Microsoft today released a preview version of “Catan Anytime,” a new social version of the beloved board game “The Settlers of Catan,” is available for free. This is game is developed to promote Internet Explorer, so it works in any modern browser with best experience on IE. Catan Anytime game developed to be fast, fluid and designed for touch making it easy to play the game from mobile browser to your TV screen with IE on XBOX. Catan Anytime is a partnership with creators of Catan, Mayfair Games and Bontom Games. This preview release features the latest HTML5 web standards and real-time in-game social interaction. As part of the ongoing collaboration, we will be releasing the complete Catan ruleset: Development cards, Achievements, and Ports at GamesCon in August. This brings Catan Anytime to full parity in game rules with the board game.  We hope that the parity in rules, combined with the unique capabilities ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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Microsoft Studios released this game called Microsoft Jackpot two days ago in Windows Store. At that time, this game was not available in in key markets like USA, etc. We checked today, still it is available only in certain markets. Try your luck today to enjoy this game. Description: Become a high roller with Microsoft Jackpot! Experience the excitement of modern video slots with Microsoft Jackpot! Featuring uniquely themed slot machines, huge payouts, and a wide variety of bonuses. Beautiful Sound and Graphics! Explore the secrets of a hidden temple, dive into the ocean depths, track down an international jewel thief, and much more! Each slot machine features an incredible theme to bring your spins to life. Exciting Bonus Games Featuring unique interactive bonus games with massive payouts and multipliers to send your score soaring! Play for Free! Play Microsoft Jackpot daily for increasing coin bonuses! Find scatter symbols to play ...

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Along with the announcement about doubling the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, Microsoft also announced a great deal for Office 365 subscribers. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage from next month. For Office 365 Home ($9.99/mo) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people), and with Office 365 Personal ($6.99/mo) and University ($79.99/4yr) you will get 1 TB per subscription. This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will get 1 TB of cloud storage per person too. Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t yet signed up for OneDrive, you can learn more and sign up at http://onedrive.com/.   ...

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EA has started a brand new program on Origin called Origin Game Time. It allows you to play a full game for free as long as there’s time on your Game Time clock. To kick off this program, they have chosen Titanfall. This weekend you can download Titanfall and play for free for two days straight. If you loved the game after playing during Origin Game Time and want to continue? You can purchase Titanfall and continue the game where you left off as your Titanfall progress is saved. We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download. Haven’t felt the thrill of dropping an 18-foot tall metallic beast on your opponent? What about the rush of leaping from wall to ...

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“Disney Hidden Worlds” game is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. As you explore, beloved characters from “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled” join you, along with new friends Chrona and the Inklings. Game Description: Find Hidden Objects in scenes from your favorite Disney movies! Journey to a world of imagination and recreate the story worlds of Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Aladdin, and more classic Disney films. Meet Chrona and the Inklings, brand new Disney characters who will help you keep your Disney Kingdoms safe from a mysterious new villain and let you see your favorite Disney films in a whole new way! Before you download this experience, please consider that this app contains social media links to connect with others, in-app purchases that cost real money, as well as advertising for The Walt Disney Family of Companies and some third parties. In App Purchases ...

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Along with the release of the Windows Phone game, Gameloft also released GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience for Windows 8/RT devices. You can download it for free from Windows Store on your Windows PC. Game Description: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world! LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION • The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca. • A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more. • Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes. • 28 new challenges each week: improve your driving skills & maybe win a new car! AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION • The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever. ...

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Similar to Windows Phone Store, you can now get eight Disney games for free for PCs and tablets in Windows Store. This sale ends on June 24, so grab it soon. Find the list of games under this deal below, “Disney Solitaire” “Monsters University,” “Wreck-It Ralph” “Toy Story: Smash It!” “Where’s My Water? XYY,” “Where’s My Water?” “Where’s My Perry?” “Where’s My Mickey?” Find all these Disney titles in the FREE Disney Games collection in the Windows Store or click the titles above to take you to Windows Store for download. ...

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  Coming in June, popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, YouTube, Twitch, ESPN, NFL, Xbox Music, and experiences such as Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, OneGuide, and Upload Studio for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be available to everyone with an Xbox Live account—whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Microsoft announced this changes yesterday along with the announcement about new low powered Xbox One SKU that starts at $399 without Kinect. Because of this announcement, many non-gamers may want to cancel their Xbox Live Gold subscription. Microsoft today announced that starting in June, customers can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends. Will I be able to cancel my Gold membership? Yes. Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live ...

