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Microsoft Announces Plans for Vista SP1

Posted in Microsoft,News,Vista,Windows by Chris Weber on August 30th, 2007

Windows announce schedule for Vista SP1 releaseMicrosoft has announced that it will release Service Pack 1 containing updates and fixes for the new Windows Vista operating system in the first part of 2008, putting a date to a milestone that many companies look for when upgrading Microsoft products.

The company, consistent with earlier announcements, is planning on releasing a beta version of the SP1 for Vista in a few weeks to a limited number of users in somewhat of a cautious manner.

“A small group of testers has been putting a preview of the SP1 Beta through its paces to help prepare for broader release. We made the choice to start with a very small group of testers because we think it’s better for both our customers and for Microsoft to keep the beta program small at the start.”, wrote Nick White, a Microsoft product manager.

The Vista …

Microsoft Sidewinder gaming mouse

Posted in Microsoft,Mouse by Chetz on August 22nd, 2007

Microsoft Sidewinder mouse designed specifically for PC gamingMicrosoft has launched the Sidewinder mouse built specifically for high-performance PC gaming. The Microsoft Sidewinder is loaded with features to make it highly customizable and in turn very comfortable.

The mouse features three buttons that allow you to switch on the fly between 400, 800, and 2000 DPI or set a customized setting with the included software. It has an LCD display to show the current DPI or macro recording icons and a Vista gaming quick launch button along with 5 other buttons you can customize. It comes with an accessories box where you can load up and adjust the weight of the mouse to give better control for different uses, and the accessory box doubles as a “cable anchor” to keep slack in your mouse cable, giving it a wireless feel, according to Microsoft.

In total the mouse offers almost 5,000 …

World goes Halo 3 mad

Posted in Games,Halo,Microsoft by Nino Marchetti on August 9th, 2007

Microsoft let it be known today pre-sales of the three Halo 3 editions are on fire at the moment, having soared past the 1 million mark. The game debuts Sept. 25.

Halo 3 preorders are so intense, said Microsoft, it expects the Legendary Edition to be sold out by the time the game launches. Retailers such as Gamestop and Best Buy have indicated that presales are among the fastest in video game history.

HDMI officially added to Xbox 360 Premium

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on August 8th, 2007

Xbox 360 Premium now shipping with HDMIAfter much speculation, rumors and a confirmed sighting Microsoft has finally made an official statement that the $350 Xbox 360 Premium will indeed be shipping with an HDMI port. Many reasoned that this would be the case since the HDMI output was available on the Elite version and it may be more cost effective for Microsoft to manufacture a single configuration. No news yet on the Core system getting the HDMI but maybe it will to once the current inventory without HDMI dwindles.

Microsoft’s official statement: “Yes, we are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another choice in Xbox 360 owners’ games and entertainment experience. Retailers are gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the channel to meet demand.”

According the Microsoft, the new Xbox 360′s that do have the HDMI output will be sporting a special HDMI logo on …

Xbox 360 Official Price Cut

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360,Xbox 360 Elite by Chris Weber on August 7th, 2007

Microsoft officially announces the the price cut of the Xbox 360It’s finally official after all the rumors, speculations and retailers having a difficult time keeping the news under wraps. Microsoft has now officially announced a price drop for its Xbox 360 game console, which is the first since the consoles launch.

The announcement brings a $50 price cut off the Premium, 20GB system leaving it at $349.99. Microsoft is also taking the black, 120GB Elite system down $30 bringing its price to $449.99 and finally Xbox 360 Core system will be priced at $279.99 after a $20 drop.

You’ll be able to take advantage of these reduced prices at retailers starting August 8th. This price cut will be followed shortly after on August 14th with the launch of Madden NFL 08 for the Xbox, which Microsoft is likely hoping will entice additional console sales.

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Microsoft cuts price of Xbox 360 HD DVD player

Posted in HD DVD,Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on July 26th, 2007

Microsoft reduces the price of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player by $20 and offers 5 free HD DVD moviesMicrosoft made an announcement today at Comic-Con International that they will be cutting the price of not the Xbox 360 itself, but the Xbox 360 HD DVD player. Effective August 1 the HD DVD player price will drop by $20 from $199 to $179. In additional to the $20 reduction Microsoft will be extended the “Perfect Offer” from Toshiba, the maker of the HD DVD player, which gives a mail-in offer for five free HD DVD movies.

Microsoft had a couple of other related announcements regarding the launch of “300″ and “Heroes: Season 1″, both on HD DVD. “300″ will be available on-demand through the Xbox Live Marketplace on August 14th and the Heroes pilot episode along with other promotional footage will also be available for download through the marketplace.

Digg signs on Microsoft, signs off Google for ads

Posted in Digg,Google,Microsoft,News by Darrin Olson on July 25th, 2007

Digg makes deal with Microsoft to show ads on Digg websiteThis morning Digg’s Kevin Rose made a pre-announcement on the sites blog about the company making a 3 year deal with Microsoft to start exclusively providing ads on the Digg website, which was Google’s job up until now. “This move gives us an advertising partner with a larger organization and a more scalable technology platform to keep pace with Digg’s growth,” said Rose in the blog entry.

The Digg website sees around 17 million unique visitors a month which equates to a whole lot of page views and a whole lot of revenue and publicity for Microsoft’s ad-service product. Rose went on to express the importance and plans that Digg has to further focus on feature development and improve the user experience. He also mentioned that they will continue to work with their long-time partner Federated Media …

Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming?

