All Articles by Sam Sabri

Goodbye, Windows Central

Over two years ago I met Daniel at Build 2012 on Microsoft's campus in Redmond. Little did I know that meeting would lead to an incredible journey at Windows Central and now a new chapter back on Microsoft's campus.

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Facebook Beta for Windows Phone updated with News Feed improvements

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone has received another update for the month of December. You'll remember that earlier this month the app was updated with a new 'Top Stories' News Feed, a move initiated by Facebook that a lot of you weren't too happy about. Today's update to the app addresses a number of issues related to the News Feed.

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New content update for Master Chief Collection adds Spartan Ops and improves matchmaking

343 Industries has just released the latest content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Today's update continues to improve the matchmaking experience for players. The best part of today's update? Matches will only start when the teams are even. We're also getting Halo 4's Spartan Ops mode in today's update! Can I get a hallelujah?

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Microsoft Remote Desktop for Windows Phone adds ability to pin apps to Start screen

Microsoft has just pushed out an update for the Remote Desktop Preview app on Windows Phone. This app launched in late April 2014 and allows you to to connect to a remote PC using your Windows Phone. Since that first release, we've seen a handful of updates to the app which have provided increased functionality. Today's update to Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview on Windows Phone is notable for allowing you to pin apps to the Start screen.

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ICYMI: December 20, 2014

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

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Listen to Black Messiah on Xbox Music and watch The Equalizer on Xbox Video

There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

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Check your Xbox Live inbox for Halo 5 beta codes

Check your messages on Xbox Live because you just might have your access code for early access to the Halo: 5 Guardians beta. Yesterday Microsoft announced that those in the Xbox One Preview program would be getting access to an early beta of Halo 5 this weekend from December 19 through December 21. Those codes are now rolling out to gamers in the Xbox One Preview program.

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Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War for Windows Phone now available for free from Gameloft

Sons of War is now available for Windows Phone from Gameloft. The game was announced for Windows Phone earlier this month and can be yours today free. Ready for combat, soldier?

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Weekly photo contest: Holidays

Happy holidays! This is the time of year when holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and others occur at the same time (more or less). So that's probably why we're going to make 'holidays' as our theme for the weekly photo contest. Head out and capture something festive!

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Here's your first look at the future of SongArc and details on joining the beta

SongArc has become the most popular music game on Windows Phone. They now claim over 1.5 million downloads and are still pressing hard into the future. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming in the future for SongArc.

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Plex gains cinema trailer support for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1

Plex for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 has been updated. The updates to Plex on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 brings device support for extras and cinemas trailers.

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Powerful weather app NOAA Hi-Def Radar now available on Windows 8.1

NOAA Hi-Def Radar weather app is now available for Windows 8.1. The official radar app from WeatherSphere was released on Windows Phone just last week. Today's release for Windows 8.1 brings the powerful and beautiful app to a bigger screen.

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Puzzle-platformer Kalimba now available on Xbox One

Puzzle-platformer Kalimba is now available for Xbox One. The game comes from Microsoft's Press Play studio, the team behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Tentacles.

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HERE updates all their apps on Windows Phone

The HERE suite for Windows Phone has been updated. Head to the Windows Phone Store and you'll see new updates for HERE Maps, HERE Drive+, HERE City Lens and HERE Transit. The biggest addition to these apps is the ability to create a new account for HERE.

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Xim from Microsoft Research now shares photos with Xbox One

Microsoft is launching the next version of their photo sharing app Xim for Windows Phone. Version 1.3 is bringing a handful of features to the app that will make it especially useful if you happen to own a device like the Xbox One.

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This week Music Deals saves you big on albums from Charli XCX, Lupe Fiasco and others

Every Tuesday Microsoft adds new albums to the Music Deals apps on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. These apps allow you to buy new and old albums at discounted prices. When the apps first launched over a month ago you had access to a ton of free albums, those albums are gone. But you can still save big on music. Here's a quick highlight of albums now available through Music Deals.

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Angry Birds Stella slingshots on to Windows Phone with Xbox support

Angry Birds Stella is now available for Windows Phone. This puzzle video game for Windows Phone is a spin-off in the Angry Birds series. The game launched for other platforms in early September, but now is available for free to those on Windows Phone.

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Get ripped with INSANITY from Shaun T, now available on Xbox Fitness

INSANITY is now here for Xbox Fitness on Xbox One. Beachbody is one of the biggest names in home-excercise DVDs having made programs like P90X and Insanity from Shaun T. Now you have this insane workout on your Xbox One.

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Lyric app musiXmatch gains Cortana integration in new update for Windows Phone

The world's largest music catalog has updated their app for Windows Phone. Head to the Windows Phone Store and you'll now find a new version of musiXmatch waiting for you. This new update is notable for introducing some swanky Cortana integration.

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Office Sway Preview now available for everyone, new features added

The Office Sway Preview has been expanded and is available try out for anyone with a Microsoft account. Sway is a new app from Microsoft that allows you to express your ideas in a brand new way across any all devices. The Sway Preview launched 10 weeks ago and has seen over 175,000 requests to join and over one million visitors. Microsoft has also announced a handful of new features available today within Sway.

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