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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 360 offers unrivaled value — with more great games, an Xbox Live community with 48 million members, and a compelling lineup of apps, sports, movies, TV and music,” said Yusuf Mehdi, marketing and strategy, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft. “We’ve taken all we have learned these past eight years and engineered a new Xbox 360 console that is elegant and accessible to anyone. There’s never been a better time to experience everything Xbox 360 has to offer.”
Four students from Arizona State University were named the Imagine Cup U.S. winners in the Software Design category on Monday and will go on to the Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide finals in New York City this coming summer, competing against student teams from more than 70 countries and regions around the world.
The students - Michael Astrauskas, David Hayden, Shashank Srinivas and Qian Yan – won with a project that enables low-vision students to take notes in class with the assistance of a custom-designed, portable camera, a touch-screen Tablet PC and Microsoft OneNote.
During New York Fashion Week 2013, Microsoft’s technology helped one designer make a bold statement with his latest collection. Veteran designer Cesar Galindo looked to Bing, Windows Phone and Surface to help him realize his vision of “going virtual” in both the presentation and production of an installation at Lincoln Center to showcase his spring 2014 collection, CZAR.
In Denmark, where an increasingly aging population is straining the government’s health care resources, preventive care is becoming a must, not just a catch phrase on a white board in a meeting or in a binder on a bureaucrat’s desk.
How do you get seniors to make sure they take care of themselves to minimize ambulance calls? Or to monitor their physical rehabilitation after a surgery so the chance of setbacks – and costly additional doctor’s visits -- are reduced? The solutions – including remote health care monitoring and using Kinect to help guide physical therapy at home -- are being forged by the people and partners taking part in Microsoft’s CityNext initiative.
Microsoft launched the latest version of its immensely popular Internet Explorer Web browser at 9 p.m. PT on Monday. The launch was announced at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas.
Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download at Beauty of the Web and promises a host of new features, including Pinned Sites and Jump List, which enable people to put their websites directly on the Windows 7 Taskbar, as though they were native applications, and then to quickly and easily perform tasks related to those websites, such as check their inboxes, change the music station, accept friend invitations or see breaking news.
Three stories out of Microsoft today:
First, when it comes to helping employees be productive, few investments have more potential this year than a new PC with Windows 8 Pro. In addition to the beautiful, fast and fluid user interface, Windows 8 brings together the sites, people, apps and information that you care about most right from your personalized Start screen. It makes it easy to multitask and switch between screens, and it provides an incredible choice of new hardware to make for a compelling and highly personalized computing experience. Plus, hardware released for the new operating system is screaming fast. Head on over to the Microsoft News Center and check out this slideshow of new Windows 8 devices. Below is an image of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T.
Having more entertainment options has always been important to Xbox fans, and we’re stepping it up with Xbox One. In addition to delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One is sold, we’re also bringing premium, voice- and gesture-controlled TV and entertainment apps specifically designed for your living room – apps that have been built from the ground up uniquely for Xbox One to bring media achievements and exclusive Snap experiences.
In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon is in New York City for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices. She talks to Brian Hall, the general manager of marketing for the Surface team, and gets the inside scoop on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Two big stories today in The Official Microsoft Blog’s Daily Update:
After a busy summer with The Find, Pulse and Atari, Internet Explorer 10 today brings another well-known gaming experience to the Web in HTML5. The experience immerses users into a game rich with artistry and music, all while main character Petit – the one-eyed creature – seeks to save his love, The Rose. This world is "Contre Jour," which is now available to play online as an interactive multitouch experience on the Web with Internet Explorer 10. You can read more about it on the Exploring IE Blog. Check out the video below.
The following is a blog post from Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division at Microsoft.
COMPUTEX 2013 in Taipei is the second-largest computer exhibition in the world, drawing a large audience of hardware manufacturers and developers to showcase their latest technologies. I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote today at the event, joined by key business leaders at Microsoft, to talk about how touch and Windows 8.1 bring new growth to PCs, how non-touch PCs are even more exciting on Windows 8.1, the investments we’re making on small form factors with our partners and the incredible progress we’re seeing on apps that demonstrate the compelling Microsoft experience across devices.
This has been a transformational year for the industry and for our business. Our partnerships across the ecosystem have never been more important, as together we are bringing new capabilities and enabling new experiences to consumers and businesses. The device market this year alone is projected to be 2.9 billion smartphones, tablets, PCs, servers and embedded industry devices, and our goal is to continue delivering the value of Windows across the industry.
We’re proud of the momentum we’ve seen with Windows 8 and the ecosystem of hardware, apps and services that it enables. But we’re not stopping there.
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Microsoft Surface, Kinect inventor Alex Kipman winning the Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation and more.
Microsoft increased production and expands retail distribution for Surface. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to make Microsoft Surface available at additional retailers as soon as mid-December. In addition, the company announced the extension of the Microsoft holiday stores, including the transition of several of the stores into permanent Microsoft retail outlets. “The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface.
The news that an official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 will be available “in the coming weeks” may dominate the headlines coming out of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, but the fact is, a whole bevy of great apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 were announced.
Some of the ones that stick out in Windows Phone Blog Editor Michael Stroh’s mind include Xbox Video, “FIFA 14,” “Temple Run 2” and new games from Ubisoft.
Some of the other apps announced at Nokia World include: CamScanner (a document management app for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools), ESPN F1 (the official ESPN F1 app for Windows Phone brings you the best Formula One coverage across the globe) and Nokia Storyteller (an app that automatically integrates your phone pictures with location information, then plots this chronological picture journey on a map.)
Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360. For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s NBA game on your Xbox, we’ve introducing all-new Xbox SmartGlass experiences to accompany ESPN and NBA Game Time.
Welcome to the first edition of Weekend Reading for the spring of 2011! The MSN weather forecast for this week tells us to expect more rain showers, but at least that mercury is creeping ever upward to warmer temperatures.
In this week’s installment, we’ve got an item about two new Windows Phones, a story about Microsoft nabbing Target as a virtualization customer and – just in case you missed it – a fascinating piece on the takedown of the Rustock botnet.
Aaaaannnndddddd off we go!
New handsets, new apps for Windows Phone family. And in other Windows Phone news this week, two new handsets have joined the family – the HTC Arrive and the HTC HD7S. That’s the HD7S below. The Arrive is the first Windows Phone for CDMA networks and is available through Sprint. The HD7S – available through AT&T – is aimed at people who love movies and videos. The phone features an eye-popping 4.3-inch super LCD touchscreen and a built-in kickstand that basically turns any tabletop into a mini-movie theater. Also coming soon to the Windows Phone Marketplace, which now has more than 10,000 apps – apps from AccuWeather and the New York Times.
Today, Microsoft announced record third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13 percent increase over the same period of the previous year.
Earnings per share were $0.61 per share, including a $0.05 tax benefit primarily related to a partial settlement of an IRS audit of tax years 2004 to 2006.
Other highlights from the third quarter include:
• Twenty-one percent year-over-year revenue growth in the Microsoft Business Division, driven by the ongoing momentum of Office 2010, as well as double-digit growth in SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Dynamics.
Some of America’s top young minds are tackling the world’s most pressing problems through the use of technology at this year’s Imagine Cup.
The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition that challenges students to build life-changing projects that can ultimately transform the world. Microsoft created the competition nine years ago as a way to highlight and recognize student innovation around the globe, as well as inspire more young minds to study technology.