To be honest, the Xbox One sales mystery continues. As you all know, the sales of Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 by several million units. Microsoft is expanding to several new markets with Xbox One this month. According to the latest report from Famitsu, Microsoft Xbox One sold 23,562 units in its first week on the Japanese market. They comment it as the worst console launch and the numbers are less than half of the number of Xbox 360 systems sold in Japan. Also, it is important to note that Japan always remains a tougher marker for Microsoft as people over there have strong brand attraction towards their home console company Sony. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but ...

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Microsoft today expanded Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan. In this release, they have expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. So, you can enjoy transit routes in Japan wherever you go. Detailed walking directions Transit can be frustrating when you have a transfer that doesn’t occur at the same station. Getting off of one metro line, going up to the street, and finding where to get your next bus or train can be difficult – especially if you only have a few minutes to make your connection. Now on Bing Maps, you will see detailed walking instructions between stops and at the beginning and end of your trip. In the screenshot detailing walking directions to Tokyo Tower, you can see guidance about which side of the street to walk on and the locations of crosswalks. You can even see the picturesque shortcut through the park that ...

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Microsoft previously announced that Intel Core i3 and Core i7 versions of Surface Pro 3 would be shipping “in August.“ Panos Panay today said “Thanks to some great work by our team, I can confirm that, in this case, “in August” means August 1, which is when these versions will arrive in stores and at commercial resellers in Canada and the US.” Also Surface Pro 3 will be made available by end of August in 26 additional markets. By the end of August 2014, Intel® Core™i3, i5, and i7 versions of Surface Pro 3, as well as select new accessories, will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. If you don’t own a Surface Pro 3 yet, ...

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Microsoft earlier announced that Xbox One console will be available in Japan starting this September. Sony made PS4 available in Japan in February earlier this year. Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One game console will be available in Japan with the Kinect sensor for 49,980 Yen and without Kinect for 39,980 Yen which is same as the same prices as Sony’s PS4. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but I can say both RPGs and specifically the Japanese developers are really important to our ecosystem.” Since Microsoft has now price matched Sony, we should see more fight in the console war soon. ...

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The Xbox One is currently only available in 13 markets, primarily in North America and Europe. Sony on the other hand has launched the PS4 in over 54 markets and this has helped the company sell 2 million more consoles than the Xbox One. However in the coming months this will soon be changing. Microsoft is expected to launch the Xbox One in 26 new markets this fall. Today the Redmond software giant officially announced that its gaming console will launch in Japan on September 4. Historically, Japan has been a challenging market for Microsoft and continues to be so. Sony’s is headquarted in Japan and remains an extremely popular corporation within the company. However, Microsoft continues to try to push into the market due to the number of game developers in the country. Source: Microsoft Japan ...

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  When is comes to tablet market, Apple still remains the top vendor both in terms of unit volume and eco-system growth. Microsoft jumped into this market with Windows 8, and followed by Windows 8.1 last year. Microsoft Windows is competing with Apple iPad in the high-end and white box Android tablets in the low end. Digitimes today reported a good news for Microsoft regarding its sales in Japan. The sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising since October 2013 as a result in February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models. For a comparison, Windows just had a share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market. With Windows tablets gaining market share, Japan’s tablet market is expected to see a more balanced development, but competition between iOS, Android and Windows will remain keen in 2014, Digitimes Research believes. In 2013, Apple still dominated ...

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Microsoft Japan has announced that Resona Holdings Inc. has migrated approximately 30,000 client terminals to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. Resona Holdings, which had been running on group client terminals, completed the migration in February 2014, well before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 9. This 30,000-unit deployment of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 is one of the largest ever made. Resona Holdings, which oversees the operations of Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, Kinki Osaka Bank and other group companies, intends to become a “true retail bank that is highly trusted by our customers and the local community.” Its business revitalization plan prioritizes leveraging “All Resona” comprehensive capabilities, promoting cross-selling and reducing operational costs. The key features of Resona Holdings’ migration to Windows 8 and Office 2013 include the following: Significant cost savings by replacing approximately half the group’s client PCs, and ...

