According to an article written on TechCrunch, Microsoft might be making a stripped-down version of the Xbox for media and casual games. It’ll run on a stripped-down version of Windows 8 and be an instant on device.
This makes a lot of sense because even though a lot of new TV’s have these options built in, they can be clunky and slow.
An Xbox media center would compete with other set-top boxes and the good thing is the Xbox 360 is already the most popular media box out there.
I know a few people that already have an Xbox (or know someone who has an Xbox) and they would probably buy one (or more if the price is right) in a second for other TV’s in their house.
Since it’s based on Windows 8, it’s that uniform look which is also good because it gets people used to the live tile interface so it’s on their minds when they go to buy a new tablet, phone or computer.
Microsoft is definitely doing something interesting here.
This makes me wonder what other products they can come up with. Maybe make their own TV that runs on Windows 8? You can use certain Windows 8 apps like Skype, maybe it could have Kinect built in for family casual games.
Or even have an Xbox built into it or a full computer so you can have a 55” all in one unit?
The thing I don’t like about all in one units though is that if one thing breaks you’re out a TV and a console unless they make it modular so you can take out the Xbox from the back of the TV and still get basic TV functions?
What do you think?
Is a Microsoft Xbox Media Console a good idea?
And worse yet, less than two in five computer users intend to upgrade to the new OS.
In a recent survey published on Huffington Post, 27.4% still chose Windows 7 over Windows 8, despite Microsoft’s elaborate efforts to market the new operating system.
Which makes it pretty much in line with the general consensus in technology circles.
38.6% of those surveyed revealed that they were very likely or quite likely to upgrade to Windows 8, while another 27.4% said they were quite or very unlikely not to make the jump.
The survey was conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys, who asked the question to 2,000 people.
The jury is still out on how much of this is because of a lack of the need to upgrade, and how much is down to the new interface. Windows 7 is, after all, a perfectly fine operating system, one that still has years of mileage left in it.
Microsoft is still quite on the official sales figure – save for the 4 million copies shipped report.
But the company expects the recovery of the PC market next year, which it believes will also help towards increasing the sale of Windows 8.
Worryingly, almost half (48.8% to be exact) the respondents claimed that they do not plan to buy a new PC in the next twelve months.
Numbers aside, there surely is a shrug of shoulders towards the latest OS from consumers, and this survey is just more poof that Microsoft faces an uphill struggle when it comes to convincing computer users to either switch, or upgrade to Windows 8.
Finally some good news amid the recent doom and gloom of numbers and sales!
It has hardly been a month since Microsoft became a player in the tablet market, but the company’s first generation Surface tablets are quickly becoming the top choice for those looking for a tablet.
The only catch here is that people are waiting for the Surface Pro to make the plunge, not the RT version.
In the same study conducted by the fine folks over at Toluna QuickSurveys (that we talked about here), 12.5% said that they would purchase a Microsoft Pro tablet.
Compare this with the 12.9% that chose Apple’s iPad, and you know how neck and neck it is up there at the top. A triple-threat fight to the finish between Microsoft, Apple and Android in the tablet realm is sure to be quite a spectacle.
Dig a little more, however, and you will find that only 2% were up for the regular Surface tab — the one that is available in the market right now. And not a soul would blame them for it.
The ability to run Windows 8 Pro on a powerful tablet, along with all sorts of legacy applications is just too mouthwatering to resist.
Besides, the Surface Pro tablet is a surefire bet in the corporate circles. It’s hard to imagine business users putting in requests for the RT versions of Surface, with its ARM environment and lack of legacy software support.
But give them a choice of a Windows 8 Pro tablet, and then see the devices fly off the shelves. Interesting times ahead, I say.
The Pro variants of Surface are said to be up for grabs in January 2013.