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Microsoft announces new Xbox SmartGlass experiences and commences free streaming Xbox Music

Microsoft announces new Xbox SmartGlass experiences and commences free streaming Xbox Music

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We wrote yesterday about the things to watch out for with the launch of Windows 8. One of those things was SmartGlass and Microsoft have now revealed more ahead of the launch. They have updated the Windows 8 apps and free streaming is now available for Xbox Music. As part of a broader roll out of better entertainment services, SmartGlass aims to improve the ability to use tablets and...

The lights go off at Zune.net as final pieces are put in place for Xbox Music

The lights go off at Zune.net as final pieces are put in place for Xbox Music

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As we move ever closer to the launch of Windows 8 we also near the relaunch of Microsoft’s music services. All traces of Zune branding are being replaced with the upcoming Xbox Music. On trying to go to www.zune.net we now get a re-direct to Xbox.com to be told that Zune Music is now Xbox Music. We’re going to miss that crazy pink and white website but it's had its time. Microsoft didn...

Microsoft Surface available for pre-order in 8 countries, shows how the Surface was made

Microsoft Surface available for pre-order in 8 countries, shows how the Surface was made

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Today has been a rather busy day with the unveiling of the Microsoft Surface RT tablet pricing and availability. Pre-ordering went live earlier in the US, while other markets followed behind. We've been bombarded with international Microsoft Store links from readers who are excited to get their orders in - so who can currently pre-order a Surface RT tablet? Microsoft announced the...

Steve Ballmer talks about building new hardware and experiences in letter to shareholders

Steve Ballmer talks about building new hardware and experiences in letter to shareholders

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In his latest letter to shareholders, Steve Ballmer has reiterated the desires of the company to become a devices and services company, contradicting what Charlie Kindel, former Windows Phone General Manager, had to say about the hardware dream with the Surface. With the coming release of Windows 8 and the subsequent decision for Microsoft to dive in and develop its own tablet, it’s...

Microsoft prepping for complete brand and product line relaunch, New York store coming the 26th

Microsoft prepping for complete brand and product line relaunch, New York store coming the 26th

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New, crisp, clean website designs are just a start Microsoft has been busy launching new services, designs for established properties, and keeping a number of secrets under wraps in the run up to the eventful weeks ahead. We've been looking forward to this part of 2012 as it'll be when Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Surface tablets, Office, new Xbox update, and - of...

Shazam hits 250 million users and supports TV show tagging. Windows Phone app reportedly getting an update.

Shazam hits 250 million users and supports TV show tagging. Windows Phone app reportedly getting an update.

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You'll be able to tag TV shows with Shazam soon enough The popular music tagging service Shazam has reached 250 million users and has unleashed the ability to tag TV shows as well. The added functionality will enable users to find out what music is playing, who's acting on-screen, and more. The service is available in app form for Windows Phone, but it's often overshadowed by Microsoft'...

Business more excited about Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 tablets than Apple devices?

Business more excited about Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 tablets than Apple devices?

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Interestingly on the eve of another iOS announcement, there are signs that business leaders could be more excited about the combined possibilities of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 than iOS.  Jason Hiner spoke to some IT leaders to see what they were waiting for. The results were surprising. Its no secret that IT departments have begrudgingly come to the current ethos of bringing your...