Microsoft should just stop going to toe to toe with Apple. Each time they go and “copy” a Cupertino idea it fails miserably. Microsoft can’t compete on the commercial front, even though the Mac vs PC ads are starting to get stale. Now Microsoft is looking to combat the Apple Genius’ with some Microsoft Gurus.
Microsoft claims that there is no actual “street date” for the new 60GB Xbox 360. It’ll just seep into retail channels and you’ll see it…whenever. I know MS has long had a stance that when they upgrade their current console it isn’t a big release event, and thus no thought is given to a release date.
At this years San Diego Comic-Con fans will get a chance to get the latest details on the DC comic based on the game series, as well as some fancy new collectibles. It’s a veritable treasure trove of grunty man phrases being uttered throughout the Microsoft and DC Comics booths when Cliff Bleszinski brings along Marcus Fenix and the Cole Train.
Here comes AMD and NVIDIA to ruin my celebration of the format war’s end. The two computer hardware manufacturers have decided they are tired of waiting for the USB Implementers Forum (founded by Intel in 1995 with Microsoft, HP, Texas Instruments, NEC and NXP Semiconductors) to give them the specs on USB 3.0, so they are launching a competing spec.
Windows 7 (or Vista redux if you prefer) has been unveiled at All Things Digital and it looks like Surface is making the transition to home PC. At least the multi-touch integration of Windows 7 appears to be pulling from a lot of the work the Surface team has done.
Microsoft Research has already developed a replacement to the yet commercially unreleased Surface. OK, so LaserTouch is currently just a prototype with absolutely no plans to bring it to market.
Bill Gates may no longer be in charge of Microsoft, but his plans to build a Galactic Empire are in full swing. Gates spoke at the World Congress of Information 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, but he wasn’t there. No, Mr. Gates appeared as a 15.1 foot holographic projection.
It’s come to the point with the Xbox 360 with Blu-ray fiasco that I’ll only believe it when I can walk into a store and purchase one. Even an official confirmation from Microsoft might not persuade me it is real.
Microsoft is taking the gloves off. They are tired of Yahoo not playing fair and accepting the $44.6 billion bid to buy the company, so they’re taking the issue to the fans. Or er…the shareholders.
There’s no word on how the service would work with Marketplace. LG and Netflix have partnered recently to bring a set top box that streams movies to high def televisions.
It's no big secret that Microsoft Vista hasn't been the most well-received operating system release. I knew it was bad from several friends I have who weren't quick to embrace it. Then Microsoft offered the extension to manufacturers to keep using Windows XP - a sure sign that Vista was in jeopardy.
It almost sounds that there is still a high definition battle going on, despite the format finally being settled upon. Still, it’s good to hear Microsoft is moving towards accepting Blu-ray in some way. Regardless of their belief of digital distribution, consumers have just been put through one fight where digital release wasn’t a contender.
Microsoft surprised no one this past weekend when they followed Toshiba out of HD-DVD’s house. The party is now officially over for the 360. Microsoft will continue to support the HD-DVD add-on’s warranty and service the peripheral, but no more will be manufactured. We hear they’ll be dropping in price, and that would be an insult.
Yahoo has told Microsoft “no” to their bid to acquire the internet company, but the boys in Redmond are not going to sit idly by. Microsoft may take its offer to the shareholders, which they believe offered great value to Yahoo. MS could also go into a proxy fight get rid of the current board of directors who denied their “full and fair” offer of $44.6 billion. There sure does seem to be a lot of bullying going on around here.
Microsoft seems to have miscalculated how much people want the Red Zune 80. The Valentine’s Day special offer is going to have a product delay, so many who bought one to share musical love on February 14th will be without the warm embrace of Zune. But Microsoft is making things right…or at least they’re trying.