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App of the Week: Stay in touch with your BFFs with Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone
It’s hard to beat Facebook Messenger for getting in touch with your Facebook friends on your Windows Phone device. Not only does the app let you quickly see who’s online for a private or group chat, it also makes it easy for you to send private messages. Feel the need to dress up your...
12 Mar 2014
App of the Week: Be part of every pass, shot and tackle in ‘FIFA 14’ for Windows Phone
Attention, soccer hooligans! “ FIFA 14 ” – one of the most authentic soccer games yet – is now available for Windows Phone as a new Xbox title. The new game features real players, real teams and real leagues along with new touch controls that deliver the thrill of every pass...
5 Mar 2014
App of the Week: Keep up on all the big games with WatchESPN for Windows
Sports fans, get ready to be happy! You can now watch your favorite ESPN programming on the go on your laptops and tablets with the WatchESPN app for Windows . The free WatchESPN app lets you watch live games and studio shows with 24/7 access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews and ESPN Deportes...
26 Feb 2014
App of the Week: Bing Health & Fitness, Bing Travel and Bing Food & Drink hit the Windows Phone Store
Big news in the app department from Bing this week. On Tuesday, three new Bing apps for Windows Phone – Bing Health & Fitness , Bing Travel and Bing Food & Drink – were added to the already-impressive suite of free applications that also includes Bing News , Bing Sports and Bing Finance...
19 Feb 2014
Staff App Pick: Watch ABC for Window PCs and tablets
Each week, we bring you new app recommendations from our colleagues. This week’s Thursday Staff App Pick comes from Athima Chansanchai, Microsoft News Center staff. I’m terrible at watching shows in real time. Just ask my colleagues -- who are constantly chatting about current episodes...
13 Feb 2014
App of the Week: Lock and load! Become a master of modern war strategy in ‘World at Arms’
Prepare for battle! In “ World at Arms ,” the country has fallen under attack from a consortium of Russian and Korean forces, and it’s YOUR job to defend your native soil and then take the fight to your enemies! “World at Arms” is an all-out modern war strategy game where...
12 Feb 2014
App of the Week: Catch all the glory of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with NBC Sports Live Extra apps
When the 2014 Olympic Winter Games kick off on Feb. 6, viewers and fans will be able to follow their favorite events and sports from their tablets, laptops, PCs and smartphones with the help of the NBC Sports Live Extra apps for Windows and Windows Phone. Through the two apps, viewers will have access...
5 Feb 2014
App of the Week: Framed for murder, you’re on the run in ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ for Windows Phone
In “ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ,” things aren’t exactly going well for Carl Johnson. His mother’s been murdered in cold blood. His family has fallen apart. His childhood friends are all headed for a bad end. Gangs, drugs and political corruption have all but destroyed his...
29 Jan 2014
App of the Week: ‘NFL Connect’ comes to Windows Store just in time for the Super Bowl
With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, now is a great time to download the “ NFL Connect ” app from the Windows Store so you can play live alongside your favorite NFL games. “NFL Connect” takes the best elements of watching the game with your friends, and enhances them...
22 Jan 2014
App of the Week: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure with the Craigslist Classifieds app for Windows
Need to get rid of that old leather couch in the den, but you’re not sure what to do with it? Or maybe you need a bigger entertainment center to house that brand new 52-inch flat-screen television you got over the holidays, but you don’t want to pay top dollar. Craigslist Classifieds to...
15 Jan 2014
App of the Week: Microsoft Solitaire Collection brings 5 classic card games to Windows Phone
If you’re a fan of card games, then you have to check out the Microsoft Solitaire Collection , which is now available in the Windows Phone Store. The collection includes the classic “Solitaire” game (also called “Klondike”), which has been a part of Windows for more than...
8 Jan 2014
App of the Week: Seize control of ancient Rome in ‘Total Conquest’ for Windows & Windows Phone
The goal of “Total Conquest” is simple: total conquest of the Roman Empire, in a battle to end all battles. That’s no small feat, of course, but you’ll have legions of other online players ready to join forces with you in this strategic and social game. Get ready to rule as...
