You can save over 40% on a 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription

You can snag a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription for over 40% off right now.

Microsoft 365 and its include Office apps are essential for many people at home and at work. But just because it’s essential, doesn’t mean it’s free. Luckily, Microsoft 365 goes on sale rather frequently. Right now, you can grab a 12-month Microsoft 365 Personal subscription for $40. That’s over 40% off of its normal price of $70.

Microsoft 365 Personal

$40 at Amazon

Microsoft 365 Personal comes with the Office suite and 1TB of OneDrive storage. It allows you to work from several devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

With a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription, you get access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You also get 1TB of OneDrive storage and can use Microsoft Editor. The Office apps, OneDrive, and many of Microsoft’s other apps are available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. You can also use the Office suite on the web.

Even if you already have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can take advantage of the deal now. As is the case with many Microsoft subscriptions, you can stack months of Microsoft 365 on top of each other.

Microsoft explains the exact terms of adding to your Microsoft 365 subscription on a support page:

You’re extending the amount of time for that subscription, not increasing the number of Microsoft 365 devices you can sign in to or amount of online storage you get. You can extend the duration of a Microsoft 365 subscription for up to 5 years.

If you keep your eyes out for deals, or just follow us here, you should never have to pay full price for a Microsoft 365 subscription. It’s almost guaranteed that they’ll go on sale more than once per year, and since you can stack subscriptions, you can just grab one while it’s on sale.

You can save over 40% on a 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription

How Microsoft is helping fight COVID-19 in India

Microsoft is helping provide critical assistance to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

What you need to know

Microsoft is working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
Along with other companies, Microsoft is helping launch the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response.
Microsoft is also helping provide ventilators and oxygen concentration devices in India.

As the current global pandemic impacts India, Microsoft has taken several steps to help people in the community. Microsoft Philanthropies has worked with several non-profit partners and government organizations to assist with relief efforts. A Microsoft blog post outlines some of the key ways that Microsoft is helping out.

Microsoft and several other companies are helping the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable launch the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response. The public-private partnership provides medical supplies, oxygen, and other assistance. India is the first area that will be supported by the partnership, but it will extend to other countries in the future. Microsoft president Brad Smith is on the Steering Committee for the group.

Over 1,000 ventilators have been purchased by joint efforts of Microsoft and other companies and given to hospitals in India. As part of the task force, Microsoft is working with the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and other companies to provide health care facilities in India 25,000 oxygen concentration devices.

Every commercial and government organization in India has free access to Microsoft Teams to help respond to the changing conditions of the pandemic. Microsoft also activated the Microsoft Disaster Response Team to provide technology support to fight the outbreak in India.

Microsoft Philanthropies also worked with India’s first responder non-profits and government organizations over the last year to provide humanitarian aid, protective equipment, a mobile testing bus, and research support.

Microsoft’s employee giving program has also raised over $3 million (including Microsoft’s matched contributions) for organizations and non-profits working to help people in India.

How Microsoft is helping fight COVID-19 in India

Destiny 2's baby Fallen are breaking the internet

Move aside, Baby Yoda! There are new adorable alien children in town!

There will be plenty of new activities and loot for players to engage with in Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer, but the thing that has players more hyped than anything else for the new season is the possibility that they’ll get to see baby Eliksni (more commonly referred to as Fallen) in-game. In the official trailer for Season of the Splicer, a Fallen from the House of Light (a group of Fallen allied with the Guardians) is shown carrying three baby Fallen, all of which are striking adorable poses with their stubby, short arms and tiny mandibles. This immediately overwhelmed many fans with a cuteness overload, prompting them to take to social media to gush about the precious little beans.

One of my favorite things about the baby Fallen craze is just how much awesome fanart people have made in less than 24 hours after the trailer’s release. Check out some of my favorite pieces from talented Destiny fans below:

More smallen burrito scribbles pic.twitter.com/yX43cQGMa9— JoJo (@JoJoMcGiggity) May 4, 2021

Ethen the Eliksni is ready for #seasonofthesplicer #Destiny2Art @Bungie @A_dmg04 @Cozmo23 pic.twitter.com/SqA0Yjafze— KHAN ?? (@Yung_Khan_) May 4, 2021

BABY FALLEN VERY CUTE pic.twitter.com/Z67UMo3pwG— ? Alexandra (alaraxia) (@AlexNSouter) May 4, 2021

sorry zavala i’m giving up my guardian duties to babysit fallen babies goodbye https://t.co/DwuMUOkJhE pic.twitter.com/cpvKR5lPpa— monmon (@monmonsteraa) May 4, 2021

