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Windows 8 To Usher In Cross-platform Workability

Amongst a variety of things discussed in the interview with  Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, at the Internet Conference by Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini,Windows 8 was not to be left far behind. According to a video posted by Microsoft, the interview mainly consisted of Q&A session.

Excerpts from the interview are as follows:

When asked of the motive behind Windows 8′s Metro UI  Peter Klein stated,

Windows 8′s Metro interface will be part of Microsoft’s plans to bring that UI to other platforms. What we’re trying to do is develop a complete set of experiences across all device types, be they TV, tablets, PCs, phone, whatever. It’s unclear exactly what the ultimate device spectrum will be. In everything that we’re doing I think things have come together very nicely over the last couple of years.

He also mentioned of the experience of using Windows 8 would be same when used on either x86 or ARM-based hardware, however, there would be differences  “on the margin” between the two products.

Another way that Microsoft plans to link its various products together is with its merger with Skype. During the conference, Klein stated, “Skype extends that across all of our assets, whether it’s with Lync in the enterprise, or with Xbox Live. It’s something that really ties together all of our devices, a scenario that’s as universal as any.”

Microsoft’s ability to fully integrate Skype with its other properties may have hit a roadblock , as its said that, Cisco yesterday had filed an appeal in the General Court of the European Union stating that, while it isn’t opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, it would like the approval of  EU,also stating that, the purchase needs to be reviewed, with the possibility of new conditions being imposed.

Microsoft To Discuss Windows 8 Gaming At GDC 2012

With the annual Game Developer’s Conference scheduled to be held next month on 6th March, Microsoft will hold a session to introduce developers to the future of games and entertainment. Microsoft will  be doing deep dives on Xbox LIVE and Windows 8, where  game developers can learn about how to take advantage of Microsoft’s vision for connected entertainment.

The Sessions will include:

  • Entertainment Reimagined
  • Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8
  • The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze
  • Async Gaming
  • Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive
  • Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud
  • Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage
  • Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services
  • Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services

With the primary audience for this Developer Day, expected to be professional developers who build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Developers will also come to know of the new Windows 8 Metro style application platform and new Xbox LIVE services that deliver an improved entertainment experiences across all of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms.

This will be a big opportunity for game and entertainment application developers to take advantage of the connections being built between the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web.

Source: MSDN

Microsoft Windows 8 Feature List: Highlights Of The New Windows OS From BUILD 2011

As BUILD 2011 prepares to roll in to the second day, here’s an overview of all the features that we revealed from the first day. Windows 8, as you should know, is a complete overhaul of what Microsoft has done so far. Not since the historic Windows 95 have we seen this much change from one version of Windows to the next. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what to expect.

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Microsoft Releases Minesweeper For WP7

Microsoft has finally unveiled their own minesweeper for WP7 a couple of weeks back under the Xbox Live Flagship,one of the rare  Free releases under the Xbox Live Titles.


Game-play:

As its commonly known minesweeper field is far larger than a phone’s screen however,it’s pretty easy to play thanks to the simple touch controls.You can zoom out if you need to, but you can usually remain zoomed in all the time. The double-tap feature on an open square to uncover the surrounding empty mines has been carried over from the Windows Vista/7 version and works just fine on the phone.You can also switch between flag or digging mode, but you can typically stay in flag mode the whole time thanks to this feature..hence its like playing the game at the same rate as on a computer.
Different difficulty levels make this game a tedious one for sure and it’s definitely hard.
A new feature is the Speed mode, where you race against the clock.There’s also a scoring system, and power-ups, and other stuff..

However, the only problem with this game is the amount of time it takes for loading!!
It certainly checks your patience.

Price: FREE
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Download Now : Minesweeper

 

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New Xbox Live Titles Announced for Windows Phone 7

X box Live Flagship is one of the USP’s of the Windows Phone 7 platform with it’s unique Achievements and other features to boost the users enthusiasm towards the game.Recently Microsoft officially announced as many as 14 new Xbox Live Titles for the upcoming months over the Windows Phone 7 platform.

The titles in this list contains highly popular games from Xbox 360 like Kinectimals Mobile the mobile version of the popular Xbox 360 one also this list contains the successors to some existing titles like Chickens Can’t Fly which is now under the Xbox Live Flagship after the success of it’s Chickens Can Dream.

 

Here’s what you will get to see in near future for the Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live Lineup.

  • Beards & Beaks: Cave Area
  • Bug Village
  • Burn the Rope
  • Chickens Can’t Fly
  • Collapse!
  • Gravity Guy
  • Farm Frenzy 2
  • Fight Game Rivals
  • IonballEX
  • Kinectimals Mobile
  • Mush
  • Orbital
  • TextTwist 2
  • Toy Soldiers Boot Camp

 

So we can expect a humungous response from the users with the new generation phones coming up less than a month from now which will definitely increase the user base of this platform as well as the growing number of applications and game titles like these in the Marketplace.

Microsoft offering massive discounts on Thanksgiving week

Today it’s thanksgiving day and Microsoft is offering huge discount on it’s various products including Windows 7,XBOX 360,Kinect and Zune HD.

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Some of the hot offers provided by Microsoft

Windows 7 Family Pack + Cisco Router: $149.99

Zune HD 32 GB: $229.99

A teaser has been added on the XBOX site stating that huge discounts would be provided on Black Friday-

During Thanksgiving week, Xbox LIVE Marketplace is the place to be, with a one-week sale featuring big discounts on some of the hit Marketplace items, with huge discounts on some of the most popular Marketplace offerings on “Black Friday,” November 26.

