It should be seen as no mistake that the Xbox One-exclusive game Titanfall is being promoted with a fervor more intense than essentially any other game in this generation of gaming consoles so far. This week the third of three 8-bit games for the Titanfall "8-BIT IS BETTER WITH A TITAN" collection is released, there’s free magazines and contests being held at Wal-mart, and a price-matching war is being waged at Best Buy. Do you think Microsoft wants this game to be a hero for their system?
Microsoft might have succeeded in plugging a big leak in its Windows 8 department, but it might have unwittingly waded into a more shady legal department. Responding to concerns on privacy regarding Hotmail and Outlook email users, the company has released a statement clarifying the new steps it will be taking when investigating its own email service.
The Syrian Electronic Army is known for their Twitter-hacking exploits, sometimes also going after the websites of various media agencies. Earlier this year, the SEA targeted Microsoft's Twitter account and blog, something said to have been a distraction while it pulled off its bigger mission: grabbing copies of Microsoft's invoices to the FBI.
Software giant Microsoft and the police take the theft of trade secrets very seriously. A former Microsoft employee named Alex Kibkalo has been arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Microsoft having to do with Windows 8. Kibkalo was a senior architect at Microsoft in the past.
Microsoft is working hard to get independent games on the Xbox game platform for gamers to enjoy. One of the ways it is doing this is via the ID@Xbox program that has over 250 developers with dev kits for the Xbox One in hand and at work on bringing new games to the console. With GDC starting in San Francisco, Microsoft is offering up some details on 25 games that are coming through the program.
There's no confusing Microsoft's play to be your digital companion: first the OneDrive push, and now a play to make OneNote the de-facto service for digital notetaking. Made free across all platforms this morning, as well as freshly released for Mac users alongside a new partner app campaign, OneNote is now more than just an app but a service spread across desktop, tablet, smartphone, and browser. Confused? Let SlashGear 101 get you up to speed.
This week we’ve come to understand why we’ve not had perfect results with the first wave of Xbox One Chat Adapters for the Xbox One wireless controller out in the wild. Apparently - so says Microsoft - there is an issue that they’re investigating which affects chat audio through the controller with the Xbox One. While it is likely a software fix will be in order, we wouldn’t put completely out of the running the possibility that replacement units could be needed.
Earlier this year we had a glimpse of the device known as the Transformer Book Duet TD300 at the CES 2014, a device that was destined to run Android and Windows 8 at once. Since then, it seems, Asus has felt pressure from both Microsoft and Google to skip the release of said device, citing a bit of a conflict of interests. This may also be affecting previously-released dual-OS devices as well.
While generally a sort of fire sale like the one you’re about to see here is something we’d suggest means a stock reduction is in order, Microsoft appears to be playing a different game. Continuing to support the release of games and, indeed, making clear that they’ll be continuing to give games away to Xbox Live members, Microsoft is pushing an Xbox 360 Spring Value Bundle to be released in late March of 2014.