1 Jan 2014
App of the Week: Take on Dr. Doom and the world’s worst villains in ‘Avengers Alliance’
Dr. Doom, Loki and some of the most heinous evil-doers in the Marvel Universe are after the power of ISO-8 in “ Avengers Alliance ,” and it’s your mission as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop them. Don’t worry though! You’re not alone! You can recruit Marvel superheroes...
25 Dec 2013
App of the Week: Keep up with that jolly ol’ elf this Christmas with NORAD Tracks Santa apps
The wait for Santa Claus is a holiday tradition for children all around the world, and NORAD Tracks Santa keeps them updated on Rudolph and the gang’s sleigh ride worldwide starting Christmas Eve. Up until then, it gives a countdown to Christmas that includes details about NORAD (the North American...
18 Dec 2013
App of the Week: Those pig-popping birds hit the road in ‘Angry Birds Go!’
“Angry Birds” fans, if you think you’ve seen it all, you’ve got another thing coming! The newest installment in the hit game series, “ Angry Birds Go! ,” puts those crazy birds in go-karts for a wild downhill race that has them finishing off pigs in a whole new...
12 Dec 2013
App of the Week: Share life’s moments with Instagram for Windows Phone 8
Instagram , meet Windows Phone. Now, one of the fastest, most beautiful and fun ways to share photos with friends and family has been paired with some of the world’s best camera phones. That’s right, Instagram (v1.0) has arrived! Grab a picture from your Windows Phone Photos Hub, choose...
21 Nov 2013
App of the Week: Play the Nokia classic ‘Snake’ for Windows Phone
Way back in 1997, Nokia design engineer Taneli Armanto created “ Snake ,” a simple and addictive game that quickly became a hit. The object of the game? Easy. Feed the snake! If you’re the nostalgic type that enjoys classic games, you’ll get a kick out of the remake available...
31 Oct 2013
App of the Week: Get the new ‘Walking Dead’ companion app exclusively for Windows 8
The intense new season of AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ is in full swing, and Windows 8 users can now get more out of the show thanks to a new companion app. The AMC Story Sync app features interactive trivia, polls and exclusive video, and is available exclusively on Windows 8. Download...
24 Oct 2013
App of the Week: Facebook gets a major update on Windows Phone 8
The official Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 is now faster and has more features, thanks to a major update released last week . With Version 5.1, you can now attach photos to your messages, save and share photos, “unfriend,” “unlike,” @tag inline and more. It’s also...
10 Oct 2013
App of the Week: Join the Pork Side in ‘Angry Birds Star Wars II’ for Windows Phone
If you’ve ever played the ridiculously addictive original “Angry Birds Star Wars” game , this sequel pretty much sells itself. But “Angry Birds Star Wars II” for Windows Phone doubles down on the action by letting you decide if you want to use the Force for good –...
26 Sep 2013
App of the Week: Stay in the game with NFL.com Fantasy Football for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox 360
At last, it’s football season again, and thanks to Microsoft’s game-changing partnership with the NFL , you have more ways than ever to follow the action from your TV, phone, tablet or desktop. If you’re a fantasy football fan, the new NFL apps for Windows 8 , Windows Phone 8 and...
12 Sep 2013
App of the Week: Time Warner Cable puts up to 300 channels of live TV on your Xbox 360
Time Warner Cable subscribers can now watch up to 300 TV channels live using the new TWC TV app for Xbox 360 ( Xbox Live Gold membership required). The latest News Center App of the Week features all your favorite shows from stations like HBO, AMC, MTV and Food Network, and offers Kinect voice and...
5 Sep 2013
App of the Week: Foursquare now available on Windows 8
Our latest App of the Week is Foursquare, now available on Windows 8. The popular social app, which has over 35 million users worldwide, lets you find and “check in” at interesting places around you, as well as share photos, reviews and tips about your personal favorite spots. You can...
29 Aug 2013
App of the Week: Lights … camera … Disney Infinity: Action!
In the new, free Windows 8 app Disney Infinity: Action! , you can be both the director and the star of your own original movie, with central casting bringing in characters from “The Incredibles,” “Monsters University,” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise....
22 Aug 2013
App of the Week: SkyDrive lets you always have your files with you
This week’s News Center “ App of the Week ” is SkyDrive , the powerful cloud storage service that lets you always have your files with you. SkyDrive is built into Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and it’s available for pretty much every other device and platform on the planet , too...
1 Aug 2013
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