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Sheep for wheat, anyone? Internet Explorer releases preview of new social Catan web experience for free play

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Today, we’re excited to release the preview of Catan Anytime – the entirely new social version of the beloved board game The Settlers of Catan. Play is completely free and available on any device with a modern browser.

Uber now available on Windows Phone!

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Uber, the popular technology platform that connects users with safe, reliable and seamless transportation announced their official Windows Phone app earlier today. Uber for Windows Phone is a fast, full-featured native app that makes ordering your next ride super easy.

Meet the Lumia 530 – the most affordable Lumia yet

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Today, the Microsoft Devices Group has announced the very affordable Lumia 530. The Lumia 530 is the perfect entry to Windows Phone 8.1 which includes new features like Action Center, Word Flow, and Cortana - the world’s first personal digital assistant. The Lumia 530 comes with a 4-inch LCD display and a powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It also has a 5-megapixel camera and expandable storage up to 128GB using a MicroSD memory card. The Lumia 530 will also come with dual-SIM capabilities too.

Tips and tricks for using XAML controls in your universal Windows apps

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This post was written by Rohan Thakkar, Program Manager 2 - Developer Ecosystem Platform on Operating Systems Group at Microsoft.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout arriving soon for Windows and Windows Phone

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most highly anticipated mobile games of the year. Many of you have been wondering when this first person shooter will be arriving on Windows and Windows Phone. Your wait will soon be over! Today, Gameloft has announced that Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for download on both Windows and Windows Phone on July 24th, just a few days away.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes to Windows and Windows Phone

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I am so excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy which hits theaters on August 1st. The movie looks fantastic. As we wait for the movie, Marvel has released the game Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for us to get acquainted with this ragtag group of characters.

New Opportunity: Kinect for Windows + Unified Windows developer portal and documentation and 21 additional payout markets

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Earlier this week Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows Public Preview which represents a new opportunity for Windows developers, as apps created with the new SDK may be published to the Window Store later this year. We’re making plans to prominently feature Kinect-enabled apps to provide customers with an exciting new Windows experience. I’d like to encourage you to download the preview today and be one of the first to publish a Windows app integrating the Kinect experience.

Free group video calling now available with Skype for Windows 8.1

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You can now bring family and friends together for free group video calling with Skype for Windows 8.1 on your Windows PCs and Tablets. Group video calling allows you to have group video calls with up to 9 people at the same time. This was previously available only as a premium feature with a paid subscription but now it’s free and really easy to do.

Viggle now available for Windows and Windows Phone

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Who doesn’t like the idea of earning rewards for watching their favorite TV shows and listening to their favorite music? With Viggle, just hold up the app to check in to TV shows you’re watching or match music you’re listening to earn Viggle Points. You can then redeem the Viggle Points you earn for rewards like movie tickets and gift cards from BestBuy, Lowe's, Gap, Fandango and more. By checking into featured shows or songs, you can early 2X, 5X, 10X the points.

WPC 2014: Partnering to win in the mobile era

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Today, we are at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives us an opportunity to connect with our partners and gather invaluable feedback on their experiences working with us, our platform and productivity scenarios. It’s also a unique opportunity for our partners to come together and share how they are using Microsoft technologies to create innovative solutions.

This year is an important one for WPC, following a lot of big changes across our company and across the industry.

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