Kim Dotcom's gift to the hacker crew behind the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox networks attacks brought temporary relief, but it sets a bad example for the longer term.
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Microsoft has added bitcoin as a payment option for US-based Microsoft account purchases of Xbox games and mobile content, along with other products and services in its Windows Store.
Microsoft is reportedly laying off its entire research and development team in Shenzhen, China, with few employees taking the payout currently being offered by Redmond.
Microsoft has a $49 adapter kit that will allow Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.
Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of its attempt to focus on its core businesses. There's no word on the resulting headcount reduction.
Could Xbox-branded smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smartglasses, and home automation devices be Microsoft's "mobile-first world" strategy? Or is Microsoft planning to carve off the brand so it can better focus on enterprise?
Microsoft Xbox One Console for $400
Microsoft is making Skype group video calling a free, cross-platform feature, starting with the Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One platforms.
Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles.
Microsoft has taken the covers off its latest gaming/graphics programming interface, known as DirectX 12, that will be supported across Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One OS by next year.
Microsoft Xbox veteran Marc Whitten is leaving the company and joining Sonos.
Microsoft execs have said little about the company's home-automation strategy, but Xbox may be its centerpiece.
Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer played a bigger role in establishing the Xbox as Microsoft's stake in the living room than many realize.
Microsoft Space in Madrid will demonstrate Surface tablets and Xbox consoles, but products won't be available to buy.
The question that the future Microsoft CEO will need to answer is this; is Xbox important to Microsoft, or is it, along with projects such as Bing, merely a distraction from Microsoft's core operations?
Software giant Microsoft has said that the Abbott government should reconsider its National Broadband Network policy.
The UK has launched a TV white space pilot in which it will test devices and databases that manage access to unused spectrum.
Microsoft may be closer to providing a single app store across Windows, Windows Phone (and possibly Xbox) than many believe.
Apple announced a couple new iPhones this week, Microsoft rolled out Xbox Music for iOS and Android, and new phones are starting to arrive in our hands.
Microsoft continues to expand support for Xbox Music with iOS and Android apps now available for online streaming of over 30 million songs. Free web streaming is now also available for consumers.
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