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Kiefer Sutherland, who will join the “Metal Gear” franchise, is helping to “raise the bar” when it comes to bringing even more expressiveness in voice and facial performance to “match the capabilities of the hardware,” Hideo Kojima, legendary creator of the “Metal Gear Solid” franchise, tells Xbox Wire in an exclusive interview.
"Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes" will launch in March 2014 as a prologue to the events leading into "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," and both are coming to Xbox One.
The following post is from Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Account. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
We’re excited to announce that over the next couple of days we’re rolling out a few new capabilities – based on your ongoing feedback – that give you more visibility and control of your Microsoft account.
Last April we announced the release of two-step verification to the more than 700 million people around the world who use a Microsoft account.
This is an important capability that allows any of our customers – whether they use a Windows PC or Windows Phone device, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox and more services – to add an additional layer of access control to their account. In the eight months since we released this feature, we’ve seen impressive adoption. Every day, thousands more users enable this extra protection for their account. We’re also delighted to see that customers who have turned on two-step verification are less likely to experience illegal activities with their accounts. If you have not yet activated two-step verification, we highly recommend you do.
Want to know how to use keyboard shortcuts in Outlook.com? Or how to use Excel surveys in the cloud? Or how to use version history in Office Web Apps? You can get the answers to these and other best Office tips and tricks of 2013 by tuning into Tuesday’s “Office 15-Minute Webinar.”
It was award-o-rama for Xbox games over the weekend, named as the best games of 2013 at VGX 2013, the next generation of Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards.
“Twelve awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms, showcasing why Xbox remains the best place to play games,” Xbox Wire reports.
The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an important moment for everyone, especially youth, to learn how the ability to code can open doors to future careers in unexpected ways. One of the activities I am most excited about is the “Hour of Code” campaign. In partnership with Code.org and other leading tech companies, Microsoft is encouraging 10 million students of all ages to spend an hour this week learning basic coding skills, while hopefully having some fun in the process.
Among many activities to help get kids started this week, everyone is invited to join us at a Microsoft store where employees will be offering free coding lessons on Kodu Game Lab and TouchDevelop. We’re also partnering on and hosting various other coding events across the country from Washington, D.C. to Silicon Valley.
Right now, less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science, yet computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and are among the top paying fields. So why aren’t more students jumping at the opportunity to learn the skills that will lead to great jobs? We’ve found that one of the biggest barriers is simply access to computer science classes.
We are bringing “oh, what fun” this holiday season with 12 Days of Deals at Microsoft retail stores.From Dec. 9 to Dec. 20, Microsoft retail stores will offer in-store and online shoppers very merry daily deals on tablets, phones, computers, fitness- and music-related items, and other Windows and Xbox accessories. Deals change every day during the 12 Days of Deals, and a limited number of doorbuster deals will be available for customers who get to the store early, so be sure to check out the latest offers every morning.To get in the spirit, we’re sponsoring some festive in-store activities. Each Microsoft retail store will host events, such as live musical performances, gamer meet-n-greets and game challenges, Cre8tive workshops with artists and animators, and photography and fitness sessions. Go here for more information on the offerings from your local store.
The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues.
Today, we are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance.
Since Microsoft was founded, we’ve believed technology is a powerful tool that can help people. In that belief we remain steadfast.
But we also recognize another important point. People won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it.
Last week we announced that we’re taking new steps to reduce the risk of government snooping. Today we’re joining with others across our industry to call on governments to adhere to specific principles with respect to surveillance.
Los Angeles-based City National Bank, the 25th largest bank in the U.S. with more than $29 billion in assets, has begun replacing its laptops and PCs with Surface Pro devices to both empower their employees and engage their customers.
When potential homebuyers, strapped by time or distance, can’t get over to a house or condo for a tour by their real estate agents, more and more agents are making visits possible by using Skype to show properties.
“It’s helping business run more efficiently and allowing Realtors to satisfy client demands more easily and cost-effectively,” writes Blake Shepard on Skype’s Workspace Blog.
Getting on Skype when you’re on Xbox One is fun, including its use of Kinect to put you on center stage on the screen. Kinect automatically zooms in or out to keep everything centered, even when you get up and move around during your video chat. But if you don’t want a close-up, you can change that, writes Matthew de Beer on Skye’s Tips & Tricks blog.
“Simply move the cursor to your own video in the bottom right of the screen and use the A button to toggle auto-zoom on or off,” he says.
Who doesn’t need a little GPS in their life, especially during the holidays, when you’re going to and fro holiday parties and family gatherings? With its latest update, the Scout GPS Maps by Telenav on Windows Phone 8 devices not only provides voice-guided navigation, but also downloadable U.S. maps (which helps save data usage and keeps you on track when network coverage is spotty).
