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Fine work by Pete Harrison – available for just under 6 of those fine British pounds.
21 Sep 2010
Windows Phone 7 is pulling in to the platform
[updated to resolve errors in my original post, thanks for comments] I’ve read a few interesting blogs today that got me thinking about the platform nature of Microsoft’s business and in particular Windows Phone 7. First up was Paul Thurrot’s post titled Windows Phone's Real Secret Weapon: Developers...
31 Aug 2010
A Seattle update
I’ll try to post a more thorough update on our Seattle move soon but see above for a sure sign that we’re settling in okay. Now for a television Oh and I caught up with Mr XBOX yesterday, Major Nelson . A damn nice chap is he.
15 Jul 2010
That Minority Report UI…sooner than you think?
I was fortunate enough to see a great presentation by Mary Ann De Lares Norris of Oblong at Thinking Digital recently. This TED video shows John Underkoffler in full flow demonstrating their g-speak interface (aka the Minority Report UI). Some of the demo is pretty esoteric and gratuitous (IMHO...
7 Jul 2010
New XBOX 360 wallpapers
Still waiting for your new XBOX 360 to arrive? Get yourself some fine looking wallpaper in the meantime. Click above to grab ‘em
18 Jun 2010
New XBOX 360
Pretty sweet looking….glad I just offloaded my original 360 :) Lots more photos over on MajorNelson’s Flickr site and on the Microsoft Blog . In other news, 25m users on XBOX Live…that’s quite a cloud service. Oh and Kinect will launch on November 4th. Worldwide. Check out the full event with game footage...
14 Jun 2010
Star Wars gameplay on XBOX Kinect
Wanna see what it’s like to be a Jedi using XBOX Kinect ? Check out this video courtesy of Wired . To quote them Oh man! It turns out that Star Wars Kid was doing nothing less than predicting the future. The awesome future. Microsoft has demonstrated its Project Natal, which has been renamed...
14 Jun 2010
Free Bing T-Shirt for your XBOX avatar
On the one hand this is a trivial bit of fun…but on the other hand it’s stuff that should be the norm. You can now dress your XBOX Live Avatar in a Bing t-shirt. Hopefully a sign of more collaboration in simple but subtle ways across our products and services. via Major Nelson
23 Mar 2010
Windows, Windows Phone and XBOX + cloud & Visual Studio= cross platform gaming
Wow, two coups for TechEd MEA – they get Eric Rudder to present AND they get a pretty impressive demo from Eric of a single game running across a Windows 7 PC, a Windows Phone 7 Series device and XBOX 360. The unspoken part of the demo is the cloud of course and the fact that Live ID enables this seamless...
6 Mar 2010
XBOX Project Natal – my first impressions and predictions for a green Christmas
Like David Rowan from Wired UK , I was invited to spend an evening last week playing with XBOX Project Natal . I’m guessing most people know what this is but if you don’t, think of it as controller less gaming. That undersells it (a lot) so think of it as Minority Report for games. Actually...
2 Mar 2010
The science behind Project Natal
Scientific American has an interesting post on how Project Natal really works – a combination of machine learning and a lot of biometric data gathering for a start. In many ways, it demonstrates the value of Microsoft Research (MSR) and how much closer that division is getting to the groups who...
13 Jan 2010
New XBOX Natal video
I want Natal. NOW! Seriously I had a lot of fun this Christmas as my brother bought a Wii and the gameplay is excellent though the graphics are limp. We switched between playing Forza Motorsport3 and things like bowling and ski jumping on the Wii. The latter was huge fun, especially when you have a crowd...
7 Jan 2010
XBOX Project Natal named #5 in Time’s 50 Best Inventions of 2009
It’s not even here yet but Time magazine has named Project Natal one of The 50 Best Inventions of 2009 . Coming in at #5 in the list, they even went as far as calling it “cool” :)
13 Nov 2009
The Beatles Rock Band video
I love this promo video for The Beatles Rock Band. Beautiful animation that is worthy of the 4 creative lad from Liverpool. Speaking of which, I’m off home to the Pool this weekend to talk at TEDx. I spent the day creating my slides and demos around the theme of creativity and Microsoft. I know what...
5 Aug 2009
Twitter on XBOX
Well Twitter is coming on XBOX but this is sweet – I neeeeeeeeeeeed one. courtesy of @jessverr from Twitter and hat tip to Sarah Perez
16 Jun 2009
Forza Motorsport Design Contest
Very cool idea this one – come up with a design for the Audi R8 V10 and enter it in to the Forza Motorsport Design Contest for the chance to win an Xbox 360® wireless racing wheel (5 finalists). The Finalist with the most votes will see their design available as an exclusive custom downloadable car for...
13 Jun 2009
Microsoft’s Project Natal in Action
It’s sort of hard to explain Natal without saying “it’s like Wii but without the controller”. This video does a much better job :) I’m feeling good about Natal given Johnny Chung Lee is involved. Don’t know him? Check out YouTube hat tip to Todd at Techflash if you really want to see some amazing Natal...
4 Jun 2009
Sky TV on Xbox
Wow, I got on holiday for a few days and Redmond opens the floodgates of news. Last friday I noticed that we announced Sky TV will soon be available on XBOX here in the UK. According to the BBC Users of Microsoft's Xbox Live online service on the 360 in the UK and the Irish Republic will...
2 Jun 2009
Spielberg and McCartney Bring You The XBOX News
Wow, a busy day fro XBOX at E3….I’ve never seen such an event so jam packed with announcements. Here’s the highlights Twitter and Facebook are coming to XBOX Steven Spielberg introduced Proect Natal – controller free gaming. More on Engadget Zune entertainment on XBOX Sky TV on XBOX Last.fm on...
1 Jun 2009
XBOX 360 Imitated Playstation Logo
Hardly likely but funny all the same. For the first time in ages I’ve spent some time on XBOX this Christmas as my brother (actually my nephew) is a big game player. I’m not in to games so much but I did have a fun time customizing my brothers avatar on the new dashboard to look nothing like him. I also...
26 Dec 2008
Xbox 360 For Under £100
As reported by Gizmodo and at least one tabloid paper today, the UK grocer, Sainsbury’s are selling the XBOX 360 for under £100. Their website is showing £160 or so but in store it’s a bargain. Even the premium model get the £30 chop of the RRP to make it £140. Given the hardware you’re getting, that...
5 Oct 2008
Bill Gates signed XBOX
Making things right - hats off to the XBOX team. Clearly Bill has different coloured pens in his office :) [ http://blogs.msdn.com/stevecla01/archive/2008/03/11/bungie-beats-microsoft-to-the-punch.aspx ]
23 Mar 2008
Bungie beats Microsoft to the punch
The story of Nathaniel has gotten plenty of coverage on the web and I have no doubt Microsoft will make amends and have already said "We’re really sorry this happened. There’s no way to replace what you had exactly, but we’re going to try to get you something similar, if not even...
11 Mar 2008
Defending The Universe From The Kids Across The Street
I love this image I saw on the wall in our XBOX offices this week :)
19 Jan 2008
XBOX and Zune teams show the way ahead
Two interesting posts from Joe Wilcox over the last few days, the second of which - Zune: Follow the Leader - was reminiscent of my own post on J Allard last week. These guys just do a solid job on community, marketing, coolness and simplicity. Many other teams could learn from them. Similarly the XBOX...
4 Jan 2008
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