Games en Microsoft Muddies the One Windows Waters <div class="field-deck"> No, Virginia, we're not heading towards a single Windows </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Well, here we go again. During yesterday's post-earnings conference call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that the firm was preparing to streamline Windows from three separate operating systems into a "single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," touching off another round of confusion. But there's no reason to be confused: This isn't news, and it isn't even new. And it most certainly doesn't actually mean that there will only be "one" version of Windows 9 (or whatever) that runs on PC, tablets, phones, TVs, embedded devices, and so on.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 9 Xbox One Windows Phone Windows Server Windows Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:02:00 +0000 41471 at Coming Soon: August 2014 System Update for Xbox One <div class="field-deck"> A ton of new functional updates </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As has been the case for several months now, Microsoft has provided a list of new features and changes coming in next month's System Update for Xbox One. There is no single major new feature, but there a bunch of excellent changes coming, including mobile purchases, low controller battery notifications, support for 3D Blu-Ray movies, some activity feed updates, and more.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:59:00 +0000 41421 at Xbox One: Instant Sign-In <div class="field-deck"> A very useful new feature </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hidden in the latest Xbox One system update is a great new feature called Instant Sign-In that lets you specify a user that will automatically sign-in when the system powered on. This is useful for those with multiple users configured, or for those who don't have a Kinect that will automatically sign-in the person sitting in front of the console.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:08:00 +0000 41271 at Xbox One Sales Improve Thanks to Cheaper Model <div class="field-deck"> But did it beat PS4? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It takes a little man to admit when he's right. So I told you so: A new $400 Kinect-less Xbox One model has rejuvenated sales, at least temporarily, and at least in the United States, with Microsoft claiming that it sales of the console lineup "more than doubled" in June. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:53:00 +0000 41241 at Looking for Strategy as Microsoft Enters FY15 <div class="field-deck"> What's the strategy this week? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Next week, Microsoft will hold its annual worldwide partner conference in Washington D.C., an event that always occurs right at the start of the firm's fiscal year. As such, WPC is often a time at which Microsoft floats its view of the future. But this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has stepped to the podium, at least virtually, a few days early with an open letter to employees (and thus to the world). The question: Is there any substance there?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Mobile devices Xbox One Windows Phone Windows Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:53:00 +0000 40981 at Kinect v2 for Windows on Sale Next Week <div class="field-deck"> No, you won't be playing Kinect Sports on your PC any time soon </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The first version of the Kinect for Windows was basically a science experiment, a way for developers to get up to speed on the motion sensor and its unique capabilities. But in the years since that release, no major Kinect apps ever appeared on Windows. Will next week's release of Kinect v2 for Windows—a device that is clearly based on the Xbox One version of Kinect—change things at all?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kinect Xbox One Software Development Windows Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 40861 at Games with Gold: July 2014 <div class="field-deck"> More free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With its July 2014 Games with Gold promotion, Microsoft is providing two free games each for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users, respectively, who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. For some reason, however, we only know about one of the coming free games on Xbox One.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox 360 Xbox One Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 40731 at Xbox One Game Clips and Achievements Coming to the Web <div class="field-deck"> Biggest deal? Game clips! </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Not sure what took 8 long months—and that's assuming you don't ding them for the months leading up to the product's launch—but Microsoft will finally make Xbox One-based game clips, achievements and other data accessible from the product's web presence at The good news? It's going live next week.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:27:00 +0000 40611 at Short Takes: June 27, 2014 <div class="node-body link-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a 15-year old Microsoft IP theft, Windows 8.1 Update 2 and 3, Microsoft's offer for MacBook Air users, Larry Page is a robot and can't see that Google is creepy, protesters accuse Google of Skynet-like killing spree, a reviewer spends 30 days with Windows Phone and lives to tell the tale, and Xbox One family sharing could be making a comeback.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Xbox One Windows 8 Windows Phone Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:19:00 +0000 40591 at Explaining the Performance Improvements in the June Xbox One XDK Update <div class="field-deck"> Remember the 10 percent performance improvement? It's complicated </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While most Xbox One fans and users are currently focused on what is and is not in each month's system update, this isn't the only way that Microsoft keeps its new console up to date. At E3 earlier this month, the company announced a June 2014 update to its Xbox Development Kit, or XDK, as well. And this week, it finally explained how this release will improve performance in certain new games only.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox One Software Development Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:32:00 +0000 40261 at