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.
In a note on its Zune.net 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.
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.
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
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.
To significant fanfare, the world’s two most popular web browsers were updated in March.
Version nine of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular web browser, was released on March 14th while Mozilla, makers of the world’s second most popular web browser, released Firefox version 4.0 on March 22nd
A report from Bloomberg today says Microsoft will stop introducing new models of its Zune portable media player due to poor demand.