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Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

In the next generation of Microsoft's Windows operating system, you won't be signing into your Windows Live Mail account or your Windows Live Photo Gallery Account, or your Windows Live Messenger account. You'll be signing in, simply, to your Microsoft account. The "Live" branding is going away in an attempt to make all of Microsoft's products and services more tightly integrated. Ironically, that was the goal of the Live moniker in the first place, but it just isn't working. Windows Live Photo Gallery is just too long of a title.

 

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Microsoft says man’s last name too offensive for Xbox Live

Microsoft says man’s last name too offensive for Xbox Live

In the world of Xbox Live profile censorship, we've seen people get banned because they listed the actual name of their hometown (e.g., Fort Gay), we've seen gamers axed en masse because of a so-called "software error," and we saw gamers unable to express their sexual identity in their username (a stance that has since been reversed), and here's a new one to add to the pile - a man whose Xbox Live username was deemed too offensive for the online community, even though it's just his last name.

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Microsoft Xbox Live inadvertently posts Mass Effect 3 DLC

Microsoft Xbox Live inadvertently posts Mass Effect 3 DLC

Mass Effect 3 is no doubt going to go down as one of the biggest games in 2012, but it hasn't been released quite yet. So you can imagine the surprise of Xbox 360 users when they noticed that a piece of downloadable content was put up on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The DLC pack, called From Ashes, showed up on the digital marketplace but it did not appear to actually be downloadable. Someone clearly just hit a very wrong switch over at Microsoft headquarters. We bet he (or she) got a pretty stern talking to.

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Xbox Live Indie Games unofficially comes to Windows Phone

Xbox Live Indie Games unofficially comes to Windows Phone

The "Indie Games" section of Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 has become very popular among everyone from hardcore gamers to people who whose favorite game is Angry Birds. In the most recent update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, the Indie Games channel receives even more prominence, showing that Microsoft really likes this section of content. On the software giant's other Xbox Live platform, though, a.ka. Windows Phone, there is no such initiative.

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Microsoft Is Right To Not Sell A PS Vita Competitor

Microsoft Is Right To Not Sell A PS Vita Competitor

Although the PlayStation Vita’s official launch date is February 22, those who invested in the First Edition Bundle were able to get their hands on the Vita on February 15.

I happen to be one of those lucky people. Against my better judgement, I decided to plunk down the $350 to get the Vita, a case, a 4GB memory card, and Little Deviants. And since I got my hands on the portable, I’ve been quite happy with the experience -- and somewhat impressed with the fun factor Little Deviants delivers.

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Microsoft’s ‘Xbox Live cop’ has resigned

Microsoft’s ‘Xbox Live cop’ has resigned

The man who was in charge of deciding who should live and who should die (in the world of Xbox Live gamertags, that is) has stepped down from his position after nearly 18 years at Microsoft. Stephen Toulouse will no longer be the Xbox Live policy and enforcement director. Toulouse was responsible for making sure Xbox Live users has a safe and friendly experience, but was known more in the public eye for his reactions to some of the more bizarre Xbox Live user issues.

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Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 demo includes Xbox Live Gold trial

Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 demo includes Xbox Live Gold trial

If you download the Mass Effect 3 demo for Xbox 360 on its Valentine's Day launch day, you'll get a free month of Xbox Live Gold. That isn't because Microsoft and Bioware are feeling generous; it's because of the somewhat ridiculous restriction that prevents non-Gold members from playing online games. And as anyone who knows Mass Effect knows, if you want to show the best content, you need to try the online multiplayer.

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Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

The guys at Harmonix are fairly occupied working on continuous downloadable content for Dance Central, but apparently there is something else in the works for the music game moguls. Brian Chan, who was the senior designer for Rock Band 3, has mentioned on his own public resume that he has begun working on a new Harmonix project, but nothing matching his description has yet been announced by the video game company.

Microsoft likely to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS

Microsoft likely to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS

The Xbox 360 is well on its way to becoming an all-encompassing entertainment hub. From live TV to on-demand streaming, to social networking and music, Microsoft's strategy is clearly to make Xbox a central part of your life. And now it's looking to continue that mindset even when you're not at home. Yep, it's time for Microsoft's gaming platform to be fully immersed in the mobile world.


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