As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, Microsoft decided to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production. Hollywood reported today that XES is in discussions with Warner Bros. about possibly becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio. If it happens, XES may become part of Machinima, the video game-centric YouTube network in which Warner Bros. has already invested it. A Warner Bros. spokeswoman said that the studio is “constantly having preliminary discussions regarding business opportunities with numerous companies at any given time. A conversation is just that — a conversation.” Hollywood Reporter says that ...

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InterDigital has now lost its patent case against Nokia at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Since Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s Devices division, Microsoft agreed to assume all of Nokia’s liabilities and have “sole control over the defense, including sole authority to resolve this action.” Even though InterDigital pledged to appeal against this ruling, this is a set back for them. ITC found that Nokia’s devices didn’t violate InterDigital patent rights. InterDigital and Nokia were already in a patent dispute back in 2006 and they settled on it. InterDigital again sued Nokia for some different patents few years later and Nokia refused to pay patent royalties for them. InterDigital’s comment on this ruling, “The commission’s decision is disappointing, running contrary to a number of judicial decisions involving, in some instances, the exact same patents as in this case,” InterDigital Chief Executive Officer William Merritt said in a statement. “We do not feel this ...

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As announced earlier this week, Microsoft is now rolling out the Xbox One system update to preview members. It includes no.of new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, in addition to a few unannounced features. Find the list of new features below, Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include:   Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you.  You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party. New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Microsoft last week announced that Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One, such as the ability to access your favorite shows and channels with the sound of your voice through the OneGuide, with the new Xbox One Digital TV Tuner.  The new digital TV tuner will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards. The most notable thing in this announcement is that this device is not coming to the US. Also, it may not be coming to the US anytime soon due to licensing restrictions by TV providers such as Comcast. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue, The ability to stream TV content to mobile devices depends on a number of factors related to licensing. This feature is launching first in the UFIGS markets, where the Xbox Digital TV Tuner will ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that all Xbox One retail units can be used as dev kits in the future so that anyone can become a Xbox developer. During ID@Xbox program launch, Microsoft said, “As part of our vision for enabling everyone with an Xbox One to be a creator, we absolutely intend to enable people to develop games using their retail kits. Right now, though, you still need a development kit! We provide two kits to everyone in the registered developer program. Additional kits, if needed, can be purchased.” It’s been a year since Microsoft announced their plans to make any game development on any Xbox One unit, but they have not delivered yet. Speaking to Engadget at Gameecom, Phil Spencer revealed that the plans are still on, but it is not the priority right now. “I know, I know, I know,” Spencer told us in an interview this week ...

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Engineers from Microsoft’s IE platform team took part in a Reddit AmA session. Engineers present during this session were number of subject matter experts covering JavaScript, DOM, CSS, HTML, Graphics/WebGL, Touch, Performance, Developer Relations, F12 Developer Tools, Web Standards, Testing, and more. When answering about whether Microsoft considered rebranding and changing the name of Internet Explorer due to its negative perception, IE team revealed that they briefly considered Ultron, but the lawyers said no. They even answered a question about negative perception, Q: I’ve always had this question in mind too. The IE name has been so widely denigrated that even if they make it the best browser in the market, I think its reputation will affect the distribution and adoption of the browser very adversely. Ans: It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we ...

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At Gamescom, Microsoft revealed dozens of games from ID@Xbox that will come first to console on Xbox One, via the self-publishing program for independent developers. Find th e list of games below. Microsoft said that they are working with more than 500 developers with development kits. As part of ID@Xbox, Microsoft is committed to offering developers the tools they need to bring innovative experiences to Xbox One.  It’s an exciting time for independent games on Xbox One. Ranging from the wonderfully chaotic jetpack action ball game #IDARB, to the mysterious world of Ghost of a Tale, there is no shortage of excitement at gamescom this year. Join us in the Xbox booth to check out 20 games firsthand, take a deeper look at the collection of exclusive games in the video above – and check out the Xbox One Store for the latest independent games, including Warframe launching next month. All of the ID@Xbox games shown during Aztez ...

