‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ arrives on Xbox One — Weekend Reading: November 14th Edition

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on the worldwide release of a much anticipated “Halo” collection on Xbox One, the latest addition to the Lumia line of Windows Phone devices and the story of a man with Down Syndrome who empowers students with disabilities through technology.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is available now for Xbox One, making it the first time ever that Master Chief’s entire story is on one console. It includes a re-mastered “Halo 2: Anniversary,” along with “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” “Halo 3,” “Halo 4,” a new digital series, “Halo: Nightfall” and access to the “Halo 5: Guardians Beta.” To coincide with the debut of Master Chief on Xbox One, the free Halo Channel is now available from the Windows Store. Also, sales of Xbox One have “skyrocketed” since the Xbox One’s new price took effect earlier this month and since the release of new bundles and blockbuster game titles.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The Lumia 535, dubbed the “5x5x5” smartphone, comes with a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera and 5-megapixel rear camera. It also includes Microsoft experiences such as Skype and OneNote. A 1.2 GHz quad-core processor powers the Lumia 535, which includes 1GB RAM and 8GB of memory. If you need more, slide in a microSD card, with support up to 128GB, or use 15GB of free OneDrive storage to store your photos and documents.

In Mexico, we discovered the story of Carlos De Saro, a man with Down syndrome who empowers others using technology. He founded Fighting Against Adversity, a non-profit organization located about an hour south of Mexico City. There, he teaches students with disabilities how to use Microsoft software like Word, PowerPoint and Paint.

Thanks to technology, De Saro says his life has changed in ways he never could’ve imagined. (Photo credit: Scott Eklund.)

Thanks to technology, De Saro says his life has changed in ways he never could’ve imagined. (Photo credit: Scott Eklund.)

In honor of Veterans Day Tuesday, we published a story about how former Army medic Rachel Woolley transformed her life through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy. She completed her service at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. While there, she qualified for a program that taps active-duty service members for long-term careers in technology. She now works as a service engineer on Microsoft’s SharePoint Online team.

Rachel Woolley

Rachel Woolley

In apps and games this week, we saw sales, news and storage apps, and augmented reality. The Red Stripe Deals delivered its weekly dose of big savings, while classic matching game “Microsoft Mahjong” gives players 50 percent off an upgrade to its one-year Premium edition with ad-free play Nov. 19 — $1.49 for a one-month upgrade, or $4.99 for a year. And for free, the App of the Week, OneDrive provides 15GB of storage, though Office 365 subscribers have unlimited storage. To stay on top of current events, check out CBS Local, a free app that lets you take your favorite TV and radio stations from 24 U.S. cities on the road. And, with “Monster Buster: World Invasion,” the creatures in the game come to life in the physical world through augmented reality.

“Violett,” one of the latest Red Stripe Deals

“Violett,” one of the latest Red Stripe Deals

This week we launched the Microsoft Instagram page, featuring people doing extraordinary things. Follow our journey as we go around the world and meet people who #DoMore every day.

Laila Ghambari

Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff