Review Category : Microsoft

The Xbox 360 is not going away with the introduction of the Xbox One.  In fact Microsoft expects to sell over 25 million more Xboxes in the coming years.  This means Microsoft sees the Xbox 360 as being relevant for another five years.  It is possible the price of the Xbox 360 could drop over time until the Xbox One reaches the $199 price point. A newly designed Xbox 360 is being launched today that looks similar to the Xbox one.  The redesigned 360 is slimmer, smaller and even more silent. New games were also announcing for the 360 including the latest installment of  “World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition,” a new exclusive Kinect title, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and a free-to-download third-person action-role-playing game (RPG) “Ascend: Hand of Kul.” Every Xbox Live Gold subscriber will receive two free Xbox 360 games per month until the release of Xbox One, ...

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At today’s E3 keynote presentation Microsoft announced the availability and price of the Xbox One (XB1).  The Xbox One will be launched in November for $499 in the US, 499 Euros internationally, and 429 pounds in the UK.  The XB1 will initially launch in 21 countries simultaneously.  Included in the launch package is a wireless controller, integrated Kinect module, and 14-day trial of Xbox Live.  There will also be special limited edition XB1 bundles sold around the same price. There will also be bonus content for gamers who pre-order certain launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Dead Rising 3. Microsoft also announced additional peripherals including Xbox One Play & Charge kits alongside a Xbox One Chat Headset that’s wired to the controller that will be available at launch. The $499 price point was largely expected considering the Kinect is now bundled in with ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox One is launching in November 2013. The new Xbox One comes with new Kinect and new Xbox controller as well. Xbox One now features high-end graphics, much improved Kinect tracking, voice recognition, new software UX and more. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” ...

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Windows RT is typically thought of as a consumer device, however Microsoft is adding a number of features into Windows RT 8.1 to make it more attractive for business and enterprise customers. Among some of the enterprise enhancements for Windows RT 8.1 are simple update deployment, remote business data removal, biometrics, malware resistance, assigned access, workplace join, open MDM, RDS enhancements, VPN clients, mobile broadband, broadband tethering, and auto-triggered VPN. Michael Niehaus gave a presentation at TechEd on Windows RT for the enterprise, appropriate and inappropriate scenarios for using Windows RT in enterprise environments, challenges to overcome, as well as known issues and limitations. Niehaus is a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, Windows RT, and Windows manageability needs. Given WinRT is such a locked down device to begin along with less problems with malware, I think it will be quite ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing desktop app with many new features. Microsoft also revealed that more than 10 million people are using Bing desktop app worldwide. Here are the list of features in the update. Searching Made Easier with Inline Search: Now you can search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file simply by highlighting the word or phrase and clicking the Bing icon. With Inline Search, all you have to do is highlight what you want to search, hit the Bing icon and you will see a preview of search results in a convenient window without ever leaving what you were doing. Faster Ways to Explore via Bing Desktop Apps: We are announcing a new weather app and have overhauled the news and Facebook apps from the ground up with a new look that makes it easier to stay up to date at a glance. News at a Glance ...

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Microsoft gave a keynote presentation in Taipei, Taiwan at Computex 2013.  In the presentation Microsoft discusses Windows 8.1 and some of the new features that are coming.  Among the notable executives in the keynote address are Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows program management, Tami Reller from Windows Business,  and Jensen Harris from the Windows User Experience Team.  The new start button is shown off in this video.  Also many new devices are shown including the Lenovo Miix 8.  Microsoft will release a public preview of Windows 8.1 later this month at the BUILD conference in San Francisco. My recommendation, skip Tami Reller’s talk and start the video about ~22 mins in. ...

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Microsoft has been relaying tons of information regarding Windows 8.1 at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans.  Among this is native fingerprint support for Windows 8.1.  A presentation by Microsoft’s Chris Hallum goes over fingerprint support in more detail. A build of Windows 8.1 is expected to be made public later this month at the BUILD conference in San Francisco.  Windows 8.1 is expected to be finalized for holiday season 2013. via WinBeta ...

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There was a big controversy over Microsoft potentially charging a licensing fee to those people who bought used games. Turns out some of the rumors were false and Microsoft addressed the issue today.   Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.   Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.   Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends ...

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Microsoft has addressed controversy regarding the Kinect always listening to what is being said in the room.   You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear: By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.   You are in control of when Kinect sensing is On, Off or Paused: If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say “Xbox Off.” When the system is off, it’s only listening for the ...

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document by the Washington Post.  The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” Dropbox, the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”  PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy, according to the Post. There has been “continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook ...

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Microsoft has addressed in more detail the controversy regarding the “Always On” Xbox: For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps).  In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband. While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection. With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times ...

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The July issue of Game Informer seems to have been released a little early with information regarding an Xbox One mech-shooter TitanFall inside of it.  NeoGAF member Catman86, who received an early copy of the magazine, summarized highlights from the article: - Xbox One, PC - Xbox 360 version developed by someone else - Planned to target current gen, but realized that they couldn’t run it - Started to look into next gen and the answer they got from Microsoft intrigued them - They said they needed to focus on fewer hardware. In the future they are open to more. - Plan to use Microsoft’s Cloud for dedicated servers and physics and AI calculations - Spring 2014 Release Date - Source Engine. Building new engine = too much time. - Source gives them 60 fps - Modified Source - “Rewriting major portions of it”. - Going for a District 9 or ...

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Today Microsoft provided a detailed glimpse of Windows 8.1 at Computex.  One of the devices shown off is a 7-inch tablet code named “Lyon” by ODM Inventec.  It is important to note that this is a reference design only, and it is not something that will not be directly sold to consumers.  Not only is this the first 7-inch Windows 8 tablet shown, but also among one of the first tablet’s running Intel’s next generation quad core Bay Trail Atom processor, running at 1.66 GHz in this case. As for other specifics for this device, it is 1280 x 800 IPS display (216 ppi), 2 GB RAM, 64 or 128 SSD which can be expanded with via a microSD slot, and wireless N WiFi on board.  In addition, there is a webcam on the front and a rear-view camera with a dual-LED Flash.  The tablet is made entirely of aluminum and comes in ...

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Microsoft confirmed today, during their demonstration at Computex, that Lenovo is working at an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.  The tablet is slim and light, has a gorgeous screen, will have 3G connectivity, and many accessories such as a folio and pen.  See the images for yourself: These are the photos from Microsoft’s press event at Computex held in Taiwan. Microsoft and its OEM partners are working on bringing 7inch – 10inch Windows tablets to market later this year. Microsoft on its part to boost sales of smaller tablets announced that they will be shipping free Microsoft Office Home and Student edition for free with all small Windows 8 devices. There were also reports that Microsoft has cut Windows licensing price for OEMs to in order to reduce the end device price at retail. Acer has already revealed their W3 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and it seems Lenovo is also planning for such a device. Source: Win8 China ...

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