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The 10 biggest Microsoft UK stories of 2017

Microsoft has been very busy over the past 12 months. We held our biggest ever Future Decoded event in London, we’ve rolled out lots of new services in our data centres in the UK and we’ve opened a new office in Manchester. Our customers have enjoyed working and playing with … Read more »

Xbox reveals how you become a ‘pirate legend’ in Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

Xbox has revealed how Sea of Thieves players can improve their character and become a “pirate legend”. The highly-anticipated shared-world adventure game, which is available to pre-order now ahead of its release in March, sees players take control of pirates to sail ships, search for treasure and battle other gamers. … Read more »

UK pupils recreate CERN lab and Large Hadron Collider in Minecraft

Scientists at CERN have teamed up with UK schoolchildren to recreate the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Minecraft, in a bid to teach more youngsters about the famous experiment. Teenagers from four schools used the popular block-building game to construct a replica of the entire laboratory of the European Organization … Read more »

Xbox announces Sea of Thieves release date

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Sea of Thieves will be released on March 20 next year, Xbox has announced. The highly-anticipated shared-world adventure game in which players control pirates is now available to pre-order ahead of its launch on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs. Players who digitally pre-order a copy … Read more »

Xbox: Demand for Xbox One X is really high

Demand for the Xbox One X is “really high”, the head of Xbox in the UK and Ireland has said. Following the launch of the world’s most powerful console on November 7, Harvey Eagle advised people to order their Xbox One X as soon as possible if they want it … Read more »

Your Doritos craving could win you an Xbox One X

UK gamers could win an Xbox One X by buying a packet of Doritos. The tortilla chip maker has teamed up with Xbox to give away a version of the world’s most powerful console, plus an extra controller and five games every day until the end of the year. Thousands … Read more »

Forza Motorsport 7: Nine cars you should definitely drive

Forza Motorsport 7 has been released on PC and Xbox One, and the Xbox One X version is available on November 7, when the new console launches. The game features more than 30 tracks and over 700 cars, including the largest collection of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches ever, and each … Read more »

This is how you turn your Minecraft creations into 3D models

The Minecraft Team recently released the Better Together Update, designed to unify the console, mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under one single Minecraft. It includes cross-platform play, infinite worlds, the community Marketplace and servers (which are coming soon). For Windows 10 PC players, there’s also integration … Read more »

Hands-on with the Xbox One X at EGX: in pictures

EGX, the largest videogame event in the UK, has kicked off in style at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s a particularly special few days for Xbox, as EGX will be the only place where gamers can try out the Xbox One X before it is released on November 7. As … Read more »

You can now pre-order an Xbox One X in the UK

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The Xbox One X can be pre-ordered from today, Microsoft has announced. Gamers can now reserve the most powerful console ever made from select retailers and the Microsoft Store ahead of its release on November 7. On Tuesday, videogame retailer Game tweeted: “Get ready. The most powerful console in the … Read more »

The rush to pre-order the Xbox One X has broken records

Xbox One X Console Controller Front Tilt Top

The Xbox One X has become the fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever, Microsoft has confirmed. Gaming fans could reserve a special edition version of the console on Sunday, August 20 ahead of its release on November 7. Just five days later, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition has sold out … Read more »

Everything you need to know about Xbox at Gamescom in three minutes

We bring you the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, the Xbox One S Limited Edition Minecraft bundle, and news on games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, State of Decay 2, Forza Motorsport 7, ReCore Definitive Edition, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Xbox Backward Compatibility and more. … Read more »

Your first look at the next major Xbox system update

Larry Hryb, also known as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and Mike Ybarra, from Platform Engineering, walk through the next major system update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalised and social than ever before. … Read more »

Minecraft Better Together Update released as beta

A Minecraft update that lets players on Xbox and Windows PCs team up with friends on Apple and Google devices has been released as a beta. The Better Together Update has been rolled out as a beta on Windows 10 and Android, with Xbox One beta access to follow soon. … Read more »

Perception and Refunct: the latest games you should play this weekend

The latest set of games to hit the Windows Store this week serves up everything from a soothing obstacle-laden world designed to help you relax and unwind, to dinosaur-riding, rocket-wielding explosive mayhem (and everything in between): Refunct Refunct is a first-person platformer that sees you jumping off walls, pipes, lifts and springboards, … Read more »

Xbox lets UK gamers customise their controllers with Design Lab

Xbox is launching its controller customisation programme in the UK, Microsoft has announced. The Xbox Design Lab allows gamers to choose the colours of their accessory and engrave it with a personal message. Up until now the service has only been available in the US and Canada, with hundreds of … Read more »

Xbox at E3: media briefing

Xbox held a media briefing on Sunday at E3, the annual videogame conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in California. Find out all the latest on Xbox by watching the video below: … Read more »

Xbox reveals unlimited subscription service called Game Pass

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Xbox has announced a new subscription service that gives gamers unlimited access to more than 100 titles on the console. Xbox Game Pass will feature games from Microsoft Studios – including 343 Industries, The Coalition and Rare. Microsoft is also working closely with top industry publishing partners, including 2K, 505 … Read more »

Forza races past $1bn in retail sales, Xbox reveals

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Forza, the car racing franchise, has racked up more than $1 billion in retail sales, Xbox has announced. Microsoft Studios launched the first title in the popular gaming series in 2005 and released the latest, Forza Horizon 3, last September. It is the fifth Microsoft franchise to surpass the $1 … Read more »

Halo Wars 2: Here’s the launch trailer everyone has been waiting for

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Xbox has released the official launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, the latest installment in the hugely popular franchise. The real-time strategy (RTS) game, which will be released later this month, allows players to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces – including Warthogs, Scorpions and other new units – in … Read more »

2017 predictions: the apps we’ll use and the games we’ll play


In the latest instalment of our week-long look at what Microsoft UK’s leaders believe will happen in 2017, we turn to apps and games. Lee Schuneman, head of Lift London, focuses on digital reality technologies and how they can be used to help us push forward healthcare and education; while Harvey Eagle, at … Read more »

The 10 best-read Microsoft UK stories of 2016

Microsoft has been busy over the past 12 months. The company has bought SwiftKey and LinkedIn, rolled out HoloLens and opened data centres in the UK, among other things. The Microsoft UK News Centre has covered a lot of news during 2016, so here are the 10 best-read articles of the year. … Read more »

Zombies take over London shopping centre for Dead Rising 4 release

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People moaning and shuffling around a shopping centre in December would normally be called “Christmas shopping”. However, the figures walking around Bloomsbury in London on Monday night looked like they had been digging through earth rather than bargain bins. Xbox officially launched Dead Rising 4, one of the most popular … Read more »

Help your children stay safe online with Xbox Family Hub

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Xbox is helping children have fun and stay safe online this Christmas by launching a family hub. With the Xbox One S outselling rival consoles in September and October, and Black Friday deals proving popular with shoppers, Microsoft is helping parents make sure their children are having fun in a secure … Read more »

Black Friday: The best Microsoft deals

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Microsoft is offering hundreds of pounds off some of its best-known products for Black Friday. The company has reduced prices on its tablets, games consoles, games and accessories for the event, which takes place on November 25. Shoppers can save hundreds of pounds on a Surface Pro 4 while also getting … Read more »

Hour of Code: You can now create your own version of Minecraft


Minecraft fans can now create their own version of the game and choose how it works, in a new release by Microsoft and Mojang. Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free coding tutorial for students and teachers, lets users make their own world in the popular block-building title and program … Read more »

Gas Guzzlers Extreme: the best games you should download this week

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From blowing up spaceships to shooting cars, here are the best games to download this week. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom An alchemist’s apprentice returns home from university to finish her training under a great master, but little does she know a real paranormal adventure has only just begun. She must … Read more »

People are buying more Xbox Ones than any other console

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People in the UK bought more Xbox Ones than any other games console in October, new research has revealed. Figures from leading market research company GfK Entertainment revealed that Microsoft’s console was the best-selling product of its kind for the second consecutive month. Microsoft has launched a range of Xbox One … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is released to help children learn in schools

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A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn has been released after feedback from tens of thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition, which is already being used in 10,000 classrooms across the world, allows pupils to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game. Teachers can also take … Read more »

Buy a Surface, get an Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle

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Everyone loves getting more – you walk into a shop, buy something and you’re also given extra stuff. What could be better? Microsoft knows that Britons love a bargain, so if you buy a Surface, you now get an Xbox, too. But you don’t just get any Xbox, you get the … Read more »

Zombie apocalypse: the latest games you need to download now

From fighting zombies to helping a young, blind girl on her life-changing journey, here are the best games to download this week. Zombie Anarchy In Zombie Anarchy, you must gather skilled survivors to your side and unite against relentless attackers – both living and dead. Scavenge in the city, wage … Read more »

Microsoft releases special Minecraft Xbox One S bundle

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Microsoft has released a special Minecraft Xbox One S bundle that brings together a range of texture and skin packs. The new set includes tokens for Xbox and Windows 10 versions of the game and an Xbox Live membership, so players can work together to build worlds up to 16 times bigger than on the … Read more »

