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Spartan Ops for Halo 4 on Xbox 360

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Nov 152012
 
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Check out the Spartan Ops for Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and play weekly updated Co-Op multiplayer missions with your Xbox friends online. Spartan Ops will provide updated content and gameplay missions in Halo 4 and you will have the chance to compete with friends and others in these new challenging mission.

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Will the new console be called Xbox 8?

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Jul 052012
 
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A recent decision by the National Arbitration Forum to force a Chinese domain squatter to release the domains Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org has some thinkiing that the new name for the upcoming next generation gaming console from Microsoft will carry the same name as the Windows 8 PC and mobile phone operating systems. It may be a stretch because the same case awarded Microsoft the names XboxPhone.com and XboxTablet.com which would appear to us to be the real targets in the complaint.

The Xbox Game console has a longer life cycle than any operating system and making the console Xbox 8 would limit the amount of time one could use that name before they upgraded the software to 8.5 and then 9. It is more likely the next generation game console will not carry the same name as the Windows operating systems and what Microsoft was doing was securing all the domains that the one squatter had. The Tablet and Phone domains are more likely to become real products and they would appear to hold more value from a domainers point of view.

Any thoughts on what the name for the new Xbox console will be?

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Is Microsoft ready to release Windows Tablet or Xbox Tablet?

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Jun 152012
 
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So which do you think it will be? Will Microsoft be releasing a Windows Tablet or an Xbox Tablet sometime soon? Well according to rumours we may actually be getting them both. Microsoft may be in the process of developing an Xbox Tablet to be similar in use as the Wii U which is the Nintendo tablet style game controller. Microsoft may also be about to release a Windows 8 tablet with features to rival the iPod.

Steve Baller the Ipad Killer

Does that sound familiar? Is Microsoft really going to put out an “iPad killer”? It’s doubtful that Microsoft would want to take on Apple in the consumer electronics markets again after the Billions they lost on Zune but maybe they feel they have a better chance with Windows 8 and the Zune inspired Metro Design than they did with the Zune inspired design of Zune players.

Whatever they do release the rumors are flying all over the webs that Microsoft is going to be announcing a new Windows tablet as soon as Monday afternoon. Of course we all know about Microsoft rumors and even Microsoft FUD but these rumors of a tablet project are prettu consistent and we cannot forget that Microsoft was already about to reaese a tablet before the iPad with their Courier project.

Is the new Microsoft Tablet the final version of the Microsoft Courier or just another me too product from Microsoft in their attempt to keep up with Apple? Is it the long awaited portable Xbox game player? Is it both?

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Microsoft files dispute for XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com domains

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Jun 152012
 
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Looks like Microsoft is going after some domain squatters who purchased a series of domains related to possible new products from the worlds largest software maker.  The domains Xbox8.orgXboxCompanion.com, XboxTablet.com and XboxLiveTV.com, are all owned by a Chinese resident named Cheng Juan and Case# 1445083 has been filed with the National Arbitration Forum.

According to UDRP rules, if more than one domain being disputed is held by the same respondent, all of the names may be included in the same complaint and so we may find that Microsoft only actually wants one or two of these names but made the decision to take them all because they can. In the past Microsoft has allowed fansites and website owners to use domains containing their trademarks so long as the domains were used in comliance with trademark laws.

For example our own site ZuneMAX.com was an original Zune blog and online forums discussing the Zune music players and the future of Microsoft gaming and entertainment. We were invited to the Zune launch and participated in Zune MVP events and programs with their open permission to use the domain.

The case for Cheng Juan and these Xbox domains is very different as the owner attempted to sell the domains for their supposed value in the trademarks alone. This type of clear trademark infringement is where Microsoft is most likely concerned. I do find it pretty funny that Microsoft is still facing these domain issues with new products after all the issues they had with Zune.com. ZuneMarketPlace.com and even ZuneHD.com. It’s been five years now and Microsoft is still slow to grab the domain names related to new projects, products and services. It would seem like it’s just cheaper to buy the domains in advance rather than to sue for them later but maybe Microsoft knows something we don’t about trademarks and lawyers and the $8 wholesale price of domain names.

