You can now buy a Surface in India on EMI and get a Gift Card too

In India, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 are available exclusively on As part of a latest promotion, if you purchase a Microsoft Surface device during the offer period using an EMI (easy monthly instalments) facility provided by any of the participating banks, you will also get an Gift Card.

We're giving away a Lumia 950 XL – Enter now!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a month into 2016, but sure enough, here we are in February! We hope you’re all having a fantastic year so far, but we thought maybe we could make it a little better for one of you. So, we’re giving away another Lumia 950 XL to a lucky Windows Central reader! There are several ways for you to enter to win this phone, so keep reading for all the details. THE PRIZE The winner will receive a brand new Lumia 950 XL, which does not include service. THE RULES Normal contest rules apply here. One entry per method per person. This one’s open to all folks everywhere such contests are legal, but we can’t guarantee the phone will work on your network. (You know how these things go.) The contest ends on February 29th. We’ll announce the winner here on Windows Central shortly after the closing date. That’s it! Good luck, everyone! Enter Windows Central’s contest for a free Lumia 950 XL!

Windows Phones will be in use by all 36,000 NYPD officers 'within weeks'

What began as a trial program in 2014 for the New York City Police Department to offer a few officers Windows Phones has now been expanded to the majority of cops on the force. The NYPD says that over 25,000 officers are now using the phones, and that all 36,000 of them will have such a device “within weeks”.

Q&A: Exploring how Imperia Online fits into the Windows ecosystem

Imperia Online is a free-to-play medieval-themed RTS from Bulgarian game developer Imperia Online Ltd and after ten years on the market, the title has gained a huge following across the globe. Initially started as an online browser-based experience, the game has rapidly expanded over the years, offering a universal experience across a range of differing devices and platforms. With an already established presence on Windows Phone, this makes the game a perfect candidate for a Windows 10 universal app. In collaboration with mobile publisher Game Troopers, the company brought its flagship title to the Windows Phone, boasting Xbox Live integration. Now the duo is bringing Imperia Online onto Windows PCs, in the form of a Windows 10 universal application. I spoke with COO of Imperia Online Ltd, Cvetan Rusimov, to discuss their experience when expanding into Microsoft’s ecosystem and what the future may hold for Imperia Online. Matt Brown, Windows Central: For those who don’t know, who are Imperia Online Ltd?

Acer UK won't sell its new Android phone, but seems excited for the Jade Primo

Acer isn’t stocking its latest Android phone in the UK, but seems quite excited for the Jade Primo. That’s what we were told by a member of Acer’s UK executive team at Mobile World Congress, and at first glance sounds quite extraordinary. Android, the all encompassing dominator of the smartphone space, ignored, while a Windows 10 Mobile device comes to market. Surely not? That seems to be the case, and for Acer at least, it seems as though the Jade Primo is the way to go in Britain. But why? In short, partners. Enterprise partners.

Building your own integration service for Hyper-V

Over time many people have asked me how they can extend Hyper-V integration services.  There are all sorts of reasons for wanting to do this – maybe you want to build your own automation system, or maybe you want to extend an existing tool to be virtual machine aware.  But we have not made this easy.
Well, with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, this is now much easier.
We now provide a completely support method for creating a socket-based connection between the host and guest operating systems.  This is actually the method that we use for the new PowerShell Direct functionality.
You can read all the details on how this works, and how you can develop with it here:

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Bing breaks down searches for U.S. presidential candidates with Search Wave

On the eve of the 2016 U.S. presidential election’s big “Super Tuesday” of 11 state primary and caucus elections on March 1, Microsoft has added a new feature to its Bing search engine called Search Wave. It’s designed to show users detailed search data on each of the remaining candidates.