Today, the Xbox app is available with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build (build #10080) for phones. Once you’re on the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on your phone, go to the Store Beta to download and check out an early preview version of the Xbox app. We’re excited to move toward bringing your favorite Xbox on Windows features to Windows 10 for phones.

With today’s version of the Xbox app on Windows 10 for phones, you can access your activity feed, achievements, friends list, activity alerts, messages, watch Game DVR clips, and connect to your Xbox One.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll update and add more Xbox features to the preview including OneGuide integration, Live TV Streaming, Game Hubs, and more. So stay tuned!

To join the Windows 10 Insider program, go here to sign up, then download the Windows Insider app to your Lumia phone, choose either a fast or slow ring and get the updates. For more information, check out Gabe Aul’s post on the Windows Blog.

The newest mobile top-down shooter from the Halo universe has officially arrived. Today, Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, in conjunction with Vanguard Games, launched Halo: Spartan Strike on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, and Steam as a digital download for $5.99 ERP (price and availability may vary by region).

Set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552, you can play through 30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.

Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo: Spartan Bundle. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Assault – the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program as Commander Palmer – and Halo: Spartan Strike for $9.99 ERP (price and availability may vary by region).

Check Halo Waypoint for updated Halo information and keep tuning into Xbox Wire for the latest on Halo: Spartan Strike, Xbox and more.

Purchase Halo: Spartan Strike on the various platforms below:
Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows 8
Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows Phone 8
Halo: Spartan Strike for iPad, iPhone
Halo: Spartan Strike for Steam

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone 8.1Content: Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone 8.1

Game Description: Welcome to Minecraft: Pocket Edition! Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Pocket Edition includes Survival and Creative modes, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, infinite worlds, caves, new biomes, mobs, villages and lots more. Craft create and explore anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn. There’s never been a better time to enjoy Minecraft on the move.

Read more about Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone 8.1 at the Xbox Wire.

Purchase Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone 8.1 from the Windows Phone Store

Cyber Monday may be a day to find great deals online, but there’s no better deal than “free.” Over the past few years, Eminem has been the #1 artist on Xbox Music; so today we invite Windows 8 and Windows Phone users in the US to download Eminem’s newest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, absolutely free.

Here’s how:
1.       Open Xbox Music on your Windows 8 or Windows Phone device and login with your Microsoft Account.
2.       Search for “Eminem” and click through to his artist page.
3.       Find “The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)” album and follow the steps to purchase.
4.       The price has been set to free so you won’t be charged.
We’ve also put all of Eminem’s previous albums on sale for just $0.99 each, so today’s a good day to fill in any gaps in your collection.
Non-Windows 8 / Windows Phone user aren’t left out – you can stream the entire Eminem catalog free today at Have an Xbox Music Pass and an Xbox Live Gold membership?  Stream Eminem’s full catalog right from your console.  

Enjoy your new Cyber Monday shopping soundtrack!

Angry Birds Star Wars is now available for Windows8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8. More screenshots on my SkyDrive.

Here is the official promotional copy:

Join the Angry Birds in their biggest adventure yet!  Grab your lightsaber and join the epic adventure in the legendary Star Wars universe where a group of desperate birds face off against a galactic menace:  the Empires evil Pigtroopers!  Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey with the Xbox game now available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.  May the birds be with you! 

Windows Phone 8 Games

Xbox is excited to announce a great line-up of games in support of the new Windows Phone 8, which is releasing this holiday season. Building on a tradition of bringing customers games they know and love, as well as exclusive titles from Microsoft Studios, Xbox will release an initial wave of games to take advantage of this exciting new platform. 

Beginning this holiday, an already robust portfolio of Xbox games including fan-favorites like Fruit Ninja, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, and ilomilo from great partners such as Rovio, Gameloft, Halfbrick, MiniClip, Glu and Microsoft Studios, will grow and continue to drive excellence in gaming and services on Windows Phone. Join us in welcoming the first set of titles from Xbox for Windows Phone 8:

  • Angry Birds Space
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Asphalt 7:  Heat
  • Fairway Solitaire
  • Gravity Guy 2
  • Ice Age Village
  • Jet Pack Joyride
  • N.O.V.A. 3
  • Shark Dash

For more information on these titles and Xbox on Windows Phone, visit

Below is a copy of the press release we just issued.


Xbox SmartGlass will deliver new ways to enjoy entertainment in the home and on the go.

LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — What if your tablet or phone knew what you were watching on TV and presented bonus features without you having to lift a finger? What if you could use your tablet to draw up a play in EA SPORTS’ “Madden NFL” and then perform it to perfection on your TV? What if you could control your favorite websites on the TV with a simple swipe, pinch or zoom on your tablet’s touchscreen?

To kick-start the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. today unveiled a bold new vision for enjoying entertainment at home and on the go with Xbox SmartGlass. Launching this year, Xbox SmartGlass is an application for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other portable devices that connects phones, PCs and tablets with your Xbox 360 console to make your entertainment smarter, more interactive and more fun.1 The intelligence of Xbox SmartGlass makes your entertainment more engaging, Web surfing more effortless, and playing games more immersive by delivering companion content and control to enhance your TV experience.

“Xbox is on a mission to make the entertainment that you love even more amazing,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox.”

Two years after the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft unveiled the next step in its journey to make Xbox synonymous with entertainment by unveiling Xbox SmartGlass, Internet Explorer for Xbox, and new TV, movie and music offerings.

The Web Transformed for TV

Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer for Xbox this fall in all countries where Xbox and Xbox LIVE are available. Through the power of Xbox, the magic of Kinect and the intelligence of Xbox SmartGlass, you will be able to surf the Internet using your voice on your Xbox 360 and navigate using your mobile devices for an incredibly easy Web browsing experience on the television.2 Whether it is a new website you want to check out on the big screen, an HD video you want to share in your living room, or your favorite website you check daily and want to view in the 10-foot experience, you will have the power of the Web now on your TV.

Entertainment Keeps Getting Better on Xbox

Last year, Xbox added voice search powered by Bing and the power of Kinect, making it easier to find the entertainment you want. This year, voice search is expanding to 12 additional countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland.

Adding to the current catalog of customized sports, TV, movies and music apps from world-leading TV and entertainment providers, this year Xbox will continue to deliver all the content you care about in unique ways.

· Your home for sports. Microsoft announced more must-have sports experiences and content coming to Xbox this year, further establishing it as the home for sports fans everywhere.

o NBA Game Time with League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players.

o NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time.

o ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN U. All the favorites, including “SportsCenter,” “SportsNation,” “The Mike and Mike Show,” as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, MLB and the NBA, will be live on Xbox.

Xbox also announced regional sports provider SPORT1 coming later this year to Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

· More TV and entertainment. Today, Microsoft announced more than 35 new content partners launching on Xbox over the next 12 months, including:

  • Absolute Radio –U.K.
  • Ameba TV – Canada, U.S.
  • BreakMedia – Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, U.K., U.S.
  • Comedy Central Stand Up – U.S.
  • Comoyo – Denmark, Norway, Sweden
  • Corus Entertainment’s Franklin the Turtle – Canada
  • GameSpot TV – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Headweb – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • Indie Flix – U.S.
  • Machinima – All Xbox LIVE markets
  • Napster – Germany, U.K.
  • Nickelodeon – U.S.
  • Paramount Movies – U.S.
  • Picturebox – U.K.
  • Quickflix – Australia, New Zealand
  • Rakuten ShowTime – Japan
  • Revision3 – Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Rhapsody – U.S.
  • RTL XL – Netherlands
  • Slacker Radio – Canada, U.S.
  • SnagFilms – U.S.
  • Terra (Sunday TV) – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico
  • The AOL On Network – Australia, Canada, Netherlands, U.K., U.S.
  • The Weather Channel – U.S.
  • The Whistle – U.S.
  • TOU.TV – Canada
  • TV3 – Spain
  • Twitch TV – U.S.
  • Univision – U.S.
  • Wuaki – Spain
  • Youzee – Spain

Xbox Music revealed. Microsoft showed a sneak peek of Xbox Music, an all-new music service coming to Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8-based devices.

Xbox on Windows 8
This year Xbox will bring premium entertainment experiences to more than 180 new countries around the world when Xbox on Windows 8 launches, featuring four Metro-style apps: Video, Music, Games and Xbox SmartGlass. 3

With Xbox on Windows 8, you can play games with friends and earn achievements, listen to music, and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies wherever you go.4 And with Xbox SmartGlass, you can start a movie or TV show on your Windows 8 device and finish it on the big-screen TV.

1 Xbox SmartGlass is available with select games and Xbox LIVE content and requires Internet connectivity and compatible devices. Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately) is also required for some Xbox SmartGlass-enabled content and features. Available Xbox SmartGlass features may vary by device. See

2 Internet Explorer on Xbox requires Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately).

3 Available content and features vary across regions.

4 Available content and features vary across devices. Games and media content sold separately.