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Windows 9 Leaks Show Microsoft Meeting Desktop Users in the Middle

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All indications are that Microsoft isn’t prepared to sacrifice its future for the sake of pleasing longtime users of traditional desktop apps in Windows. On the other hand, new screenshots indicate that Microsoft is preparing to meet users who have a Desktop-interface preference in the middle with some changes in Windows 9.

According to screenshots leaked by Wzascok, Microsoft is already in the early stages of building Windows 9, the next major version of Windows that’s expected to arrive sometime in 2015. While most of the leaked screenshots don’t actually reveal anything too different from Windows 8.1, a final screenshot in the series showcases a new option to allow Windows Store apps to surface on the Desktop taskbar.

Leaked Windows 8 screenshot shared by Wzascok.

Leaked Windows 8 screenshot shared by Wzascok.

In theory, surfacing Windows Store apps on the desktop would make it more convenient for users who prefer the Desktop instead of using Windows Store apps.

Today, users have to hit the Start button or use Windows 8’s new tasking menu to see what Windows Store apps are running on that machine. Users have to exit the desktop and go back to the Start Screen if they wish to launch Windows Store apps too. To be clear, Windows Store apps are the new application types that only run in the Start Screen. For example, Windows 8’s Mail and Calendar apps are Windows Store apps.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for anyone outside of Microsoft to actually vouch for these screenshots’ authenticity. It should be noted that most Microsoft watchers are referring to Wzascok as “a well-known leaker,” indicating that he’s at least shared accurate information about Microsoft’s plans in the past.

Read: Paul Thurrott: Threshold is windows 9 and Will Ship in April 2015

These screenshots back up the rumors we’ve heard about Windows 9’s purpose. Reportedly, Microsoft will use the operating system to introduce a more refined version of the Metro Design principles and Start Screen that it introduced in Windows 8. Part of that refinement includes tying the Desktop and Start Screen systems together so that they don’t feel like two completely different operating systems.

Windows 9 isn’t expected to arrive until early 2015.

 

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How to Pre-Order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Today

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This is how to pre-order the new Xbox in 2020. On September 22nd you can pre-order the Xbox Series X for release day delivery, or at least for delivery as soon as possible. You will want to plan on pre-ordering the new Xbox if you want one in your hands anytime soon.

The Xbox Series X Pre-Orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd. The Xbox Series S pre-orders start at the same time. Here are our Xbox Series X release date tips and tricks, what you need to know about problems, and how to find the Xbox Series X in stock.

The Xbox Series X is $499 and the Xbox Series S is $299. You can pre-order these at Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. If you buy from Microsoft you can even get a payment plan as low as $24.99 a month.

The Xbox Series X release date is November 10th, and it is the same for both models. Here is how to pre-order if you want a new Xbox this fall. These links work for both models.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series S?

Here is a look at where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. The pre-orders start later this month and we are still waiting to find the exact time that pre-orders start. Right now most of the retailers have a landing page, and some will allow you to get an email notification when more info is available.

Microsoft Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

How to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Head over to Microsoft to sign up and get notified when Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders go live. You can also check out information about the consoles and you can learn more about the payment plan options through Xbox All Access.

Amazon Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

Amazon offers a landing page for the Xbox Series X, and soon we expect to see one for the Series S. This page lets you see more about the console and sign up for notifications by email.

GameStop Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

GameStop offers a landing page, where you can sign up for information. You can also expect this page to turn into a sales page closer to the start of pre-orders.

Best Buy Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

The Best Buy Xbox Series X pre-order page lets yo using up for more information and when the pre-orders start you will be able to buy the console directly on this link.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series X?

Target Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

Save the Target landing page to pre-order the Xbox Series X online when the pre-orders start on September 22nd.

Walmart Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

Walmart allows you to sing up for a notification when pre-orders start, and to check out more information about the console.

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5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks to Get One Today

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Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S? We have a collection of tips that will help you avoid pre-order problems and increase the chances that you get a new console on release day. The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

Read: Get the Best Gaming Chair You Can Buy

Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders start you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes this weekend making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

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How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

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Here’s how to find the Xbox Series X in stock and how to find the Xbox Series S in stock. This can help you get a new Xbox on release day or at least in 2020 without paying marked-up prices on eBay.

The Xbox Series S is available for $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Both consoles are out of stock at many retailers, but they are going in and out of stock throughout the day.

You can use this Xbox Series X pre-order guide for tips and tricks, plus take a look at the common Xbox Series X pre-order problems to get prepared.

We have links on where to check for the Xbox Series X in stock, and a guide on how to get a notification when the Xbox Series X is in stock at a retailer so that you can quickly order one.

Where to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

Here’s how you can find the Xbox Series X in stock.

