December 19, 2014 9:01 am

‘Tis the season for big updates to several top apps and games in the Windows Store

The Windows Store continues to grow, with stockings full of new titles every day. And new and old favorites alike continue to get better-and-better, too. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest big app and game updates:

Blackberry Messenger (BBM)

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One of the pioneers of easy, reliable messaging has now added features that let you control what you share – and have some fun along the way, too. Retract messages you’ve sent in error. Set a timer on a message or attachment so you control how long it can be viewed. Or use new Stickers to add a little fun to your messages. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

MiCoach

Top-notch running companion and high-tech trainer MiCoach (Free) offers premium voice coaching by select Adidas athletes. Pin training plans to your Start Screen, and listen to MixRadio while you’re training. And now, MiCoach supports the latest adidas miCoach Fit Smart devices. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Shazam

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Big improvements make Shazam lovely to look at and even easier to use. There’s a fresh user interface, including new song pages with song pages with lyrics, videos and links to Xbox Music. And a new music recognition engine delivers faster, more accurate results. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

GoPro

Control your GoPro camera remotely with your Windows Phone, and do more with your GoPro content than ever before. Get full remote control of all camera functions. The latest update adds HERO4 compatibility. And Video of the Day and Photo of the Day feeds have been updated, too. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

RDIO

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With tens of millions of tracks in its collection, RDIO gives music lovers something to enjoy, from new hits to all-time classics. With the latest update, enjoy a mix of music stories personalized for you, quickly see what’s Trending, stay on top of your Favorites, and Browse by genre and new curated stations to fit any mood. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Fitbit

Use the Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1 on its own to track basic activity, or connect with Fitbit’s line of activity trackers to get a complete picture of your daily stats—including steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and more. And with the latest Fitbit app update, enjoy Cortana support including activity and calorie logging, new graph designs, and syncing support for the new Fitbit Surge. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

World at Arms

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In this all-out modern-war strategy game, you can either battle across the globe on a solo campaign or in multiplayer mode. The game’s latest update adds Xbox Live support, so you can now earn Xbox Achievements as you battle it out. And you can now join Factions with other players or form your own to wage war, dominate, and win rewards. Free in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Onefootball

Stay close to the action and on top of the news for “The Beautiful Game”. The latest update to the popular Onefootball app includes a new user interface for faster navigation, new match overviews, and quick access to league and team favorites. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege

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Choose your civilization, then choose your battle in this game that takes you from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. In the latest update, alliances can use Alliance Messaging to collaborate and create communities. There are expanded building, squad and hero upgrades for Age 8. And for a limited time, all NEW players will receive exclusive Holiday BONUS Gold upon creation of their Empire. Free in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Get all these great updates in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores today. And let us know in the comments what big update is your favorite!

Updated December 19, 2014 9:02 am