Review Category : Microsoft

  Microsoft has added Blu-ray disc support in Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft will also support 3D Blu-ray playback. Microsoft has confirmed to CNET that Xbox One won’t support 3D Blu-ray playback at launch. When I first read this news, I was like, “Does it really matter?”. First of all, there are very few 3D Blu-ray content available right now and it can be played only on a appropriate 3D TV setup. However, people with lots of 3D Blu-ray content would be disappointed at this news. According to Sony,  the PS4 system supports 3D gameplay at launch in North America on day one, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible. Source: CNET ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were lots of reports from gamers that mouse pointer freezes or stutters while playing games in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has released a fix for this issue and also has provided steps for “How to extend the update to other games”. This fix will work only for following games, This update resolves this issue in the following games: Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops – Multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Zombies Call of Duty: Ghosts – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW2 Call of Duty: MW2 – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW3 Call of Duty: MW3 – Multiplayer Call of Duty: MW Call of Duty: MW – Multiplayer Counter Strike: Global Offensive Counter Strike: Source Deus Ex : Human Revolution Deus Ex : Human ...

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Xbox One will have a new feature called OneGuide. OneGuide is Xbox One’s own TV listings guide that can be navigated with your voice. Say “Xbox, what’s on Discovery Channel?” and you have the list of shows.  Call out your favorite TV show by name and start watching it instantly. Create your own personal Favorites in OneGuide, so you can easily choose what you want to watch – whether it’s on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Hulu Plus or the NFL on Xbox One app. For the first time you don’t have to juggle multiple screens across cable TV, video streaming services and other entertainment apps to quickly find the entertainment you’re looking for. Even though Xbox One in the US will enjoy this new OneGuide feature right from the launch, Microsoft has confirmed that OneGuide won’t launch in the UK until next year. Source: Eurogamer ...

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Are you ready to get some hands-on time with the next generation entertainment console? If you are in the US or Canada, visit the nearest Microsoft Retail Store. Microsoft yesterday revealed that Microsoft retail stores will enable consumers to experience Xbox One gameplay all day, every day leading up to Nov. 22.  You can play the Xbox One exclusive title “Forza Motorsport 5.” There are about 75 locations across North America where Microsoft has retail stores, visit them to try and to buy Xbox One. Find your closest location here. Also, Microsoft is announcing a in-store promotion between now and the end of the year. Come into any Microsoft store and try Xbox One and you will be entered to win the “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room Sweepstakes.  The winner will get a great “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room package with a Forza Motorsport branded playseat, Polk Audio N1 Gaming SurroundBar, Thrustmaster TX ...

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  We are still two weeks away from Xbox One launch in the US. But few lucky people have already got their Xbox One delivered to them due to their pre-order. Yes, retailer Target has sent this Standard Edition console their way weeks ahead of the official November 22nd launch. While everyone doubted whether their console will work without Day 1 update, YouTuber MoonlightSwami has already downloaded the 500mb Day One update on his console and started posted videos and photos of his console working on Twitter. Microsoft has already banned his Xbox Live account, I guess he has to wait till Nov 22nd to continue enjoy his Xbox services! via: Endgadget ...

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Microsoft is expecting a spike in app purchases by the public this holiday season due to increased Windows and Windows Phone devices and the availability of new Microsoft Gift Cards. Gift cards will be available from several different sources, consumers may purchase gift cards in retail stores or electronically, select retailers will include gift cards in their holiday sales promotions or Microsoft and its partners will distribute promotional gift cards with device promotions in select markets. Also Microsoft has some big expectations around the amount to be spent on Windows Store due to gift cards, As a result of consumer gift card purchases and promotional programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, we expect consumers to have over $100 million dollars (USD) available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases this holiday season. Read more from the link below. Source: Windows blog ...

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In response to “Apartment 4″ launched by Sony last month, Microsoft France has come up with a marketing campaign called Xbox Hotel. The new Xbox Hotel is Xbox One themed and has access to great game titles inside the hotel. If you are interested, there is a Ryse themed bed room, Xbox One themed cocktails, keys, etc,. Find more about them from the link below. via: Kotaku ...

