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Former Microsoft MacBU chief now running entertainment client software

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."

April 18, 2009 by

US game spending down 7% in September 2008

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 [...]

October 16, 2008

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.

October 2, 2008 by

A sneak peek from E3 at Xbox 360's latest software upgrades

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.

July 15, 2008 by

Community gaming

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.

August 14, 2006 by

Faster networks, please

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?

May 30, 2006 by

BusinessWeek: Microsoft´s Enterprising Endeavor

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>

March 22, 2006 by

Xbox 360 and software

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.

December 14, 2005 by

Microsoft Announces The Live Era

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).

November 1, 2005 by

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