Microsoft Brings Games on Demand to the Web With New PC Game Store

Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2010, 9:10 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft today announced the Games for Windows Marketplace, a new online PC games store that combines the convenience of the Web with the power of Games on Demand online distribution. Launching Nov. 15, the Games for Windows Marketplace will offer PC gamers a robust lineup of games they love, easier navigation and purchase, and recurring specials such as Deal of the Week.

“With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end,” said Kevin Unangst, senior global director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. “And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we’ve made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be.”

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The Windows Phone 7 Launch Has Started

Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2010, 9:07 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

This afternoon the very first Windows Phone 7 handsets went on sale in New Zealand with more countries in Europe and Asia Pacific like Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and the UK joining the mix tomorrow, and dropping here in the U.S. starting on November 8th. This is a very exciting time for us here at Windows Phone HQ and around  the world as we finally put the phones into your hands, and we are really looking forward to hearing what you think.

Congrats to Jourdan Templeton on his purchase of the first Windows Phone 7!

Some of the early reviews of Windows Phone 7 are starting to come in and many have recognized our unique approach to design and integration of key Microsoft services like Bing, Xbox LIVE and Zune are great reasons to consider purchasing a new Windows Phone.

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Xbox 360 Presents The Official Kinect Launch!

Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2010, 9:07 PM. Posted in Xbox.

On November 4th, you become the controller! Come to the event that will unveil Kinect to the world. Join us at Toys“R”Us in Times Square for an evening full of activities as we count down to launch!· See exclusive performances!· Play Kinect launch games before they are available!· The Xbox prize patrol will be giving away commemorative gear and gifts to people in line!IN ADDITION: The first 400 people (18 years+) to buy Kinect at Toys”R”Us Times Square will get to attend an exclusive after party with surprise appearances.Kinect demos will be available all day at various locations in Times Square. Giveaways start at 9:00 p.m. on November 3rd at the Toys“R”Us in Times Square. Get there early to secure your spot in line!

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Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year – More than 240 Million Licenses Sold

Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2010, 9:06 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). There is an amazing array of great PCs out on the market today. Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period. And there is an incredible ecosystem of products – software and hardware – that work great with Windows 7 too. You can check out and discover many of those products at Windows Product Scout which was announced yesterday.

Over the last year, we saw that customer satisfaction for Microsoft had outpaced Apple in February and in May the American Customer Satisfaction Index report showed a jump in customer satisfaction for Microsoft in 2010 over the previous year. Both of these attribute Windows 7 as the key factor for improved customer satisfaction for Microsoft. Customers are very happy with Windows 7.

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Windows Phone 7 reviews

Posted by bink on October 22 2010, 3:53 AM.

So Windows Phone 7 is out, I haven’t got one and I’m pretty happy with my iPhone 4. But hey give me a Windows 7 device and I’ll try it out, hint hint Winking smile

Anyway I will not be able to write such a review as Paul Thurrot has done, but hey he wrote a book about it!

Windows Phone 7: The SuperSite Review

Other reviews:

Neowin.net - Windows Phone 7 review

A Review of Microsoft's New Windows Phone 7 - WSJ.com

A Windows Phone 7 'review' from a non-reviewer  ZDNet

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Beta

Posted by bink on October 21 2010, 4:32 AM.

Back in February of 2010, Microsoft launched a new product, called Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which is designed primarily for the education market to help schools increase computing access to more students for a lower total cost.

Now, schools around the world are using Windows MultiPoint Server in their classrooms, labs and libraries to give students the experience of using the latest Windows technology that will help prepare them for the workforce. Teachers and students are finding Windows MultiPoint Server to be a great way to collaborate with each other on school projects and experience Windows 7 and the power it brings to help them teach and learn.

You can watch an online demo of Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 and listen to customers talk about their experiences here. Education institutions, and other organizations such as non-profits and charities, are taking advantage of the benefits of Windows MultiPoint Server, such as a lower total cost of IT ownership, and easier setup, management and use.

So what’s new with Windows MultiPoint Server 2011?

1. Desktop thumbnails that make it easier for teachers to orchestrate activities across the classroom, see what students are working on, and interact with student sessions.

2. Support for connecting thin clients over the LAN. This allows for virtually unlimited distances between stations.

3. The ability to string multiple MultiPoint Server “pods” and manage them from a unified MultiPoint Manager console. Great for labs and libraries where there are a large number of stations in a single place.

4. Split screen capabilities at each user station. Turn one screen into two separate stations for a new way of collaborative learning between students.

5. An ISV extensibility model based on a common SDK with the next versions of Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server, which enables ISVs such as learning and classroom management providers to integrate with MultiPoint Server.

6. Support for domain join to integrate Windows MultiPoint Server with your existing Active Directory infrastructure.

Download the Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Beta

Announcing Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Beta - The Official SBS Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blo

The Office 2010 Beta is about to expire. Are you ready

Posted by sumeethevans on October 21 2010, 3:14 AM. Posted in Office 2010.

