Apparently Microsoft couldn't wait until the next major conference to whip out their new little friend, Windows Phone 7 Series. This week, it peeked its head out at TechEd Middle East in a surprising new way: a demo of a three-way cross-platform gaming experience, all held together with Xbox Live.
Microsoft's Eric Rudder got the chance to keynote the conference and decided this would be the best place to show the world what gaming on all devices would look like. While the game itself was simple, the technology was not. Built in Microsoft Visual Studio with the capability of 90% code sharing, a team designed an Indiana Jones game that could be played on the PC with a mouse and keyboard, the Xbox with a controller and the ASUS WinPho device with accelerometers and multi-touch.
If we can think back to 2009 for a moment then some of us remember Microsoft got itself into a pickle after banning gamertags that were found objectionable because they expressed the sexual orientation of the user. After consulting with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) Microsoft is moving forward with opening up expression of race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Marc Whitten posted a letter on Xbox.com saying that the terms of service,
DocVerse is the latest company or victim in the recent Google acquisition. The details of the acquisition are not known however according to unnamed sources in an article from AllThingsDigital blog the final sale my between 25 and 30 million. This is by far not a large amount for Google to spend on acquisition but they fell in love with them and see DocVerse as an exciting and important component in competing with software giant Microsoft. Last Friday Google announced the news on their company blog.
DocVerse is a small company of 20 employees that was founded back in 2007 by former Microsoft mangers. Google also has Google Docs which they use to try and convert loyal Microsoft Office users away from but with DocVerse Google seemingly intends to create a more formal office program that uses both PC and cloud computing to the user's advantage. Microsoft stated in an e-mail that,
Android has come a long way since it launched its first device November 5, 2008. In fact, it has come 1.1 versions since then. This advancement in technology seems to be a great thing, until you think that there are still devices running the original Android OS, which seems just as strange to me as the idea that there are still people using Internet Explorer 6.
This fragmentation in the Android community is a huge problem for Google and their plans to keep the platform viable. It is incredibly difficult for a software designer to make software when they have no idea what version of Android is being used. Imagine if you had to write software for only one version of Windows and it was your responsibility to pick which one. You would only be able to market to the elite early adopters or the people who have had their computers a while, but never both.
We mentioned eons ago about why
Xbox LIVE would only allow 100 friends, among other limitations that didn't make sense. The culprit was Halo 2 and the facts were that since so many people still played the original Xbox game online, that Microsoft couldn't update. Well, the top played Xbox game's ability to play online is coming to an end on April 15th, and we are all excited for this. Yes, even the Halo 2 players, because they get some neat goodies.
On April 15, 2010, we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox games playable on Xbox v1 and Xbox 360. In our continuing efforts to evolve the service, we need to make changes to the LIVE service that are not compatible with original Xbox v1 games.
A couple of days ago, non-uniformed security guards showed up at Infinity Ward's offices unannounced and did not speak to any of the employees there. Several hours later, Jason West and Vince Zampella, the co-founders of Infinity Ward Studios and the huge blockbuster game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 were escorted out of the building. Were they given a choice, or was it a power move by Activision's top brass? Looks to me like Activision was well aware of what was going to happen.
On Monday, Activision filed a form 10:K with the SEC, mentioning many details about problems with the company that we find suspicious.