Minecraft Halloween skins: the best apps and games to download this week

From spooky skins and capturing castles to finalising floor plans, here is this week’s best apps and games to download now. Minecraft: Campfire Tales skin pack The Minecraft: Campfire Tales skin pack has been released for Halloween and features 16 skins, including the Headless Haunter, Lumbering Jack, the Sea-Swallowed Captain, the … Read more »

ReCore robot dog Mack is brought to life by UK firm

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Man’s best friend has become an engineer’s best friend after a UK company built a fully working version of the robot dog in ReCore. Mack, as the canine is known, plays a key role in the new Xbox game, helping heroine Joule Adams solve puzzles and fight enemies on a ravaged world … Read more »

Minecraft: Education Edition is given a release date

A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn will be released in November after feedback from thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition allows classrooms to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game, while teachers can take photos of pupils’ work and create plans, guides and chalkboards to … Read more »

Xbox unveils special green console to mark Battlefield 1 release

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Xbox has unveiled a special edition green console to mark the release of first-person war game Battlefield 1. The title, which goes on sale next month, allows players to fight in some of history’s greatest conflicts, such as the First World War and in the deserts of Arabia, in a range of vehicles. … Read more »

Rockstar releasing limited edition Gears of War 4 can

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Rockstar Energy Drink is selling a limited edition can in the UK to mark the upcoming release of Gears of War 4 on Xbox. From October 1, fans will be able to collect under-the-tab codes on special cans of Rockstar Energy Original and use them online to unlock exclusive in-game content. Gamers will also … Read more »

Minecraft to WeChat: the best new apps and indie games to download now

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From building worlds in Minecraft to staying in touch with your friends using WeChat, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. WeChat (update) WeChat offers free texting, voice messages and video calls from your phone. Instant messaging includes group chats and animated smileys, while … Read more »

The best new apps and indie games to download now

From catching slime to building towns, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Facebook (update) The new Windows 10 app is significantly faster than running Facebook on the internet, while the Facebook Live tile helps you find out what your friends and family are … Read more »

The best new apps and indie games you need to download

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From fast-paced arcade titles to puzzling mysteries, here’s a round-up of the best apps and independent games recently released and available to download now. Alto’s Adventure Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient … Read more »

Gamescom: FIFA 17 bundle for Xbox unveiled

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Xbox has kicked off its presence at the world’s largest video game show by announcing a new FIFA package. Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Head of Marketing, used the start of Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany, to unveil the Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. … Read more »

Unboxed: The Xbox One S is here!

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At E3 earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its latest console, the Xbox One S. The new console has a sleeker design and is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. It features a new wireless controller with textured grip and Bluetooth support as well as a built in power supply. … Read more »

The Xbox Summer update starts rolling out

by Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app has started rolling out, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re … Read more »

60 Seconds with… Lift London chief Lee Schuneman

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Name: Lee Schuneman Role: Studio Head of Lift London Age: 46 Lives: Hampstead, London Family: Wife and three children – one son and two daughters Pets: None Hobbies: BAFTA committee member and chair of Breakthrough Brits, movies (Japanese animation and Disney), music (I use an app to make music while … Read more »

Windows Anniversary update: log into websites using your face

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The days of trying to remember passwords could be over after Microsoft unveiled plans to allow Windows users to log into websites using just their face. The move is part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update, which will be released for free on August 2 and features increased security, enhanced … Read more »

Five reasons why you need the Xbox One S in your life

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Microsoft has used this year’s E3 video games conference to unveil its latest console, the Xbox One S. The new device is smaller, sleeker, will make your games and videos look better, comes with a new controller and it’s white. Here’s why you need one when it’s released in August: Size The … Read more »

Xbox E3 2016 Briefing: Live

E3 2016 kicks off this week, with all of the biggest game developers and publishers converging on the Los Angeles Convention Center to reveal the latest games. Xbox will start coverage of the three-day event at 5:30pm (UK time) with the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, which you can watch live, here: … Read more »

A new Minecraft could help your child do better at school

Minecraft: Education Edition for teachers in classrooms with students

Using Minecraft to teach children is set to become easier after Microsoft released a new version of the block-building computer game. Minecraft: Education Edition can be downloaded by teachers across the world and used free of charge this summer. The latest version of the game has been developed based on feedback … Read more »

Xbox releases nearly one million Gamertags

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Xbox is to release a nearly one million previously unavailable Gamertags to online players this week. The tags, which are aliases that gamers use online, are from the original Xbox era, but these accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result have been inactive for some time. Specific Gamertags … Read more »

