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Microsoft says next console still years away

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

The Xbox 360 is approaching its 5th birthday, and so should we be wondering when Microsoft will be releasing a successor to the console? We can wonder all we like, but Xbox UK director Stephen McGill has now said outright that we can forget it

He stated that there is still life in the Xbox 360 and that they’re still years away from what comes next. I wonder how long it will be before Microsoft actually does release a new console.

Google’s Android passes Microsoft in US smartphone market share

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

With all of the Android phones assaulting the market, it’s no big surprise to see Android pass Windows Mobile in ComScore’s latest US smartphone report. In July Google was nipping at Microsoft’s heels and now according to the latest data, Android is rising while the competition is falling.

The research firm’s MobiLens report found that Google’s market share in the US smartphone sector jumped five percent in the three month average ending April 2010. RIM dropped 1.8 percent, Apple 1.3 percent, Microsoft 2.2 percent and Palm had just 4.9 percent of the sales.

Microsoft Metro Mouse leaked

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2010

Russian website TheVista.ru has uncovered an interesting new mouse. It’s the Metro Mouse from Microsoft. Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology is on board and you get “wired reliability and tracking confidence with style”. Which we must have been lacking before.

It will retail for about $20, so it will be the cheapest BlueTrack mouse to date. The design is ambidextrous for both left and right handers. The Metro Mouse will hit the market in March of next year. We hope there are other colors.

Internet Explorer 9 goes beta

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

Internet Explorer’s global browser market share has declined year after year, moving away from its 90% figure back in 2003. Microsoft hopes to gain some ground with its Internet Explorer 9 beta announcement. Maybe they can reclaim some numbers from Google Chrome and Firefox.

Faster than IE8, IE9 will also be more compliant with HTML5, CSS3 and SVG2 standards. Microsoft is pinning all of their hopes on IE9 being the only browser to take advantage of full hardware acceleration when you surf the Internet. However, Mozilla disputes that claim, saying that they are faster and first. Hopefully this isn’t a case of too little too late for the big M.

Microsoft Employees hold iPhone and Blackberry funerals

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Last Friday Microsoft employees got out of their cubicles at the Redmond campus to attend a funeral parade that resembles some kind of geek Mardi Gras. There were apparently plenty of crazy outfits, like zombies, Darth Vader and even some Village People impersonations. They were there to lament the BlackBerry and iPhone’s demise.

It looks like it was a sad affair as iPhone and Blackberry mock-ups were carried coffin style to the grave. Obviously Microsoft wanted to make a statement about the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft hiring hardware designer for possible Zune HD 2

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

A Microsoft job listing suggests that the company may be committing to the design of a Zune HD sequel. The Senior Mechanical Engineer is ostensibly under the phone division but would be working with the Portable Entertainment Group to build “cutting edge mobile devices.”

Details are scarce as to the nature of the hardware, but the team is the same that made the original Zune HD. There is also speculation of a Microsoft-influenced smartphone design or maybe even a portable Xbox gaming console.

Windows Phone 7 to launch on Oct 11th?

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2010

We’ve seen a number of Windows Phone 7-powered devices, but Microsoft hasn’t given an official launch date for its mobile operating system yet. However, reports have just come in saying that Windows Phone 7 will be officially launched on October 11th.

Microsoft will be using New York for the launch, which better be soon since Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS are getting plenty of attention at the moment.

New Zune HD coming soon?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2010

When it comes to design, the Zune HD is one of the best. So we are glad to know that a new version may be in the works. ZDNet thinks that some new Zune hardware is coming soon. We don’t have much in the way of details, but speculation is that it would be packing an ARM CPU with some software tricks from Windows Phone 7.

Whatever the case, we should know by early 2011 as that’s when it would arrive.

Microsoft prepping new Xbox 360 controller with improved d-pad?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

According to Joystiq, sometime this Holiday season, Microsoft will launch a new Xbox 360 controller with a unique d-pad. When you rotate the d-pad ninety degrees on this new controller, it will raise up about a quarter of an inch.

Apparently this is aimed at fighting game fans. We aren’t sure if it will be a separate, special controller or will replace the existing controller.

Xbox Live Gold price increasing November 1st

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Here’s some sad news. We can’t say it’s unexpected though. Microsoft’s Major Nelson has just announced that Xbox Live Gold will be getting more expensive not only in the US, but also in the UK, Canada, and Mexico starting November 1.

One month will go from $7.99 to $9.99, three months will go from $19.99 to $24.99, and the yearly subscription will now be $59.99, up from $49.99. Microsoft is running a “lock in” promo for a discounted $40 one-year Gold sub starting November 1, which is nice if your subscription is ready to expire around then.

Microsoft Kinect Beta Program goes live

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

A few weeks back Microsoft was sending out invites, inviting folks to participate in the Kinect Beta Program. Well, users are reporting that they are participating in the program, and pictures have been circulating showing the Kinect-enabled dashboard update on consoles.

There’s a flatter presentation, a new mini-guide, and a revamped Avatar editor. The beta support site mentions Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride as titles they can expect to receive for testing purposes.

Microsoft offers up Studio Series Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

Microsoft has pulled the covers off a new wireless mouse that can be had in six different colors and patterns called the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000. As the name suggest the mouse is aimed at the notebook user looking for a mouse to use on the go.

The 4000 uses Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology and has a plug-and-go-nano transceiver, 2.4GHz wireless technology, and a 10-month battery life. The mouse comes in two models that are the same and only differ in the patterns offered. The D5D-00068 will be offered in many locations and comes in a bright pink Pirouette design, a white and gray design called Downtown, and a skull design called Crania.

Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 interface spotted?

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

This could be the interface of the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).It could be since Microsoft is having a beta launch event in San Francisco on September 15. So it could be the real deal. The screen shot seen shows a navigation bar with less controls, though you will still have a back button and a URL/ search box at the top.

Whatever is going on, IE9 is on its way, and the final release could get some users back in Microsoft’s camp, which is great news for them since they have lost so many.

More details on Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse revealed

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

Microsoft hasn’t made it official yet, but the image above of the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse showed up on a German online store. The back of the mouse is arched for comfortable use and folds flat for portability when on the go.

The mouse also boasts touch-scrolling, a battery indicator, and it can be used on most surfaces. There’s also a 2.4GHz nano transceiver for your laptop’s USB port.

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 launching November 10 in Europe

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

Microsoft’s new controller-free Kinect for the Xbox 360 will be hitting the US on November 4th. But what about Europe? Well, we’ve learned that it will officially hit Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on November 10th.

Sure, that’s quite a wait, but until then you still have your hands and plenty of titles to play. And just so you are aware, we’re looking at the same 15 exclusive Kinect game titles already announced at E3. Otherwise nothing new.