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Today, we’re vehement to recover a preview of Catan Anytime – a wholly brand brand brand brand new amicable chronicle of a dear house diversion The Settlers of Catan. Play is utterly giveaway as well as permitted upon any device with a complicated browser. We idea Catan fans will conclude a morality – Catan Anytime is fast, liquid as well as written for hold creation it easy to fool around a diversion from mobile to your large shade with IE upon XBOX as well as all in-between.

Catan Anytime is a partnership with creators of Catan, Mayfair Games as well as Bontom Games. This preview recover facilities a ultimate HTML5 web standards as well as real-time in-game amicable interaction. As partial of a ongoing collaboration, we will be releasing a finish Catan ruleset: Development cards, Achievements, as well as Ports during GamesCon in August. This brings Catan Anytime to full relation in diversion manners with a house game.  We idea which a relation in rules, total with a singular capabilities of asynchronous gaming as well as automobile traffic will capture Catan fans aged as well as brand brand brand brand new alike! This web knowledge joins a pick up of Rethink experiences such as Assassin’s Creed Pirates as well as 22Tracks – assisting pull a boundary of what’s probable upon a modern, interoperable web.

The Teuber family as well as Arnd Beenen from a Catan organisation were smashing partners as well as supporters of this project. In Guido Teuber as well as Benny Teuber’s words, “It’s sparkling to simulate upon how The Settlers of Catan proposed as a passion plan for a father as well as we never could have illusory it would grow in to a iconic house diversion which it is today. At a Catan team, we have been regularly seeking for brand brand brand brand new ways to enthuse fans as well as we’re anxious to be partnering with Internet Explorer to assistance us move a subsequent expansion of Catan to life.”


Wait, what’s Settlers of Catan?

The Settlers of Catan is a house diversion of traffic trade – an present pop-culture classical found in college dorms as well as family reunions alike. The strange has sole twenty million copies as well as is right divided permitted in over thirty languages. Playing Catan with family as well as friends is convention for a little as well as conversations starters for others. No make a difference a reason, a diversion evokes laughter, sparkling debates as well as unconstrained dialogs.

Players fool around a partial of settlers who benefit resources to set up roads as well as settlements which in a future spin cities. Ore, wheat, wood, section as well as sheep have been your 5 resources. Players contingency strategically place their cities as well as traffic their resources to consequence a 10 feat points it takes to win. The genuine erotically appealing partial about a diversion is which it’s so offset – there have been so most ways to win (or not).

Play Catan Anytime opposite any device, anywhere

Internet Explorer indeed believes in a open as well as interoperable web, as well as thus we focused upon delivering a diversion which simply functions upon a web but disposition of what device, OS or browser players’ select to use. Together we combined a diversion which is light as well as renders simply upon inclination trimming from smartphones to PCs as well as anything in between.

Catan Anytime is not meant to reinstate a house diversion experience.  We longed for to conform a hint of Catan to a most appropriate of today’s mass marketplace diversion mechanics.  The digital chronicle is meant to block a diversion seamlessly in to a every day lives as well as grow a approach people can knowledge it. 

What’s in this preview?

We idea a web chronicle creates Catan even some-more permitted to all – it’s a good “gateway” diversion towards its genre. Whether you’re informed with a diversion or not, Catan Anytime creates it fun as well as easy to burst right in:

1. Getting Started: Try a singular spin prior to we register to check out gameplay. Once we have been hooked, entice your friends to stick upon a fun around Facebook or email. You only need 3 players to begin playing.

2. Time Savers: Turn-based asynchronous gameplay is a good underline we introduced in this brand brand brand brand new chronicle of Catan. Auto-trade as well as auto-roll facilities additionally assistance a players keep a diversion relocating forward.

3. No Dice: We took divided a need for bones as well as instead a player clicks a symbol to furnish resources. The luck which duplicates a bones hurl is built in to a game!

4. Notifications: Opt in for notifications whilst we have been divided from a game. You can select to stay continuous to your diversion around email so we don’t skip a beat!


