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Fri
03
Feb
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Microsoft Lays Off 200 Marketing Employees

Microsoft's marketing division has undergone some significant changes in recent days, as the company laid off approximately 200 employees. Some of its most prominent Xbox marketing executives have even left for industry rival, Apple. According to ... reports, the recent layoffs were almost entirely limited to the Seattle area, and are designed to eliminate redundant positions and clear up where responsibilities lie. To many observers, it appears that Microsoft's goal in the restructuring is to improve the efficiency of the company's marketing. 3% Cut From Microsoft's Marketing Force It also ... (view more)

Fri
20
Jan
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Microsoft Kinect Coming to PCs February 1, 2012

Microsoft has confirmed it will release a PC version of its Kinect hands-free motion control system on February 1, 2012. The new hardware offering will be expensive. Kinect was first offered for the Xbox 360 video game console in late 2010. It was ... Microsoft's effort to counter the Nintendo Wii system, which allows players to control on-screen action by moving a handheld device rather than a traditional controller. Microsoft One-Ups Wii Controllers with Kinect The motion-oriented controls of the Wii made games more accessible to casual players, while adding more realism to the game. Players ... (view more)

Fri
25
Nov
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Microsoft Offers Cheap PCs, Xbox 360 on Black Friday

Early reports on Black Friday deals being offered by Apple and major U.S. retailer Target emerged a couple days ago. Now, we're learning more about other big Black Friday deals, including Microsoft offers on cheap laptops and gaming devices. ... Microsoft hasn't been a major U.S. retailer for very long, but it's already offering some of the most eye-catching Black Friday deals. The Redmond software giant currently has about 14 retail stores located across the United States, and is hoping to drive foot traffic inside with some serious post-Thanksgiving bargains. Laptop Bargains Cause Most Buzz In ... (view more)

Tue
13
Sep
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Hardware Hacker Creates PS3, Xbox 360 Hybrid

A video game hardware modifier ("modder") has successfully blended a Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) with a Microsoft Xbox 360, this gaming generation's most powerful consoles. For gamers, it's a momentous event that was also a long time coming. In the ... realm of sports, there are some very notable rivalries: Celtics and Bulls, Yankees and Red Sox, Canadiens and Bruins. In the gaming world, the most hateful of all rivalries is between fans (or "fanboys," as they're called) of Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. Both will point to exclusive titles (like Uncharted for PS3 or Gears ... (view more)

Fri
02
Sep
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3D Xbox Update Due Any Time: Report

The latest buzz in the video gaming world is that Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console is about to receive a 3D makeover via firmware update. It's believed that the platform revamping could take place as early as next week. The rush to expand the ... Xbox brand is due to a similar move on the part of Sony. Over the past year, dozens of PlayStation 3 (PS3) titles -- such as Killzone 3 -- have included 3D support, while also allowing users to stream 3D movies on a pay-per-view basis. Microsoft Alters Initial 3D Outlook Interestingly enough, the move would counter what Microsoft had said ... (view more)

Tue
30
Aug
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Wal-Mart Honors $249 Xbox 360, Kinect Until Sept 5

Last weekend Wal-Mart mistakenly advertised a Microsoft Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle for $249, considerably less than its actual retail price. Despite the slip-up, it seems the ubiquitous retailer will honor the bundle's mistaken price. We've seen a ... number of price errors in recent months. The most glaring and embarrassing error was made by Sears, which in July accidentally advertised an Apple iPad 2 for just $69, or 86 per cent less than its typical retail price. Sears later apologized for the error, but only credited the accounts of those who had scrambled to take advantage of the deal. Xbox ... (view more)

Thu
14
Jul
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Rumor: Windows 8 to Support Xbox 360 Games

A new rumor suggests that Microsoft will allow Windows 8 users to run Xbox 360 games on a PC. It would represent a fusion of two very distinct gaming platforms, and could threaten the distinctiveness of the Xbox 360. It's also a rumor that should be ... taken with a grain of salt. The rumor comes to us from popular tech blog Engadget, which reports that there exist references in Windows 8's kernel code that appear to tie the operating system (OS) to the Xbox 360 video game console, produced by Microsoft. (Source: engadget.com ) Xbox 360, Windows 8 Connection Unclear It's still very much unclear ... (view more)

Tue
28
Jun
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Microsoft Kinect to make TV Advertising Interactive

The idea of an "interactive advertisement" has long been associated with those online sidebars that ask users to answer an obvious trivia question or "shoot" a moving target. But Microsoft is now investing in an advertising protocol that would allow ... consumers to use voice and motion controls to make investigating advertisements pitched at them a truly interactive experience. NUAds Allow Users to Interact with TV Advertisements The new medium (called NUads) allows people to interact with their televisions and activate all of the virtual components an advertiser has to offer. NUads was ... (view more)

Fri
20
May
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Microsoft Offers Free Xbox 360 with Win7 PC

Microsoft is gearing up to help university students get homework done while also getting their game on by offering a free Xbox 360 game console with the purchase of a $699 Windows 7 PC. It's a very good deal, indeed. In its recent announcement of ... the offer, Microsoft revealed that between May 22 and September 3, 2011, students with a .edu email address confirming their student status will be able to get an Xbox 360 if they buy a computer running Windows 7 priced at $699 or more through Microsoft.com, Dell.com, HP.com, or a number of brick and mortar retail locations like Best Buy. (Source: ... (view more)

Tue
17
May
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PSN Outage Leads to PS3 Sales Slide

According to recent reports, sales of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console slipped considerably following the hacking of the PlayStation Network (PSN) . Sources say many retailers are finding consumers trading in their PS3s for Xbox 360s, ... a console built by industry rival, Microsoft. "[With just a few] days into the month and already we have an increase of 200% in PS3s coming into the store compared to all of March," said Tom Mestdagh, a representative for Belgian video game retailer, Gameswap. "Normally we sell them really fast, but not this time." (Source: gamepro.com ) Pre- ... (view more)

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