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This Week on Windows: CES, Forza Horizon 3, Cortana tips and more

Written By published January 6, 2017

This Week on Windows, we’re bringing you new releases including The Girl on the Train and Sherlock, Season 4, talking all about CES 2017 and we’re showing you how to get the most out of our favorite digital assistant, Cortana.

Here’s a recap of what happened at CES 2017:

Whether you’re looking for a new gaming PC, interested in 2-in-1 convertibles or thinking about a ThinkPad, we’ve got the latest Windows 10 tech ready to rock – check these out.


The new Sprout Pro by HP powered by Windows 10

First off was the HP Sprout Pro – the second-generation all-in-one PC with its unique HD resolution projector, touch mat and 2d/3d cameras that make it easier than ever to capture a 3D image.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

From laptops to tablets, Lenovo’s new ThinkPad devices are thinner and lighter than ever before and offer more performance power.


The Portégé X20W with Windows 10

Toshiba got in on the convertible game with its debut of the new Portégé X20W 2-in-1, featuring a 360-degree dual-action hinge while taking advantage of the best of Windows 10, including multi-directional microphones to support Cortana.


MSI launched a brand-new lineup of VR-ready gaming devices powered by Windows 10, the latest Intel 7th generation CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 GPUs. With Windows 10, these devices have your personal digital assistant, Cortana, built-in, are equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12 and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.


Dell Canvas

Dell introduced the Dell Canvas – a horizontal smart workspace with touch, totem and pen capabilities –  a 13-inch 2-in-1; a new Inspiron gaming line, a wireless charging 2-in-1 for the ultimate “no wires” experience and way more.




LG’s new Gram laptops are built to deliver superior portability in ultra-lightweight designs with near-edgeless touch screens to unlock experiences like Windows Ink and built-in finger print readers to take advantage of Windows Hello.


Samsung Notebook Odyssey

Samsung opened a new world of gaming with their first-ever gaming PC powered by Windows 10 — the Samsung Notebook Odyssey — and showed off the recently updated Samsung Notebook 9 15′.


Acer Predator

And rounding things out – literally – we have the curved-screen Acer Predator 21X gaming laptop. The Predator features the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7820hk processor and Tobii eye-tracking technology, making it the ultimate PC for gaming enthusiasts.

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

Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Energy Car Pack

The new year has arrived and Forza is celebrating 2017 in the best way we know – with amazing cars ready to hit the open roads in the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack ($6.99)!  This pack features everything from classic Japanese power to a Ford trophy truck that’s ready to conquer anything Australia can throw at it. Then there’s the awesome BMW i8, making its production car videogame debut here in Forza Horizon 3.

The Girl on the Train

Girl on the Train

Reeling from a messy divorce, Rachel (Emily Blunt) is obsessed with the seemingly perfect couple whose home she passes every day on the train…until she witnesses something shocking one day that draws her deeper and deeper into their world. The Girl on the Train ($14.99) is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before Blu-ray and DVD.

Countdown Collection

We’re counting down to the New Year with a collection in the Windows Store*! For a limited time, save up to 30% on the hottest games, get apps, software and chart-topping music, find movies as low as $8.99, today’s hit TV shows up to 50% off and more.

New Year, New You Collection

New Year New You

The New Year offers a clean slate and fresh motivation for self-improvement, and our New Year, New You Collection brings together the tools you need to make the most of your life in the months ahead. Find popular apps in the collection including ToDoist, 7-Minute Workout Challenge and more.

Sherlock, Season 4


Britain’s most legendary detective makes his highly-anticipated return to Baker Street, ready to take on remarkable cases and face new foes, while his friends John and Mary Watson prepare for their greatest challenge yet: parenthood. Watch the Sherlock ($19.99 HD, $13.99 SD for Season 4) season premiere, “The Six Thatchers,” available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Have a great weekend!

*Available through Jan. 9, 2017, on Windows 10 devices in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. Offers and content varies by market. Limited availability; offers may change at any time.