Windows 10 Tip: A closer look at the Windows Store

What do you call a place that has the latest movies, TV, music, apps and games? The Windows Store of course! With the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Update the Windows Store is better than ever. Today, we’re giving you a quick tour around the new Store.

Windows 10 Tip: A closer look at the Windows Store

To find the Store, select the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the Start menu and then click the Store tile. Or, if you’ve pinned the Store to your taskbar, you can select it that way. Once you open the app you’ll see the homepage with featured content and collections, top apps, games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 and more.

You’ll also notice there are different sections within the Store. The sections are Home, Apps, Games, Music and Movies & TV. On the homepage of the Store, a great section to check out is the Today’s deals section. Scroll through to find offers on apps, games, music and movies and TV. There’s also a Top free apps section, where you can download apps including Netflix, Dropbox and Adobe Photoshop Express.

That’s just a quick look at the newly redesigned Windows Store, now it’s your turn to check it out!

Boss Update coming to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Pocket Edition

Today, on Xbox Wire I shared what’s coming in the next major update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Pocket Edition, it’s called the Boss Update.

This fearsome update is packed with content that is sure to thrill every type of Minecraft player, with two big new boss battles, new blocks for building and even the first set of long-awaited slash commands for those who love to tinker with the game.

Ocean Monuments will be discoverable, and you can enjoy adventuring in these new, rare locations with friends beneath the sea.

Ocean Monuments will be discoverable, and you can enjoy adventuring in these new, rare locations with friends beneath the sea.

Survival players, creatives and builders alike are in for a real treat with the Boss Update. Ocean Monuments will be discoverable, and you can enjoy adventuring in these new, rare locations with friends beneath the sea. We’re also debuting the first set of slash commands, plus the ability to light up creations with beacons and sea lanterns, build with prismarine blocks and decorate with sponges.

There’s a lot more coming in this great update, too! To learn more and get the full scoop head over to Xbox Wire. The Boss Update will be out as a free update for all owners of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Pocket Edition this fall. In the meantime, you can download the latest versions of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Pocket Edition from the Windows Store today!

Announcing Open Registration and Exhibitors for Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 24

Posted by Jamil Moledina, Google Play, Games Strategic Lead

To celebrate the art of the latest innovative indie games, we’re hosting the
first Google
Play Indie Games Festival
in North America on September 24th in San
Francisco. At the festival, Android fans and gamers will have a unique
opportunity to play new and unreleased indie games from some
of the most innovative developers in the US and Canada, as well as vote for
their favorite ones.

Registration
is now open and the event is free for everyone to enjoy.

We’re also excited to announce the games selected to exhibit and compete at the
event. From over 200 submissions, we carefully picked 30 games that promise the
most fun and engaging experiences to attendees. Fans will have a chance to play
a variety of indie games not yet available publicly.

Check out the full list of games selected here
and below.


Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite games at the
festival, along with an authoritative panel of judges from Google Play and the
game industry. They include:

  • Ron Carmel, Co-founder of Indie Fund; co-creator of World of Goo
  • Hyunse Chang, Business Development Manager at Google Play
  • Lina Chen, Co-founder & CEO of Nix Hydra
  • David Edery, CEO of Spry Fox
  • Maria Essig, Partner Manager, Indies at Google Play
  • Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer at Google
  • Dan Fiden, Chief Strategy Officer of Funplus
  • Emily Greer, CEO of Kongregate
  • Alex Lee, Producer, Program Manager, Daydream & Project Tango at Google
  • Jordan Maron, Gamer and independent YouTuber “CaptainSparklez”

We are also thrilled to announce that veteran game designer and professor
Richard Lemarchand will be the emcee for the event. He was lead designer at
Crystal Dynamics and Naughty Dog, and is now Associate Chair and Associate
Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts,
Interactive Media and Games Division.

The winning developers will receive prizes, such Google Cloud credits, NVIDIA
SHIELD Android TVs and K1 tablets, Razer Forge TV bundles, and more, to
recognize their efforts.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to connect with fellow game fans, get
inspired, and celebrate the art of indie games. Learn more about the event on
the event
website
.

This Week on Windows: Cortana tips, Windows 10 PC offers and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! To learn more about the Cortana* tip mentioned head over to our Windows 10 Tips blog post on how to use Cortana above your lock screen with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. A couple of Windows 10 PC offers were also highlighted in the episode, you can learn more about the Study and Play offers here and below we’re sharing details on Amazon’s offer on the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and some great offers from Best Buy.

Save $150 on the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Office 365 Personal included

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10

From now until 9/3/16 save $150 when you purchase the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 from Amazon**, you’ll also receive a copy of Office 365 Personal. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a premium tablet that offers the most popular features of laptops and tablets, giving you access to full notebook PC functionality in a lightweight tablet. If you want to learn more about the TabPro S and its features check out our unboxing video here.

Best Buy offers on Windows 10 PCs

Save $150 on the Lenovo Yoga 900 at Best Buy, students can save an additional $150

Lenovo Yoga 900

From now until 9/3/16 Best Buy is offering $150 off the purchase of the Lenovo Yoga 900. Students can save an additional $150 off through Best Buy’s student portal. The Lenovo Yoga 900 powered by Windows 10 allows you to customize your laptop experience to fit any occasion. Boasting a 13-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree watchband hinge, this PC functions as a tablet, laptop or viewing screen. The long-lasting battery delivers up to 10 hours of Internet browsing or 9 hours of video playback, making the Lenovo Yoga 900 ideal for travel. Learn more about this offer here.

Save $100 on the ASUS Q524 at Best Buy, students can save an additional $150

ASUS Q524 with Windows 10

From now until 8/27/16 Best Buy is offering $100 off the purchase of the ASUS Q524. Students can save an additional $150 off through Best Buy’s student portal. You can bring gaming power to any location with this ASUS laptop powered by Windows 10. Flip-and-fold functionality lets you find a comfortable viewing or gaming position whether you’re at home or sitting in a crowded waiting room. NVIDIA GeForce graphics with dedicated memory support complex gaming, and the Full HD screen delivers images in crisp detail. Learn more about this offer here.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week

Don’t miss the mid-season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead in the Windows Store

With their safe haven destroyed, their families divided, and the hordes of the dead growing by the day, Madison and Travis will take terrible risks to protect the ones they love…and track down those who are missing. Catch up on past episodes and watch the mid-season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

The Jungle Book – Buy for $19.99

The Jungle Book

Raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, man-cub Mowgli must leave behind the only home he’s ever known as he sets out on a journey of self-discovery in The Jungle Book ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). Experience this live-action retelling of a beloved classic, available one week before Blu-ray in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Panorama mode added to the Camera app for Windows 10 PCs and phones

Panorama mode added to the Camera app for Windows 10 PCs and phones

Panorama mode is now available to use with the Camera app for Windows 10 PCs and phones. Panorama is great for capturing sweeping landscapes or extra-wide family reunion photos. To take a panorama, switch into the panorama mode by tapping the panorama button in the Camera app. Tap it again to start capturing, and then, starting from the left side of your subject, rotate the device slowly from left to right across the scene.

Xbox Design Lab’s first batch of controllers are shipping now

Xbox Wire shared some exciting news this morning, Xbox Design Lab’s first batch of controllers are shipping now! Xbox Design Lab, unveiled at E3 is a new way to offer Xbox fans more choice and personalization in how they play. Xbox Design Lab is an online customization program on Xbox.com that let’s fans design their very own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million different color combinations to choose from. Learn more about today’s exciting news on Xbox Wire.

That’s it for this week, you can head over to the new and updated section in the Windows Store to see what else is new in the Windows Store this week. Have a great weekend!

*Cortana available in select markets.
**Offer valid from 8/21/16-9/3/16 in the US only.

Halo 5: Forge coming to the Windows Store on September 8

Halo 5: Forge lets map makers, creative visionaries, and Spartans of all kinds build, share, and play new levels, maps, and experiences across Windows 10 and Xbox One.

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Halo 5: Forge brings the entire Forge level-creation experience from Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10, with support for mouse and keyboard, higher-resolution displays (including 4k), the ability to host and play custom matches for up to 16 players, and a new content browser that spans platforms. Download new levels from the Forge community created on either Windows 10 or Xbox One. Customize existing maps or create your own from scratch. Halo 5: Forge opens the door to new possibilities in Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One and beyond.

To learn more about today’s announcement and about Anvil’s Legacy content coming to Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One, head over to Xbox Wire. Also, be sure to check out Halo Waypoint tomorrow for details on the brand new Halo app coming soon to Windows 10, along with Halo 5: Forge.

Safari Extensions in Safari 10

Create Safari Extensions that give users access to your app’s best features as they browse the web. Xcode makes it simple to add Safari Extensions to your existing app by using an App Extensions template. Easily develop your extensions using powerful, native APIs and web technologies. And coming this fall with macOS Sierra, you can sell and distribute apps with Safari Extensions on the Mac App Store. Learn more about Safari Extensions.

Get Your iMessage Apps Ready

Take advantage of the new Messages framework in iOS 10 to create an app extension that lets people interact with your iOS app directly within Messages. Users can easily create and share content, add stickers, make payments, and more, without leaving their conversations. And coming this fall, you can make iMessage apps available for download directly on the App Store for iMessage. Learn more about iMessage apps.