Weekend Reading: Black Friday Edition–A Few Technology Gift Ideas from Microsoft, a VideoSurf Acquisition, and Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone and Imagine Cup 2012
Welcome to a Black Friday book of Weekend Reading! We’ve got stories on weekend deals on record gifts, Microsoft’s merger of VideoSurf, a energetically expected refurbish to a Xbox LIVE dashboard and more. Read on!
Black Friday weekend deals on record gifts. Microsoft is charity an array of special offers for people who can’t wait for a turkey to get cold before diving into holiday shopping. See a slideshow of good deals, many of that will be accessible Nov. 25-28 only. Also, meditative of giving a new Windows-based PC this year? Take a demeanour during some of a hottest models on a marketplace this holiday season. And check out this guest post on a Windows Experience Blog from record consultant Rob Enderle, who lists his “favorite things for a holidays.” Finally, review this Tuesday post on a Windows Phone Blog for some tricks and selling apps for Black Friday and beyond. Below is a screenshot of some of a Windows Phones accessible on Black Friday:
“Those aren’t pillows!” In box we haven’t seen it, “Planes, Trains Automobiles” is a classical John Hughes holiday comedy about a misadventures of Neal Page and Dell Griffith (played by Steve Martin and a late, good John Candy) as they onslaught to make it home for Thanksgiving. Neal and Dell knowledge a slew of frustrations on their prolonged tour home: moody delays, terrible sight rides, bad let cars and more. Now, if usually Neal and Dell had Windows Phones, they could’ve avoided many of those mishaps. Read this Nov. 18th post on a Windows Phone Blog that highlights some Windows Phone apps that might usually assistance save we a mischance or dual on your approach home for a holidays.
Microsoft acquires video calm find association VideoSurf. Microsoft has announced a merger of California-based video find record association VideoSurf Inc. Founded in 2006, VideoSurf offers a back-end mechanism prophesy record that “sees” frames inside videos to make finding calm fast, easy and accurate. Over time, Microsoft will confederate this record opposite a party height to enlarge a Xbox 360 ecosystem and develop hunt and find of party calm on Xbox LIVE. To get a rest of this story, review this press recover on a Microsoft News Center.
Microsoft announces Windows Azure and Windows Phone hurdles for Imagine Cup 2012. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced dual particular Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012: Windows Azure Challenge and Windows Phone Challenge. This year students will have a event to contention projects into both of these Challenges in further to a Software Design, Game Design and IT Challenge competitions that were announced in October. For some-more on this story, review this Nov. 18th post on a Imagine Cup Blog.
Xbox 360 dashboard arrives Dec. 6th. In this Tuesday post on his blog, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson reports that a Xbox LIVE dashboard refurbish will arrive on Dec. 6th. The refurbish is giveaway to all console owners and will underline new personal and amicable facilities including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile, beacons and Facebook Sharing, extended Family Settings, integrated voice and gesticulate controls opposite a dashboard and in apps and Bing voice hunt (available this year in a US, UK and CA). It’s a vital miracle in Xbox LIVE’s evolution. Speaking of milestones, don’t forget to opinion in a latest check on The Official Microsoft Blog, that asks readers to import in on what they consider is a many critical miracle a console has strike given a entrance a decade ago. The check closes Monday, so we usually have a few days left to vote! Below is a screenshot of a updated Xbox LIVE dashboard:
That’s it for this Black Friday book of Weekend Reading! We wish we had a good Thanksgiving!
Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog