Forza fans: Get rewarded for doing what you love

Here’s how Forza Rewards works: When you play Forza games, you earn points. The more points you earn, the higher your tier level and, the higher your tier level, the better rewards you can earn. Each month, you can redeem rewards in games like “Forza Motorsport 4” and “Forza Horizon,” including cars, in-game credits and tokens.

App of the Week: Foursquare now available on Windows 8

Foursquare is now available on Windows 8. The popular social app, which has over 35 million users worldwide, lets you find and “check in” at interesting places around you, as well as share photos, reviews and tips about your personal favorite spots.

Pwn other gamers at PAX and win a free trip to Tokyo Game Show 2014!

Want to win a free trip to the Tokyo Game Show 2014? If you’re attending PAX Prime in Seattle, here’s your chance. Gamers who visit Internet Explorer’s space on the show floor will have the chance to try their hand at our challenge playing “Centipede,” “Missile Command” and “Asteroids.”

Racing simulator adds full motion to the mix

If you’re really into racing games on your PC, you may have a multi-display setup, a wheel, maybe even some pedals. That gives you wrap-around visuals, car-like controls and force feedback. Not bad, but you may wonder what could boost the realism even further. Chris Stevenson asked that question and started tinkering, and the result is a Windows-based full-motion racing simulator that Chris calls “Project E.B.T.R.” – for “everything but the rims.”

Phil Sorgen named leader of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group

Sorgen previously led Microsoft’s U.S. Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners Group, and in his new role will manage a team of sales and marketing professionals tasked with helping Microsoft’s 620,000-strong partner community to capitalize on news areas of growth in cloud computing, mobility, big data and enterprise social technologies.