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Sunday Sitdown: For Microsoft to Win Consumers It First Has to Understand Them
5 years ago

Sunday Sitdown: For Microsoft to Win Consumers It First Has to Understand Them

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In the waning days of his tenure, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer couldn’t be interviewed without a sentence including the phrase “software & services.” Like the Microsoft Ballmer left, the Microsoft of new CEO Satya Nadella wants to be the one solution for just about everyone and everything.
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Maybe Xbox Music should bring back music gamification?
5 years ago

Maybe Xbox Music should bring back music gamification?

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Maybe we’ve been looking at this all wrong.

Sure, one of Zune’s great strengths was in creating a community, a social. It was a chance for people to connect with …
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enConnected Editorials: For The Love of Xbox One Gamers
5 years ago

enConnected Editorials: For The Love of Xbox One Gamers

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I can’t go a week without reading hearing or reading something that Phil Spencer has said.

As a longtime Microsoft user, this is new for me. In the old days when the Xbox 360 was new, Zune was a legitimate competitor, and I was the same height as everyone else on a basketball court; you’d have been hard pressed to find a Microsoft executive being this candid about the company’s plans.

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Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Xbox Music and Xbox One
5 years ago

Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Xbox Music and Xbox One

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I’ve been fascinated by the messaging around Xbox Music, and, in kicking around thoughts in my head the last couple of days, realized that both this music service and Xbox One, in general, suffer from the same problem. You see, both offerings want to be seen as the be-all, end-all for everything you need in entertainment. Xbox One wants to be your all-inclusive entertainment console and Xbox Music wants to be your one-stop-shop for everything music related.
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Conversation Piece: The Xbox Music Live Tile
5 years ago

Conversation Piece: The Xbox Music Live Tile

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If Xbox Music decides to bring back the use of an animated live tile, on Windows Phone, how should that live tile act?
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Sunday Sitdown: The Cost of Being Interested
5 years ago

Sunday Sitdown: The Cost of Being Interested

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I don’t get to do it as often as I would like, but sometimes I spend a few minutes browsing the internet. I don’t usually go anywhere special. I mostly browse my favorite non-tech related websites to get away from the constant stream of internet natives telling tales about how the internet will change the world and industry stalwarts proclaiming that only by reading the details of their latest book can we grasp what’s coming next.
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Editorials: The Xbox One Hasn’t Lost, We All Have
5 years ago

Editorials: The Xbox One Hasn’t Lost, We All Have

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I’ve heard this nonsense over the past few months repeatedly. Saddled with a higher price than it charged users for the Xbox 360, somehow some people have gotten it into their head that Microsoft has dug a hole it can’t get itself out of with the Xbox One. You’ve probably seen them too. Long stories asking how Titanfall, the newly released first-person shooter, can “save the Xbox from its fall.” Bulleted lists of reasons how Microsoft can win back the gaming elite and ride into the sunset.
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Editorial: Xbox Live Needs to Come to iPhone and Android
5 years ago

Editorial: Xbox Live Needs to Come to iPhone and Android

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You know what had always managed to get me into a tizzy when I started ZuneSpring — which later became enConnected? Microsoft dropping the ball on the ecosystem.
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