Our best guides and tips for your new Surface, Band 2, Windows 10 PC and Lumia phone!

Did you manage to get a new Surface for the holidays? What about a new Lumia 950, or Microsoft Band?

If you are one of the lucky people to find yourself owning one of these new devices, you will want to check out our various guides and collections to get you started! Here you will learn how to best make use of your new Surface or Lumia 950, what are the best apps and where you can find more help and tips to get your new Microsoft gizmo up and running.

Windows 10

There is a lot going on with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system. Here are some guides to get you started!

Windows Phone

Did you get a new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL? These are some of the first articles and pages you should go through.


Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft's Surface line is growing with the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Read our best tips and some advanced tricks to make the most of it!

Band and Band 2

Trying to get in shape? The Microsoft Band and newer Band 2 is this wearable for you. Here are our favorite tips.

Xbox One

Nothing says Christmas like gaming on the Xbox One. Here are some of our favorite games of the year and what we're excited for in 2016!

Our help forums

Have questions? If you need help with your new Microsoft device or want to chat with others try our forums! (Hint: Try searching first as there is a good chance someone has already asked!)

From everyone at the Windows Central team have a happy holiday!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Merry christmas
  • Can someone please direct me to a past article that talked about Win10 pc games that can be played with the controller? Thanks in advance.
  • http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-store-...
  • Merry Christmas guys. Enjoy the holiday with your family buddy. Why are you guys still writing articles? Btw, Glad to see your dedication :)
  • Technology never sleeps or takes a day off.
  • I am not one of the lucky people to find myself owning one of these new devices XD Merry Christmas to all!
  • Got an Xbox One this Christmas. Couldn't be happier. Good times to be had in the college dorm.
  • Does the 950xl have call connect vibrate?
  • For some reason no.
  • It also does not have*never* as an option for lock screen timer.
  • It does. Phone settings, vibrate when my call is answered.
  • Got a Type Cover with fingerprint scanner for Christmas. Wow, this thing is fast!
  • Congrats and yeah, it works super well
  • I got the one without fingerprint scanner (not because I didn't want the fingerprint scanner, but because Australia) for my Pro 3. I agree, the new type cover is the bees knees, so fluid and the trackpad is incredible.
  • Does windows 10 allow the alarm to work when the phone is off?
  • Unfortunately, no.
  • No. Which modern phone does? None AFAIK.
  • Some older phones could but yeah, I'm not sure of any modern device that does.
  • Older phones could do that. I had a Samsung "smart"phone (more like a feature phone with a touchscreen) which could do that.
  • If you're asking about a completely turned off phone, of course no. A phone on standby with the screen turned out though, yes of course
  • all my previous phones could handle the alarm with the phone off! The 1520 is my 1st windows phone and found the lack of such a simple feature very bizarre
  • What do you mean 'of course not'? Don't know how old are you but all my "dumb" phones could do that before the "smart" phone era.
  • I got a Microsoft band :)
  • Same! :-)
  • Enjoy, guys. Merry Christmas:)
  • Ooh thank you for this! Going to be super useful for me!
  • I got the Microsoft Band 2 for Christmas and so far I'm loving it.
  • Which is better, Surface 4 or Surface Pro Book? The surface Pro Book has problems right? Want to spend less than a Grand. Maybe I will just get a gaming laptop. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Both have issues unfortunately. If you want to game you are better off not getting a surface anyway.
  • Thanks! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • What issues on the SP4?
  • Think you've just answered your own question, which one could be bought for less than a grand$$$$$
  • Yeah but the Surface Pro 4 is $899. I should hace said that I would consider spending for the Surface Book Pro if I knew it was a solid device.
  • meh, article is just a web wrapper.... Merry Christmas all the same.
  • I'm not sure you know what 'web wrapper' means or how providing these sources to people can be valuable to new users. Likewise, Merry Christmas all the same.
  • May be new to WC ☺
  • I'm not new to Windows Central. ​A web wrapper is not a full app but is by-in-large a front end for a web site.  In similar fashion this article is a front end to a group of articles already posted by WC. I made no comment about whether or not the article was useful. So in effect I said meh, no new original material.   So sue me..
  • Hope that I'm lucky thank you for this good ideas that counts good peoples
  • Links are rarely working lately on windows central app... Sucks
  • Merry Christmas everyone.
  • I got surface pro 4 and Lumia 950 for Christmas..super happy...
  • Wow :O
  • I got a 950 xl, then I drunkenly broke the screen at a Christmas party so it is off getting fixed.