Tips for Black Friday – and an app to help you find great deals

What’s the big deal about Black Friday? For starters, there are tons of awesome deals for great gifts that you won’t want to miss. Plus, if you do it right, you can be done with your holiday shopping by Dec. 1. Sound good? Then head over to the Surface blog for tips from Black Friday fan and veteran Emilie Bridon on how to prepare for and execute on the event like clockwork.

Needles in haystacks: The secret burden holding back our economy

Businesses today are forced to search and store massive amounts of documents on the off chance they may become evidence in court. Today Microsoft is sharing data that shows just how wasteful the “discovery” process can be for business. By sharing this data, we join others who speak in favor of recently proposed updates that would modernize the rules and help eliminate waste.

One sweet ride: ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ fans MUST check out the LaFerrari

Xbox Wire has published a new video that takes fans of “Forza Motorsport 5” inside the Ferrari Design Studio to lift the veil on the LaFerrari – the Italian automaker’s most anticipated new model in more than a decade. The car is a “First in Forza” limited exclusive, available in “Forza Motorsport 5” before anywhere else.

Get Windows Phone games for free with Disney’s Season of Giving collection

You only have until Dec. 2, so hurry if you want to take advantage of Disney’s Season of Giving collection, which brings together “Monsters University,” “Where’s My Water?” – as well as its sequel, “Where’s My Water 2?” – “Wreck-it-Ralph,” “Where’s My Perry?” and “Where’s My Mickey?” under one free roof.

Meet Microsoft’s master of high-tech showmanship

You might have seen Ryan Asdourian in action before. He’s often on stage delivering high-profile demos of Microsoft devices and services at company events. But seeing him in “Blitz Mode” as the green-feathered mascot of the Seattle Seahawks is something else altogether.