Xbox head Phil Spencer just revealed the first shot of the Phantom Dust on Xbox One

Phantom Dust is a classic Xbox game from back in 2004, and it’s being revived for Xbox One and Windows 10.

The title was originally announced as a remake for Xbox One a few years ago, but the project was unfortunately canceled due to difficulties with the game’s developer. In the interim, Microsoft Studios has decided to port the original version of the game to Xbox One and Windows 10, giving it a bit of a makeover in the process.

We haven’t seen a single shot of the re-release, until now!

Microsoft will use Forza 7, Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 to showcase 4K on 'Project Scorpio' Xbox (exclusive)

We recently received a partial list of planned 4K titles for the next Xbox, dubbed “Project Scorpio,” and we’re now able to fully confirm its authenticity.

Microsoft will unveil Forza Motorsport 7 as the headline title for Project Scorpio in the next few weeks, and it will run at a blistering True 4K resolution. We’ve heard reports from reliable sources that the game, in true Forza fashion, already looks utterly stunning, and will showcase just what the console is capable of.

Best All-in-One Printer

Best overall
Picture perfect
Heavy duty
Update for March 2017: We went back over our picks for the best all-in-one printers and these still stand as the top options.

Best overall

Dell Color Cloud H625cdw

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Ideal for a small office that demands heavier usage, the Dell Color Cloud H625cdw can do everything larger office models can. The 4.3-inch touch screen is customizable with clear and user-friendly presets. It can print up to 25 pages per minute, and the laser printer handles image and text equally well. The 300-sheet paper capacity can be upgraded to 850 with an additional paper tray.

Bottom line: If your needs require a little more fire power in the printing department, this Dell machine offers just that.

One more thing: The printer can even store document templates for convenient access.

Microsoft pushes Creators Update cumulative patch 15063.11 for Slow and Fast rings

In anticipation of the April 11th release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is pushing out a new cumulative update patch for those on the Slow and Fast Insider rings today.

The patch will bump the OS from build 15063.0 to 15063.11 and is listed under the KB4016250 update.

How does Microsoft Teams stack up to Slack?

Is Microsoft Teams better than Slack?

With the release of Teams, Microsoft’s new corporate collaboration app, many people are wondering how it compares to Slack, the name most people think of today when it comes to office chat. Teams hasn’t revolutionized the collaboration game by any means, but it does offer strong competition.

Let’s take a look at exactly how these two apps compare in the areas that matter most.


One of the most important factors in deciding between these two products is the price. Companies that already subscribe to Office 365 for Business or Enterprise get Teams as a free addition to an already strong suite of office tools.

Let’s say that your business isn’t already using Office 365. In order to grab service apps such as Teams, OneDrive for Business and Skype for Business, without including any Office apps (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), you’re looking at spending $5 per month, per user with a yearly commitment. Enterprise E1 subscribers are looking at an $8 per month, per user with a yearly commitment.

Team Services Extensions Roundup – March

February didn’t hold the title of best month on record long – it’s already passed that title to March! A huge thanks to our publishers and customers who continue to grow the ecosystem of extensions around Team Services. This month I’ve got extensions in our Agile and Work Item space that are pretty new and really great.

See it in the Marketplace:
Story Maps provide a great tool for visualizing a user’s activities and the hierarchy of stories your team will need to deliver on to have the greatest impact. SpecMap brings Story Maps to Team Services and your Work Items are the Story Map elements.
What are Story Maps?
From SpecMap’s documentation: A typical story map has a hierarchic structure involving user activities and user stories. The story maps tell stories from the user’s perspective and represents the user’s progress through the system as a series of activities. The first step is to describe the user’s progress through the system using a narrative flow that can be depicted using user activities.
Once these user stories have been discussed and defined by your team, the next step is to prioritize development to deliver the biggest impact possible over the next development cycle. User stories are assigned to activities and arranged vertically by priority (higher priority items at the top). Finally the story map is divided into horizontal slices, with each slice typically representing a single iteration or sprint.
Conceptual Story Map showing User Journey axis, Priority axis, User Activities, and Sprint Slices
SpecMap takes what would normally be done with sticky notes or whiteboards and allows you to create Story Maps directly inside Team Services, linking the items to your backlog
SpecMap translates physical Story Map techniques into backlog solution managed directly in VSTS
Getting Started with SpecMap is easy, and is definitely worth a look!
Board Group

See it in the Marketplace:
I’m a big fan of KanBan boards, and Board Group gives me a small optimization I have always thought is a good idea, the ability to modify the lane and column of a Work Item from the work item form. It also adds the ability to change the lane and column from the board without dragging and dropping. Definitely check this extension out if you’re a KanBan board user!
New Work Item form section showing assigned board, and the active column/lane
New menu on board items allowing the modification of column without dragging
Are you using (or building) an extension you think should be featured here?
I’ll be on the lookout for extensions to feature in the future, so if you’d like to see yours (or someone else’s) here, then let me know on Twitter!