The amicable Catan: Stay continuous with friends, family as well as associate fans whilst we play

With in-built discuss as well as entrance to Skype as well as Twitter, a idea is to assistance keep we continuous to alternative players as well as a wider online Catan community. Using a in-game discuss underline we can send messages, or begin a organisation call upon Skype as we play. You can additionally promote your thoughts to Twitter without delay from a discuss box. Stay continuous to rivet with alternative eager players as well as attend out for tips as well as tricks common upon a amicable sphere.

Now resolutely go onward as well as knock out Catan Anytime anywhere! And stay tuned for some-more facilities entrance to this August!

Justin Garrett

Group Product Manager, Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer July 24th 2014


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Uber, the renouned record height which connects users with safe, arguable as well as seamless travel announced their central Windows Phone app progressing today. Uber for Windows Phone is the fast, full-featured local app which creates grouping your subsequent float super easy. The app functions upon all Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows Phone 8.1 devices, is free, as well as is available for evident download in the Windows Phone Store.

We acquire Uber to the fast-growing Windows Phone ecosystem. Now with Uber upon Windows Phone, the users will have the seamless float during the hold of the button.

Windows Phone July 23rd 2014


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Today, a Microsoft Devices Group has voiced a really affordable Lumia 530. The Lumia 530 is a undiluted entrance to Windows Phone 8.1 that includes brand new facilities similar to Action Center, Word Flow, as well as Cortana – a world’s initial personal digital assistant. The Lumia 530 comes with a 4-inch LCD arrangement as well as a absolute 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It additionally has a 5-megapixel camera as well as expandable storage up to 128GB regulating a MicroSD mental recall card. The Lumia 530 will additionally come with dual-SIM capabilities too. For some-more sum upon a Lumia 530, see this post upon a Conversations blog or watch a next video.


The Lumia 530 Single SIM as well as Lumia 530 Dual SIM have been approaching to be labelled during €85 (before taxes as well as subsidies) as well as upon a highstreet for underneath €100. The Lumia 530 will be accessible globally, with rollout commencement in name markets in Aug 2014.

Windows Phone July 23rd 2014


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A couple of weeks ago, we enabled a capability for Cortana to envision a outcomes of soccer matches from Brazil powered by prophecy record in Bing upon inclination using Windows Phone 8.1. Thanks to Bing, Cortana has fairly likely a leader in fifteen out of sixteen games of those renouned soccer matches (a nearby undiluted joint in a impressive person rounds) which is flattering amazing.

As remarkable here in this Bing Blog post, a indication in which Bing uses to envision sporting events similar to these soccer matches consists of a couple of things. It looks during a strength of any group by a accumulation of factors such as prior wins/losses/ties in gift matches, alternative general competitions as well as domain of a victories in these competitions. Then alternative adjustments have been done associated to alternative factors which competence give a group advantages over others similar to home margin value (for Brazil), vicinity (for South American teams similar to finalist Argentina), personification aspect (hybrid grass), game-time continue conditions, as well as alternative factors. The interpretation can additionally be tuned formed upon win/lose/tie probabilities prisoner by a people wagering upon a outcomes. This indication doesn’t rest some-more heavily upon any a single component though rsther than has a value of boldly as well as invariably bettering up until diversion time in an innovative approach to give users a most appropriate probable prediction. For some-more upon how Bing creates predictions, read this blog post from Next during Microsoft.

It is additionally flattering extraordinary you were means to capacitate a prophecy function in Cortana in only a week as well as have it light up upon people’s Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

We’re vehement to be means to do some-more of these sorts of things with Cortana in a future.

Windows Phone July 13th 2014


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In an refurbish currently to their renouned (and unequivocally fun!) diversion Subway Surfers, Kiloo is creation Subway Surfers accessible to low-memory Windows Phone 8 inclination (devices with usually 512MB of memory). You can download Subway Surfers for giveaway here from a Windows Phone Store. This refurbish additionally brings brand brand brand new full of color outfits for Coco (who is returning to a game) as well as Prince K characters, a brand brand brand new special Sci-Fi house called a Teleporter, as well as brand brand brand new “I Got a Power” awards that we get by picking up powerups at your convenience possible.