Major Nelson has posted a comprehensive posts giving details about the offers on games and other things related to XBOX 360 which would be offered on Black Friday.

Check all the offers from Microsoft store here.

Microsoft will update the Xbox 360 later today

Today Microsoft will release their new update for the Xbox 360 which will make Kinect work even better with Microsoft’s console. The update includes: improved audio quality for voice chat, a new in-dashboard-keyboard, a new Marketplace user interface and the ability to sign out other controllers from within the game’s sign-in interface.

This update will also change the windows from rounded to square unfortunately, however it will carry a big speed boost which will help greatly.

Other tweaks include the ability to see all active wireless networks within range of the console when you go to select exactly how you’re going to connect up to Xbox Live.

This update will be available in the US from later on today.

More information is available From Games on Net and PCMag

Microsoft Brings Games on Demand to the Web With New PC Game Store

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 22, 2010 Microsoft Corp. today announced the Games for Windows Marketplace, a new online PC games store that combines the convenience of the Web with the power of Games on Demand online distribution. Launching Nov. 15, the Games for Windows Marketplace will offer PC gamers a robust lineup of games they love, easier navigation and purchase, and recurring specials such as Deal of the Week.

“With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end,” said Kevin Unangst, senior global director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. “And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we’ve made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be.”

A Streamlined Experience

Built from the ground up for convenience and performance, the Games for Windows Marketplace (http://www.gamesforwindows.com) will remove the barriers between gamers and the games they love by offering the following:

Online access, anywhere. Optimized for speed, the store allows for ultra-fast downloads; this means fewer clicks to purchase and download, delivering faster turnaround for gameplay. And since the service lives on the Web, gamers can download games on a PC, anytime, and can easily redownload games they purchase if needed.
Deals and discounts galore. Gamers can check out screaming deals on select games every time they visit the Marketplace, as well as the Deal of The Week and other recurring and seasonal offers.
Game search functionality. Gamers can search by titles or genres to quickly find the games they want; they can even find new games from their favorite publishers with dedicated publisher pages.
Fresh design. The clean, intuitive look and feel makes browsing for games a simple, enjoyable experience. Gamers can easily navigate between pages as they search for the perfect game.

A Growing Portfolio

Games for Windows Marketplace will launch with a managed portfolio of 100 top-quality titles. The launch roster includes blockbuster games such as “Fable: The Lost Chapters” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Grand Theft Auto III” (Rockstar Games Inc.) from some of the industry’s biggest developers, such as Capcom Entertainment Inc., 2K Games, Square Enix Co. Ltd. and more. In addition to top retail games, the portfolio will bring new indie titles to the forefront and continue to grow with many of the best games in the industry including titles such as “Lego Universe” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and “CarneyVale” (Microsoft Game Studios), which will hit the Games for Windows Marketplace and retail stores at the same time and date; recent hits such as “Dead Rising 2” and “Lost Planet 2” (both from Capcom); and perennial best-sellers such as “Max Payne” (Rockstar) and “Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition” (Square Enix).

“We plan to deliver some of our biggest and best PC franchises on Games for Windows Marketplace from day one,” said Christian Svensson, corporate officer and vice president of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom. “Digital distribution continues to drive growth in PC gaming, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft and bring amazing games to this growing marketplace.”

Games for Windows Marketplace will also be the place to find iconic franchises from Microsoft Game Studios, such as “Flight Simulator,” “Gears of War,” “Halo” and “Zoo Tycoon,” as well as upcoming blockbusters “Fable III,” “Age of Empires Online” and “Microsoft Flight.”

Easy Access to a Massive Gamer Community

Using the new marketplace is a breeze: anyone with a Windows Live ID (Windows Live, Xbox LIVE, Games for Windows – LIVE or Zune account) can login and immediately start shopping in the Games for Windows Marketplace. The new store also supports Microsoft Points (as well as credit card purchasing), allowing the more than 25 million users of Xbox LIVE, Zune Marketplace and Games for Windows — LIVE to use their Microsoft Points balance seamlessly across platforms.

The new Games for Windows Marketplace launches Nov. 15 at http://www.gamesforwindows.com.

A Great Move By Microsoft

This is a great move by Microsoft for the use of gamers. Not only will this make purchasing games so much easier but also the support and downloading far simpler. And with an outstanding company like Microsoft this should offer competitive prices and great downloading speed .

Xbox.com website gets major overhaul

Microsoft has updated the Xbox.com site and is now back online with some exciting features.In addition to update,the support for 9 new regions have been added.

Major Nelson has posted some of the changes coming to the new website-

  • Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase
  • Combined views for messages, friend and game requests
  • Improved notification of your account subscription
  • Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE
  • Play web games with your Xbox LIVE friends on the web or on Windows Phone 7
  • Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

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XBOX Live available in 9 more countries from November 10

With 25 million members around the world ,the XBOX team is launching Xbox LIVE in 9 more countries i.e. Russia, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Colombia, and Chile from November 10.

Xbox LIVE is the Ultimate Broadband Gaming Experience that lets you play multiplayer Xbox games live using broadband Internet access

The press release even states that if the users living in these countries and already have a XBOX live account,they can migrate their account to their respective countries.When you migrate your LIVE account you get to keep your profile, gamerscore, achievements, points balance and subscription time remaining. You also get to keep any downloaded content such as your avatar items, Arcade games, and game add-ons.