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Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

If you still can't figure how much that Zune download or Call of Duty map pack costs in actual US currency, there might be some hope for you. It's being reported that Microsoft wants to nix its Microsoft Points platform and will start showing prices in local currency for digital content. That's right; the days of consulting a calculator to figure out how much digital money you have might soon be coming to an end.


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Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Kinect HD set-top box tipped for Xbox LIVE TV plans

Microsoft's Xbox TV plans continue to trickle out, with talk of a Kinect-based set-top box for 2012 that would offer streaming multimedia content with a voice and motion controlled UI and sub-$200 price tag. Variously codenamed "Live Xbox", "Kinect Box" and "Kinect HD", the new STB will resemble a low-profile version of the existing Kinect, The Daily's sources suggest, with a larger base to accommodate power, HDMI and USB ports. Availability has been "pushed back" it's said, from an original early-2012 window, though it should arrive prior to the next-gen "Xbox 720."

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Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft's plans to attack cable TV with its own online TV subscription service may be on hold, according to sources familiar with the situation. According to Reuters, Microsoft has been in intense discussions with media companies, seeking potential program partners for over a year and hoping to launch its subscription service within the next few months. However, those plans are now on hold due to high licensing costs.

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Microsoft eyeing Xbox LIVE gaming on iOS and Android

Microsoft eyeing Xbox LIVE gaming on iOS and Android

Microsoft is looking to extend Xbox LIVE to iOS and potentially Android and other platforms, according to a new job listing at the company, extending the company's gaming reach beyond its current Windows Phone focus. The posting, spotted by LiveSide, calls for a software development engineer to "define, design and implement Xbox LIVE mobile experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and other platforms" with the potential for location-based gaming, social networking-enabled titles and more.

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Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Microsoft's Windows Phone team has lost another top-tier exec, as the company's General Manager for Developer and Marketplace, Matt Bencke, has been quietly moved to the Xbox LIVE team. Bencke's role changed at the end of November, ZDNet's sources claim, preceding Windows Phone chief Andy Lees being apparently "benched" for over-promising and under-delivering; the shift could be a sign that Microsoft is looking to move Windows Phone - or its marketing, at least - into the Windows division.

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Xbox design chief replaced ahead of 2013 “Xbox 720″

Xbox design chief replaced ahead of 2013 “Xbox 720″

Microsoft is believed to have replaced the design architect responsible for the Xbox 360 user-experience, Dan Coyner, an acolyte of Apple-style consistency in user experience and a mainstay of the gaming project since its inception. Coyner, general manager of Design and Planning within the Xbox team, has been replaced with Emma Williams, CNET's sources claim, who led this month's Xbox dashboard update.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Earlier today we found that the Xbox 360 Dashboard update promised for today was just a bit delayed - now we learn from Microsoft's Major Nelson that though the update was delayed through much of today, the first set of customers will be getting their Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours. For those of you just learning about this situation now, Microsoft is updating your Xbox 360 with new software today if not inside the week with several new bits of functionality. Amongst changes are updates to your Kinect sensor (if you have one) and new bits of content in your streaming TV service.

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