Windows Phone July 10th 2014


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You competence consider you’re “forgetful” or “scatterbrained” or “have a thoughts similar to a sieve.” But how most times have we remembered which you’re ostensible to collect up your kid from a train stop right up until it’s time to go—and afterwards gotten dreaming by a little glossy object? Leaving your trusting kid station alone underneath a damaged streetlamp with tumbleweeds floating all around? For me, a answer is a series in between 1 as well as 50.

Lately, I’ve been relying upon Cortana—the brand brand new digital partner in Windows Phone 8.1—to forestall such hapless events. we press as well as reason a Search button, as well as Cortana pops up, ready for my commands. “Remind me to collect up Louie during 3:20,” we contend to her, or “Remind me to take my memory-boosting herbal addition each sunrise during 8.” She can even give me reminders formed upon place (“Remind me to call Suze when we leave work”) or chairman (“Remind me to ask about summer eighth month subsequent time we speak to Mom”).


These reminder basics have been overwhelming enough. To get even some-more out of reminders, try a following energy tips:

1. Say “Any” thing – If we discuss it Cortana, “Remind me to get eggs subsequent time I’m during a supermarket,” she’ll uncover we a list of circuitously stores to select from. Tap Any as well as she’ll remind we a subsequent time you’re during any supermarket.


2. Lose a fall asleep – Sometimes we need some-more than a five-minute fall asleep delay. When a sign pops up during an untimely time, daub a reminder’s pretension as well as you’ll be means to set a brand brand new time.


3. So most memories – To see (and reactivate) finished reminders from your past, press a Search button, daub Cortana’s Notebook > Remind me, as well as afterwards daub More > Reminder history. Tap a sign to reuse it. This is good when we incidentally daub Complete on a sign we still need—something we appear to do upon a every day basis.


4. Pin a Tile – we in all similar to to make make make use of of of voice commands to sequence up my reminders, though my father doesn’t most conclude which when we arise up during 3 A.M. stressing about something we need to do. So we make make make use of of of my Remind me Tile from my Start shade to (silently) supplement a sign in Cortana’s Notebook. To pin a Tile to Start, press a Search button, daub Cortana’s Notebook > Remind me, as well as afterwards daub Pin.


5. Set a little nicknames – Use nicknames when we set up your inner circle (Mom, Louie, Pookie) as well as favorite places (gym, school, bakery). Then we can make make make use of of of a nicknames when we set reminders (and when we call as well as content people, too).


Windows Phone July 9th 2014


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I suspicion we would pass along which a central Twitter app has perceived a good small refurbish currently for Windows Phone (version This refurbish includes enhancements for pity as well as uploading photos. For example, we can right away upload mixed photos to a singular Tweet. You can additionally tab your friends in a photos you’re uploading in a Tweet to begin a conversation. And we can additionally supplement photos to Direct Messages. With this update, we can additionally right away reply, retweet, favorite, or follow true from a Tweet upon your home timeline. Tweets with Twitter photos, Vine videos, as well as alternative (select) calm will additionally right away uncover a preview in your home timeline too!

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If we don’t have Twitter installed, you can download it here from a Windows Phone Store.

Windows Phone July 8th 2014


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Summer is on, as well as so is good gaming upon your Windows PC, Tablet as well as Phone. Award-winning diversion developer Gameloft is assisting to feverishness things up with mixed tip peculiarity brand brand new releases right divided accessible for your gaming pleasure:

1. Blitz Brigade


Are we ready for a gun show? Axis or Allies, feat or improved – all will be motionless in this multi-player, first-person-shooter! Become a single of 5 highly-skilled classes; group up with alternative players to bruise your enemies in to a mud as well as call them meant names. Lock ‘n’ load! Get Blitz Brigade Free from a Windows as well as Windows Phone Stores.

2. Rival Knights


Will we be a final night standing? Amor up – it’s time to tournament to victory, severe thousands of players online in games of glory. It’s an action-packed fight diversion set in Gothic times. Your rivals await! Get Rival Knights Free from a Windows as well as Windows Phone Stores.

