If you were going to create your own fantasy superhero team, “Avengers Alliance” is the way to do it. Now available at the Windows Store, the game includes the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk – more than 20 altogether – who you can recruit to go head-to-head against some of the world’s worst evil-doers, such as Dr. Doom and Loki.
Microsoft and Crytek are enhancing the “Ryse: Son of Rome” experience with a free game update to Gladiator mode that includes two new level events, reports Xbox Wire.
In the Gladiator mode, the two new level events will happen randomly across a variety of maps. “In the first, a new enemy turret will appear and bombard your Gladiator with deadly arrows until destroyed. In the second, Reward Statues of Roman deities will emerge from the sands and can be activated as a one-time bonus to boost your Gladiator’s Health or Focus,” Xbox Wire writes.
“Zoo Tycoon” is working with the virtual zoo community to help real-world endangered species by issuing a Community Challenge each month. Players can vote for a non-profit organization they like, and when the challenge’s goal is reached, Microsoft will donate $10,000 to the winning organization.
The voting community will also get updates about how the funds were spent, with photos and information about the impact the game’s community made on behalf of the endangered animals, Xbox Wire reports.
This month Microsoft updated the previews of Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query for Excel. These updates provide customers with more ways to explore, analyze and find insights on their data.
The following post is from Jonathan Adashek, General Manager, Communications Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group, Microsoft. It was originally published on The Fire Hose.
It’s been another significant year for Microsoft retail stores, and we’re proud to continue to offer our customers the choice, value and service they have come to expect from our stores. Over the past 12 months, we opened 35 stores and now have 83 full-line and specialty stores open across North America. We have welcomed more than 362 million customers to our full-line, specialty and online Microsoft Store properties in more than 200 markets worldwide.
The following post is from Jonathan Adashek, General Manager, Communications Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group, Microsoft.
The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.
Two weeks after Microsoft filed its civil case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the notorious Sirefef botnet, also known ZeroAccess, I am pleased to report that our disruption effort has been successful, and it appears that the criminals have abandoned their botnet. As a result, last week Microsoft requested that the court close the civil case in order to allow law enforcement to continue their investigative efforts in the matter.
As stated at the outset of this disruption effort, Microsoft and its partners did not expect to fully eliminate the ZeroAccess botnet because of the complexity of the threat. Rather, our focus was to protect people by cleaning the computers infected with the malware so they could no longer be used for harm. As we expected, less than 24 hours after our disruptive action, the cybercriminals pushed out new instructions to the ZeroAccess-infected computers in order to continue their fraud schemes. However, because we were monitoring their actions and able to identify new Internet Protocol (IP) addresses the criminals were using to commit their crimes, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) took immediate action to coordinate with member country law enforcement agencies, led by Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt’s (BKA) Cyber Intelligence Unit, to quickly track down those new fraud IP addresses.
The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
The first original documentary series to debut on Xbox in 2014 will tell the story behind Atari’s burial of millions of unsold game cartridges in New Mexico three decades ago, Xbox Entertainment Studios announced Thursday.
Xbox will produce the series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”) through their new multi-platform media company, Lightbox, reports Xbox Wire.
The following post is from Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft. Once a month on The Fire Hose, Beauchere gives her point of view on topics related to the global consumer online safety, privacy and security landscape. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #MSFTCOSO.
Looking back on 2013, Europe has again led the way in identifying and implementing new means to help protect kids online.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a landmark address on July 22 in a bid to rid the Web of child sexual abuse material. He then hosted a summit to review industry progress, where Microsoft and Google announced new processes and technology improvements designed to prevent the spread of such content. Meanwhile, the European Commission’s two-year-young CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety continued to push toward its goal of a “safer and better” Internet for kids. And several individual countries including Austria, Norway and Slovenia added to their ongoing efforts to help enhance the digital lives of children and all individuals via public awareness-raising campaigns and other efforts.
Each week, we bring you a new app recommendation from one of our colleagues. This week’s Staff App Pick comes from Sonal Mane, a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.
I’m learning photography and love sharing my best photos with family and friends. I find myself taking photos of the beautiful Chicago skyline, nature landscapes and fun moments with friends at community events and parties.
I’ve used several solutions to store and share photos and create private albums. Recently, I came across the Phriz.be app for Windows and Windows Phone and loved that I could not only share photos with my friends but also share them with acquaintances at events who are nearby at the venue. I can easily add new contacts using the app and pick contacts from the People app, which is already available on my Surface. After I pick a contact, all I have to do is share!