Dec 08

This is another great addition to this weeks releases. After we launched XBox live update and XBox companion app we now have IPhone and iPad app for XBox. It allows you to check out your XBox live points etc.. I installed it on my iPad yesterday and it is pretty cool… Smile

By Christina Bonnington, WIRED

updated 7:47 AM EST, Thu December 8, 2011 | Filed under: Gaming and Gadgets

Windows Phone users have had Xbox Live services packaged into their mobile experience for a while now.

Windows Phone users have had Xbox Live services packaged into their mobile experience for a while now.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • My Xbox Live lets users edit their 3-D avatars, chat with Xbox Live friends
  • iOS users who download the app get a screen similar to Windows Phone-style interface
  • My Xbox Live is available free for download on the iPhone and iPad in the App Store

(WIRED) — Microsoft released an Xbox Live app for iOS devices on Wednesday, bringing features of Microsoft’s gaming service to Apple devices for the first time.

My Xbox Live lets users edit their 3-D avatars, chat with Xbox Live friends and revel in their achievements. You can also check out more information about the newest apps and games on Xbox, as well as gaming tips and breaking news.

Windows Phone users have had Xbox Live services packaged into their mobile experience for a while now, but now iOS users can get a piece of the action. And whether they like it or not, iOS users who download the app are also getting a screen similar to a Windows Phone-style user interface.

The iPhone app features the horizontal bar across the bottom of the screen that houses the same sort of circular icons you’d find in a Windows Phone 7 app. Also included: a clever browser-based demo that lets you virtually explore the UI of a Windows Phone from your Android or iPhone handset.

While you may already be on a phone of a different OS, it has potential to lure potential defectors over to Microsoft’s mobile platform.

It’s been a good week for Microsoft. On Tuesday, the company unveiled the details of its upcoming Windows Store for Windows 8, the newest version of the world’s most popular desktop platform.

And on Monday, the company announced that the Xbox was getting a user interface refresh, with dozens of new content channels and the addition of a Windows Phone app you can use to control your Xbox. Microsoft’s iOS apps are now icing on top of the cake.

Now when are we going to get those Microsoft Office apps on the iPad?

My Xbox Live is available free for download on the iPhone and iPad in the App Store.

Microsoft launches Xbox Live app for iPhone, iPad – CNN.com

Dec 08

Just downloaded and started playing with XBox Companion App which we launched today. It is really amazing. Smile I loved the ability to search for movies on the phone and then directly play on the TV through XBox. Really cool stuff… Good reason to buy a Windows Phone if you are a XBox fan. Smile 

Dec 07

From: Xbox Facebook Page – The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. The Xbox update is currently on its way to all 35 million Xbox LIVE members around the world. We apologize for today’s delay and hope that you will be thrilled with your new Xbox experience and the new apps launching in the coming weeks! http://xbx.lv/uxmHet

 

Love the apps. :)

Nov 29

Amazing News!!! Almost million consoles sold. Smile 

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of the hit digital entertainment system, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday.

Sales highlights in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday include:

· Xbox 360 sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone, with more than 800,000 sold within a period of 24 hours.

· More than 750,000 Kinect for Xbox 360 sensors were sold in the U.S. – standalone and bundled.

Xbox 360 has a growing Kinect portfolio of more than 75 new Kinect for Xbox 360 titles – four times more than last holiday season. New titles include sequels to best sellers, including “Kinect Sports: Season Two” and “Dance Central 2.” Xbox 360 also released exclusive games this holiday season with titles like “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.” Below is a screenshot of “Kinect Sports: Season Two”:

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In addition to games, on Dec. 6th, the next generation of TV entertainment will begin with the availability of a new Xbox 360 experience, and the launch of the first group of custom entertainment apps on Xbox LIVE. By the end of the year, nearly 40 world-leading TV and entertainment providers, including Comcast and HBO GO, will be available on Xbox LIVE.

Xbox 360 should deliver its eleventh straight month as the number one console in the US. Given the robust holiday portfolio and the new Xbox LIVE dashboard going live on Dec. 6th, Microsoft expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/11/29/xbox-360-sells-nearly-1m-consoles-in-biggest-week-in-xbox-history.aspx

Nov 28

 

Microsoft Acquires Video Content Discovery Company VideoSurf

VideoSurf’s technology will enhance video discovery capabilities for Xbox LIVE.

REDMOND, Wash., and SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Microsoft Corp. has announced the acquisition of California-based video discovery technology company VideoSurf Inc.

