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

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

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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.

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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 music.xbox.com. 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! 

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 www.xbox.com/wp8games