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Microsoft has recently announced that it is shutting down the msnNow trending news website. msnNOW is presenting the most interesting trends from real-time sources like Facebook, Twitter, Bing, and BreakingNews.com. Going forward, Microsoft is planning a section at MSN to cover offbeat news. Here is the message from the team, msnNOW launched with the goal of making it easy to discover the stories people are searching for and talking about the most. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed presenting this irresistibly viral content – ranging from binders full of women to buckets full of animals – to our large and loyal audience. However, as part of our ongoing work to fine-tune our editorial mix, we’ve decided that msnNOW will stop publishing on December 3, 2013. Rather than having a single home for trending content, we will continue integrating that material throughout all MSN channels. We’ve learned a lot by successfully curating the most interesting stories ...

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This is the first part in a series of 5 posts, in which we will take a very brief look at each of the potential candidates for Microsoft’s next CEO.  This will not be an analysis if the individual is the right person for the job, but just some background information and career highlights.  Each of the candidates go through a very thorough vetting process by the board, below is a brief glimpse at some of the information they may be looking at. Satya Nadella is the only Indian and youngest candidate in the running for the next CEO at Microsoft.  He has a reputation for driving people to work hard and demands excellence.  Outside of work, he is said to be a sweet and charming individual, which has earned him the nickname Satya “Nutella” due to his chocolate brown skin color.  Some observers have also mentioned a transformation in ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the Skype experience in Xbox One console. Apart from the being a regular Skype app, Skype app for Xbox One really takes advantage of the platform to provide a great communication experience. They listed the following as the main features for Skype app, No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the ...

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Microsoft today revealed the the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One is releasing this month. Apart from the apps from its partners, Xbox One in all regions will include the following apps pre-installed. •Xbox Fitness •Xbox Video •Xbox Music •Internet Explorer •Skype •SkyDrive •Upload Microsoft also revealed that they are delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold. “We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.” Find the list of 3rd party apps in the respective regions. Australia •Crackle •Machinima •MUZU ...

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Microsoft today detailed the TV & entertainment capabilities of Xbox One. Since its announcement, Microsoft has been revealing the capabilities of Xbox One. So far, they detailed about the exclusive gaming content, Xbox LIVE multiplayer community and new features like Smart Match, Game DVR and Upload, etc,. Today, they detailed the whole Xbox One experience which combines gaming, TV & entertainment capabilities and the whole new dashboard experience. #1 – Unleashing the Power of Your Voice A simple voice command turns on your Xbox One, your TV, your set-top box and your AV system because Kinect for Xbox One is an Infra-Red blaster. And when you say “Xbox On,” your game is always ready to resume from wherever you left off. You can start playing your favorite game, find your favorite show, change channels, turn up the TV volume and more – with the sound of your voice, powered by ...

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Microsoft’s ads to promote Internet Explorer in the recent few years were appreciated by many. Microsoft is trying to make the ‘IE’ brand cool again which lost its mojo in the IE6 days. Even though Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 are the fastest browsers, most of the people’s views on it are still on the negative side. Microsoft released a new ad featuring Inori Aizawa, a feisty anime few days back to promote IE. Read the following message and watch the video, you will understand Microsoft’s message. Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and ...

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  Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature that will help programmers to search API documentations on MSDN. Read about it below. For programmers looking up API reference information is a critical part of their daily routine. Whether they’re looking for syntax, availability, support versions or guidelines, being able to quickly reference API information is essential to getting the job done. In the example below, you can see that we have surfaced relevant information directly on the results page so people don’t have to click through to MSDN to see if they have the right reference material. At a glance you can see: 1. Find the .Net versions supported. 2. View Code snippets explaining the syntax of this particular class. 3. Navigate to the appropriate version directly from the results page. 4. View syntax in the supported languages. Source: Bing ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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