Most of us have a pretty general idea of where our ancestors came from, and wish we knew more. Valerie Olague on the Windows Embedded team wanted to do something about it, so she sent a saliva sample to a DNA analysis company that taps into the power of big data.
Part of Olague’s interest might have been due to the fact that her job involves Windows Embedded ’s focus on helping companies tap into the power of big data in other ways. But as she writes in a blog post on Thursday, this endeavor was personal. The results?
“I found out that not only am I Greek, I am 35.3 percent Italian and 2.8 percent Neanderthal!” Olague says. “This has obviously led to very interesting family conversations, and perhaps a bit more information than I thought I was going to get.”
Meet lovable Peggle Master Jeffrey, his bowling-like “bowlder” and other new masters in PopCap’s “Peggle 2,” which will be available for download Monday, only on Xbox One.
On his blog, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson writes about the addictive, cartoonish game – which “incorporates a next-gen visual and auditory facelift with the Peggle’s trademark skill-meets-luck, just-one-more-level brand of fun.”
Dr. Panda apps are known for providing young children with mini-games and activities that teach them about the world around them without third-party advertisements or in-app purchases – and with no reading required. Now the series has expanded with Dr. Panda’s Daycare and Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden in the Windows Phone Store.
It’s just one hour. But it’s an hour that could change young lives forever, and help guide them to a better future. That’s why Microsoft is challenging as many young people as possible to participate in the “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15.
“Hour of Code” is an introduction to computer science, and if those two words – “computer science” – scare or intrigue you, consider taking part. “Hour of Code” is aimed at demystifying “code” and showing that anyone can learn the basics. Anyone. (Yes, adults, you are absolutely encouraged to participate, too!)
I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible with sending holiday cards. IF I do them, they’re always late. Luckily, animated e-cards often come to rescue – and they save paper and postage! Every December, PowerPoint MVP Sandra Johnson makes an animated, musical, customizable holiday e-card – and she shows you how to customize it.
The Windows App Builder Blog published a post Friday that provides developers with best practices for creating apps that use SkyDrive without adding complexity to their code.
The post covers a number of topics, including the basics of interacting with a user’s files in Windows 8.1; an overview of SkyDrive integration into the OS and the Windows RT data model; making sure apps work well both online and offline; and using thumbnails when displaying images for best performance.
In the free Disney Infinity: Toy Box app, apply your ample imagination to a digital canvas where you can create your own worlds and games using favorite characters from “The Incredibles,” “Cars,” “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Frozen” and “Monsters University” – just to name a few choices.
Finding gifts that both your loved ones and you will be happy with is no easy feat. To help you get started, the Microsoft Stores team has gathered some great gift ideas that your family can enjoy together, and use to stay connected when you’re apart.
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.
For the third time this year, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has successfully disrupted a dangerous botnet that has impacted millions of innocent people. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft, in conjunction with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and technology industry leaders such as A10 Networks, has taken action against the rampant Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess. The ZeroAccess botnet has infected nearly two million computers all over the world and cost online advertisers upwards of $2.7 million each month.
If you tuned into Thursday’s Bing home page, you saw these little green bubbles slowly bouncing off each other in a soothing sort of looping video. What did you think they were? Fancy tree ornaments? Fancier baubles? Bubbles gone wild?
The Windows Azure team announced in a blog post Thursday that it has made available a preview of group management capabilities for directory administrators.
The new features are free and part of Windows Azure Active Directory. Admins can now add, delete and manage the membership of security groups directly in Windows Azure AD in the cloud. The capability lets directory administrators create security groups they can use to manage access to applications and to resources, such as SharePoint sites.
In addition to a lineup of top speakers, the upcoming SharePoint Conference 2014 will boast more than 200 sessions for IT professionals, developers, executives and power users.
Some of those sessions include: “Building mobile SharePoint solutions to address BYOD”; “Advanced development patterns for SharePoint apps”; “Anyone can build a SharePoint app with Microsoft Access”; and “Best practices: Search development in SharePoint 2013.” Check out the full course list on the official SharePoint Conference 2014 site.
Skype and Bing are teaming up to connect you – yes you – to the White House.
On Dec. 11 between 12:45-1:30 p.m. PT, the Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, and Cecilia Muñoz, the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, will answer questions from Skype users about immigration, an important issue to many people in our lives. The discussion will be streamed live at bing.com/whitehouse.
The following post is from Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel and corporate vice president, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues.
Thursday's overwhelming bipartisan House vote to pass the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) marks a significant milestone toward enactment of common-sense reforms to curb abusive patent litigation. Abusive patent lawsuits create a heavy burden on the U.S. economy — slowing innovation, undermining competitiveness and stunting economic growth.
H.R. 3309 addresses this urgent problem by striking a balance that deters bad actors while protecting intellectual property rights.