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“You may have already sailed the Jackdaw over every inch of the Caribbean, but that doesn’t mean you’ve seen everything that ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ has to offer,” writes Jeff Rubenstein on Major Nelson’s blog.
With the game’s first downloadable content due out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Dec. 17, Major Nelson asked Ubisoft Community Developer Gabe Graziani for some insight into the “Freedom Cry” content.
Xbox has seen record-breaking sales with the recent announcement of Xbox One selling more than 2 million units through to consumers worldwide since its launch. November NPD Group figures released Thursday revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.
The “12 Days of Red Stripe” sale now at the Window Store gives you a dozen apps and games that will get your bargain brain humming with savings of at least 50 percent off regular prices.
Inspired by Disney’s newest animated adventure, “Frozen Free Fall” whisks players to the kingdom of Arendelle to play a matching game with familiar characters from “Frozen” – such as Anna, Elsa, Hans and Pabbie. It’s now available in the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store.
This family, like yours, is really busy. So busy, in fact, they have three Surface devices – one for each member of the family.
Jeff and Jennifer Roach, and their son Ian, each have a Surface 2 that makes their work and play lives run a lot smoother, with details shared on Thursday’s Surface Blog.
On this 12th day of the 12th month of the year, the “12 Deals of Red Stripe” in the Windows Phone Store gives you a holiday bonanza of a dozen apps, indie and Xbox games that are at least half-off their regular price.
Microsoft’s senior cybersecurity leaders share their predictions for the kinds of threats users could face in the year ahead, and there are some old enemies with new approaches to watch out for in 2014.
Among the issues, as shared on the Microsoft Security Blog on Thursday:
Over on the Extreme Windows Blog, Gavin Gear gets to play with some pretty awesome technology, and through a recent post, he tells you all about trying out a fully functional developer kit called Oculus Rift, which costs just $300. Kits like this can be used to try out virtual reality experiences and develop games and other apps that use VR technology.
To improve the quality of Yammer discussions, now you can include anyone in your organization in one, with new features that allow free-flowing information, “to” and “from” emails and Yammer threads.
Brian Yates was named the grand prize winner of Microsoft and Indaba Music’s “A Light That Never Comes” remix contest, which was judged by musicians Linkin Park and Steve Aoki, as well as the team over at Xbox Music.
Yates will receive $2,500, a Surface Pro 2 and Surface Music Kit by Microsoft. Yates’ remix will be “a premiere release on Xbox Music and will be included on an upcoming Linkin Park EP,” reports Markus Weickenmeier on the Surface Blog.
As we bid adieu to 2013, Bing has delivered some end-of-the-year gifts that help you find what you’re looking for faster in the Snapshot pane that appears to the right of search results – material such as TED Talks, famous speeches and online courses.
Lionhead Studios, maker of “Fable,” is celebrating the game’s 10th year with “Fable Anniversary,” which will launch on Xbox 360 on Feb. 4 in the U.S., Feb. 6 in Asia and Feb. 7 in Europe.
Xbox Wire snagged an exclusive interview with Craig Oman, Lionhead producer of “Fable Anniversary,” who talks about the game, including some of its new weapons.
Did you know that businesses in need of a technology facelift have a whole new world of device options and capabilities at their fingertips? With a slew of versatile, touch-enabled new PC, tablet, 2-in-1 and All-in-One devices on the market, there is a Windows 8 device to match every mobility and productivity requirement. In addition, cloud technology has given small businesses access to the same powerful capabilities that larger companies use, but at a price small and medium businesses can afford.
Got a gadget-head on your shopping list? When we hear “gadgets and tech,” we often think of high-ticket items, but there are plenty of cool technology options that won’t break the bank. We’ve gathered seven great gift ideas that any tech lover (and your wallet) will appreciate.
“Angry Birds” fans, if you think you’ve seen it all, you’ve got another thing coming!