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Microsoft today updated their social network Socl with new features and improved user experience. Find the list of new features and improvements below, Even faster post creation. Now Socl provides an inline post creator ideally suited for fast creation of text, link or single image posts. All of Socl’s existing capabilities are just a click away. Streamlined navigation. Easily dive in to the content types you prefer to discuss or create using the Socl ‘app’ picker in the main navigation bar, or hang out in the main feed to participate in all the action. Directed posts. In addition to public posts, Socl now also allows you to make posts visible only to you or to people you choose. Collect while creating. Now you can collect your post while creating it, and creating new collection is easier than ever before. More inline video support. Now in addition to YouTube, most of ...

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Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has selected Microsoft’s Business Intelligence solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Power BI for Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way to make the airline forecasts better business visibility, more engaged employees and savings of millions of dollars per year. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash.— August 14, 2014 —Saudi Airlines, among the largest airlines in the Middle East, has implemented a business intelligence (BI) solution with Microsoft Corp. that includes Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Power BI for Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way, which allows the company to have better business visibility, more engaged employees, and projected savings of millions of dollars per year in the process. This ...

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Microsoft earlier this week announced the new Nokia 130, the most affordable mobile phone with FM Radio, video and music player. It comes with a beautiful design with a 1.8” colour display, inherent colouring, and built-in flashlight on the back with talk time of up to 13 hours. The Nokia 130 is available in both Single and Dual SIM offering standby times of up to 36 days and 26 days respectively. It supports SD cards up to 32GB. Today, Microsoft released the above infographic touting the features of Nokia 130, This week we launched the Nokia 130, an ultra-affordable phone packed with features. But what can you get for just 19€? via: Conversations ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing that Rise of the Tomb Raider game will be exclusive to Xbox One. This game will be available next year for the holiday season. Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind the game posted the following information regarding their exclusive partnership with Microsoft, “Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.” There were lots of questions regarding this exclusive deal, Phil Spencer clarified them later. Rise of the ...

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As Zen Studios announced last month, Pinball FX2 game is now available for download from Xbox Store. Game description: All of your favorite pinball tables are now available on Xbox One! Download the free Pinball FX2 platform and access to the best pinball library available, featuring tables based on the biggest names in pop-culture. The fantasy themed Sorcerer’s Lair table is available for free play for all players! Table library includes Star Wars™ Pinball, Marvel Pinball, Plants vs. Zombies™ Pinball and a great collection of original designs from the pinball wizards at Zen Studios. New tables are added all the time! Pinball FX2 on Xbox One Features: • 1080p Full HD resolution at 60 frames per second • Split-screen multiplayer • Hotseat multiplayer • Compete against other players on all tables to achieve the highest Super Score • Team up with your friends to increase your Wizard Score • Table ...

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In order to raise awareness about ALS, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same. On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty®:Advanced Warfare Bundle which looks amazing. This special edition bundle includes a massive 1TB hard drive and in-game sound effects and the console is emblazoned with Sentinel Task Force iconography. The wireless controller looks like an artifact from the powerful battlegrounds of the future. Contents: Custom Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare console with 1 terabyte hard drive and sound effects Custom Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller Full game download of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare In game bonus content: Unique exoskeleton Advanced Arsenal which features an EM1 Quantum directed-energy weapon and a bullet brass exoskeleton Digital Personalization Pack One chat headset, HDMI cable, and power supply Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare packaging Features: Pre-order today to get everything you’ll need to prevail in a new era of Call of Duty Features a massive 1TB ...

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Microsoft today reveals Deals with Gold games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. The discounts include 50% off on popular games like Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, EA Sports UFC and more. These discounts are valid now through 18 August 2014. You can now get Titanfall for just around $25! Xbox One deals: Content Title Content Type Discount % EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 33% Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Xbox One Game 50% Titanfall Xbox One Game 50% Titanfall Expedition Add-on 30% Just Dance 2014 tracks* “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore Add-on 40% “Timber” - Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha Add-on 40% “Gangnam Style” – PSY Add-on 40% “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO Add-on 40% “Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia Add-on 40%   Xbox 360 deals: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Crystal Defenders Arcade 50% Final Fantasy XIII-2 Games on Demand 50% Gyromancer Arcade 50% Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand ...

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