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Microsoft Tablets, Phones, PCs, and TVs To Ditch Windows For Single Ecosystem?

Microsoft Tablets, Phones, PCs, and TVs To Ditch Windows For Single Ecosystem?

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) hinted at ambitious plans for the company at uniting its various platforms for smartphones, tablets, and the Xbox into one single ecosystem. In recent months, the company has been streamlining at least the visual interface across its platforms, using the Metro UI styling from its Windows Phones for its Windows 8 and even the Xbox Live. New revelations now suggest that the company may completely ditch Windows for a new single platform by 2015.

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Xbox To Support Free-To-Play Games Soon

Xbox To Support Free-To-Play Games Soon

Microsoft may be getting ready to offer "free-to-play" games on its Xbox platform soon. These are games that are, well, free to play but rely on micro-transactions from in-game purchases of virtual items or premium upgrades. According to several sources familiar with the situation, developers are being contacted by Microsoft to discuss new entries into this type of format.

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Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Microsoft's NUads system for Kinect - combining interactive content with adverts - failed to cause waves when the company announced it earlier this week, perhaps because (unless you're Apple) it's a tough sell to make advertising sexy. Intended to encourage Xbox 360 users to actually pay attention to promos rather than tuning out until the real content arrives, NUads reacts to spoken and physical commands tracked by the Kinect sensor bar, pulling up more information on products, setting scheduling reminders for upcoming shows, and tweeting out anything that has particularly caught your eye. With a little work, though, it could be the entertainment industry's salvation.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack To Hit Xbox LIVE Later This Month

Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack To Hit Xbox LIVE Later This Month

Activision Blizzard announced today the third map expansion pack called Annihilation for its popular first-person shooter game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, that will bring new levels for multiplayer gameplay. This third map pack will hit Xbox Live later this month and follows the Escalation pack released in May and the First Strike pack released in February. Catch a preview of Annihilation after the cut.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

Last week's tech news was filled with developments from two major events---Apple's WWDC 2011 developer conference and the E3 2011 gaming conference. And so, in this week's video we're going over all the details on the Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud. We also roundup all the E3 announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. But since today is a big game day for my home team, the Dallas Mavericks, we'll just leave it at that. Go Mavs! Beat the Heat!

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Xbox LIVE Will Be Built Into Windows 8

Xbox LIVE Will Be Built Into Windows 8

Microsoft's online gaming platform, Xbox LIVE, will soon be standard on every PC. The software giant has just revealed that its Xbox LIVE service will be built-in to Windows 8. The platform is already integrated with Windows Phone and with this new development could mean that Xbox LIVE becomes Microsoft's main cloud games and media syncing platform between all Windows devices.

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E3 2011: UFC Live Xbox Details Emerge

E3 2011: UFC Live Xbox Details Emerge

E3 2011 started off great today with Microsoft blowing things wide open with all sorts of news and exciting things to come. Click the E3 2011 at the beginning of this post for more coverage. One of the details that dropped today that I am happy to hear and report about is what they called "UFC LIVE". Yes the President of the UFC Dana White took the stage at E3 today to talk about UFC LIVE. Now with Kinect support and a partnership with Microsoft that will allow users all the UFC content their hearts desire.

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Microsoft E3 leak: Halo 4 confirmed; Kinect Fun Labs games detailed [Video]

Microsoft E3 leak: Halo 4 confirmed; Kinect Fun Labs games detailed [Video]

Microsoft's E3 2011 announcements have been prematurely revealed, and the company only has itself to blame. The Xbox E3 page spilled the details for a few short moments, but enough for us to grab some screenshots: not only is Halo 4 confirmed as on its way, along with Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars and other titles, but new Kinect Fun Labs games too. More details and shots after the cut.

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Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

Details of Microsoft's E3 2011 launch have leaked, and as expected it's a new IPTV service baked into Xbox LIVE. The company is putting the finishing touches to Xbox LIVE Diamond, WinRumors' source claims, the official name for the much-rumored Project Orapa. The Diamond TV system will combine existing mediaroom IPTV services and Xbox LIVE, harnessing Kinect-based motion control along with various music and video offerings.

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Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft is rumored to be readying its Project Orapa for an E3 2011 unveil next week, making official the new home entertainment system blending Mediaroom IPTV with Xbox LIVE. VP Frank Shaw has sewn the speculation seeds this week: "put simply," the exec suggests, "Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy" before going on to recap on the streaming content, Natural User Interface technology and multimedia baked into the Xbox platform as it stands. "We are turning up the heat on a whole new era of home entertainment" Shaw concludes.

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I Don’t Hate You, I Just Want To Kill You

I Don’t Hate You, I Just Want To Kill You

When the PlayStation Network went down, I did not notice. I own a PlayStation 3, and I do play it regularly. But I never play games online. I can’t. It’s not my favorite style of gameplay, the fast-paced twitch-gaming. I’ll never practice enough to be competitive among the top gamers I seem to always encounter. But mostly, it sucks out too much of my soul and leaves me feeling intense hatred for the human race.

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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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