Twitch streaming on the Xbox One might have been worth the wait after all. The Associated Press reports that Twitch will be bringing its increasingly popular streaming service to the Xbox One on March 11th to coincide with the launch of Titanfall. Not only will Xbox One owners be able to stream their games live on Twitch, the Xbox One version of the service will also feature voice controls to initiate streams, plus the ability to archive recorded streams and join in on other broadcasters’ games. The PlayStation 4 Twitch app has been criticized primarily for its inability to archive streams. Although the app has been delayed extensively, Xbox One owners will be receiving the full-featured Twitch experience in return for their patience. More →
Xbox fans panicked when they read rumors that Stephen Elop, then a frontrunner in the race to become Microsoft’s next chief executive, would seriously consider breaking off Xbox and Bing into new companies. The former Nokia boss helped orchestrate the sale of Nokia’s devices and services businesses to Microsoft, his former employer, and he reportedly hoped the deal would land him a CEO gig following Ballmer’s departure. Satya Nadella was recently named CEO, however, and Elop’s future with the company has been unknown to outsiders. As Microsoft just confirmed though, Elop’s new home will be atop Microsoft’s devices and studios business.
If you’ve been debating whether or not to pick up an Xbox One, it’s worth noting that Microsoft just sweetened the pot. Starting on March 11th, select retailers will begin offering a limited edition Titanfall bundle of the Xbox One for $499.99. It’s almost identical to the standard package that is currently sitting on store shelves, including the price, but the bundle will include a free copy of Titanfall, one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Sales of the Xbox One have been gradually sliding behind the PlayStation 4 since launch, but this deal will certainly get the attention of the consumers who have yet to decide on a next-gen console. You can preorder the bundle right now from the Microsoft Store.
Here’s at least one reason that BlackBerry should be thankful that Ford CEO Alan Mulally didn’t take over as CEO of Microsoft. Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg that Ford’s Ford Sync in-car communications and entertainment system will soon be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX-based operating system and not Windows. This would represent both a huge win for BlackBerry and a humiliating defeat for Microsoft, which reportedly heavily courted Ford chief Mulally to be its next CEO. Mulally has also served as a close advisor to Steve Ballmer in the past and helped the outgoing Microsoft boss draft plans to restructure the company into a devices and services company. More →
If you have to go, you might as well go out with a bang. Nokia made waves and ruffles feathers on Monday morning when it unveiled not one but three new smartphones that are powered by Google’s Android operating system. The mobile software on the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL is barely recognizable as Android, with a heavily modified tile-based user interface that resembles Windows Phone. But if you ask executives at Microsoft, they’ll tell you… it’s Android. More →
Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console is a fantastic machine, but it doesn’t seem to be selling as well as some had hoped. While Sony continues to announce huge sales milestones for the PS4 — most recently, the company announced that global PlayStation 4 sales have surpasses a staggering 5.3 million units so far — Microsoft’s new video game console hasn’t fared quite as well. We’re still in the early days of this console generation and the tide could turn at any time, but another troubling sign has emerged for the Xbox One as its price gets slashed this Friday by 7% in the UK. More →
Microsoft may soon be the focus of an investigation by South Korean regulators into allegations that the software giant is fixing prices in the region. According to a report from ZDNet Korea, senior officials that represent an alliance of Internet cafes in South Korea called the “Internet PC Culture Association” will ask South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission to investigate the Redmond, Washington-based company. More →
Microsoft wants its soon-to-be-released Cortana to help you… but only as much as you want it to. The Verge’s Tom Warren has a nice scoop that details how Microsoft plans to make Cortana the privacy-friendly personal assistant that will specifically ask you what type of information that you want to share before storing it in its virtual notebook. More →
The newest accessory for the Xbox One has been made official in a post today on the Xbox Wire. The Xbox One Media Remote is an accessory that should help ease the transition from cable box to game console for the uninitiated consumers who want to see what all the fuss is about. With the new remote, you will no longer have to depend on voice commands or an Xbox One controller to quickly navigate video playback of Blu-rays or streaming videos. More →
Microsoft just released the first major update for the Xbox One last week, but if you’d like to get your hands on the next update before anyone else, check your Xbox Live messages. Microsoft announced today on the Xbox Wire that select Xbox Live members will be invited to test the update before it rolls out to the public, giving Microsoft a chance to gather feedback and correct any mistakes. More →
Respawn Entertainment astonished everyone at E3 last year with the unveiling of Titanfall, a first-person shooter with an emphasis on traversal and giant mechs. The game had members of the press falling over each other to express their excitement, which made Microsoft’s exclusivity deal all the more impressive. At some point during the development of the multiplatform title from the team behind the most popular Call of Duty games of all time, Microsoft swooped in and stole the game away from the PlayStation consoles. So how did they do it? More →
It’s no secret that Microsoft is hurting as the world moves to mobile. Sales of Windows Phones are miniscule compared to the competition, and the Surface is small potatoes compared to the iPad. With Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO, the company would be smart to start selling a “Nokia X“ phone running on Android. More →
Microsoft is finally bringing a notification center to Windows Phone in the next major update. Action Center, as it has been dubbed, works almost identically to the notification centers that appear on Android and iOS devices. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal a log of messages, emails and updates you haven’t checked yet. A bar at the top of the Action Center will feature a set of four customizable buttons for quick access. If you find yourself in the airport on a weekly basis, put Airplane Mode in the shortcut bar; if you’re constantly fiddling with the brightness settings, you can slide that to the top as well. Check out the video below and breathe a sigh of relief that Windows Phone 8.1 is finally catching up with the competition. More →