At CES in Las Vegas, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest talks to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about what to expect from the software giant in 2012. Ballmer previews the new Windows phone OS, Windows 8's metro UI and new Xbox Kinect features.
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New Xbox 360 dashboard software update further blurs the line between games, television, and social networking
Software giant says Skype's video-chatting platform will bolster its Kinect and Windows Phone platforms. It will also "connect" Skype users with Xbox Live.
The software giant hopes to integrate Skype's VoIP and video-chat services with its platforms, including Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and Windows Phone
Roxio has seemingly been laying low of late, but it's apparently been working on a new set of products that makes it easier to record your gaming prowess to show off to the world. Coming soon is the Game Capture hardware device for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and a little further out is its PC Game Capture software.
Microsoft has banned GPLv3 software from the Windows Phone and Xbox apps ... but should Apple do the same in the App Store?
Microsoft has banned GPLv3 open-source software from Windows Phone and Xbox apps, according to Jan Wildeboer, an open source evangelist and Red Hat employee.
Craig Eisler, the former head of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (MacBU) has a new job heading up "entertainment client software" for the company. Eisler -- who is now Corporate Vice President for the TV, Video and Music business -- will lead "the planning, design and development of client software across Windows, the Xbox video game system and Windows Mobile."
Americans spent $1.27 bln on video games in September 2008, down 7% from September 2007. Hardware sales dropped 9% to $497.98 mln and software sales fell 6% to $616.1 mln. Nintendo Wii and DS held their place as the two best-selling gaming systems. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 347,200 units during the month, in third place [...]
Netflix news: Starz catalog added to online service, streaming to PS3, Xbox 360 through PlayOn beta software
The Netflix ecosystem is expanding as the popular DVD rental company tries to bulk up its online video streaming business in anticipation of the day when fewer and fewer people want to watch movies after waiting to get a disc in the mail. Last week, the company announced a deal with CBS and Disney to stream current-season shows, and now it has partnered with cable movie channel Starz to let Netflix members view online the Starz Play broadband subscription movie service.
Microsoft previews their next System Update featuring avatars and more social interaction through games; Netflix is partnering with the Xbox 360 bringing access to their entire movie library; new party games titled 'You're in the Movies' and 'Lips' are previewed; and everyone gets giddy for Final Fantasy 13.
The announcement that anyone will be able to author an XBox game (someday) is an important break in the monolithic approach to hardware and software that is the gaming industry.
For Xbox Live Arcade, software giant to unveil new game every Wednesday, many of which will be 25-year-old classics.
You can’t be too rich or too thin, or have a network that’s too fast. I struggled over the weekend trying to tweak the performance of an Xbox 360 connected to a PC running the new Media Center software in Windows Vista. The experience was amazing and frustrating at the same time. Is there a hardware fix waiting in the wings?
International competition grabs backing from software giant; Windows, Xbox 360 now official platforms for annual event.
US$500 million for a marketing campaign. It had to come from somewhere....IBM, with a $90billion-a-year business of selling technology to businesses, doesn't intimidateeasily. Ken [B]isconti, vice-president for IBM Lotus Workplace products,calls Ballmer's speech a "thinly-veiled promotion" for the upcomingWindows and Office launches. "Windows and Office attempt toprolong Microsoft's pre-Internet, proprietary, one-size-fits-all computingmodel," [B]isconti says. "We embrace open-technology standards,which give customers the ability to mix and match the technology they use."He also points out that while IBM offers a vast array of tech services,its $15.8 billion-a-year software business is second in size only to Microsoft's.Indeed, while open-source software hasmounted a serious challenge to Microsoft, IBM is the only company thatcan offer a wide array of software for large corporations that runs onboth the server and the desktop. Its IBM Workplace products, launched twoyears ago, provide Internet-based applications designed for specific jobsin corporations -- from call-center operator to bank employee. Revenuesfor the Lotus unit, which includes most of the Workplace products, increased10% last year. The BusinessWeek article is a prettystraightforward on-the-spot reaction to yesterday's Ballmer bluster andthe new MS campaign. I suppose this is a better approach to chidingcustomers to upgrade than calling them "dinosaurs".One of MS's key messages yesterday seemsto be to emphasize that IBM is supposedly a services company. IBMis also a US$15.8 billion software company. Would it make sense ifIBM started trying to paint Microsoft as a games manufacturer due to Xbox? This is a silly attempt to create pure FUD.Link: BusinessWeek:Microsoft's Enterprising Endeavor>
I did try, too, to find the right people at Microsoft to email aboutthe cost of licensing DRM access to the X360 for a favorite daemon filled interactive game -God Wolley (Xunil) - for which I happento have source.
Microsoft just announced its new Web-based Windows and 'software as a service' strategies. After first announcing the Xbox 360 will be released on Nov 22 in North America, Gates talked about their new "Live" brand (thanks Mike from TechCrunch for the news - he has pictures too).
Microsoft XBox 360 will drive the US market for console software to more than $8.1 bln by 2008, according to Kagan Research.
Software company's top Xbox executive is helping to rethink a music strategy that hasn't shaken Apple's hold on market.
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