When one chooses which next-generation console to purchase, one oft-cited factor is the price: the Xbox One is going to run you an extra $100 over the PS4. Microsoft seems to be targeting that particular issue with its new trade-in promotion, which offers gamers $100 in store credit towards an Xbox One in exchange for their old Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.
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.
Rumored Microsoft CEO pick Satya Nadella could be finalized by the company's board as early as next week, sources claim, though chatter of Bill Gates stepping down as chairman might in fact be because the founder is shifting into a more involved role, not stepping back. Nadella was tipped as in discussions about the chief executive position earlier today, but according to the WSJ's sources, one of his requests is that Gates be brought back into the thick of things and "spend more time on technology and strategy."
This afternoon it's been tipped by sources apparently briefed on the process that Microsoft's next CEO has been chosen. The SVP of research and development for the company's online services division - aka the company's enterprise and cloud chief - Satya Nadella - is said to have been chosen to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of the company.
The nation is all ears today as President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. As such, it will be highly unlikely anyone will miss the President's special mention of Apple, Microsoft, and a few other key players in the tech industry for their efforts in improving the country's education system by connecting students to high-speed broadband.
Today Microsoft announced that they'd be buying the Gears of War franchise, moving it to their own developer studios for further work on their own platforms from here on out. Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, of the first three titles in the franchise, spoke up this afternoon on his experience with this purchase, made all the more interesting due to the fact that he hasn't worked with the games since the release of Gears of War 3.
Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, the company announced today on Xbox Wire. With the acquisition will come a new development location for the games -- Black Tusk Studios located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additionally, Epic Games' Director of Production Rod Fergusson will be joining Microsoft with an unspecified "leadership" role at Black Tusk Studios.
Microsoft appears to be having a good quarter, as they've announced their financial second quarter (ending on December 31st, 2013), has resulted in record revenue. This revenue high-mark sits at $24.52 billion USD and represents double-digit growth in each of the following segments: commercial, devices, and consumer. Microsoft also seems to have found the correct combination of quality and public push for the Surface tablet lineup, as revenues from this set of devices doubled compared to the quarter leading up to this one.
Bill Gates has again clamped down on suggestions that he could return to Microsoft amid the company's hunt for a new CEO, with the founder saying that he's content to "help out part-time" instead. Gates was asked by Bloomberg whether he felt the temptation to weigh in with his own strategy on Microsoft's future after current CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down.