Hold Baby Fallen gentle like borg-burrito? pic.twitter.com/CSDHJ6VIVJ— ??Moira?? (@theEverdrift) May 4, 2021

pic.twitter.com/4Q7lq54kZW— ???????? (@LaurinofEarth) May 4, 2021

?? pic.twitter.com/vGGqHyKYtQ— ? Gem (@gemkimart) May 4, 2021

Baby Fallen Brotherhood! #Destiny2Art #Destiny2 @rDESTNYCREATION @A_dmg04 @Cozmo23 #SeasonOfTheSplicer pic.twitter.com/5alKA9WUHd— ~IN?Fio?CTED~ ?? Caiatl’s Little Cabalchamp (@atmosfioric) May 4, 2021

Twitter user @amber_ui even crocheted a baby Fallen with a cute little blue shirt, which is both hilarious and awesome. Have a look:

I crocheted a Fallen Eliksni Baby in celebration for Season 14! #seasonofthesplicer #eliksni #Destiny2 #DestinyArt @DestinyTheGame @Bungie #Destiny2Art pic.twitter.com/4iNbbXp3vP— Amber Alexander (@amber_ui) May 4, 2021

Overall, I think the community’s response to the baby Fallen in the trailer is fantastic, and I hope that players will have an opportunity to see baby Fallen in Season of the Splicer, which arrives on May 11, 2021. Its season pass is expected to cost $10, like passes from previous seasons.

What’s the best baby Fallen fanart you’ve seen so far? Let me know. The latest Destiny 2 expansion, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, is available now for $40 on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. The base game is free, so if you want to try Destiny 2 out before buying expansions or season passes, you can do so. If you do decide to check the game out, don’t miss my beginner’s guide on how to get into Destiny 2 in 2021. Also, for some weapons and builds that you can prepare for Season of the Splicer, don’t miss my guide to the 10 best Destiny 2 weapons you need to farm in Season of the Chosen as well as a guide to the best Destiny 2 builds, and how to make your own.

Wield the Darkness

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

$40 at Microsoft
$40 at GMG (Steam)
Also on Xbox Game Pass

Europa awaits

Beyond Light is the next big expansion for Destiny 2, introducing a new element for Guardians to wield, a new area on the Jupiter moon Europa, a new story, and plenty of loot to go around.

Destiny 2's baby Fallen are breaking the internet

Edge Beta with unified desktop codebase is now in testing for iPhone

Through TestFlight for iOS, users can now try out Edge Beta, which matches the desktop version of the browser for features and design.

What you need to know

Microsoft Edge Beta is now available for testing on iOS.
Edge Beta for iOS is currently on version 91, matching the desktop version of Edge Beta.
Due to how TestFlight works on iOS, enrollment in the beta preview channel is capped at the first 10,000 to register.

Back in March, Microsoft announced it was going to unify the codebase for Edge across iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. The move is bringing feature and design parity to the mobile versions of Edge, which, while often looking the same as the Windows version, are actually vastly different.

Edge Canary and Dev have been released for Android already, but now it is time for iOS to get in on the action.

Microsoft Edge Beta 91 on iPhone 12 Mini.

Edge Beta version 91.864.11 was released via the TestFlight app, which manages beta and private apps for companies on iOS. Users can register their iOS device by following this enrollment page. However, Test Flight limits the number of testers allowed per app to 10,000 users, so it may fill up before you can partake.

Unifying the Microsoft Edge codebase should result in a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop devices running the browser. Microsoft can more easily share features across desktop and mobile Edge versions with near-simultaneous updates through the unification process. The merger also improves the overall engineering process.

With a new UI, features, menu layout, and even scrolling behavior, this is quite a different version of the current Edge build on iOS with advanced features like reading mode and full access to Edge://flags.

Under flags, users can experiment with new features, including a persistent dark mode and smooth scrolling tweaks – however, these could also have a detrimental effect on performance, so be aware.

Unlike Android, those on iOS can only have one version of the Microsoft Edge browser installed. Users can always go back to the Production channel by navigating to the Apple App Store and reinstalling regular Edge that way.

To sign up for Edge Beta on iOS, follow this enrollment page on your iPhone to get started before it fills up.

Edge Beta with unified desktop codebase is now in testing for iPhone

The next Call of Duty is being handled by Sledgehammer Games

Call of Duty is returning for another year.