Didn't it seem like only yesterday when we made the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta available? Actually, it's been nearly a year! Since then, Office 2010 has experienced over 9 million downloads — more than 6 times the size of the Office 2007 Beta.

With so many folks out there using the Office 2010 Beta, this is our gentle reminder that the Beta is set to expire on Halloween. For those of you who live outside of North America, that's Sunday, October 31, 2010.

If you've been busy putting all of the new programs through their paces, you've already experienced many of the cool new features that can make your life easier. Personally, I've decided that I can no longer live without the Ignore Conversation button in Outlook 2010, linked notes in OneNote 2010, photo editing in Word 2010, using video in my PowerPoint 2010 presentations, or making walls of numbers come alive with Sparklines in Excel 2010. You get the picture.

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Microsoft Office Division is unveiling the brand for the company’s next generation in cloud productivity – Office 365

Posted by bink on October 19 2010, 9:57 PM.

Tune in now for the live webcast from San Francisco starting at 8:00 a.m. Pacific / 11:00 a.m. Eastern to hear the news from Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, and Chris Capossela, Senior Vice President for the Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft Corp.

*LIVE* Webcast starts at 8:00 AM PDT here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/office.

 

Earlier this year, the launch of Office, SharePoint and Exchange 2010 ushered in the future of productivity.  Together with Lync, these products provide the productivity backbone for modern businesses. Building on Microsoft’s history of delivering cloud services at scale for more than a decade, Office 365 is designed to meet the needs of organizations of all types and sizes. And, today, Microsoftr is opening a limited beta program for a few thousand organizations in thirteen regions, and Office 365 will be available worldwide in 2011.

Today at 12 p.m. Pacific Time, Microsoft will launch http://www.Office365.com. Customers and partners can sign up for the Office 365 beta and learn more at that site, or follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365), or the new Office 365 blog at http://community.office365.com to get the latest information.

Microsoft Announces Office 365 Microsoft Office, Kurt DelBene Oct. 19, 2010

Microsoft Office 365: The Power to Think Big and Be Small, to Be Big and Act Fast Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office, Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene, Cloud Computing Oct. 19, 2010

In the Cloud With Kurt DelBene Microsoft Office, Kurt DelBene, Cloud Computing Oct. 19, 2010

Changes coming to Xbox.com

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:44 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Tomorrow, Xbox.com will be getting a massive facelift and I want to give you a preview of what you can expect.  In addition to support for the 9 new Xbox LIVE regions that will happen next month, Xbox.com will get a brand new look as well as some new features.

Here are some highlights:

Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchaseCombined views for messages, friend and game requestsImproved notification of your account subscriptionLeverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVEPlay web games with your Xbox LIVE friends on the web or on Windows Phone 7Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

Those are just a few of the changes, starting tomorrow you’ll be able to explore the entire thing yourself. Until then, I’ve uploaded a few screen shots to get hold you over until then.

Note:In order to prepare for these changes, starting at 0500 ET/0200 PT/0900 GMT on October 20th (tomorrow) Xbox.com and the Xbox forums will be offline and unavailable for a short period of time. When it returns, you’ll see the new site.

The Xbox LIVE service is not affected by this upgrade and will remain available during this time.

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Countdown to Kinect: 17 Controller-Free Games Launch in November

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:42 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Tune in to see it on “The Oprah Show®.” And find out what has Ellen DeGeneres moving and grooving. Even Geoffrey the Giraffe® knows Kinect for Xbox 360 is sure to be the hottest gift this holiday. Today, the countdown to Kinect begins, as Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of a multiyear advertising campaign and revealed the complete lineup of 17 controller-free games that will transform living rooms around the world starting on Nov. 4.

With pre-orders rapidly selling out and thousands of retailers across the country opening at midnight on launch day, Kinect is set to fly off store shelves and get everyone off the couch and on their feet this holiday season.

“The very first time we saw Kinect, we knew it would be a ‘must have’ item for the holiday season,” said Richard Barry, vice president, general merchandise manager, Toys “R” Us® Inc. “There is no better place in the world to introduce innovative new products than Toys “R” Us, and we are excited about the full day of activities planned in New York City, building up to the much anticipated sale of the first Kinect sensor at our flagship store in Times Square.”

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Microsoft Drives the Future of In-Vehicle Infotainment

Posted by sumeethevans on October 19 2010, 9:41 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Today at the SAE Convergence 2010 Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 to select car makers and suppliers in the automotive industry. Designed to support the development of new infotainment systems, Windows Embedded Automotive 7 is an industry-leading platform providing integrated services for communication, entertainment, navigation and information for the mass market.

With Windows Embedded Automotive 7, car makers and suppliers have access to Microsoft’s latest tools and technology, as well as a worldwide partner ecosystem, which allows them to quickly create in-vehicle experiences that are easier to use and more engaging for drivers and passengers. Key features include speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, advanced dashboard systems for access to music, maps, third-party apps and navigation, and streamlined connectivity with other devices.

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