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Microsoft may finally be hearing your complaints about the lack of Xbox Live support, though it may not be what you envisioned. While many have been calling for Microsoft to differentiate themselves by doubling down on Xbox Live exclusive games, their recent strategy of openness and cross-platform support suggests otherwise.

Now, a new job posting for a newly formed team at Microsoft, dubbed initially as "New Devices and Gaming", gives some clues as to where Redmond is looking next for dominance. While Xbox 360, Xbox One and Live games are exclusive to Microsoft products, there appears to be a new strategy materializing.

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Microsoft has dropped its price for the Xbox One in the UK. The next-gen video game console will set consumers back £399.99, should they be looking to hop onto the advanced gaming train. To make this deal that much more unique, Redmond will bundle Titanfall packaging and a copy of the game. That, and you also get Xbox Live Gold to play online with friends.

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It was nearly a week ago when Rayman Fiesta run showed up for Windows Phone…in India.  Users who tried to download the game elsewhere were greeted with an error message, noting that it was not available in their region.

Luckily for us, it is now live, at least here in the US and UK and we’re guessing your region too. The game runs for $2.49 and there is no Trial listed. Lame! We’re buying it anyway, because it’s Rayman. Those games have always been awesome, so we’re taking a leap a faith here. Plus, Xbox Live, baby.

Update: The game quickly disappeared from the Store again and is no longer available to buy. Bummer!

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Dell currently has a rather attractive offer on its US website, enabling consumers to save up to $20 on their Xbox Live subscription. The PC maker has the 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription package listed for just $39.99, down from the RRP of $59.99. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to head past the break for more details and store links.

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Free Xbox Live Gold this weekend for US and Canada

Microsoft has a Valentine’s Day gift for the US and Canada. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from February 14-16th. This is a good time to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, if you’ve been holding off. Online multiplayer gaming will be also be available for free, but additional subscriptions may be required to access select apps.

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If you are a fan of the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival, then you are going to be excited to hear that Microsoft and the festival people themselves have joined up to stream the event live, exclusively on Xbox. You can avoid the massive crowd of what is said to be over 80,000 people trekking to the farm in Manchester, Tennessee and instead enjoy the music right from the comfort of your own couch with either your Xbox 360 or Xbox One entertainment console.

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is a solid (quite literally) Windows Phone, powering the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. It was the first Nokia Windows Phone to sport wireless charging, not to mention a great camera and superb display. If you're looking for a premium Windows Phone experience at a low price, you may want to check out an eBay page selling refurbished units for $200. That's a great deal for the overall package. Not only that, but Amazon has the Xbox Live 12 month subscription on offer too.

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To be CODnapped means to be plucked out of mundane everyday life and obligations into the exciting, challenging world of Call of Duty. A video that has just been published by Xbox on YouTube explains the whole thing. It’s pretty awesome. It’s part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught. Head past the break to watch the video.

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The Xbox One has been out in the hands of consumers for nearly a week and a half. Since then a million plus Xbox Live users have accomplished some fairly impressive feats in all of the launch games. Let’s take a moment and remember those 9 billion zombies killed in Dead Rising 3, in the meantime we’ll check out some other stats from the Xbox Live gaming space.

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Microsoft’s Bing is so much more than a web search engine. Earlier this summer at Build 2013, we learned how Bing was evolving into a platform of its own. Bing is also becoming a technology that’s going to help power some cool technology that will integrate across all your devices. When you open your Xbox One this Friday you’ll also see Bing doing some impressive features with your voice. Watch the video below with Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to see it in action.

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It was back in October that we really got a first good look at how the new Friends App on Xbox One will look. This is the place on your Xbox that you’ll be able to browse the profiles of all your friends on Xbox Live. You can view their stats, achievements, current activity, Gamerpic, and more. Speaking of their gamer pic, those are now in full HD and look gorgeous with the new UI on Xbox One. You can become part of history and design a Gamerpic for Xbox One today. Details below.

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Looking for a great deal to go along with your renewal of an Xbox Live Gold membership? If you are, then you are in luck; Amazon is ready to give away some free Xbox Live cash with that exact purchase. Currently on Amazon.com, if you grab an Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership using the “Online Game Code” option (meaning that you don’t get a physical card and instead have the code displayed to you after purchase), you are entitled to a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card.

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We have seen bits and pieces of the dashboard for Microsoft’s latest entertainment console, Xbox One, but we haven’t seen a full immersive tour of it all. With Xbox One being released in less than a month, it definitely is a bit of an odd situation. Microsoft has heard our desires though, and released a full video showing a user interacting with the Xbox dashboard along with multitasking.

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