Microsoft is preparing a Wireless Display Adapter for Surface, an HDMI dongle that appears to be designed to help Surface tablet owners to expand their desktop to a nearby screen. Spotted crossing the FCC as the Surface Wireless Display Adapter (1628), specific details on the dongle are redacted thanks to Microsoft's confidentiality request, meaning the user manual and testing photos aren't available.
Today the do-it-yourself gaming environment known as Project Spark is set to hit Xbox One in Beta form. This platform will be open for Beta play on a global scale, also running with Windows 8.1 for desktop editing, the two platforms able to interact in a way never before possible. While Windows 8.1’s build has been out since December of 2013, the Xbox One component hits this afternoon.
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed the latest executive shuffle, suggesting that he demanded his senior leadership team commit to being "all in" and that some execs were unwilling to step up. "We need to drive clarity, alignment and intensity across all our work" Nadella wrote in an open-letter today, with Tony Bates and Tami Reller opting to leave Microsoft instead.
One of the most popular video games on the Xbox platform for years has been Halo. There are several games in the Halo franchise and Xbox One gamers have been waiting in anticipation for details on when they will get the first Xbox One Halo game. It looks like some details will be coming this summer.
When Microsoft first launched its slick Kinect motion tracking and facial recognition system, it was hacked for all sorts of uses including reading sign language. It appears that yet another project that has nothing to do with gaming is taking advantage of the Kinect sensor. Word has surfaced that the Kinect is being used to patrol the border between North and South Korea.
One of the more interesting video games to launch recently is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. The game launched on both of the next generation consoles- the PS4 and the Xbox One. Some sales numbers for the UK have surfaced and the numbers show that the game has been much more popular on the PS4 than on Microsoft's latest console.
Google's Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, is the forerunner candidate for Microsoft's open CEO position, according to sources who spoke to SiliconANGLE. The source is said to be "close to the hiring team," and claims Microsoft is in active negotiations with Pichai, who is the preferred external candidate.