Posted in Microsoft,Rumors,Xbox 360 by Chris Weber on July 25th, 2007

Xbox 360 price cut may be coming in AugustAccording to HollywoodReporter some unknown sources say that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft will see a $50 price reduction next month to try to boost up sales of the game console. The price cut is expected on August 8th to be exact, but it was not clear whether the price cut would be on the Core, Pro, Elite or all three.

Many expected some type of price reduction announcement at E3 this year, but were met with disappointment as no such announcement was made, and Microsoft is neither confirming nor denying plans for a reduction in the price coming up.

The rumored August 8th announcement date may actually have some meaning since shortly after that “Madden NFL 08″ will be coming out along with titles “BioShock” and “John Woo Presents Stranglehold” coming later in the month which would help …

Windows Vista SP1 Not Quite Yet

Posted in Microsoft,Vista,Windows by Chris Weber on July 20th, 2007

Microsoft is not releasing Windows Vista SP1 anytime real soon as previously thoughtInformation, or “misinformation” as Microsoft is calling it, was passed around the net earlier this month that Microsoft would be releasing the first service pack for Windows Vista sometime earlier this week. Well, the week is almost out and we’ve seen no SP1 show up anywhere, and now Microsoft has released a statement regarding the issue:

“There will be a Windows Vista service pack and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year. Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle — they’re something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product.

Service packs are just one example of

Gears of War Goes PC

Posted in Games,Microsoft,News,Vista by Chetz on July 12th, 2007

Gears of War for PC with BrumakThe game to have last holiday season was Epic Games’ “Gears of War” for the Microsoft Xbox 360. It sold over three million copies before 2006 was over and pretty much clubbed the poor PlayStation 3 over the head during holiday shopping mode (if you couldn’t find a Nintendo Wii). Now, after vague promises of a PC port, Microsoft has come out and finally said that there will be a Windows version of “Gears” in time for holiday 2007. The really great news is that Epic will be adding new content for the PC edition meaning that for players that have already experienced the 360 version there will be new stuff to shoot in the PC game.

The PC “Gears” will add on three new multiplayer maps, five new campaign chapters, an extra multiplayer game mode and a game editor for adding …

You’ve Been Halo’ed

Posted in Microsoft,Sci-Fi,Xbox 360 by Chetz on July 11th, 2007

halo_3_xbox360_versionAt the Microsoft E3 press conference held last night in Santa Monica there was lots of news about the company’s plans for “Halo 3″, set for release on September 25. First up is a new Xbox 360 console decorated in Spartan green and gold trim. While Microsoft didn’t say what the exact date of availability for the Halo 3 edition Xbox 360 would be, it’s likely to be the same day that the third “Halo” game comes out. The Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition console will include a 20GB hard drive, a headset, and a play and charge kit all decked out in the green and gold motif. There will also be two new special edition game controllers that you can pick up featuring a more space-y blue color decor.

Microsoft also showed off a new “Halo 3″ trailer directed by Neill Blomkamp, the same fellow …

Chatpad for Xbox 360 Pricing and Release Date

Posted in Microsoft,Xbox 360 by Chris Weber on July 10th, 2007

Chatpad QWERTY keyboard for the Xbox 360 priced and datedWe’ve been waiting for this QWERTY controller attachment for the Xbox 360 since we first heard about it last April and now we’ve finally got a price, release date and a name to go along with it.

The device has been dubbed the “Chatpad” and will come bundled with an Xbox 360 headset as part of the “Messenger Kit” from Microsoft. This kit runs $29.99 which really isn’t out of line from what we were expecting for the keyboard alone. The headset just turned out to be kind of a bonus whether you really wanted one or not. Keep in mind though that this kit is for the keyboard attachment and headset only; no controller comes with it.

Expect to see the Messenger Kit from Microsoft start shipping September 4th.

Microsoft Sued Over Scratched Xbox Games

Posted in Legal,Microsoft,News by Darrin Olson on July 10th, 2007

Microsoft sued over Xbox 360 scratching games when the console is moved.Microsoft and the Xbox 360 are receiving their first lawsuit from a Florida lawyer claiming that the game console scratches and ruins the discs, making them unplayable. The suit claims that by moving the game console from a vertical to horizontal position, or from horizontal to vertical will cause the laser that reads the discs to cause permanent damage to the discs, and Microsoft does not specify to not move the console while in use. The official complaint filed Thursday states that the scratches can also happen when the console is not moved at all.

Jeffrey M. Ostrow, on behalf of his client Jorge Brouwer is asking Microsoft to correct the problem in the game console as well as cover the costs of the games that are ruined by the problem. In order to replace a …

Xbox 360 Elite Japan Launch in October

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 Elite by Darrin Olson on July 5th, 2007

Xbox 360 Elite launching in Japan in OctoberMicrosoft announced today the planned launch of the upgraded Xbox 360 Elite in Japan on October 11th. This launch will be an attempt to drive more attention to the game console whose sales have been lagging in Japan behind rivals Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft unveiled the 360 Elite version at the end of March with upgrades including a larger hard drive, a wireless controller, HDMI and an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Xbox 360 Gets Extended Warranty

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on July 5th, 2007

Microsoft Extended the warranty of the Xbox 360 to 3 years for hardware issuesMicrosoft is standing behind their product in response to growing complaints of hardware failure in their game console. Starting over the next few days globally, they are extending their warranty to 3 years. This warranty will cover and Xbox 360 that is newly purchased or has purchased one in the past, and is good for three years from the date of the purchase.

The extended warranty period however only applies to hardware issues identified by 3 flashing red lights on the console, which Microsoft has found and corrected issues for future Xbox’s, and covers the repair and any shipping costs. If you’ve already had your Xbox 360 repaired due to the 3 red light issue, Microsoft will also reimburse you any fees incurred for the repair.

This new extended warranty was announced through an open