Founded in 2006, VideoSurf offers a back-end computer vision technology that "sees" frames inside videos to make discovering content fast, easy and accurate. Over time, Microsoft will integrate this technology across its entertainment platform to augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem and evolve search and discovery of entertainment content on Xbox LIVE.

"VideoSurf’s content analytics technology will enhance the search and discovery of entertainment content across our platform," said Alex Garden, director of Xbox LIVE for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "This holiday we will launch voice search across our entertainment partners on Xbox LIVE. Over time, as we integrate VideoSurf’s technology into our system, we are excited about the potential to have content tagged in real time to increase the speed and relevance of the search results."

"Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division is at the leading edge of connected entertainment," said Lior Delgo, CEO and co-founder of VideoSurf. "We are incredibly excited to be working together on our mutual passion for creating amazing consumer experiences and reinventing how consumers search, discover and enjoy content on their televisions."

In the coming months, Microsoft will bring nearly 40 world-leading TV and entertainment providers to Xbox LIVE, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K.; Telefonica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and Mediaset in Italy. This acquisition will also make it easier for world-class video partners to take full advantage of advanced features such as voice search enabled by Kinect for Xbox 360. With Kinect, users will be able to easily search and discover content across multiple entertainment providers within Xbox LIVE and then interact with and enjoy content in extraordinary ways using voice search powered by Bing on the Xbox 360.

About Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE is the online entertainment service for your Xbox 360, connecting you to an ever-expanding world of games, movies, TV, music, sports and social entertainment. Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy one of the world’s largest on-demand libraries on any console, listen to millions of songs and share the fun with friends around the world. Xbox LIVE is also the exclusive home of controller-free online entertainment through Kinect, making your Xbox 360 more intuitive and interactive than ever before. With an active community of nearly 35 million people across 35 countries, Xbox LIVE, together with Xbox 360, provides you with instant access to the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, wherever you are. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/live .

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. Thanks to the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play — no controller required. Xbox 360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as one of the world’s largest on-demand libraries of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV shows and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment center of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with a leading social entertainment network of nearly 35 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. More information about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Copyright (C) 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

Microsoft Acquires Video Content Discovery Company VideoSurf – MarketWatch

Nov 22

This is pretty cool. Maybe I should start playing with Kinect on Windows. Smile

Posted by Janet I. Tu

Kinect.jpgLast month, Microsoft announced it would be launching a program for more established businesses to develop commercial uses for Kinect for Windows.

Now, Microsoft, teaming up with TechStars, has launched Kinect Accelerator, a program for startups with ideas for commercial applications using Kinect’s motion- and voice-sensing technologies.

Applicants, who must be prepared to relocate to Seattle, have until Jan. 25 to apply for one of 10 spots in a three-month incubation program running March to May 2012.

The 10 companies will each receive an investment of $20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect software development kit, office space, the resources of BizSpark (Microsoft’s program to aid startups), technical training and support, and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives, according to Microsoft’s posting.

The program uses startup accelerator TechStars’ mentoring method. (The Seattle Times recently wrote about TechStars here.)

According to the program rules, in exchange for the program and seed funding, TechStars will receive six percent equity in each of the companies chosen, in the form of common stock. Microsoft does not retain equity in the participating companies, nor does it retain intellectual property developed during the program.

In the meantime, PCWorld has an entertaining list of some Kinect hacks it’s written about recently.

(Photo of Kinect sensor from Microsoft)

Microsoft Pri0 | Microsoft and TechStars launch Kinect Accelerator incubation program | Seattle Times Newspaper

Nov 21

I was never a huge gamer but I still remember playing Halo when it first came out. Smile It is amazing to see the new version.

Halo Trailer

Forbes Article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/11/20/halo-remake-honors-xbox-10-year-anniversary/

Nov 16

This week was 10th anniversary of Xbox and it was my 1st week anniversary at Xbox engineering. Smile Yes you heard me right. I moved to Xbox live team and will be working on content services. Content services are web services that power your Xbox console. My area of focus will be content discovery and search. It is a fascinating space and am sure tons for me to learn. Smile Super excited to go from team that build cloud computing platform to team that is building one of the most saleable cloud application that powers millions of devices.

I enjoyed every bit of my time in Windows Azure Product Management especially working with the team to deliver Windows Azure Marketplace in 26 countries. Smile Will miss my team but am looking forward to my time in Xbox now. Smile

Xbox Turns Ten!

Ten years ago, we launched the first Xbox console. Since then, we’ve launched Xbox LIVE, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 S, Kinect, and lots more. We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you for the first ten years and more to come!

   

Ten Years of Fun with Xbox – Xbox.com