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January 8, 2016

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed

We took a short break over the holiday season, but we’re back now with our weekly round-up of Microsoft device news and stories you may have missed. Here are our pick for this week’s Weekend Reading: Jamie Ramsay runs 17,000km with the help of Microsoft, Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, Microsoft and Volvo launch a wearable-enabled voice control system, and Bing predicts the NFL Wild Card Round winners.

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Unlocked Microsoft Lumia 550 now available at the Microsoft Store in the US

If you’re in the market looking for an unlocked and affordable Windows 10 phone, look no further. The Lumia 550, Microsoft’s most affordable 4G LTE smartphone running Windows 10, is now available at the Microsoft Store for $139.

Jamie Ramsay runs from Canada to Argentina with the help of Microsoft

British adventure runner, Jamie Ramsay, ran 17,000km over just 600 days – through 14 countries and 2 continents. He was powered by Microsoft devices to keep him on track, monitor his health, connect with his family and tell the world about his incredible journey.

Read more about his incredible run here.

Jamie Ramsay using a Lumia 950 XL.

Latest Windows 10 and Windows 10 devices highlights

Earlier this week we provided an update on Windows 10 and Windows 10 devices. There are now more than 200 million devices running Windows 10, continuing to be the fastest-adopted Windows ever. We also announced that Surface Book is now available for pre-order in 10 new markets and Surface Pro is coming to India in the coming weeks.

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Bing Predicts for the NFL Wild Card Round

If you’re following NFL, you know that the playoffs for the Professional American Football Championships is on, and this weekend it’s time for the Wild Card Round. According to Bing Predicts, we will see Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins advance to the Divisional Round. Bing also predicts that New England Patriots will win it all.

NFL Wild Card Round scores and schedule.

The Future Is Now – Volvo Cars and Microsoft enable people to talk to their cars

Have you ever dreamed of being able to talk to your car like Michael Knight in the popular 80’s TV show Knight Rider? Well, soon you can. Volvo and Microsoft are launching a wearable-enabled voice control system that allows Volvo owners to start the heather, lock the doors, hoot the horn or set the navigation using the Microsoft Band 2 and Volvo on Call app.