February 9, 2016 5:53 am

Let Microsoft play Cupid this Valentine’s Day with apps, games, movies and digital gift cards

By / Senior Manager, Windows

Tired of the same old box of chocolates? Us too. This year we’re spicing up Valentine’s Day with tips from Windows 10, Cortana, and romantic movies and music available in the Windows Store.

Smooth Talker

Cortana Windows 10

“If I had a nickel every time I met someone as charming as you, I’d have five cents.” Cortana, your personal digital assistant for Windows 10, can help enhance your pick-up line game with charming one-liners like this.

Set the Mood

If you’re looking for the perfect playlist, Pandora, Microsoft Grooveand Shazam can help. Still don’t know what station to turn to? We’ve got you covered: our special in-the-mood playlist, Music for Lovers, features 30 songs to relax, inspire and uplift—from the Beatles’ rousing All You Need Is Love, to Katy Perry’s Unconditionally, to the sultry All of Me by John Legend. It’s ready for downloading—just a few songs, or the whole list—here.

Turn up the Heat

Don’t sweat the reservation—OpenTable can hook you up with the perfect table for two at your favorite local restaurant. If you’re still looking for that perfect date spot, Cortana in Microsoft Edge will share restaurant reviews, help you book your table, and can even remind you when it’s time to go. Cooking up a romantic evening at home? Allthecooks Recipes, Epicurious, and SO COOKBOOK offer hundreds of meals for every occasion.

What about a Movie?

After dinner, you can cuddle up to Netflix and Amazon for streaming entertainment. If you still can’t find the rom-com you were looking for, we’ve brought together 30 favorite titles that you can download directly—everything from The Fault in Our Stars and The Notebook to Romeo and Juliet and Enough Said. They’re all here.

Gifts Your Special Someone Won’t Just Love, They’ll Use

Microsoft Surface

Arguably the hardest part: gifts. Everyone loves that new tech feeling, so refresh your Valentine’s Surface Pro 3 with the new red Type Cover this year. Give your Valentine some Surface bling: the gold Surface Pen brings the ultimate modern writing experience to Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, and Surface Pro 4 devices. We’ve heard that couples who work out together, stay together! Buy your special someone the Microsoft Band 2 and both of you can enjoy hikes, bike rides, and track all of your couple adventures.

Don’t Forget the Flowers

You were destined to forget something. Don’t fret! The 1-800-Flowers app is here to save the day. Order the perfect bouquet or a dozen red roses at the click of a button. If you’re looking to pick them up yourself, Cortana can set location-based reminders to remind you about those chocolates, roses, or cards next time you are near the store. Just add your item to the shopping list and rest easy knowing Cortana won’t let you forget it.

Valentine's Day Collection Windows Store

If you’re still stumped, remember there’s always the option to pick up a digital gift card for the Windows Store. Send your crush a secret message, select the design, and we’ll send it straight to their email address.

Well, now you have the recipe for a perfect Valentine’s Day. What are you waiting for?