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Microsoft is Still The Software Leader



Microsoft kept it’s title as the world’s software leader by posting optimistic results for the 3rd quarter that closed on September 30.

Revenues were up by 9% on one year at $15.06 billion. Profits were up by 1.8% at $4.37 billion ($0.48 per share).

Although Microsoft posted fairly positive results in the 3rd quarterd comparted to the same period last year, the company has revised their year-end forecast from between $67.3 to $68.1 billion to something between $64.9 and $66.4 billion. This announcement was made because of the slowdown in U.S. and global economy.

The Globe and Mail


Low Priced Memory Upgrades for Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Hard Drive

Xbox 360 HDD

Microsoft will be unveiling the new “Xbox Experience” next month. With it comes a 128MB update that users will have to download and install on their Xbox’s hard drive.

So what happens if you have an Xbox 360 without a hard drive?

Microsoft has thought of you and is now offering low priced memory upgrades for Xbox 360 owners that bought the console with no hard drive. Users will be able to get their hands on a refurbished 20GB HDD for only $19.99. We even have seen reports of a free 512MB memory card option!

Xbox 360 Special Offer

Online Office Apps Eating Part of the MS Office Pie



It’s no secret that Microsoft Office is the most used desktop office application suite in the business world. What is surprising, is that more and more businesses are switching from desktop office applications to online suites.

Zoho and Google Apps are the most popular ones. Zoho has now over 400,000 users and Google Apps has over 500,000 users. Big names like GE, L’Oréal and now Washington DC are going this way for various reasons. Continue reading

PS3: No Gifts From Sony This Year

Sony Playstation 3

Playstation 3

As Microsoft and Nintendo are aggressively pricing their gaming consoles for Christmas, one would expect the same for Sony’s Playstation 3… No this year folks.

From I4U News: “Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, told the Financial Times that the current PS3 pricing is the one that Sony will go into the Holiday shopping season. Sony is arguing that the Sony PS3 is a better value than rivals half its price.”

I4U News

Move Over Bill. Warren Buffett is Richer

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

According to Forbes Magazine, Warren Buffett has now taken the first position as the richest man on the planet. Bill Gates is now number two after being number one for 15 years.

Bill Gates’ fortune dropped from $57 billion in August to $55.5 billion in October. Warren Buffett’s wealth is estimated at $58 billion by the business magazine.

Third place this month is taken by Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corp.

Redmond Developer News

Microsoft Says “No” to Blu-Ray

Xbox 360

Xbox 360

Microsoft officially responded to rumors around a Blu-Ray disc player for the Xbox 360.

They “do not plan on having Blu-Ray support anytime soon” confirmed Major Nelson on his official Xbox 360 blog. This probably has to do with very slow adoption of the “new” Blu-Ray media, and also because of the failure of the original HD-DVD external drive that Microsoft tried to push when HD-DVD was still alive.

I guess they just don’t want to repeat the same mistake again…

TG Daily

Microsoft to Buy RIM/BlackBerry



Before you get too excited, this is still at the “rumor” status.

Microsoft apparently has a “standing offer” that has been set to buy major shares in RIM at the price of $50 per share. Now that RIM’s shares are in the $53-$58 range, it would not be surprising to see an official offer from Microsoft.

RIM has been said to be “opened” to friendly offers.


What is the New Xbox Experience?

Xbox 360

Xbox 360

What’s going to happen on November 19th? The new Xbox experience that is! Well, what is it?

Judging from Microsoft’s Press Release, we can tell that it is going to include new Xbox 360 bundles, and that we should expect “a transformation in home entertainment”.

Here are the new Xbox 360 holiday bundles:

  • Xbox 360 Arcade – $199.99 – Includes Sega Superstar Tennis and 5 Xbox 360 Arcade games
  • Xbox 360 – $299.99 – Includes LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda
  • Xbox 360 Elite – $399.99 – Includes LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda

The new Xbox experience will be centered around everything that is social of the Xbox 360 meaning that it will probably be an enhanced version of the existing Xbox Live service. Don’t expect anything really spectacular, think more like an update or upgrade to an already existing product.


Lara Croft. She’s Back!


Tomb Raider: Underworld

Xbox 360 owners will be treated with two exclusive Tomb Raider releases just in time for the Christmas season.

The releases will be available on Xbox Live and will come as “chapters” (or extensions) to the Tomb Raider: Underworld game. The first will be available for Christmas and the second one should follow shortly after. There will even be a new playable character included!

The Register Hardware UK

Zune Coming to Windows Mobile Phones?



In an almost official statement, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer indicated that a Windows Mobile version of the Zune software and Zune Store would be in the works.

We don’t know when and how but we know it’s coming. Next version of the Windows Mobile platform should come pre-loaded with Zune we hope.