Microsoft calls Xbox 360 update the “Future of TV”

Microsoft this week will roll out a firmware update for the Xbox 360 Video game console which the company is calling the “Future of TV.”

According to the software giant, the updated firmware will usher in a “new era in entertainment” giving Xbox owners “A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search.”

iPhone 5 among Bing’s top Canadian searches in 2011

Bing, Microsoft’s web search engine today announced its Top 10 lists for the most searched people, news stories, celebrity events, and consumer electronics in 2011.

Apparently the software giant is unaware that there is another month left in 2011 but why let a dose of reality spoil some fun.

Xbox turns ten today

Ten years ago today, November 15, 2011, Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in North America. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market, and competed with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube.

Since then, Microsoft has sold more than 24 million Xbox consoles, which were discontinued in late 2006, and more than 57 million second generation Xbox 360 consoles.

Microsoft stops production of Zune players

In a note on its website, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be producing its Zune portable media players but will con tinue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices.

The decision is not surprising since Microsoft has not updated the Zune hardware since September 2009 when it introduced the Zune HD.

Zune Music Marketplace coming in October

Microsoft Canada has announced that it will be expanding its Zune Music Marketplace next Monday October 3rd along with the Zune Music Pass.

The company says the Music Marketplace now offers more than 14 million songs from the four major labels – EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group – as well as and tens of thousands of indie labels.

Mango promises Windows 7 Phone users 500 new features

Microsoft today previewed the next release of the Windows 7 Phone operating system, code named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world.

The company says “Mango,” which should arrive on users phones sometime this fall, will deliver more than 500 new features including: multitasking, an improved web browser, better search capabilities and an improved email inbox.

Microsoft acquires Skype

Microsoft and Skype confirmed today an agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from an investor group which includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. led by Silver Lake.

Upon approval by the boards both companies, Skype will become a new division of Microsoft. Tony Bates, the current Skype CEO, will run the division and will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

MTS TV set to upgrade to Mediaroom 2.0

In an email sent to its customers, MTS has announced it will update the Microsoft Mediaroom software that drives its MTS Ultimate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service, to Version 2.0 sometime in April.

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