco's complaint against Microsoft's Skype acquisition

European Commision throws out Cisco's complaint against Microsoft's Skype acquisition

Michael Archambault 40

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype may be seen as a positive move by many users within the ecosystem, as it brings modern communication to Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone, but not everyone is keen to the idea. Cisco recently challenged Microsoft’s takeover of Skype Technologies. The challenge though, has been thrown out of the European General Court. In 2011 the European Commission...

Get geeky and write a tech poem for a chance to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect (US Only)

Get geeky and write a tech poem for a chance to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect (US Only)

Michael Archambault 15

If you are lucky enough to work within a workplace that allows the ability to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), then you might feel happy enough to write a poem about it. Luckily for you, Microsoft has issued a new contest that focuses on just that - and you have a shot at winning an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle.  You heard that right, Microsoft wants you to write a poem about your BYOD...

Halo: Spartan Assault landing on Xbox One December 24; will include co-op mode and new weaponry

Halo: Spartan Assault landing on Xbox One December 24; will include co-op mode and new weaponry

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Many of us here at Windows Phone Central have enjoyed playing Microsoft's Halo: Spartan Assault on our tablets and smartphones. The title that was previously slated as a Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch game, will be headed to Xbox One later this month.  On December 24 the "new and improved" edition of Halo: Spartan Assault will be making its way to the Xbox One Marketplace. The...

Map the world with the awe-inspiring Bing Maps 'Preview' for Windows 8.1

Map the world with the awe-inspiring Bing Maps 'Preview' for Windows 8.1

Michael Archambault 96

Microsoft's Bing Maps for Windows 8.1 is a breathtaking experience The preinstalled map app within Windows 8 is quite good, but it comes nowhere near the detail and quality of map resources supplied by Google’s own mapping service. Microsoft intends to fix that idea and has just released their “Bing Maps Preview” application to the Windows Store. Simply put from first impressions - we...