We recently launched a new website for the Xbox Tablet that we hope will become a new community for tablet users and owners to share updates, tips and advice on using the new tablet game players from Microsoft if and when they arrive. Do you think Microsoft is going to go after all Xbox tablet domains?

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Zune Music Service Reborn as Xbox Music Service

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Jun 052012
 
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Microsoft is making the full shift over to the Xbox platform with all former Zune platform services with the introduction of the Xbox Music Service as reported on Cnet recently.  Today Microsoft unveiled the service as part of their much anticipated press conference at the E3 gaming event.

The Xbox Music service should be a port of the Zune Music service with the same Metro Interface. They may have made it more Xbox like but we’re sure it’s the same base platform.

Xbox Music Service

Unfortunately Microsoft did not unveil the Xbox 720 as so many has hoped for but the introduction of SmartGlass along with the recent patent filings for Xbox Glasses makes the case for an incredible gaming environment. In the near future you will be able to pause your Xbox game at home and leave with your iPad and continue a form of game play.

The integrated music service announced today is a logical first step conisdering they have already developed the platform. Re-branding Zune Music as the Xbox Live Music  service will help them build on an already successful brand with Xbox. Abandoning the Zune brand was probably an easy decision after the horrible launch and performance of the Zune line.

Hopefully Microsoft learned a lesson with Zune and the new Xbox Music and Mobile Gaming integration will be a realization of the platforms true potential. The Microsoft ecosystem is huge and the SmartGlass holds the potential to link up with almost every platform out there.

 

Microsoft has unveiled a revamped music service, called Xbox Music, as it looks to better compete against the likes of Apple’s iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify.

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Xbox Smart Glass

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Jun 042012
 
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Microsoft is said to be developing a cross-platform streaming game service that has been code named, “Xbox Smart Glass” and will be released as Xbox Live Companion. The streaming game console will allow for portable game access on a range of devices including Windows Phones, iOS and Android phones.

Xbox Smart Glass Tablets and Streaming Game Service

Xbox Smart Glass comes on the heels of the recent announcements related to Xbox Glasses and the Helmet as well as the rumors of the next generation Xbox coming with with a tablet controller like the new wii. An Xbox Tablet would make sense since Microsoft rarely innovates and most often mimics the best ideas in the market.

Smart Glass will these features:

  •  Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. 
  • Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS. (Not Blackberry)
  •  Applications will be accessible through the Xbox Tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect.
  •  Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices.
  • A demo at E3 will be shown, but no live video will be featured

 

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Dozens for Xbox 360 factory workers threaten suicide

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Jan 122012
 
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Looks like the economy is taking ahit in places outside America and even the Chinese are facing cutbacks. The Foxconn Xbox 36 factory in China recently had to deal with the threat of suicide by dozens of factory workers who were told the factory was closoing. Apparently the wokers were distraught over broken promises regarding their work contract and they REALLY needed those jobs.

Do you think that workers should be able to dicate company policy with threats of suicide?

 

Dozens of factory workers at Foxconn’s Xbox plant threaten suicide | VentureBeat

According to reports, dozens of workers at a Chinese factory that assembles Xbox 360 consoles threatened to jump off a dormitory roof. The rooftop protest began on Jan 2, following plans to close the Xbox assembly line, with workers saying that Foxconn reneged on a promise to compensate anyone wanting to leave.

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Looks like Xbox.com will be the hub for all things Microsoft

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Jul 032011
 
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As Microsoft works to consolidate their services it is becoming apparent that things entertainment will most likely center around Xbox.com with Games for Windows and Zune Pass music services all incorporated into their popular gaming platform. It really is the best move for Microsoft to have all the services available in one centralized shop and the Xbox brand is the strongest of them all so it was an obvious choice as well for content delivery considering it’s roll as trojan horse in your living room.

 

There’s a good chance that Microsoft plans to incorporate the Games for Windows Marketplace and the Windows Phone 7 Apps / Zune Marketplace online shops into Xbox.com so that end-users will have a one-stop shopping experience. This should also help sell cross-platform games that allow Microsoft customers to play each other via an Xbox 360 console, a Windows Phone 7 device and a Windows 7 PC. That said, the future of the PC client is uncertain save for the mini-client that’s needed for multiplayer and in-game micro-transactions within Games for Windows titles.

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