What you need to know

Call of Duty has released a new entry every single year, and 2021 is going to be no different, according to Activision.
The studio has confirmed that the FPS series is returning with Sledgehammer Games at the helm.
The next Call of Duty is being developed with next-gen consoles and PC in mind and will continue to expand the CoD franchise.
While we don’t have any confirmed details yet, previous rumors have suggested a return to World War 2.

During Activision Blizzard’s Q1 2021 earnings report, we finally received confirmation that Call of Duty is indeed continuing its yearly release cadence with a new entry coming later in 2021. Thanks to CharlieIntel, we know that Call of Duty is returning in 2021 with studio Sledgehammer Games at the helm this time around. Sledgehammer Games last released a Call of Duty back in 2017 with Call of Duty: WWII which ended the streak of futuristic shooters that Call of Duty had favored for several years.

At this time, we don’t know a ton about the next Call of Duty game. Activision confirmed that the title is slated to release later in 2021 and is targeting PC and next-gen consoles like Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5. Activision also confirmed that the upcoming Call of Duty game will feature campaign, multiplayer, and co-op game modes, with new information to be shared soon.

A previous rumor suggests that Sledgehammer Games is returning to World War 2 with the next Call of Duty, and the game will have “Vanguard” somewhere in the title. How this will tie into Call of Duty: Warzone, which has massively shifted how Activision approaches the Call of Duty franchise, remains to be seen.

Today we’re also thrilled to announce we’re expanding with a new team in Toronto, Canada to partner with our teams in Foster City, CA and Melbourne, VIC! pic.twitter.com/HDmRdDA3ul— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) May 4, 2021

Sledgehammer Games has had a rough couple of years, but has rapidly expanded with a ton of new hires in 2020 and beyond. Alongside the announcement that they’re handling the next Call of Duty game, Sledgehammer Games has revealed that they’re expanding even more with a new team in Toronto, Canada, which will work in tangent with existing teams in other locations.

Call of Duty as a whole is performing extremely well for Activision, with a 27% increase in revenue (to $2.28 billion) driven predominantly by major increases in revenue from Call of Duty sales and in-game purchases for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile.

Hopefully, the next Call of Duty Sledgehammer Games avoids the lingering issues and bugs that continue to afflict Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and delivers a compelling first-person shooter experience. If it does, it could absolutely find its way onto the list of best Xbox shooter games.

The next Call of Duty is being handled by Sledgehammer Games

It seems Microsoft Edge is getting Bing sidebar reverse image searching

Time to find the source of some pictures.

What you need to know

Microsoft Edge appears to be receiving a Bing reverse image search feature via the sidebar.
This feature has appeared in Edge Dev and Edge Canary variants of the browser.
It’s unclear when it will reach all Edge users.

As spotted by Redditor /u/Leopeva64-2 and reported by OnMSFT, it looks like Microsoft Edge is receiving Bing reverse image search functionality in the sidebar. The Reddit user mentions they only saw the option appear in Edge Dev, but OnMSFT spotted it in Edge Canary as well.

This points to a staggered rollout wherein not all Edge users will receive the feature at the same time. Still, it’s good to see it trickling into the Edge ecosystem. It’s worth mentioning that sidebar searching only offers image searches via Bing at the moment, with no options to use another search engine.

For those not in the know about reverse image searching, it allows anyone to trace an image’s origin across the web, which is great for sourcing purposes and discovering useful associated content.

Ever wondered where a viral meme originated from? You can simply right-click an image and search the web for it, showing you just about everywhere it’s appeared as well as content that’s potentially related to it. Based on the feature’s sidebar appearances so far in Edge, it looks like the new version of the tool will be just as easy to use as existing reverse image search methods.

Image search time

Microsoft Edge

Free at Microsoft
Free at Microsoft (Beta)
Free at Microsoft (Dev)
Free at Microsoft (Canary)

Reverse the search

Microsoft Edge is finally getting reverse image searching capabilities via Bing in the sidebar. The rollout seems to be staggered, so if you want to start searching with Bing images, give Edge Dev or Edge Canary a go.