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Microsoft announced Windows Azure services for Japan last year, today Microsoft announced that Windows Azure in Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture), will be generally available later Tuesday. Microsoft highlighted that fact that storage usage for Windows Azure has grown 10x in the last 15 months in Japan along and this Azure Services availability in Japan will serve the purpose well for these customers. Japan’s cloud market has grown considerably in the last few years and this growth is only expected to increase, with the projected 2014 forecast estimated at around $1.6 billion, according to IDC. These new regions will help fulfill the current and future needs of our cloud customers with secure and highly available services that help them grow their business. In addition, they provide local customers the ability to achieve data residency and realize data recovery scenarios, as data will be replicated between the ...

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As winter -storms hit across the United States I’m sure many are thinking of warmer places they would rather be at.  We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.   When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most searched travel destinations: USA’s most searched destinations of 2013 Hawaii captured the heart of Americans this year, even topping searches for mainland USA destinations. London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding onto its #1 spot for the second year in a row. Hawaii Bahamas (pictured) London ...

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In 2012 Microsoft help the #1 spot for corporate brand perception in Japan.  This year Microsoft has fallen to third and Apple has gained the #1 spot for the first time.  Google has also moved from 8th to 5th.  According to Nikkei Research: Apple saw a “greater willingness of businesspeople to recommend its products.  And the U.S. company continues to rank high in “originality and brand premium.” The iPhone is selling well in Japan and the trend is expected to continue with the iPhone 5S.  More businesses and consumers are willing to recommend Apple products right now in Japan.  The No. 2 spot went to a Japanese company, Yamato Transport, a home delivery service.  Microsoft has a lot of work to do, but with the purchase of Nokia and increased innovation in the hardware space I believe Microsoft can regain the top spot when annual survey is done again next ...

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Microsoft previously released a list of 21 countries that it would launch the Xbox One for holiday 2013.  Japan was not among them.  Today Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki confirmed that Japan is a “tier 2″ country and the console will launch in early 2014 in the country. Higuchi also said the the Xbox One “won’t be delayed too much from the North American release.” Microsoft has not seen huge success in Japan, Sony’s home territory.  With the PS4 launching holiday 2013 in Japan, it is probably more sensible for Microsoft to launch it in early 2014.  The Xbox One will also launch in early 2014 for many other Asian countries. Xbox One Launch Countries for Holiday 2013: Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Source: Games Industry International ...

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The Surface Pro is making its way around the world and Japan is getting its taste on June 7th.  Microsoft previously stated that it would make region specific changes based on the market.  The Chinese Surface Pro had unique Touch Covers and Office preinstalled and Japan will be getting the same.  The Japanese Surface Pro will also come with a 256GB variant, in addition to the 128GB version, but no 64GB version. Pricing was revealed via @SurfaceJP Surface Pro 256GB: 119,800 JPY / $1,170 USD Surface Pro 128GB: 99,800 JPY / $975 USD   Source: Liveside (Please take a look at pictures of the Touch Covers in their blog post) If you are a Japanese reader of Microsoft-news please let us know if you will be buying a Surface Pro in the comments below. ...

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Microsoft was criticised by many people yesterday because of the Bing Marketing team’s tweet. Bing’s twitter account tweeted that it would donate $1 for every retweet of that tweet upto $100K. Later Bing team apologized for their poor act. But Microsoft’s Global Community Affairs team has been busy in extending their support to Japan. Here is the list of efforts that Microsoft have so far undergone.  1. Activating our Disaster Response protocol and team – a dedicated group that mobilizes our company during crises such as this – who is leading outreach to customers, partners, the local government, and relief agencies. 2. Providing customers and partners impacted by the earthquake with free incident support to help get their operations back up and running. 3. Providing free temporary software licenses to all impacted customers and partners as well as lead governments, nonprofit partners and institutions involved in disaster response efforts. 4. ...

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