The Xbox Series X is sold at several stores directly, and you can buy it on eBay if you are willing to pay a premium. Here’s a rundown of where you can check the Xbox Series X stock manually, which is smart to do as it can give you an edge in some cases.

You can also use these links to check for the Xbox Series S in stock to save $100 if you don’t need a disc drive.

Most of these retailers let you sign up for an in-stock alert. You can also do in-store pre-orders at some GameStop locations, but quantities may already be spoken for.

Read: Get the Best Gaming Chair You

How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

If you don’t want to manually check the stock at stores, you can sign up to get tracking alerts from NowInStock. These are great in addition to any in-stock alerts that the retailers allow you to set up directly.

  1. Go to the Xbox Series X page on NowInStock.
  2. Register for a free account at NowInStock.
  3. Check your inbox for a verification email and click the correct link to verify.
  4. Go back to the Xbox Series X NowInStock page.
  5. Click Add/Manage alerts in the right corner of the screen.
  6. Add an item to track it.

You can get browser alerts, text alerts, or email alerts when the model you want is in stock.

You can also see the history of when the Xbox Series X is in stock at specific retailers. Use this to know when you should manually check or when you should expect an alert.

How to Get an Xbox Series X Right Now

While you can’t get the Xbox Series X right now, if you don’t want to mess with a retailer or waiting for pre-orders to start back up when small amounts trickle in, you can look for a reseller on eBay.

People are already reselling their Xbox Series X pre-orders on eBay for a several hundred dollar premium.

Be careful to read the listing, we’ve already spotted someone selling a piece of paper pretending to be a PS5, and there will doubtlessly be other questionable listings. eBay is pretty good at closing those down on pre-orders like this, but just be cautious.

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Xbox Series X Pre-Order Problems: What You Need To Know

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This is what you need to know about the potential Xbox Series X pre-order problems that you may run into this week and even this month.

The Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

Here’s what to know ahead of time, and what you need to prepare to deal with the morning of pre-orders.

Xbox Series X Pre-Order Errors

Prepare for Xbox Series X pre-order problems.

Prepare for several issues with Xbox Series X pre-order problems relating to web pages.

The first issue is that retailers may only show the pre-order landing at first. Another issue is that the search may not show you the consoles. Finally, some websites may not load at all.

If the page isn’t loading, you may be able to load it on your phone. You can also check Twitter for a specific link directly to the product.

If every page is broken at a retailer, the only thing you can do is keep trying.

Xbox Series X Removed from Cart & Checkout Problems

One issue that you may run into fairly early is that the Xbox Series X or Series S can be removed from your cart before you check out.

This happened with the PS5 multiple times for us, and we expect that it will happen with the Series X.

To get ahead of this, you should make sure that you can log in and that you have up to date payment information.

Xbox All Access Problems

Watch out for issues signing up for Xbox All Access.

With Xbox All Access, you can buy the Xbox Series S for $24.99 a month or the Series X for $34.99 a month.

You can find these payment options at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, and GameStop.

If you can’t use Xbox All Access payments, you may not be approved based on your credit. The financing is through Citizens One, and you will likely get a letter about the denial.

You can’t do much about this, so be prepared to make a payment with another option.

Xbox Series X out of Stock

The biggest problem that you will run into is that the Xbox Series X and Series S are out of stock.

This will happen multiple times throughout the day, and you can work around the issues.

Check on Twitter for direct links. Some of these will add the console directly to your cart. This can look questionable, but in the case of the PS5, it allowed us to get the PS5 while others weren’t able to check out.

Xbox Series X Accessories Out of Stock

Don’t worry about finding accessories on the first day. Once you secure your console, then you can go back.

Keep in mind that your Xbox One accessories will work with the Series X and Series S in most cases, so you have time to get new controllers or headphones.

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Xbox Series X Deals: Save with Trade-Ins

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You can buy the Xbox Series X for $300 if you trade in an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Here are the best Xbox Series X deals and Series S deals when you trade in your old console.

The Xbox Series X pre-orders start on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific. Here are some Xbox Series X pre-order tips and tricks to help you get one.

GameStop offers a range of Xbox Series X deals when you trade in an old console. This works for the Xbox Series S as well.

  • $200 – Xbox One X or PS4 Pro
  • $175 – Nintendo Switch or PS4 1TB
  • $125 – Nintendo Switch Lite, Xbox One S, PS4 500GB
  • $100 – Xbox One 500GB

These trade in deals last until November 30th, so you have time to order and then bring your console in when you upgrade.

Save with Xbox Series X deals when you trade-in an old console.

You can start the process online, or you can go into a local GameStop. If you are trying to pre-order the Xbox Series X at GameStop, you can do it in store when the online pre-orders open. Keep in mind that there may be lines.

Given the time frame of this deal, your best bet is to wait until you get your Xbox Series X from GameStop and trade in at pickup and put the $200 towards the console.

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