It seems Microsoft Edge is getting Bing sidebar reverse image searching

Microsoft’s Reading Progress makes assessing reading levels easier for kids and teachers

Among the many, many tasks required of grade school teachers is that of gauging each student’s reading level, usually by a time-consuming and high-pressure one-on-one examination. Microsoft’s new Reading Progress application takes some of the load off the teacher’s shoulders, allowing kids to do their reading at home and using natural language understanding to help highlight obstacles and progress.
The last year threw most educational plans into disarray, and reading levels did not advance the way they would have if kids were in school. Companies like Amira are emerging to fill the gap with AI-monitored reading, and Microsoft aims to provide teachers with more tools on their side.
Reading Progress is an add-on for Microsoft Teams that helps teachers administer reading tests in a more flexible way, taking pressure off students who might stumble in a command performance, and identifying and tracking important reading events like skipped words and self-corrections.
Teachers pick reading assignments for each student (or the whole class) to read, and the kids do so on their own time, more like doing homework than taking a test. They record a video directly in the app, the audio of which is analyzed by algorithms watching for the usual stumbles.
As you can see in this video testimony by 4th grader Brielle, this may be preferable to many kids:

If a bright and confident kid like Brielle feels better doing it this way (and is now reading two years ahead of her grade, nice work Brielle!), what about the kids who are having trouble reading due to dyslexia, or are worried about their accent, or are simply shy? Being able to just talk to their own camera, by themselves in their own home, could make for much better reading — and therefore a more accurate assessment.
It’s not meant to replace the teacher altogether, of course — it’s a tool that allows overloaded educators to prioritize and focus better and track things more objectively. It’s similar to how Amira is not meant to replace in-person reading groups — impossible during the pandemic — but provides a similarly helpful process of quickly correcting common mistakes and encouraging the reader.

Amira Learning raises $11M to put its AI-powered literacy tutor in post-COVID classrooms

Microsoft published about half a dozen things pertaining to Reading Progress today. Here’s its origin story, a basic summary, its product hub, a walkthrough video, and citations supporting its approach. There’s more, too, in this omnibus post about new education-related products out now (or soon).

How is edtech spending its extra capital?

Microsoft’s Reading Progress makes assessing reading levels easier for kids and teachers

Alexa's Show Mode basically turns your Lenovo laptop into an Echo Show

You can essentially turn your Lenovo laptop into an Echo Show with Alexa’s new Show Mode.

What you need to know

Show Mode is rolling out to the Alexa app on select Lenovo laptops.
With Show Mode, Alexa on your laptop acts like an Echo Show.
Amazon calls it a “voice-first interactive Alexa experience for PCs.”

Select Lenovo laptops can now use “Show Mode” to turn Alexa into an Echo Show-like device. Amazon calls Show Mode a “voice-first, interactive Alexa experience for PCs.” Show Mode is only available on select Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad, and ThinkPad laptops, so you can’t just download it for any PC.

With Show Mode, you can use the Alexa app to read trending news stories, listen to music, set timers, and do any of the thousands of commands you’d expect from an Alexa device. To activate it, you just need to say “Alexa, open Show Mode” on a supported device. You can also click the Show Mode button within the Alexa app.

Lenovo first announced Show Mode on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i laptop at CES 2021.

As explained by Amazon in a recent blog post, Show Mode isn’t just a voice-first Alexa experience. The post explains that “By teaming with Amazon, Lenovo optimized the Show Mode experience with automatic enablement when the device is idle and improved acoustic quality and battery performance, taking advantage of the best-in-class hardware on Lenovo PCs.”

Show Mode is currently available on select Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad, and ThinkPad PCs running Windows 10, though Amazon does not specify which models can use it. It’s supported in the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. Amazon states that Show Mode will arrive on more PC models later this year.

Alexa's Show Mode basically turns your Lenovo laptop into an Echo Show

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is here, but how is it different from the Pro 7?

Mid-Cycle Refresh

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus

From $850 at Microsoft

Pros

SSD now removable/upgradeable
11th Gen Intel processors
Better battery life
Up to 32GB RAM
Optional 4G LTE

Cons

Still no 5G
Available only at select retailers

The Surface Pro 7 Plus gets a mid-gen refresh for Enterprise and Education, though anyone can buy it from Microsoft or select resellers. 11th Gen Intel CPUs, removable and upgradeable SSD, optional 4G LTE, up to 32GB of RAM, and better battery life make this a great stop-gap between the Pro 7 and the forthcoming Pro 8.

