Back on February 11, we mentioned that the Xbox One update had been delayed, though the details of what the update would bring were unveiled. The update wasn't delayed long with it gong live for Xbox One users to download on February 14. The update added in some nice new features like a battery indicator for the controller.
We mentioned back in late January that Microsoft had been forced to rebrand its cloud storage system from SkyDrive to OneDrive. That move came after Microsoft lost a legal battle with Sky Broadcasting in Europe. The rebranding is now official and Microsoft has announced that OneDrive is available globally.
This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for keeping Office at the head of every office’s mind have made clear their intent to move forward with signatures. In this case, this means that they’ve signed a deal with DocuSign so that their reputable electronic signature authorization - eSignature - will work with Office 365.
This afternoon servers are in short supply for the Titanfall Beta, owing to a bug rather than to a final limitation for the game. According to Respawn Entertainment developer Jon Shiring, Microsoft is both aware of the bug and is working on a fix right this minute. You'll encounter this situation in gameplay when you see the message "no servers found."
UPDATE: With servers back to normal, mostly, Respawn Entertainment decided to make this Closed Beta an Open Beta for everyone starting just one day after launch!
Nokia has denied any risk of potential delay to its deal with Microsoft, despite tax issues in India threatening to scupper the transfer of a handset manufacturing facility as part of the phone division acquisition. While the Delhi High Court had previously given Nokia the go-ahead to include the Chennai plant, local tax authorities stepped in and claimed Nokia still owed income tax amounting to around $3.4bn.
Jason Holtman, who spent several years working for Valve and was the company's Director of Business Development, took up a job with Microsoft in the latter part of 2013, a move centering around Microsoft's PC gaming efforts. Now, less than half a year later, the company has confirmed Holtman has left the building.
It would appear that Microsoft is either unaware of the existence of BlueStacks, or they've decided it might be time to take the technology mainstream. In a chat with the Verge, an anonymous source has suggested that Microsoft is "seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone." Allowing these apps to run, as it's said there, would allow both platforms access to thousands of apps never before available to them in the past.
Today is the 11th annual Safer Internet Day, and upon it Microsoft has released its 2013 Computing Safety Index report, which details various means consumers take to stay safe online. Using the data from this latest report, the company has also augmented its Internet safety campaign of sorts called Safer Online, which invites Internet goers to hop on board.
Microsoft is tooling up for a big push into the Internet of Things (IoT), a run on new hires to the team suggests, with hints that consumer tech like wearables and automotive could be on the agenda. The company has been relatively quiet on its plans for computing as it spreads beyond PCs, tablets, phones, and consoles, though the IoT technology could work alongside Microsoft's previous research into HomeOS, a home automation system.