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Microsoft to give 100GB free OneDrive storage to early birds

Once the promotion kicks off Wednesday, the first 100,000 people to sign into their OneDrive accounts get the heaping helping of free storage.

OneDrive users who sign in fast enough can score plenty of free storage for the next year.

Microsoft will dole out 100GB of extra space to the first 100,000 people who sign onto their OneDrive accounts once the new promotion gets off the ground sometime on Wednesday. The extra space comes on top of your existing OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) storage, but is good just for one year.

Angus Logan, the group product marketing manager for OneDrive, confirmed the promotion to CNET but didn’t reveal a specific launch time. OneDrive users who want to vie for the free storage should check Microsoft’s OneDrive Twitter feed for the latest news.

“We aren’t announcing a time in advance. We’re telling people to monitor [the OneDrive Twitter account] for clues about the promotion and how they can be part of the 100,000,” a Microsoft representative told CNET.

On Wednesday, Microsoft officially opened the doors to OneDrive, the rebranded version of its SkyDrive cloud-based storage service. To further mark the occasion, Microsoft offers the first 7GB of storage for free and up to 5GB split among you and other users you refer to the service. Take advantage of OneDrive’s camera backup feature, and you get 3GB more.

Those who fail to snag the free 100GB of storage and need more space can tack on an extra 50GB for $25 a year, 100GB for $50 a year, and 200GB for $100 a year.

Microsoft building an ‘Xbox Reading’ app for Windows 8

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Microsoft has already built Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps for Windows 8, but the next target is books. A recent Microsoft job listing, discovered by Chinese Microsoft blog LiveSino, notes that the software giant is looking to hire a software design engineer to build “a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.” Potential candidates would join the same Music, Video, and Reading (MVR) team that has already shipped two built-in Xbox branded apps for Windows 8.

It’s not immediately clear why Microsoft is building another reading application, but The Verge has confirmed with one source familiar with the company’s plans that Microsoft is planning to build the new app. Microsoft already ships a separate “Reader” app for Windows 8, so it’s possible that the company is planning to redesign and rebuild it with Xbox branding. The existing Reader app is a fairly basic viewer with support for PDF, XPS, and TIFF files. Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps run across Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, but it’s not clear from the job posting whether Microsoft is also porting the new reading app to its Xbox consoles.

MICROSOFT’S OFFICE TEAM ALSO BUILDING A READER APP

Microsoft’s Office team is also developing its own separate “Office Reader” app for Windows 8. Office Reader is designed to be a cross-format tool for consuming different types of content, including PDFs and textbooks. Microsoft’s Office Reader app is being developed by the Office team at the company, not the Music, Video, and Reading team. Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer demonstrated the Office Reader app during an employee-only company meeting last year. Both the “Xbox Reading” and Office Reader applications have not been announced yet, but Microsoft is expected to ship its Office Reader app later this year.

The promise of books, magazines, and comics integration suggests this upcoming Xbox-branded reading app could be the first full example of Microsoft’s Nook investment. The software-maker partnered with Barnes & Noble for a $300 million investment in late 2012, but Microsoft has not yet integrated the Nook services into its own apps in any meaningful way. Aside from a Nook Windows 8 app, the promise of accelerated “e-reading innovation across a broad range of Windows devices” has not yet come to fruition.

Microsoft could give you $250 in credit for your phone or tablet

Good for another month, the deal can earn you a hefty amount of store credit but naturally imposes certain conditions.

Microsoft has surfaced with a new trade-in deal.Microsoft has surfaced with a new trade-in deal.

Microsoft has a new trade-in deal designed to get you to shop at its retail stores.

Running from February 2 through March 2, or while supplies last, the trade-in offer promises up to $250 in Microsoft Store credit for a mobile phone or tablet. The offer seems open to any device though it has to meet certain criteria.

The device must power on and be fully functional. No broken or missing parts or cracks on the screen or housing. No liquid damage. No password protection. (Hmm, that one seems like a no-brainer.) And it must include all of its original accessories. Microsoft will determine the actual trade-in value, so you may or may not be able to snag the full $250 in credit.

Any other conditions? Of course. The offer is good only at Microsoft Store retail outlets. The trade-in is limited to one per customer and is final.

Still, the deal could be a good way to unload an old but working phone or tablet, especially if you’re looking for a certain Microsoft product. The company’s promo page naturally touts theSurface 2 as a tablet worthy of your consideration. The Surface 2 starts at $449, so the full store credit would cut the price to just $199.

Battle Your Nemesis In Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

“Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor,” a prequel to “The Lord of The Rings,” delivers a dark story of retribution as players will assume the role of Talion, a ranger who loses everything on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
With a dynamic next-gen game environment powered by the Nemesis System, players orchestrate their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will; ensuring a unique experience to all players. Every enemy players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses.Enemy encounters create personal archenemies specific to every gameplay session. Players must outthink each distinctively different enemy to infiltrate the ranks and dominate within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their actions and choices.