Lacking A Few Features

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

From $750 at Microsoft

Pros

Same high-end design
All-day battery life
Instant On and Resume
Excellent performance
Costs less

Cons

No LTE
Maxes out at 16GB RAM
10th Gen Intel CPUs
No removable SSD

The Surface Pro 7 is still a fantastic 2-in-1 PC available more readily at more retailers. It doesn’t have the latest Intel CPUs, it caps out at 16GB of RAM, it has no LTE capabilities, and its SSD is stuck inside, but it remains a powerful device with a full eight hours of battery life and excellent performance.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is a mid-generation refresh that adds Intel’s 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 4G LTE connectivity, removable or upgradeable SSD, configurations with up to 32GB of RAM, better battery life, and the same stellar design you love. This is a “business” laptop intended for the Enterprise and Education sectors, but anyone can buy one by shopping straight from Microsoft or other select resellers. Let’s take a look at what sets these two devices apart and why you might want to buy one or the other.

Surface Pro 7 Plus vs. Surface Pro 7 tech specs

Surface Pro 7 Plus
Surface Pro 7

OS
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home

Processor
11th Gen IntelCore i3-1115G4Core i5-1135G7Core i7-1165G7
10th Gen IntelCore i3-1005G1Core i5-1035G4Core i7-1065G7

RAM
8GB, 16GB, 32GBLPDDR4x
4GB, 8GB, 16GBLPDDR4x

Storage
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD

Display
12.3 inches2736x18243:2 aspect ratioTouch
12.3 inches2736x18243:2 aspect ratioTouch

Graphics
IntegratedIntel UHD (i3)Intel Iris Xe (i5, i7)
IntegratedIntel UHD (i3)Intel Iris Plus (i5, i7)

Ports
USB-C 3.1USB-A3.5mm audioSurface ConnectmicroSD card readerNano-SIM
USB-C 3.1USB-A3.5mm audioSurface ConnectmicroSD card reader

LTE
Snapdragon X20 4G LTE
No

Biometrics
IR camera
IR camera

Battery
Up to 15 hours (Wi-Fi)Up to 13.5 hours (LTE)
Up to 10.5 hours

Dimensions
11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches(292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm)
11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches(292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm)

Weight
From 1.70 pounds (770g)
From 1.70 pounds (770g)

What’s new with the Surface Pro 7 Plus?

A mid-generation laptop refresh isn’t out of the ordinary, and instead of a full Surface Pro 8 release, Microsoft has gone with a Surface Pro 7 Plus for Enterprise and Education markets. Worry not, because even regular consumers can buy the new Pro 7 Plus. So what’s new, and why did Microsoft go this way? Executive Editor Daniel Rubino points this out in his Surface Pro 7 Plus announcement:

Interestingly, Microsoft didn’t see the need to bring Surface Pro 7+ to the consumer market, even though that seems like it would have been a logical strategy. But in doing so, some customers who buy Surface Pro 7+ may feel burned if Surface Pro 8 comes out late in the fall and with it an expected updated design. The positioning of Surface Pro 7+ for Business gets around that issue.

It seems Microsoft wanted to get the new Intel processors (CPU) into the Pro lineup, as well as add LTE for those who need it without going with a more in-depth redesign.

Compared to the Pro 7 with its 10th Gen Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs, the Pro 7 Plus with 11th Gen chips should be considerably faster. Intel itself claims up to a 30% increase in processing power and an 80% increase in graphics power thanks to integrated Intel Iris Xe. Do note that the Core i3 models are still using Intel UHD graphics; if you’d like the extra graphics performance, you’ll have to stick with 11th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 models. Up to 32GB of LPDDR4x is now configurable, up from 16GB in the Pro 7.

On top of a nice performance bump, the efficiency of the newer CPUs should extend battery life. Whereas Microsoft claims about 10.5 hours of life from the Pro 7 (realistically about eight hours as tested in our Surface Pro 7 review), the Pro 7 Plus is pegged at about 15 hours for Wi-Fi models. That number will differ, but it’s still a large boost from the previous generation.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus recently received a giant firmware update with a focus on improving Intel Xe graphics performance, audio performance, Bluetooth stability, battery, and more.

Like the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3, the Pro 7 Plus now has a small door on the back of its chassis for easy access to the solid-state drive (SSD). Whether you’re looking to access it for security or for an easy upgrade, it’s a welcome addition to a laptop that has traditionally been difficult (read: impossible) to upgrade after purchase.

For anyone who is always on the move, the addition of a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is no doubt exciting. This allows for constant connectivity whether or not you’re within Wi-Fi range, though expect the battery to take a slight hit when using a data connection. The 4G LTE feature is available on Core i5 models only.

