Weekend Reading: Mar 2nd Edition–The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is Here, Windows Phone and Skype News from Mobile World Congress, and MSN Editions & Xbox 360
It’s been a large week for Microsoft on countless fronts. In this book of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about a Windows 8 consumer preview, Windows Phone and Skype news from Mobile World Congress, and Bing, MSN and a new Xbox 360 bundle. Check ‘em out!
Microsoft announces Windows 8 consumer preview. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a some-more strong knowledge for contrast a world’s many renouned handling complement and is accessible to a widest operation of people nonetheless following a initial recover of a Windows 8 Developer Preview late final year. The Developer Preview perceived some-more than 3 million downloads. For some-more on this story, review this press recover on a Microsoft News Center and this Wednesday post on The Windows Experience Blog. And for a deeper dive on how a Windows 8 consumer preview touches other tools of Microsoft, check out these Wednesday posts on The Bing Search Blog and Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson. Below, Antoine Leblond, Corporate Vice President, Windows Web Services, shows off new Metro character apps in a Windows Store as partial of a Windows 8 Consumer Preview eventuality in Barcelona on Wednesday:
2012 Spring Break Fareology Forecast: Airfare Up 4 percent from 2011. Spring is in a atmosphere and open mangle is around a corner. For those of we who haven’t sealed down your getaway plans, we’ve enlisted a Fareologists during Bing Travel to help. The organisation has scoured millions of round-trip itineraries to give we a lowdown on a open transport landscape as good as tips on how we can mangle divided but violation a bank. Read this Wednesday post on The Bing Search Blog for a highlights.
Windows Phone and Skype make a dash during Mobile World Congress. Earlier this week during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced dual large pieces of news – a accessibility of a beta chronicle of a Skype for Windows Phone app and skeleton to move a smartphones to a horde of new countries by expanding hardware and denunciation support. Also, a new line of low-cost phones, that use cheaper “system-on-a-chip” processers and reduced memory, will move a high-end smartphone knowledge to some-more affordable inclination – while still regulating scarcely all a applications accessible in a Windows Phone Marketplace. For some-more on this news, review this feature story on a Microsoft News Center. If we wish to puncture deeper into a Skype for Windows Phone news, check out this Feb. 26 post on The Big Blog and this Tuesday post on The Windows Phone Blog that provides tips on regulating a new Skype beta app. Take a gander during a screenshot of a Skype for Windows Phone beta app below:
And in other Windows Phone news this week… If you’re a fan of messaging apps, take a demeanour during a updated GroupMe for Windows Phone 7.5, that only strike a Marketplace today. GroupMe is a giveaway organisation messaging use that lets we stay in hold with people by organisation texting and more. The rested app—version 3.0—now allows we to summary mixed friends or contacts during once and share photos opposite a organisation of people. Read this Tuesday post on a Windows Phone Blog for some-more detail. And in this Feb. 24 post, Next during Microsoft Editor Steve Clayton profiles Timelapse Pro, a “simple nonetheless absolute small focus creates an charcterised GIF from a array of photos.”
Get some-more of what we Like with MSN Editions. Do we wish some-more of your favorite calm on a MSN homepage? MSN has always supposing up-to-the-minute news, sports, party and other information to keep we in a know. But we might be some-more meddlesome in one category. You might come to get held adult on a latest news, others might come to see a latest sports headlines, while still others are looking for a hottest luminary report or other topics. That’s because we’ve combined MSN Editions: new customized homepages that give we an additional sip of a subject you’re many meddlesome in. For some-more on this story, review this Thursday post on The MSN Blog. Below is a screenshot of MSN Editions:
Announcing a Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle. Earlier this week, we announced a Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle. This singular book gold includes a silken white Xbox 360 4GB console, silken white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a duplicate of dual of a many renouned Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures as good as a 3 month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold and will be accessible while reserve final for US $ 299.99. Read this Wednesday post on Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson for a rest of a story. That’s a new gold graphic below:
That’s it for this book of Weekend Reading! Thanks for interlude by The Official Microsoft Blog!
Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog