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    Microsoft at E3 Details SmartGlass, Halo 4, and the IE browser on Xbox | PCWorld (click for full article)

    By Ian Paul, PCWorld Jun 4, 2012 3:43 pm


    Microsoft took center stage at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday introducing new software called SmartGlass designed to make sharing content across devices such as a game console, tablet, and smartphone a breeze. During its press conference the tech giant also announced a slew of new game titles, most notably Halo 4, along with sharing details for porting the Internet Explorer web browser to the Xbox 360 console.


    Microsoft's overriding theme was to make the Xbox the central hub for your entertainment needs reaching beyond the console to work with Windows PCs, iOS devices, Android tablets, and upcoming Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft is also using the Xbox to take a stab at Google TV with Internet Explorer headed to Xbox later this year. And coming soon to Xbox 360 are a number of new additions to popular game franchises including Halo 4, Gears of War: Judgment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Madden NFL 13, and Tomb Raider.


    Here's a quick rundown of the highlights from Microsoft's E3 2012 press event:
     
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    Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360 this year, Kinect / voice integration and all -- Engadget (click for full article)

    "Microsoft just confessed that while other outfits have brought web browsers to televisions, "no one is using them," because "keyboards don't belong in the living room." Aside from thoroughly slamming Google TV, MS just offered its own alternative: Internet Explorer on Xbox 360... with full-on Kinect / voice command integration. It'll hit later this year, right alongside Smart Glass.

    Follow our liveblog of Microsoft's E3 keynote right here!"
     
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    Microsoft's Smart Glass to give Google, Apple TV a run for their money | Montreal Gazette (click for full article)

    "While Google and Apple have been making lots of noise, but yielding few results on how to connect televisions with the Net, Microsoft appears to have been quietly working to blow them out of the water.


    At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft unveiled Xbox Smart Glass, which will work not just on Microsoft connected phones and tablets, but Apple and Android devices as well.


    The feature will allow you to watch a movie on a television, pause it and continue it on your tablet and vice versa. It also allows your tablet and smartphone to interact with the television programs you are watching.


    The Microsoft demo, which kicked off the E3 conference, showed someone watching Game of Thrones on TV, and the tablet showing an interactive map depicting where the action in a particular scene was taking place.


    Smart Glass will also work with games to allow you to use your tablet to find other players to play with online, for example. The demo showed a gamer making selections on which plays to run in a football game.


    Microsoft also announced that it will be bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox 360 later this year. The browser will work with a tablet or a smartphone, which can be used as remote controls to navigate through web pages.


    Now, I'm not sure it will all work as seamlessly as it was shown in the demo, but connected TV so far has been a bit of a disappointment in terms of the browsing experience. Microsoft claims it has taken away a huge irritation here. If it has, Monday's announcement could be huge for Microsoft.


    Oh, and the kicker: if you have Xbox Kinect, you can do a lot of these controls using voice command.


    Xbox 360 E3 2012 Smart Glass Presentation:
     
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    Xbox Gives Microsoft a Head Start in the Battle for Every Screen - NYTimes.com (click for full article)

    "Given the relentless battles by tech companies to win new smartphone users, you would think that the tiny screen is the only one that matters.


    Those battles are part of a larger war for three screens: smartphones, tablets and televisions. The most important facet of these devices won't be the sharpness of the display or the sleekness of the design - they will, after all, essentially be the same: flat pieces of glass of varying sizes.


    What we will want most from these screens is their ability to communicate with one another like a group of gabbing teenagers in the middle of school recess.


    Media you will buy or rent online, like e-books, videos, games and music, should be able to flow flawlessly among these devices. Done correctly, you won't have to do a thing. If your screens are woven together on the same operating system, they will be able to share media by speaking the same language.


    Can we already see a winner? You might say Apple because it has popular smartphones, tablets and computers talking to one another. Google is further behind because while smartphones are using its operating system, that's where it ends.


    But when it comes to the living room, both companies are losing.


    Apple each year sells a few million Apple TV boxes that transmit content to a television. Little wonder executives persist in calling Apple TV "a hobby." Google's attempts at television are as flat as the TV hanging on my wall at home.


    Surprisingly, it's the company that has been failing with the smartphone that may be the furthest ahead: Microsoft.


    Microsoft has something Apple and Google must envy. It has sold 67 million Xbox 360 video game consoles and has more than 40 million Xbox Live members. According to Frank Shaw, Microsoft's vice president for corporate communications, video consumption has grown by 140 percent each year on the Xbox since 2008.


    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that use of the Xbox for music and video streaming had surpassed online multiplayer game playing. Microsoft might not have set out to take over the living room, but the company seems to have done so by building a game console that morphed into a full streaming video service, with Xbox Live apps like Netflix and Hulu. Its new Windows 8 software for PCs communicates with the Xbox. (And don't forget Windows PCs are still dominant.) An app on Windows Phone 7 can control and navigate the Xbox.


    If only people bought Windows phones or tablets, Microsoft could declare victory.


    If only.


    Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft's entertainment business, said the company was now focusing its efforts on making the Xbox service flow even more seamlessly between mobile devices and TV.


    "We want to make all your screens work together in a unique and seamless way, including the PC, tablet, phone and television," Mr. Mehdi said.


    "There is a lot of money here, too. With advertising and subscriptions, the TV business is approximately $450 billion, which is expected to soon reach half a trillion dollars."


    Money is why the company that figures out the living room wins the war. "The television is the most unevolved of the three screens in terms of delivering people new media," said Gary Lauder, a venture capitalist specializing in TV-related investments. Whichever company ends up owning the living room, where most content is consumed, could own the entire sphere, he said.


    As companies struggle to make advertising on mobile devices pay off, that little plot of land in your home, the one where everyone gathers around a rectangular screen with popcorn and pillows, remains valuable real estate. It could even end up being the most valuable screen of them all."
     
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    I'm kind of surprised that Microsoft is finally putting the IE browser on the Xbox. They resisted doing that for a long time - but now I think they realize that overall it will make the Xbox more compelling. This is because Xbox has morphed into much more than just a game console. Plus the IE Explorer on Xbox will work with voice commands.

    IMO one of the selling points of GTV is the Chrome browser - as the other set-top boxes & smart TVs either had no browser or a generally inferior web browser.
     
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