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windows 9

Microsoft event on September 30th likely to show off Windows 9

Microsoft has always had a traditionally bizarre, but repeatable, cycle when it comes to operating systems – Windows 98 to Windows XP, Windows Vista to Windows 7 – disappointing Windows releases are often followed up soon after by an operating system that fixes everything that was wrong with its predecessor. Windows 8 has yet to have this successor after it suffered indifference and criticism over its initial release; while the Windows 8.1 update addressed many issues, the stigma with Windows 8 may be too great for it to succeed going forward. That’s where Windows 9 comes in. Windows 9 is expected to succeed Window 8 and fix all its indiscretions, and while Windows 9 is not expected to be released till 2015 sometime, Microsoft looks like it is gearing up for some kind of Windows-related event on September 30th (invite shown above) in San Francisco and the main attraction is rumoured to be ...

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Xbox can't advertise Destiny

Clever, backhanded ad points out Xbox can’t advertise Destiny

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that this year’s (or any year’s) biggest game release, Destiny, is about to happen on September 9th (only 1 day and 12 hours left!!!). You might have noticed, however, that despite the game coming out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, advertisements everywhere have centred pretty heavily on the Sony consoles’ release, with Xbox ads almost non-existent. As we know, Bungie and Sony have cosied up closely for this release with exclusive PS4 console and game bundles, leaving Microsoft’s console out in the rain. So close is that relationship that Xbox can’t advertise Destiny at all, a point it hilariously pointed out in some ads in the U.K. this week (see above). Xbox U.K. this week posted a series of advertisements promoting a new perfume called “Destiny“. Of course, there is no perfume, but presumably the opportunity to ...

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halo 2 anniversary

343 Industries shows off revamped “Lockout” map from Halo 2 Anniversary

Possibly almost as anticipated as the next chapter in the Halo saga, Halo 5: Guardians,  is Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a box that will contain Halos 1 through 4, all with revamped graphics to match the graphical prowess afforded to them on the Xbox One. Chief among the exciting things included in the Collection is Halo 2 Anniversary, which is going to get some extremely special treatment, not only because it was released 10 years ago, but because it was originally released on the original Xbox. We’ve already seen how some of the cinematics are going to look, but Microsoft and 343 Industries have been slowly showing off the graphically revamped multiplayer maps, and this time it’s Lockout’s turn – Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary are the maps that have already been unveiled. Lockout was a fan favourite in the Halo community as it was a brilliant map for close-quarters action. The ...

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MSN Messenger

A eulogy for MSN Messenger: IM chat service to be shuttered in October

During my younger years, I used MSN Messenger a lot. It was what everyone used, and it was oh-so-hard to eventually make the change to Google Talk. The instant messaging service was so engrained in our lives back then that many of us still can’t get that generic message tone out of our heads. While the service has been phasing out all over the world for some time now and users being switched to Skype, it has been kept running in China due to its popularity there. Even that extra tenure is now going to end after Microsoft started emailing users about the coming demise of MSN Messenger, offering them $2 worth of Skype coupons to stay with Microsoft’s solution rather than migrating to other Chinese messaging services by Tencent, Netease or Sina. MSN Messenger’s final day is going to be October 31st. That will end Messenger’s 15 year run, and although many ...

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Xbox Games with Gold

September’s Xbox Games with Gold keeps the free gaming coming

The end of the month is quickly becoming one of my favourite times as Microsoft reveals what games it is going to be offering on its ongoing Xbox Games with Gold program. Last month we got gems like Dishonored and Strike Suit Zero, and it looks like we’re getting more of the same in September. For Xbox One owners, you’ll only be getting one new game in September; Crimson Dragon, one of last month’s games will be continuing its tenure into this month. The other game you can get for free will be Super Time Force, a nifty little indie game that is quite a lot more tricky than its appearance as a side-scrolling gun-fest might suggest. Super Time Force will be available for the full month of September. Xbox 360 owners have hit the jackpot again this month – not only will the get to download the pixellated, heist, indie ...

