Unleash your inner superhero with ‘Avengers Initiative’

With the new “Avengers Initiative” game from Marvel Entertainment, available now in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores, you can play as either Captain America or the Hulk to track and take down super villains like Abomination and The Skrulls, both of whom have escaped from The Vault (a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky Mountains).

Two classic racetracks come to ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ – Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Silverstone Circuit

As for the Silverstone Circuit, it was originally a Royal Air Force airfield used in World War II and was home to bomber groups that utilized its long runways to get airborne with heavy munition loads. After the war was over, car enthusiasts abounded and the airfield was leased to the Royal Automobile Club. Ever since the first crude race course was established, cars have been flying around its tarmac.

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry now available through Volume Licensing

In July, the company announced a new Volume Licensing program that allows organizations to access certain versions of Windows Embedded 8. As the Windows Embedded blog reports, Microsoft now extends that program to versions of Windows Embedded 8.1, including Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.

Developers: After updating your app to Windows 8.1, it’s still seamless for customers using Windows 8

Now that Windows 8.1 is out, some developers are wondering once their apps are updated to 8.1 what that means for customers running Windows 8. Ian LeGrow, Windows group program manager, writes on the Windows App Builder Blog to reassure developers “we’ve created a straightforward path for you to continue working on your app targeted at Windows 8.1 while still supporting your Windows 8 customers.”

Preview Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and see how it serves customers better

On Tuesday, users got a sneak peek at Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, planned for release in April 2014. As the Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX blog reports, new features and tools available through this release will give businesses the ability “to engage with customers on their terms, run agile operations to exceed your customers’ needs, and expand your business to better serve your customers.”

Staff App Pick: StubHub

The StubHub app for Windows and Windows Phone makes it easy and fast to find events, find available tickets and get the best seats in the house.

Microsoft Ventures announces investment in Ranku

On Tuesday, Microsoft Ventures announced a new seed-stage investment in startup Ranku, a discovery engine that helps students and adults looking to further their education navigate the process and find reputable online colleges.