This week kicks off Microsoftober™ in a big way, and this week's edition of WPD Bits reflects the building excitement.
Windows Phone celebrates a birthday, Office 2013 Web Apps come out of Preview, Windows 7 is getting IE 10, and Xbox 360 looks to conquer the holiday with some awesome bundles.
Click on through to read all of this week's Bits!
Windows Phone turns two-years old today. Really?
Two years ago to the day, the first devices went on sale in Europe. From the Really? ads to Nokia's Lumias, we wouldn't take any of the past two years back. Happy Birthday, Windows Phone!
From Joe Belfiore:
Happy Birthday #WP7! Our baby is TWO today! First WP7 sold in Europe 2 years ago... thanks everyone who's written apps, told friends, etc
— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) October 21, 2012
Final version of Office 2013 Web Apps now live on SkyDrive.com
Notice anything new today after visiting SkyDrive.com? Well if you're using the new Metro redesign, you can click on the 'Create' button to gain access to the finalized versions of Office 2013 web apps. LiveSide confirmed the news after seeing a tweet from Omar Shahine, a member of Microsoft's SkyDrive division. Finally Microsoft's free online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote have received a coat of fresh paint ahead of Microsoftober™ in the next two weeks. [ Via: LiveSide / Source: Omar Shahine (Twitter) ]
Internet Explorer 10 Preview for Windows 7 expected in November
As Windows 8 approaches, many have been left wondering when Internet Explorer 10 would make it to Windows 7 if at all. Microsoft dispelled those rumors, but at the same time slightly disappointed. On the official IEBlog, the company announced an IE 10 'Preview' for Windows 7 which will be released in mid-November. A final version will be released once feedback from users and developers is aggregated. At least we're getting something, right? [ Via: Neowin / Source: IEBlog ]
Holiday Xbox 360 bundles include free games, limited time $50 discount
The Xbox 360 is getting a refreshed set of holiday bundles, featuring some of the best games from the past year. All of the bundles include a month of free Xbox Live Gold membership, with the following price points:
- 250 GB console with Kinect, “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect Adventures” for $399
- 250 GB console with “Skyrim” and “Forza 4 Essentials Edition” for $299
- 4 GB console with Kinect, “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” and “Kinect Adventures for $299.
Then there's a limited time $50 discount, which applies to all Xbox 360 with Kinect bundles and the 250 GB Xbox 360 console. The Halo 4 limited edition bundle will also benefit from the sale. [ Source: Major Nelson ]