The Xbox is the best-selling console for the 20th consecutive month.
With some 193,000 consoles sold this August alone, the Xbox is far and away becoming the dominance in the Video Game market.
The next-generation Xbox, codenamed Xbox 720, is expected to keep flying the flag of dominance, and eventually outselling the current Xbox. Leaks suggest the 720 will have 6 times the graphics power of the current console sold in stores today.
Most of the success story comes from Microsoft’s gift to engage and interact game developers. These developers get first-rate special treatment, elite gaming software and SDKs, as well as Microsoft’s full support and documentation.
This week, Microsoft announced some 40 different Xbox LIVE games for Windows 8. The Xbox LIVE games will debut the day Windows 8 launches. Of note, Angry Birds Space, Zombies, and Fruit Ninja are just a few games that will launch.
All the games will come to Windows 8 this fall. The brand new OS, which is expected to debut on October 26, will feature a number of unique improvements over Windows 7.
Here is the complete list of games:
1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
2.A World of Keflings
3.Adera: Episode 1
4.Adera: Episode 2
5.Adera: Episode 3
7.Angry Birds Space
8.Big Buck Hunter Pro
9.BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
11.Crash Course GO
12.Cut the Rope
15.Field & Stream Fishing
18.Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
19.Hydro Thunder Hurricane
26.Microsoft Solitaire Collection
28.PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
29.Pinball FX 2
30.Reckless Racing Ultimate
31.Rocket Riot 3D
34.Skulls of the Shogun
37.The Harvest HD
38.Toy Soldiers Cold War
Find easy answers to your computer questions
Easy Definition: Sign-On Service for Microsoft online services such as Hotmail, Xbox, and Outlook.com
Detailed Definition: Proprietary Single-Sing-On (SSO) that authenticates and accepts a credential created by the user.
How Does it Look Like?
The Microsoft account UI in Hotmail
The Microsoft account UI in Outlook.com
The Microsoft account UI in Xbox
How Does it Work?
Microsoft account ( formerly Windows Live ID) is a single sign-on service that accepts a sign-in request:
Here’s how it works
1. User submits Credential ( If the user is new to the service, his/her request is submitted via triple DES)
2. Microsoft account redirects to an authentication server…
3. The server authenticates the credentials ( makes sure that the email and password is valid)
4. The server accepts the request and redirects to the site the user is signing into…
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I often wonder and stand in awe at the power that Apple holds with the media. Even more impressive is Apple’s ability to control and even manipulate retail stores. I thought this was just part of the unnoticed, but very-real phenomena of a tech giant… but until I walked into my Best Buy store did I finally get it.
It seems like another stroll into one of the largest tech stores in the globe. Best Buy executives are known for being extra careful at letting the consumer figure out things for themselves. Very rarely will you hear a Best Buy employee asking you “ Can I help you Sir?” It’s probably why the store is successful… it is able to keep itself out of your way…
But still… I am not particularly in awe of the store. As far as I am concerned, I am just a customer… so that’s how I entered as a customer. As a big Microsoft fan, I came right in into the Xbox section, eager to try some new games…. what was curious was how many different Apple iPod and iPhone aisles I had to pass before getting to the gaming section… well, maybe product placement, I guess?
But to my surprise I saw a young father with his enthusiastic daughter in the most unlikeliest of places… instead of touring the iPad booth or engrossed with Android tablets, father and daughter were marveled at the Xbox booth… particularly the Kinect booth. It’s a little exhibition that tries to demo the capabilities of Kinect… but what shocked me was that these two thought it was so cool.. and here I am, a tech savvy guy, who takes technology for granted, knows his way around Windows, and can handle some programming.
I guess the point is …. it often takes somebody else to show you how cool a product is. And for me, the moment came when that daughter was dancing with Kinect in front of her smiling papa.