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  • Microsoft Is Closing Its Entertainment Studios, But Narrow Focus Is Likely Better For Xbox

    Microsoft Is Closing Its Entertainment Studios, But Narrow Focus Is Likely Better For Xbox

    Microsoft let the ax begin to fall today, announcing 18,000 in job cuts to come over the course of the next year, a move Wall Street has so far applauded. A big part of that is going to be ex-Nokia staff, but Microsoft is also shuttering its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios, according to an email memo unearthed by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The email talks about how Xbox Entertainment… Read More

  • Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all. This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Read More

  • The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft Crunch Network

    The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services. Read More

  • Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Royalty Agreement For Android And Chrome OS Devices

    Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Royalty Agreement For Android And Chrome OS Devices

    Today Dell and Microsoft announced that they have signed an agreement relating to intellectual property, which will see the two companies “license each company’s applicable” patents regarding Android and Chrome OS devices, as well as Xbox consoles. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hocus Pocus

    Gillmor Gang: Hocus Pocus

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — find themselves in a quandary over Steven Elop’s alleged exit strategy for Microsoft. Is he really serious, dumping XBox and casting aside Bing? Or is this just a magician’s sleight of hand, misdirecting the attention from the more radical idea of abandoning Windows to… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Finally Taking Aim At The Cable Box

    Microsoft Is Finally Taking Aim At The Cable Box

    Game consoles are in an enviable position: right under millions of televisions. The popular line is that the big three – Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony – are dinosaurs choking on the smoke of a red hot mobile gaming meteor. That’s not true. Nintendo has already sold 3.91 million units as of September 2013 and the Xbox 360 sold 79 million. That’s a lot of electronics under… Read More

  • Microsoft Shows You The Entire Xbox One Experience With Video Tour Ahead Of Nov. 22 Launch

    Microsoft Shows You The Entire Xbox One Experience With Video Tour Ahead Of Nov. 22 Launch

    Microsoft has posted an extensive, 12-minute video walkthrough of what it’s like to use the Xbox One, including showing off its Live TV, Skype, game DVR and biometric sign-in features, among others. It’s almost like you’re using it yourself, except it’s actually Xbox CMO Yusuf Mehdi and Xbox Corporate VP Marc Whitten providing you with the vicarious experience. Read More

  • Xbox Music To Launch Apps For iOS And Android

    Xbox Music To Launch Apps For iOS And Android

    Xbox Music will be available for iOS and Android today, as Microsoft furthers its bid to take on streaming music services like Spotify. Xbox Music is the first entertainment service from the Microsoft to launch on iOS and Android, and follows its Web version, which now offers free streaming to all browsers. Read More

  • Xbox Partners With Tel Aviv Video Discovery Startup Jinni To Power Video Recommendations

    Xbox Partners With Tel Aviv Video Discovery Startup Jinni To Power Video Recommendations

    After a successful pilot project, Tel Aviv startup Jinni, a provider of natural language processing-based video content recommendations, has been chosen by Xbox to power its Xbox content catalog recommendations over the course of a multi-year licensing agreement. Jinni wouldn’t reveal the terms of the deal, but it will bring their tech front and center to the Xbox and its show and… Read More