The Demons of Doom: Then and Now


The original Doom blasted onto the scene in 1994, in an era where 3D gaming was in its infancy and almost no one had dedicated graphics cards in their PCs. Nevertheless, the designers at id Software squeezed terror and menace out of every single pixel. Now, with the launch of … Read more »

Microsoft launches independent gaming festival

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We’re very proud of the progress that we’ve made with the ID@Xbox program, which enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live. Today, to celebrate the amazing success and bright future of ID@Xbox, we’re … Read more »

Quantum Break: the biggest selling standalone Xbox One title

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Quantum Break, the latest blockbuster game from Microsoft Studios, has become the company’s biggest selling standalone title on the Xbox One. Quantum Break, the first Microsoft-published game to top the UK charts since Halo 5: Guardians in November last year, beat offroad racing title DiRT Rally to the number one … Read more »

Prime Minister David Cameron learns to code with Minecraft

Prime Minister David Cameron with school children from Eastlea Community School

Microsoft’s partnership with, and the specially created Hour of Code Minecraft tutorial, has the bold ambition of helping millions of young people to start coding. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella went back to school in the US and here in London, the Prime Minister, the Education Secretary and a number … Read more »

Microsoft mobilises Minecraft and BBC micro:bits to get kids coding

Schoolkids use BBC micro:bits and Minecraft to learn coding

By Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK Computer Science Education Week kicks off on Monday and we’re supporting events around the country with Microsoft staff, BBC micro:bits and even the phenomenally popular Minecraft franchise, all in an effort to enthuse kids about the world of computer science. We … Read more »

Rise of the Tomb Raider presents: Survival Billboard

The Survival Billboard to mark the release of the latest Tomb Raider game

Eight contestants stand tall in an endurance test like no other To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we are challenging eight people to channel their inner Lara Croft and survive 24-hours on a live action ‘Survival Billboard’ in central London. The eight contestants, made up of … Read more »

Xbox One’s “Halo 5: Guardians” Launches with a Bang

Four teams of four – made up of YouTubers and Fans – battled it out on stage to become the UK Halo Champions

Last night, fans, media and YouTubers turned out in force to celebrate the launch of Halo 5: Guardians at Camden Roundhouse, London. Hosted by Graeme Boyd and Julia Hardy, and with over 400 guests in attendance, the scene was set with Halo memorabilia ahead of the arrival of iconic lead … Read more »

Windows 10 Devices: a new chapter

It’s been an incredible few months for Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows 10 in July, we now have 110 million devices around the world running our new operating system. At an event in New York on 6th October, we announced the next chapter, unveiling a new era of Windows … Read more »

Calling all game developers in Wales

By doing a simple internet search for ‘tips for game developers’, you are met with a dizzying array of top tips, success guides, business tips and marketing guides to choose from. If you’re a game developer start-up working alone, there is a lot of support and advice on offer, perhaps … Read more »

Stuck for present ideas this Christmas?

Microsoft has got a myriad of gifts to suit all members of the family and all budgets this Christmas. Whether you’re looking to splurge with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or save with colourful accessories there’s a Microsoft gift for everyone this year. Splurge Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (From RRP … Read more »

Popping the question: What IS the future of music?

As Madonna once pointed out, music makes the people come together – and that was certainly the case when some of the great and the good of the UK music industry met in central London to discuss the future of music. It wasn’t so much a case of who is … Read more »

Bringing football to life like never before

As one of the world’s greatest sporting events is fast approaching, Microsoft Studios have been working hard to make watching football more immersive than ever before. At their new state-of-the-art HQ in London, Soho Productions have capitalised on the power and performance of Xbox One to create Brazil Now – an … Read more »

UK Games Industry: what have we got to lose?

The UK is one of the most successful and lucrative games development hubs in the world. The industry is worth more than £1bn to the economy and it employs around 30,000 people. Home grown games such as Grand Theft Auto – the biggest selling entertainment property of all time – … Read more »

Millie Mackintosh gets her Xbox Fitness on…

If, like many others, your 2014 New Year’s resolution is to get fit and tone up this January, Xbox Fitness is on hand if you don’t fancy braving the elements this winter. Last week, wellbeing and fitness enthusiast Millie Mackintosh put media through their paces at an event that featured … Read more »

An Entertainment First at Lovebox

One of London’s popular music festivals, Lovebox, will be broadcast live into living rooms across Europe. Xbox LIVE will be streaming the event in several countries including the UK. Click here to check out the video of whats in store. … Read more »