The newest installment in the hit game series, “Angry Birds Go!,” puts those crazy birds in go-karts for a wild downhill race that has them finishing off pigs in a whole new way. Or, if you choose, you can race as a pig! It’s more addictive fun with “Angry Birds,” but this time there’s no need for flight.
he following post is from Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, Microsoft. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
Today, Microsoft introduced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide group of more than 25 leading cloud service providers who have embraced our Cloud OS vision and will deliver hosted services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. This announcement represents important progress against our goals and strategy for Cloud OS. More importantly, it is great news for enterprise customers across the globe.
“Tom Clancy's The Division” sets a new bar in video game realism and open world rendering, with the game powered by the Snowdrop engine, writes Xbox Wire. The game is due out later next year, and will be available for Xbox One.
In the powerful and dramatic trailer, shown above, decaying New York City is eerier than ever after being devastated by a pandemic. The Snowdrop engine was specially developed to create the incredibly realistic and detailed world shown in “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” including the dynamic day-and-night cycles.
He won’t win any beauty contests, but on the other hand, he can inflict at least 50 percent more damage to enemy units than other Titans, so it all works out – at least for the side that has the newest Titan, the Ogre, in “Titanfall.” The game is due out for Xbox One on March 11.
“Engineered to be the ultimate battle tank, the Ogre is capable of taking massive amounts of damage at the expense of agility,” writes Xbox Wire.
Many of us search high and low each year to find the perfect ornaments to add to our Christmas trees to make them stand out from the crowd. This year, you can really go a different route by creating your own 3D ornaments using Surface and Microsoft’s recently released 3D Builder app.
Markus Weickenmeier writes on the Surface Blog that although 3D Builder offers a “seasonal” template, his team came up with some of their own for holiday ornaments, shown above, that you can import into the 3D Builder app, modify in your “preferred modeling application,” then print at home.
Xbox One brings a “huge leap forward with the Skype experience in your living room,” writes Matthew de Beer on Skype’s Tips & Tricks Blog, and he shares some suggestions on how to take advantage of that.
For starters, if you’re watching a show on TV, but also waiting for a video call via Skype, normally you’d need to have your phone, tablet or laptop nearby to grab the call. Xbox One, however, can handle both Skype and TV, so you can leave your lap “free for popcorn,” he writes.
Like a lot of people, Heath Cajandig has read many different things on the Internet about Surface, finding some reviews to be “conflicted and murky. I loved the promise or idea of the device, but I couldn’t sort out what it really was,” he says.
Now he knows, and in fact, after spending a week with Surface Pro 2, Cajandig has listed his MacBook on eBay, and has his iPad stowed away in a travel bag, “which is where it has been since I brought home the Surface Pro,” he writes on the Surface Blog.
Microsoft has taken a leading role to reduce its carbon footprint and create awareness about how companies can reduce carbon emissions. Now, a newly released “Carbon Fee Playbook” can help other businesses and organizations do their own planning to take similar steps.
“Carbon Fee Playbook” offers a “comprehensive overview of our approach to creating and implementing an internal carbon price and fee,” writes Josh Henretig on the Microsoft Green Blog.
When the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) opens the virtual doors of its Innovation Zone (iZone) Academy next year, it’s going to do so with Microsoft as its main sponsor for the initiative, which will draw from programs and services such as the Microsoft IT Academy and Office 365 Education.
A school without walls, iZone Academy, removes the physical barrier of being tied to any one building. This will be the first school in the New York City school system that will use multiple locations and partnerships with businesses, governments and communities to give students real-world learning experiences. The city itself becomes part of a child’s education – in a safe way that also meets the same standards as expected at other New York City public schools. The iZone Academy is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
The latest Garage Series video continues setting up Office 365 for your small business and explains the differences between Office 365 Small Business and Office 365 Small Business Premium and how to get Office experiences running on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.
Now available on Windows and Windows Phone, Phriz.be gives you a quick and easy way to share photos and documents between devices.