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If you listen very carefully, you’ll hear Microsoft executives in the US and UK high-fiving each other. That’s because for the first time since December 2013, the Xbox One has outsold Sony’s PlayStation 4 in both the US and the UK. Not only did Microsoft outsell the PS4, but they set themselves a new sales record in November as well.

“Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible,” said corporate VP of Xbox marketing Mike Nichols, “with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox.”

The turnaround in sales figures is a result of Microsoft’s aggressive pricing adjustments that came into effect in November. The price adjustments, coupled with bundle deals that excluded Kinect, played a huge role in pushing Xbox One sales.

Via: Gamespot

It may not be the darling of the computer industry and it certainly has a legacy of strange decisions behind it, but Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system has finally claimed more installs on hard drives worldwide than Windows XP. According to a recent StatCounter report, Windows XP sits at 10.69% global market share while Windows 8.1 recently climbed to 10.95%. Windows 8 sits under 5% and Vista clings on for dear life at less than 3%. Windows 7, by comparison, dominates everything at 50.34% market share. Apple’s iOS, surprisingly, is slowly climbing from 6.61% and OS X remains rather stable at 8.11%.

Source: StatCounter

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Japan has always proved a tough nut for Microsoft to crack. The Xbox 360 didn’t sell as well as the company had hoped, and the Xbox One is doing even worse. Now, in what is likely a response to the abysmal sales figures coming out of Japan, Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui has resigned from his post. He remains with the company, but is being moved to Microsoft’s US headquarters instead.

The Xbox One sales have now all but ground to a halt, with the console selling less than 800 units a few weeks back. Within the first four days of its launch, the Xbox One sold 23, 562 units. For comparison, the Xbox 360 sold close to 50, 000 in half that time.

To date, Microsoft has now sold 38, 461 Xbox One consoles in Japan since its September 2014 launch. In the West, the Xbox One continues to improve its sales figure largely thanks to the new bundle that ships without Kinect, and a suite of holiday special bundles.

Source: Eurogamer

windows 10 device family

There were some interesting changes instituted by Microsoft when they announced the next version of Windows and one of those was a complete name change – not just calling it Windows 9, implying that it was a mere iteration of Windows 8.1, but a full leap to double digits. While the name change is certainly one designed to make people think that it’s a completely different OS, there were deeper changes made in the last few years that changed things around completely and make me wonder why Microsoft is now calling it Windows 10.0 internally.

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windows 10 device family

Microsoft is working hard on the next iteration of Windows, now collectively called Windows 10 and has promised that device owners won’t be left in the lurch. Not only will Windows 10 be the best version to date, it’s also going to be an upgrade option for all Windows Phone 8 devices. This promise extends to all Windows Phone 8 handsets, so even if you have a launch HTC Windows Phone 8X, you’ll still get the upgrade.

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Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate VP of marketing, strategy and business, just popped up on the official Xbox news website to provide some feedback on the sales figures of the Xbox One. Thanks to recent price adjustments, which see Xbox One bundle deals starting from $349, the console has seen a dramatic rise in uptake.

These price adjustments kicked off on 02 November and brought with them an increase in Xbox One sales by more than 300% from the previous week in the US. The release of Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection has also helped Microsoft push console figures. Prior to these limited specials, the cheapest Xbox One console you could buy was the Kinect-less $400 model.

Mehdi is reporting that Microsoft has now sold in close to 10 million Xbox Once consoles. That means that the company has essentially supplied retailers with 10 million units; it does not mean that the console has sold 10 million units to the public.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Ha! Hahaha! Ahahahahahahah! Muahahahahaha!… I feel happy just writing this post. Because honestly, what pisses people like me off more than hardware failures? Not being able to find my install disks for software, that’s what. In the past, I had to hoard several copies of Windows 7 and 8 install disks that did different things depending on the PC I was setting up.

I had a Windows XP SP3 64-bit disk that I created myself with Nlite and prized very highly. Somewhere along the line, these things just slip away into some black hole with all the missing socks from your drawer, never to be seen again. But fear not! Microsoft has finally listened to sense and brought out a slipstreamed method of giving you your install disks for any Windows 8.1 OS, free of charge.

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Nokia Lumia 930 (7)

I’ve always been interested in Windows Phone. I’ve been interested in the platform since it debuted with the Lumia 800 and I even sat in the rain for two hours trying to win one. Since then, things for Microsoft have changed drastically and the fact that I’m writing these opening paragraphs from a Lumia 930 using the swipe keyboard says a lot about how things have changed for the brand. You may remember, dear NAGlings, that I was recently handed one to review and now that I’ve used a high-end one for a solid amount of time, I have a very different opinion about where Microsoft is going with this platform.

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Xbox Stand rAge

I recently reported on what Microsoft was bring to rAge 2014, and it was a short list because they naturally wanted to keep a few surprises for the show. Well, I’ve walked about a bit, so here’s what’s playable at their stand.

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Remember Microsoft’s proof of concept for something called “Illumiroom”? The Illumiroom concept cropped up way before the Xbox One had even been officially unveiled, and it was speculated that the projector peripheral might have been part of Microsoft’s then “next-gen” console. Turned out it wasn’t part of the Xbox One, but Illumiroom has evolved into something new: “RoomAlive”.

The RoomAlive concept is built off multiple projectors and Kinect sensors. Using some very clever software, the system can overlay interactive elements onto any lounge space. There are a couple of games that have been made to showcase the idea, including one that has you controlling a little soldier as he scales your chairs and couches to evade killer robots.

Don’t get excited just yet, because something like this would cost a lot to put together. As it stands, it’s very much a proof of concept, and unless hardware configurations change, I doubt most people would want multiple projectors and Kinect sensors hanging from their ceilings. Still, it’s clever; not revolutionary or world altering, but certainly very clever. Check it out after the jump.

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