3. Order & Chaos Duels


Rediscover a Order & Chaos star in this fantasy-based collectible trade label game. Duel immorality forces upon quests as well as adventures, or go head-to-head with alternative players for leaderboard supremacy. There’s roughly 300 beautiful cards to pick up – can we take them all, stacking a rug in your favor? Get Order & Chaos Duels for Free from a Windows Phone Store.

4. GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience


Get at a behind of a circle as well as competition over 60 cars upon thirteen super-realistic marks in GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience. Drive all from Nissans to Ferraris, as well as exam your pushing skills in some-more than 1,000 opposite events—Classic Races, Duels, Knockouts as well as Overtakes. Or competition in multi-player mode with players from around a world. Get GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience Free from a Windows as well as Windows Phone Stores.

5. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic


After being sealed divided in a moon for centuries, Nightmare Moon is set giveaway as well as swelling night opposite Ponyville. Only Twilight Sparkle as well as her friends can move light as well as loyalty behind to a land. You can assistance her as well as Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, as well as Pinkie Pie reconstruct a locale as well as strech their dreams in fun, enchanting quests. Get My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for Free from a Windows as well as Windows Phone Stores.

6. Heroes of Order & Chaos

Enter a conflict locus in this unusually abounding as well as addictive Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game. Play as a single of some-more than 40 heroes in your own piece for one person campaign, or even better, partisan your friends for fast-paced multi-player action. Who’s got a skills as well as strategies to order a puzzling universe of Haradon? Get Heroes of Order & Chaos for Free from a Windows as well as Windows Phone Stores.

Find all these good brand brand new games as well as some-more in the Gameloft Collection.

Windows Phone July 2nd 2014


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When we was drumming out “The discerning brownish-red fox jumped over a quiescent dog” over as well as over again in my facile propagandize typing class, my backspace symbol saw a little complicated use. Nowadays, autocorrect is there to repair any fake taps from my fumbling thumbs.

And whilst autocorrect is a outrageous assistance (most of a time), a little newer typing tips for Windows Phone have small spelling corrections demeanour reduction “quick brownish-red fox” as well as some-more “lazy dog.” Here have been a little of a ways I’ve extended my set of keys competence:

1. Swipe to type

HWZT (How would Zorro type)? Probably with figure writing. A brand brand new underline in Windows Phone 8.1, figure essay is funny quick and, most similar to Word Flow on Windows Phone, in few instances precise. I’ve usually had figure essay give me a wrong word a handful of times.

In any message, try swiping your finger opposite a set of keys whilst attack any minute in a word. When we lift your finger, a word will crop up as well as a space will automatically be combined to have room for a subsequent word. It’s not only a quick approach to type, it’s a universe jot down contender.

If figure essay isn’t your crater of tea, we can spin it off in your set of keys settings.

2. Get a right emoticon during a right time

Another brand brand new underline in 8.1 is which a Word Flow set of keys will indicate context-appropriate emoticons in further to a common word suggestions. If I’m exhausted

Windows Phone July 1st 2014


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Today, T-Mobile is announcing a Lumia 635 – a initial Lumia to come powered by Windows Phone 8.1 in a U.S. as well as a inheritor to a Lumia 521. The Lumia 635 will initial be accessible from T-Mobile upon a Home Shopping Network to Simple Choice prepaid business upon Jul 5th as well as online during commencement Jul 9th for $0 down + $7 per month for twenty-four months with a postpaid T-Mobile Simple Choice plan. Then, a Lumia 635 be accessible online as well as during name MetroPCS stores commencement Jul 18th for a promotional cost of $99, as well as during participating T-Mobile stores national upon Jul 16th.


With a Lumia 635, you’ll suffer all a ultimate brand new facilities that come with Windows Phone 8.1 together with Cortana, a world’s initial indeed personal digital assistant. The Lumia 635 additionally comes with SensorCore record that monitors your steps, movements, routes as well as places as well as can spin your Lumia 635 in to an all-in-one aptness tracker. Today, the Bing Health as well as Fitness app can take value of this technology.

For some-more sum upon a Lumia 635 upon T-Mobile, head over as well as review this blog post from a Conversations blog.

Windows Phone July 1st 2014