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Weekend Reading: June 14th Edition–It’s all about E3
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on E3, Microsoft and Best Buy teaming up to create new Windows Stores only at Best Buy and more. News from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. It was a big week for Microsoft and Xbox fans at E3. Just weeks after unveiling the...
15 Jun 2013
New look for Xbox 360: smaller, sleeker and available now
Whether you’re updating your Xbox console system or have waited this long to get one, the newest Xbox 360 will satisfy the gamers in your life. Xbox 360, which has sold more than 76 million consoles worldwide, has a sleek, more compact design that aligns with the new Xbox One family. “Xbox...
10 Jun 2013
How to watch the June 10 Xbox media briefing and more from E3
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Chomping at the bit to find out more about Xbox One and new Xbox game titles coming down the pike? Major Nelson has posted a helpful table that lists where and when you can watch live coverage of Xbox at E3 June 10-13 in Los Angeles. Watch the main Xbox event at 9:30 a.m. PT on June 10 via a live...
3 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: June 8th Edition–An E3 News Roundup & A Close Look at the Nokia Lumia 900 Limited Edition “Batphone”
It only comes once a year, but here is your Weekend Reading: The E3 Edition – bringing you all the highlights from the Los Angeles entertainment expo. We’ve also got stories on the limited edition Nokia Lumia 900 “Batphone”, the FAA choosing Office 365 for e-mail and collaboration...
8 Jun 2012
Top Official Microsoft Blog Posts of 2011
It’s that time of year again, when people naturally look back on all that’s happened in the last 12 months and try to take stock of it all. We do the same thing here at Microsoft. Here’s a list of the top 10 posts that were published on The Official Microsoft Blog in 2011, ranked...
30 Dec 2011
Microsoft’s Setting a Blistering Pace this Summer
Like many people, I’ve been enjoying the Olympics so far. Great opening ceremony, great competition… And watching the swimming, football, gymnastics is all a blast. But I have to say that as a runner, I’m looking forward to track and field getting started. And as a runner, it was inspiring...
2 Aug 2012
Weekend Reading: June 28th Edition—Microsoft showcases developer opportunity for Windows platform at Build 2013
In this edition of Weekend Reading, the Build 2013 conference showed off the Windows 8.1 Preview and a bevy of other major developments, TechEd Europe continued the momentum of Microsoft’s cloud progress and a new strategic partnership emerged with Oracle. Microsoft’s Build 2013 conference...
28 Jun 2013
Xbox Builds on E3 Momentum & Nabs No. 1 Spot in U.S. Yet Again
What a month it’s been for Xbox! First, Microsoft announced major plans for the world’s best-selling entertainment hub at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, including new game titles from blockbuster franchises like Halo, Gears of War and Call of Duty. Also at E3, the...
13 Jun 2011
The Future of the Living Room
Summer is a transition time for many people: the break between school years; a vacation before tackling another year of work; and for network television that’s been a guest in our living rooms for so long, summer is a time of transition between seasons. It’s appropriate then that we are...
17 Aug 2011
“It’s all about the games” in Xbox's E3 2013 Media Briefing
If you missed Monday’s E3 2013 Xbox Media Briefing, this almost two-minute video will catch you up on the highlights, including a first look at the extended trailer for “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” on Xbox One, the new console for Xbox 360, and special deals on Xbox Live....
11 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: July 5th Edition—Windows Phone 8 gets Facebook facelift, Redbox and iHeartRadio
In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll hear about big apps that just hit Windows Phone 8, the first version of a Web-based Xbox Music experience and the Xbox exclusive game “Titanfall” setting records at the Game Critics Awards “Best of E3." Fans of the big and small-screen...
5 Jul 2013
Xbox Live members: Marc Whitten describes broad range of new features coming your way
As Xbox Live begins its next chapter, a quick look back is in order. Since October 2005, members have logged more than 72 billion hours on the service. That’s nearly 8.3 million years! With that kind of wind in its sails, the Xbox Live team is excited to introduce a wide range of innovation and...
10 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: May 4th Edition–Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Team Up on E-Reading, Microsoft Research Opens a Lab in New York City and Marketplace Launches in 22 New Countries
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Barnes & Noble and Microsoft announcing a new strategic partnership, Microsoft Research opening a lab in New York City and the new web Marketplace. Check ‘em out. Barnes & Noble, Microsoft form strategic partnership. Barnes...
4 May 2012
Weekend Reading: August 9th Edition–Windows Store Only at Best Buy kickoff spotlights fitness apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we take you to Los Angeles for the nationwide opening of Microsoft’s new store-within-a-store (Windows Store Only at Best Buy), give insights on a couple of international customers who chose Office 365 and Windows 8 for tens of thousands of employees, and show...
9 Aug 2013
Xbox 360 Remains the Top-selling Console of 2012
Xbox 360 sold more units in May in the U.S. than any other console or handheld gaming device, maintaining its position as the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past 17 months. May highlights from The NPD Group include: · Xbox 360 sold 160,000 units, representing a 45 percent share...
14 Jun 2012
Scale matters: Windows Azure, Windows Stores & Xbox One
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. Scale is a word I come across frequently these days. In this era of cloud computing, system scalability is key. Satya Nadella focused on the significance of scale a couple of weeks...
14 Jun 2013
Weekend Reading: June 1st Edition–The New Bing Makes its Debut, Windows 8 Release Preview Becomes Available and Photosynth Arrives in Marketplace, plus SkyDrive, Office 365 & E3
This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of major news nuggets, including the launch of the new Bing, the availability of Windows 8 Release Preview, an E3 teaser and the debut of a beautiful new camera app for Windows Phone called Photosynth. New Bing, available today, takes you from searching...
1 Jun 2012
Weekend Reading: June 10th Edition–Microsoft announces new Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone at E3, plus Bing, MSN, Windows Live and Sir Richard Branson
Lots of news out of Microsoft this week, and not all of it was related to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Some highlights: Microsoft pledged $25 million over five years to a new education initiative in Washington State, acquired Prodiance and announced new social capabilities in Bing for Mobile...
10 Jun 2011
Weekend Reading: June 22nd Edition–Microsoft Offers a Sneak Peek of Windows Phone 8
Well, we had quite a week here at Microsoft, as you may have heard. And here’s the latest edition of Weekend Reading to catch up everyone who might have missed the news. Check it out! Announcing Windows Phone 8. It’s time to start telling you about the next exciting chapter of our mobile...
22 Jun 2012
Microsoft E3 2011 Roundup–Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, UFC and YouTube on Xbox Live and Bing Voice Search on Kinect
Microsoft kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles on Monday with an intense presentation of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the next installment in the hit game franchise. Want to know how intense? Check out this video in the Xbox newsroom on the Microsoft News Center . In addition...
7 Jun 2011
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