Microsoft says that its next Xbox One update has started rolling out yesterday, less than a week before the launch of Titanfall. The update, detailed in February, will fix problems with joining and chatting with parties of your friends, prepare the console for the release of the Xbox One stereo headset and media remote, and add support for Twitch live streaming ahead of the service’s launch on the console.
The update retools the console’s UI, moving the user’s friends list to the front and center of the Xbox One’s friends homepage, and adds a list of recent players so users can send friend requests to amiable teammates. Players who set up parties with those friends will now have chat audio turned on by default, and will now be able to chat with people in the same party even when members of the group are playing different games. The update also introduces an “invite friends to game” option that will allow a user to join their friend’s multiplayer game with less hassle.
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Microsoft is reportedly building a variation of Windows dubbed “Windows 8.1 with Bing.” It’s apparently part of an experiment to offer the operating system with tighter integration to featured Microsoft apps and services—primarily, at least at first, Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
Windows Bing may also be part of a plan to boost adoption by giving away the OS for free or at a reduced cost to both individual users interested in upgrading their Windows 7 machines and PC makers. The Verge reported Friday that Microsoft might give away a consumer version of Windows Bing for free.
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Microsoft is reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license costs by 70 percent for PC makers. Bloomberg News reports that the cuts are targeted at devices that retail for less than $250, in a move designed to combat rival low-cost tablets and Chromebooks. PC makers are usually charged $50 for a license of Windows 8.1, but Bloomberg News reports that manufacturers will be offered a license for just $15 on their low-cost devices.
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Microsoft has flipped the switch to bring OneDrive, its replacement for SkyDrive, online for your cloud storage. They made the announcement in a blog post over at the OneDrive Blog.
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Windows XP will be retired on April 8, 2014 so companies and authorities across the world are struggling to complete their transition to a newer platform until end of support arrives.
The Irish government won’t have enough time to move to modern Windows, so the authorities have signed a deal worth $4.5 million with Microsoft for extended Windows XP support.
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Microsoft’s spring update for the Xbox One is now live. The first update for the console packs a host of improvements, including better Kinect voice recognition, improved all-round stability, and some key fixes to the dashboard — such as onscreen meters for the controller’s battery and free HDD space . You’ll also be able to plug a USB keyboard in, which should make web browsing and searching a whole lot less painful.
The update is rolling out to customers during “off-peak” hours in their local time zones. If you’re taking advantage of Xbox’s Instant On feature, the console will check for an update next time you turn it off.
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Microsoft has already sunk $600 million into Nook Media, the ebook division spun off from Barnes & Noble in 2012, but I guess that’s not enough for the Redmond tech giant: news broke today that they have a third ebook effort in the works.
A new job listing discovered by the Chinese tech blog LiveSino has revealed that Microsoft is hiring an ebook developer to work on ‘a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.’ The position was posted by the Xbox Music, Video, and Reading unit, which had already released two apps for Windows 8 (video, music) and is clearly going for a trifecta. Continue reading Rumor: Microsoft Working On A Xbox Reading Unit
Amazon is looking to make a major push into the video game scene with its latest acquisition. According to TechCrunch, Amazon has picked up Double Helix Games, the studio behind the Xbox One reboot of Killer Instinct. Although several of their recent releases had been movie adaptations, Killer Instinct looked to be the beginning of a major turn for the studio. Strider, the next project from Double Helix (also an anticipated remake of a classic arcade game) is still a few weeks from launch, but preview coverage has been almost unanimously positive.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Susan Hauser in front of a group of customers and partners about his background and the opportunities he sees for the company’s continued growth and innovation.
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Microsoft has named its third CEO in the company’s 38-year history. Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer and takes over the top job at Microsoft immediately. With former CEO Bill Gates by his side as a technology advisor, Nadella is focusing on mobile and cloud as he prepares to take Microsoft beyond its PC roots. As a 22-year veteran server and enterprise guy, Nadella is well positioned to understand Microsoft’s challenges and opportunities ahead.
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