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xbox one february update

The August Update for Xbox One is now available, brings 3D Blu-Ray support, remote buying and improved Activity Feed

We were promised an August update for Xbox One, and Microsoft has now delivered. Microsoft has been hard at work this month and brings a handful of features that are likely to make everyone’s life a little bit easier and the update should be rolling out now. On the list of improvements include 3D Blu-Ray support, meaning you will finally be able to play those 3D movies, as well as a revamped Activity Feed and the ability to remotely download and purchase games all from SmartGlass or online and have the games ready to go when you get home. Need some more elaboration? Xbox’s Major Nelson walks you through all the new features in the video below: The update to the Activity feed is a particularly nice one as it was quite congested before and now actually has some features which will be very useful for those of you who ...

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ryse 2

Crytek says Ryse 2 on the backburner until Xbox One sales get better

Ryse: Son of Rome has seen mixed reviews since its release as a launch title for the Xbox One. While it was lauded for its graphical prowess, thanks to developer Crytek‘s incredible graphics engine, CryEngine, it was often decried for having repetitive combat and a lacking story. Still, that appears not to be the main concern of Crytek who says the Xbox One’s poor sales performance (relative to the PS4), is the reason they aren’t pulling the trigger yet on its sequel, Ryse 2. In an interview with Eurogamer, when questioned whether Crytek’s recent financial issues have been influenced by a failed deal with Microsoft for publisher exclusivity of the Ryse 2 IP, Crytek’s counder and CEO, Cevat Yerli, said: “No. We have a good relationship with Microsoft. We are constantly looking at what we can do together. We are not 100 per cent happy with Xbox One sales right now. ...

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Xbox One sales

Sony’s financial report reveals the PS4 is likely outselling the Xbox One

It’s still very early days in this “next-gen” console cycle, but it is clear that Sony‘s offering, the Sony PlayStation 4, has taken an early lead over its rival the Microsoft Xbox One. While there’s likely still a long time left in this cycle (the last lasted for 8 years), it’s a testament to Sony’s efforts in trying to define this era that have resulted in it reporting a 96% increase in its games revenue and some information that suggests the PS4 is likely outselling the Xbox One. Not too shabby at all. Sony reported that it generated 257.5 billion Yen ($2.5 billion USD) in the last quarter and sold 3.5 million console units, which includes both PS4 and PS3 consoles. This is in stark contrast of Microsoft reporting that it had shipped, not sold, 1.1 million consoles; yes, that’s including both Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is extremely encouraging ...

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Xbox One price

Xbox One helps boost Microsoft’s console revenue by 14%

It wasn’t that long ago that it was rumoured Microsoft was trying to find a way of offloading its console business. The Xbox 360 was especially costly, allegedly losing the tech giant around $2 billion annually. The Xbox One’s existence is therefore somewhat of a miracle, though this time, it appears the company’s investment has paid off. Microsoft has reported that its games-related revenue has increased by $104 million, or 14%. This was almost the same increase that Microsoft’s revenue as a whole saw, jumping 17.7% to $23.4 billion in the quarter just passed. This jump in console revenue was helped in large part by Microsoft shipping 1.1 million consoles in the quarter, which included Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Surface units, which is 10% more than was shipped exactly one year ago. It also hasn’t hurt that Microsoft has removed the Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One console bundle, which ...

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Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs

Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs, most affected is newly absorbed Nokia Devices and Services unit

Jobs are set to be cut after Microsoft announces it is cutting up to 18,000 positions before the end of the year. In the release, Microsoft says that its newly acquired Nokia Devices and Services unit will be most affected, with around 12,500 jobs just from the professional and factory staff there. These are by far the largest layoffs that Microsoft has ever seen, and it is expected to forked out between $750 to $800 million just for severance packages for their outgoing employees. In a letter accompanying this morning’s press release, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, says the moves “will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster.” Nadella even suggests in the letter than Microsoft intends to absorb the Android-based Nokia X into its Lumia line-up, which sounds a lot like there won’t be any further forked-Android devices from the technology giant. ...

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