Overall, this is mostly an internal redesign, and those waiting for things like slimmer bezels, new ports (like Thunderbolt 4), and 5G connectivity will have to wait for future models. And rest assured, your old Surface Pen and Type Cover will work with the Pro 7 Plus. You can always add one of the best keyboards for Microsoft Surface if you don’t want the Type Cover experience.

Surface Pro 7 Plus pricing and where to buy

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is available for anyone to buy from the Business side of the Microsoft Store. There you can configure models as you see fit and check out as you would on the consumer side of the store. Prices start at about $900 and climb from there with plenty of configurations available.

Here is a quick breakdown of the models available.

Surface Pro 7+ Wi-Fi Commercial

Category
Features

11th Gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB, Platinum
$899

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB, Platinum
$999

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, Platinum/Black
$1,299

11th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB, Platinum/Black
$1,599

11th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB, Platinum
$1,999

11th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB, Platinum
$2,399

11th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, Platinum
$2,799

Surface Pro 7+ LTE Commercial

Category
Features

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB, LTE, Platinum
$1,149

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB, LTE, Platinum
$1,649

Surface Pro 7+ Wi-Fi Education

Category
Features

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB, Platinum
$899

11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, Platinum
$1,199

If you’re not keen on buying straight from Microsoft, you can also check out several local resellers who may or may not have stock and the configuration you’re looking for. Our best place to buy the Surface Pro 7 Plus guide can help.

Surface Pro 7 Plus brings 11th Gen Intel CPUs, LTE connectivity, and more

The big differences between these two devices are on the inside, with new 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, 4G LTE modem, up to 32GB RAM, and removable SSD coming to the Pro 7 Plus. Battery life gets better, you can stay connected everywhere, and you can upgrade storage after purchase. If neither of these are what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our collection of best Windows laptop options for more great devices.

Mid-Cycle Refresh

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus

From $850 at Microsoft

A refresh to the Pro 7 brings more powerful CPUs, better battery life, removable SSD, and 4G LTE connectivity. It’s classified as a “Business” laptop, but anyone can get their hands on one.

Old But Gold

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

From $750 at Microsoft

From $560 at Amazon

From $700 at Best Buy

The Pro 7 is still a great device, and you should be able to find one at a cheaper price compared to the Pro 7 Plus. As long as you don’t need the new CPUs, removable SSD, or 4G LTE connectivity, it remains one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is here, but how is it different from the Pro 7?

Iron Galaxy would love to work on Killer Instinct again

The stars are lining up for a Killer Instinct revival…if Xbox wants it.

What you need to know

Killer Instinct is a legendary fighting game that stands alongside greats like Tekken and Mortal Kombat.
While many Xbox fans adored Killer Instinct, the game and franchise have been in limbo for several years now.
In a recent interview, developer Iron Galaxy revealed that they’d consider working on Killer Instinct again, if given the opportunity.
While confirmation of nothing, Killer Instinct fans have been asking Microsoft for a sequel for a long time now.

Killer Instinct is a generally fantastic fighting game in the same vein as Tekken and Mortal Kombat for Xbox consoles and PC. The game was originally released in 2013 as a continuation of the franchise, and was supported for several years afterward before eventually being essentially abandoned. For years now, the dedicated player base that still adores Killer Instinct has been asking for a Killer Instinct revival or sequel, but their pleas have seemingly fallen on deaf ears at Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios.

In an interview with SegmentNext, Killer Instinct Iron Galaxy answered lots of questions about their studio, future projects, and more. One of these questions asked Iron Galaxy if they’d be interested in working on Killer Instinct again. Shekhar Dhupelia, general manager at Iron Galaxy, had this to say:

We loved working on Killer Instinct, and we had a great time supporting that community. They still ask us to update that experience every day on social media and we really appreciate the enduring enthusiasm. Like any other opportunity that comes our way, if KI ever presented itself again, we’d consider it.

Of course, this isn’t confirmation of any plans for the Killer Instinct franchise, and absolutely does not indicate that Iron Galaxy is already working on a sequel for the series. Still, this is yet another ray of hope for Killer Instinct fans that have been asking Microsoft to remember their unique fighting game.

During the interview, Iron Galaxy also revealed that they’re working on “multiple projects” right now, including for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5.

Killer Instinct is still a great game, and is currently available through Xbox Game Pass. If you’re a fan of fighting games, Killer Instinct is one of the best Xbox Game Pass games around.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft
$45 at Amazon (3-month subscription)
$15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It’s possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Iron Galaxy would love to work on Killer Instinct again