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Along with the announcement about the new Xbox One SKU without Kinect that starts with $399 and and offering all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft also announced the new Games with Gold program for Xbox One users. In early June, similar to Xbox 360 users, Xbox One users will also get two free games a month starting with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” Also, Xbox Live Gold users will get exclusive discounts to games. •Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate ...

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Microsoft has released the successor the popular Kinectimals game for Windows devices. You can download the game for free from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. The world of Kinectimals just got a whole lot bigger! With more cute pets than ever before, a host of fun activities and a plethora of toys, there’s never been so much to do with your furry friends! Description: Breaking news – Kinectimals has gone to the dogs! From the makers of the wildly successful Kinectimals franchise comes Kinectimals Unleashed! Have you ever wanted to grab your favorite canine pal and explore the exciting dog island of Villeria? How about embarking on an adventure to a mysterious tropical island with your best Bengal Tiger friend? We’ve got you covered! Kinectimals Unleashed delivers more than 85 furry four legged friends to play with and care for. Think you can collect them all? We’ve included all ...

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Microsoft today announced a basic pricing tier for Azure Web Sites as part of the April update. Microsoft already has Free, Shared, or Standard mode for running websites and this Basic mode is a new one. This new Basic pricing tier includes all the core Azure Web Sites abilities which allows you to run production sites at a lower cost. Basic pricing tier offers up to three instances of dedicated Virtual Machine running your web sites, SSL support, Scheduled Jobs, Endpoint Monitoring and more. To make things simple, Microsoft has listed the the main differences and properties: Free web sites: These are primarily for evaluation purposes, enabling a free playground for anyone who wishes to experience Azure Web Sites at no cost. Free web sites have no SLA. Shared web sites: These reduce some of the restrictive quotas associated with Free, allowing you to run your web sites 24×7. However, shared web sites are ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals is now available in Windows Store. It includes glƏƏk! Twitter app, games like Shark Dash, Roman Empire, Success Story, the Treasures of Montezuma 3, and Chuggington Puzzle Stations. Find the full list below, Shark Dash! by Gameloft is a fantastic physics puzzler that pits plastic shark toys against a flock of rubber duckies who’ve invaded their bathtub. Make your way through 96 levels in 4 splashy locations including Ancient Rome and Japan. Originally $1.99, get it now for $.99 in the Windows Store. glƏƏk! - A full-featured Twitter app for both Windows and Windows Phone, glƏƏk! is loaded with goodies like allowing you to have unlimited accounts, saving stuff to read later (integrated with Pocket), and a view of random Tweets from around the world. Of course, you also get all the stuff you’d expect like Twitter timelines, mentions, and retweets. Now on sale in ...

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Popular Zombie app Zombie Tsunami is now available in Windows Store. Game Description: The zombies are revolting ! In Zombie Tsunami, take your place in a crowd of rampaging undead as you race through the city attacking the unfortunate survivors and adding them to your unstoppable throng of hungry, hot-footed horrors. It’s a Zombie Tsunami out there, and everyone is invited! FEATURES - Add as many zombies to your hoard as you can. - Frantic flesh-eating fun for all the family! - Keep going as long as at least one zombie is still running (and it doesn’t have to be the zombie you started with). - Collect 8 different power-ups and bonuses to run further and destroy more. - Turn over cars, buses, vehicles and tanks to eat the survivors inside. - 300+ different missions to devour. - 9 worldwide locations to stampede your zombies through. DESCRIPTION Beginning with a ...

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To celebrate the launch of Office for iPad, Microsoft Store is running a great promotion for those who live near Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store will offer a free year of Office 365 subscription to the first 50 people who bring an iPad to a given retail location from March 28th through March 30th. Office 365 Home Premium subscription usually costs $99 per year and will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets3 Easily access your docs with Office Mobile apps for iPhones, Android, and Windows phones 20 GB OneDrive storage per user, for up to 5 users Call phones in over 60 countries with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month2 You can find the list of Microsoft Store retail locations ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Office for iPad, Microsoft quietly released free Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Previously, you require Office 365 subscription to use Office Mobile apps on these platforms, now Microsoft is offering them under freemium model. You can download the apps for free and use it for viewing and presenting. If you want to create or edit the documents, you need to have a Office 365 subscription. Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play. ...

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