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This Week on Windows: Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, Viber and more

Written By published October 21, 2016

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Learn more about Instagram’s arrival on Windows 10 PCs and tablets and next week’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event, or head over here to read our Windows 10 Tip on four ways to get the most out of Microsoft Edge.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Pre-order Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10

The last time we saw the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire in Halo Wars, they were settling in for a long cryosleep on their way home, knowing that with a little luck, they’d make it back to civilized space in one piece. Nearly 30 years later, they’re awakened to a new threat to the Halo universe and find themselves as the one thing standing between hope and annihilation. Halo Wars 2 will take us back to the Ark, introduce new heroes and villains, and deliver a new multiplayer mode that has the potential to push the real-time strategy genre forward. Read more over at Xbox Wire and pre-order Halo Wars 2 here!

Get ready for Halloween with the Shocktober Collection in the Windows Store, available Oct. 25-31

Shocktober Collection in the Windows Store

The Shocktober Collection in the Windows Store just might be the ultimate gathering of curated Halloween content, with dozens of music and movie offerings to set your spine a-tingling. Don’t miss The Walking Dead: Michonne for 50 percent off, the Polarr Editor Pro app for 90 percent off and Marilyn Manson’s album Pale Emperor for only 31 cents! And, starting Oct. 28, you can rent the movies The Witch and Insidious for only 31 cents. Look for the collection in the Windows Store on Oct. 25!

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta – Boss Update

Boss update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta


A new Boss Update for Minecraft rolls out big changes and cool features, including some of the most ferocious bosses ever devised – Elder Guardians and a new version of the Wither. Ocean monuments, new blocks and beacons are here, along with Add-Ons, which let you change the way things in your game look and behave. In fact, two sample Add-Ons are available for free download this Friday, Oct. 21, at How long can you survive in this brave new Minecraft world? Download the new Minecraft Boss Update and find out today.

Viber for Windows 10 – Free 

Viber for Windows 10

Following July’s introduction of Viber for Windows 10, the app just added lots of enrichments to the user experience – features like Media Gallery in the chat info screen, which collects all the photos, videos and links from your conversations in one easy-to-reference location. Large emoticons are also here to give your messages more impact, and now you can answer video calls with video – no fumbling for the video button.

Alice Through the Looking Glass – Buy from $14.99

Alice Through the Looking Glass, available in the Windows Store

In this brand-new whimsical adventure based on the beloved characters of Lewis Carroll, Alice returns to the magical world of Underland, where she must travel back in time to rescue her old friend, the Mad Hatter. Watch Alice Through the Looking Glass, available now to rent or own in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Have a great weekend!