Games en Microsoft + Minecraft <div class="field-deck"> So this is happening </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The history of bizarre corporate non-synergies has a new entry: Microsoft this morning confirmed it will purchased Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. The purchase gives Microsoft one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time, sure, but it's one that runs on rival platforms as well as its own. Why would Microsoft buy this game?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Games Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:44:00 +0000 43581 at Will Holiday 2014 be Xbox 360's Swan Song? <div class="field-deck"> It shouldn't be... but I bet it is </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft this week revealed Xbox 360 bundle lineup for the 2014 holiday season, which includes a special Call of Duty-themed value bundle, a specially colored version of the console with a much bigger hard drive, and a new Kinect bundle. Is this the last big holiday quarter for Xbox 360?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox 360 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:03:00 +0000 43551 at Xbox One October 2014 System Update to Include Snap, TV Improvements <div class="field-deck"> Another solid month of Xbox One updates </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft has detailed the changes coming in the October 2014 System Update for Xbox One. Another big update, this one includes improvements to the Snap experience and TV, and several fan-requested features.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:11:00 +0000 43291 at Finally, Xbox One Heads Out to More Markets <div class="field-deck"> 29 new markets in September </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you're an Xbox fan who felt jilted by Microsoft's decision last year to limit the launch of its new console to just a handful of markets, take heart: This month, Xbox One will launch in 29 additional markets, just in time for the crucial second holiday games wave. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:37:00 +0000 43251 at Skype Updated for Xbox One, Windows Desktop and iPhone <div class="field-deck"> New Skype all around... </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft this week updated the Skype client for Xbox One, Windows desktop, and iPhone. I don't believe these updates are related to each other per se, but it's interesting how fast the Skype clients are getting updated these days.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile devices Xbox One Skype Windows Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:11:00 +0000 43211 at Consumer Apps and Services: Microsoft's Often-Overlooked Crown Jewels <div class="field-deck"> Can't we all just get along? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While Microsoft's business offerings have long dominated the conversation around the software giant, I'm increasingly excited by the firm's growing set of integrated consumer services that work via apps on all popular mobile device platforms. It is here, I think, that Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mantra is most clearly seen, because the services that impact end users directly are those that make the most sense on mobile devices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Cloud Mobile devices Xbox One Windows 8 Windows Phone Office 365 Skype Windows RT OneDrive Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 42941 at Standalone Xbox One Kinect Coming in October <div class="field-deck"> Wait, they don't already sell this? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced today that it will sell a standalone version of Kinect for Xbox One starting in October. This release is of course aimed at customers who purchase a Kinect-less Xbox One console and then wish to upgrade later.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:53:00 +0000 42791 at While I Was Gone... <div class="field-deck"> I'm back </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Last year, I took an actual vacation for the first time in over 10 years. It went well enough that I did so again this past week. But as it turns out, lifeā€”and the Internet--goes on without me. So here's a quick peek at some of the past week's developments that I missed writing about while I was away: Some Skype, OneNote Online, Windows Phone developer, Xbox One, and Call of Duty news, and more.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Call of Duty Cloud OneNote Xbox One Windows Phone Skype Games Office Software Development Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:52:00 +0000 42371 at August 2014 is Biggest Month Yet for Xbox One Updates <div class="field-deck"> This is the big one, 'Lizabeth </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While Microsoft had previously detailed some of the changes it would deliver with the August 2014 System Update for Xbox One, the firm this week documented several more new features and changes. With a laundry list of improvements, this month's system update is now shaping up to be the biggest one since the console launched late last year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:34:00 +0000 42321 at Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Coming to Europe in October <div class="field-deck"> Ah, to be European </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced this week that it will ship a unique hardware accessory for Xbox One users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK in October. The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is a USB-based TV tuner that works with the free-to-air television content that is common in those countries. Best of all, it's cheap: About US $40. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:10:00 +0000 42221 at