Microsoft would like you to buy Xbox LIVE Gold subscription at $3.34 a month this Black Friday. I got myself a TV, setup my Xbox and realizing that I can’t do much without LIVE, I bought it. Then I realized, Comcast Xfinity won’t work since I don’t have Comcast’s internet. So, fuck you Comcast for that.
The Xbox Mobile
After Surface and reading between some announcements, a phone from Microsoft has become a matter of when rather than if. And for Microsoft, leveraging the Xbox brand makes sense. Apple is currently dominating mobile gaming with iOS, and for Microsoft having Xbox only as a hub for all games with only stats integration is a waste of Xbox’s mobile potential. All this might change soon. Then again, this is a patent so when Microsoft actually unveils what’s depicted is a different discussion, could be before Durango, after Durango, or knowing Microsoft, perhaps never. Read the full story »
Android Is The New Windows
For the past few days my rants against Windows Phone, and sometimes iPhone, have become sharper. A few weeks ago I got myself an iPhone 5 and the device has become my primary device, with the Lumia 920 still accompanying me everywhere. Using the iPhone 5 has made me change several conceived notions. Coupled with product news that keep coming in, my observations on Twitter have received a lot of criticism–which is understandable.
Microsoft’s Continued State of Mobile Oblivion
- The state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening.
- The state of being forgotten, esp. by the public.
Concentrating on the first meaning of the word, let’s talk about Microsoft’s mobile phone strategy. Microsoft has 2 major resets in their mobile struggle so far:
Xbox LIVE Gold: Microsoft’s Barrier To Living Room Dominance
In the past I’ve called the living room TV as the next PC, and that Microsoft is already a leader with the Xbox. Both while true, compared to services like the Apple TV, Google TV, Roku, Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft has a self-imposed barrier for its users–Xbox LIVE subscription. Read the full story »