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Xbox: The New Face Of 'Entertainment' At Microsoft, Beyond Just Video Games

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    Xbox: The new face of 'entertainment' at Microsoft, beyond just video games -- Engadget (click for full article)

    By Ben Gilbert posted Oct 15th 2012 1:00PM

    "The most striking takeaway from a recent meeting I had with Xbox Music GM Jerry Johnson wasn't the Spotify-like service he was in New York City to show off, but rather what he said about a much larger internal change at Microsoft.


    Having been relegated to the world of video games for the past decade, Microsoft is opening up its Xbox branding to a larger world of media. "'Xbox' is actually going from thinking about gaming in a device to being the entertainment face for all of Microsoft," Johnson said -- a major change from the Xbox name's place as a stand-in for "the Halo and Gears of War box," trotted out once or twice annually by lower level execs from the Washington-based software giant.


    "That's what the company -- all the way up to Steve Ballmer -- have gotten behind. That's why you're gonna see movies on Windows 8 slates, you're gonna see music, and it's gonna be branded as 'Xbox.'," he explained. This naming convention carries to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 RT as well -- all post-Windows 7 Microsoft devices (and Xbox 360) will refer to music and video libraries as "Xbox Music" and "Xbox Video," respectively."
     
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    Microsoft introduces Xbox Music service (music streaming + purchases) - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "Microsoft is relaunching its Zune music service with a new name. Xbox Music will launch for Xbox 360 users tomorrow. Later this month it will be available more widely once Windows 8 launches on October 26th.

    Xbox Music is designed to take on Spotify, Rdio, Pandora iTunes, Amazon MP3, and pretty much every other music service. That's because it offers a range of services including a free internet radio service, a music subscription service, and an option to purchase individual songs or albums."
     
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    Xbox SmartGlass -- What is it and what does it do? (click for full article)

    Oct. 24, 2012 (9:31 am) By: Laura Varley

    "Xbox SmartGlass is coming out on October 26, the same day as Windows 8, but what is Xbox SmartGlass? SmartGlass is a completely free app that connects all your Android, iOS, and Windows 8 tablets, mobiles and PC devices to your Xbox, opening up a whole range of new possibilities.


    If you're watching a movie on your tablet and want to watch it on your TV instead, the app enables you to use a new option called "play on Xbox 360", selecting this instantly streams the movie from your tablet to your Xbox from right where you left off. While you're watching the said film on your TV, the tablet will display information about the movie such as which actors are currently on screen and you can also go back to a previous part of the movie using your tablet as the controller, with an easy to use interface."


     
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    Google TV team...you are seeing this, right?
     
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    Yesterday with the new Xbox update - Microsoft added the Internet Explorer web browser for Xbox Gold subscribers. Bing voice search is integrated with Internet Explorer for searching the web with Xbox. The web browser on GTV had previously been one of the items that differentiated GTV from the competition:

    ReadWrite – Microsoft Updates Xbox To Cement Hold On Living Room


    Apparently the Internet Explorer browser on the Xbox plays HTML5 but not Flash:

    http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/Stev...t_Explorer_Plays_HTML5_GamesBut_Not_Flash.php
     
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    So what does a Google TV do that an Xbox Gold subscriber can't?
     
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    Slingplayer is in my opinion the only thing gtv has over Xbox...if only it worked correctly

    If Xbox got slingplayer support I'd toss my gtv in the garbage
     

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