the rumor was Xbox would be sold or spun off...not shut down.
I really wish they'd address clearly how HDMI pass through will work if you have a DVR cable/satellite box. Will I have access to my DVR recordings in the Xbox Guide? If not, I guess I'll have...
If you're only using them for games it's hard to disagree with you (assuming you don't love Titanfall).
However, Microsoft has provided stats in the past that show vast amounts of Xbox Live...
The new two-position stand is also very nice. Makes it much more usable in certain situations, like plane seats.
There is a way to disable the lock screen in Win 8 (I'm not on 8.1). Paul covered it. In fact, at least for me, it shows up directly below this article under "Related Articles."