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December 26, 2014

The perfect way to start with your new Windows Phone, PC or Tablet? Our Best of 2014, Getting Started and Essential Games Collections!

If you were lucky enough to receive a Windows device as a gift this holiday season (even if you just treated yourself), make it truly yours by personalizing it with top apps and games available in the Windows Store! Below is a sampling of our Best of 2014 Collection – a can’t-miss compilation of the finest new apps and games to come to Windows this year:

Best of 2014

Afterlight – Taking pictures on your phone is convenient, but editing them with this app is where things really get interesting. With 8 adjustment tools, 57 filters and nearly 70 textures, you can make the most of your snapshots and turn any picture into something special. $.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege – The sweep of history – from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance – unfolds before you as you build your fortress, train your army and prepare for legendary encounters. Free in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Candy Crush Saga – Switch and match your way through hundreds of levels in this delicious puzzle adventure. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Duolingo – If you want to learn a new language, this smart, fun “game” helps you learn as you play. Learn to read, write, listen and speak Spanish, English, French, Irish, German, Italian, Swedish and Portugese – all without ads, in-app purchases or subscription fees. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape – Raise animals, grow your farm, collect rare goods, craft recipes, join a farm Co-Op to trade and share, or just play on your own. Either way, it’s wholesome fun, and seasonal updates keep it fresh. Free in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Flipboard – Build your own magazine filled with stories about topics you love with Flipboard, an app that serves as your personal newsstand. Just pick a few subjects – from Fitness to Ballet to the NFL to Spain – and your magazine starts growing with articles from a range of sources. Free in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Life360 Family Locator – Quickly locate and reach those who mean the most to you. Just set up your “Circle” of nearest and dearest, then view people in your Circle on a map, communicate with them, or receive alerts when they arrive at school, home or work. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Minecraft Pocket Edition – Crafting, creating, exploring – all the block-by-block building adventures of the original now on-the-go. $6.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout – This first-person shooter gives you a taste of the modern battlefield and offers synchronous multiplayer so you can band your best soldiers together and go head-to-head with other squads. $6.99 in the Windows Store and $2.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

Uber – Skip hailing taxies, lines and reservations – try a private driver from Uber instead. The Uber app lets you request a ride, get fare quotes, and securely pay from the convenience of your phone. Free in the Windows Phone Store.

Find these top titles and more in our Best of 2014 Collection:

  • For Windows Phone, click here.
  • On Windows 8.1, copy and paste the following into your web browser’s address bar: ms-windows-store:Topic?id=11936564

Also, be sure not to miss our:

Getting Started Collection:

Essential Games Collection: