Everything you need to know about the March Xbox update.
As a gamer, I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming launch of “Titanfall.” I’ve played the game and it’s awesome – I can’t wait to see you online! This launch is particularly special because our team has been working to make Xbox Live on Xbox One the best place to play.
We have received lots of feedback since the launch of Xbox One in November and listening closely to you. I’m excited to share that our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like “Titanfall” on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch.
Here’s a breakdown of more of the features in the March update, addressing some of the biggest feedback you’ve shared:
Prepare for Titanfall: Marc Whitten Provides Details on Xbox One March Update
Great news for customers interested in using Oracle on Azure.
IDG News Service – Oracle’s database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced last June.
A general availability date of March 12 has been set for Windows-based software images of the products, which have been in preview, Microsoft said on the Azure website.
While there have been no additional fees for the preview versions, this will change starting March 12. Customers who want to avoid Oracle-related charges for these "license included" virtual images must shut them down before that date, Microsoft said. Windows Server VMs the images run in are charged for separately.
Purely pay-as-you-go customers won’t see much discounting for higher usage of Oracle’s software on Azure.
Oracle software on Microsoft Azure gets a general availability date – Computerworld
Power BI for Office 365 is now available. It is pretty cool check it out at www.powerbi.com. Power BI allows you too
- Quickly create collaborative BI sites – enable anyone to quickly create a collaborative BI site to share workbooks containing data and insights.
- Keep reports up to date with scheduled data refresh – reports that have been saved to the cloud can now connect back to on-premises data sources to refresh the data and stay up to date.
- Manage data queries for the team – share not only workbooks but also the data queries created in Power Query for Excel. Team members can now build and manage data queries for others to use when creating their own reports.
- Maintain a Data Catalog of searchable data – IT departments can now use the Data Catalog feature to make it easier for everyone to find and connect to corporate data by searching for it from within Excel.
- Ask questions of your data in natural language – with the Q&A features people can type questions they have of the data in natural language and the system will interpret the question and present answers in the form of interactive visualizations.
- Stay connected with mobile access to your reports – stay connected from anywhere with new HTML5 support and the Power BI windows app.
Learn More at: Microsoft Blog Post or Power BI Team Blog.
Xbox One was #1 console in December. Great to see the success in the market. It was great opportunity to work with really smart people across Xbox Org to ship this.
The NPD report for December is in. It was a good holiday season for all involved — and a very good one for Microsoft MSFT +0.38%. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 were the best selling consoles in each of their generations, with 908,000 sales for Xbox One and 643,000 for Xbox 360, making up 46% of the total US hardware market. Xbox One games also held six of the top ten spots for best-selling software.
This is the status quo according to the last generation — Xbox holds down the US, Playstation does better in Europe and dominates Japan (Microsoft has been trying to make Europe a battleground this generation, but has largely ceded Japan). Still waiting on PS4 numbers, and will update with those. My guess is they aren’t too far behind — Sony Sony is mounting an impressive attack in home territory, significantly helped by better on-paper specs and a $100 price difference. Globally, Sony’s machine is still ahead.
Xbox One #1 Console In US For December, Outselling PS4 – Forbes
You should check this blog post out.. Pretty awesome. Funniest one is sweat monitoring underwear.
Technology that you wear is the next generation of tech. Now you can coordinate your tech with your outfit. From health monitors and fitness trackers to temperature-adjusting jackets and flying dresses, wearable technology is revolutionizing how we use our everyday electronics.
In fact, Lady Gaga recently debuted the “Volantis,” a flying dress, at an event promoting her new album. While you probably won’t be buying this at your local retailer anytime soon, Gaga shows us what is possible. Watch the video below to see how you can even wear your transportation:
See the Next Generation of Wearable Technology – CEA
Entertainment industry is finally changing and existing players are adopting new modes of content delivery. It is high time for these companies to adopt it or else Netflix and Amazon will eat there lunch.
Article on GeekWire on CBS, NBG live streaming NFL playoffs for free and Fox will make it tough but will live stream Super Bowl.
It’s also 2014, and that means you’ll be able to watch some of the postseason action for free online thanks to NBC and CBS. But Fox is making things more complicated, which could be bad news for some Seahawks fans.
Variety reports that for the first time, CBS will stream its four AFC playoff games — San Diego at Cincinnati on Saturday; two AFC Divisional playoff games next weekend; the AFC Championship game on Jan. 19 — for free at CBSSports.com.
Similar to last year, NBC will also live stream its playoff coverage for free here. That means anyone with Internet can watch Saturday’s wild card games — Kansas City at Indianapolis; New Orleans at Philadelphia — online as well
CBS, NBC live streaming NFL playoffs for free, but Fox makes things tougher for Seahawks fans – GeekWire
Read this article on geekwire on increase in wealth of Bill due to growth in MS stock.
From a financial standpoint, 2013 was a good year for Bill Gates.
The Microsoft co-founder saw his fortune grow by $15.8 billion last year to $78.5 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. Gates finished 2013 as the world’s richest person, a title he reclaimed back in May for the first time since 2007. His fortune increased by $7 billion in 2012.
Microsoft’s stock grew by 35 percent in 2013.
Part of that growth is due to Microsoft’s stock, which increased by more than 35 percent in 2013 alone. Gates is still Microsoft’s largest individual shareholder, with more than 4.5 percent of the company, according to Microsoft’s latest proxy statement.
Bill Gates’ fortune grew by $15.8 billion in 2013 as Microsoft stock surged 35% – GeekWire
In 4 days and 12 hours Xbox One will launch… Last 12 months have been crazy busy building it, excited to see it all come together.