More Moves at Microsoft: 3 Top Executives Step Down!

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316w ago - The revolving door in Redmond is spinning again.

This time, two top executives have left the company and a third will do so in a few months. They are:

--G. Michael Sievert, formerly corporate VP for Windows Product Marketing

--Steven Berkowitz, senior VP in the Online Services group

--Pieter Knook, formerly senior VP in the Mobile Communications Business

Sievert, previously executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AT&T Wireless Services Inc., had been with Microsoft since 2005. As the executive responsible for promoting Windows Vista, he undoubtedly took some heat over public perceptions of Microsoft's latest operating system as slow, bug-plagued and incompatible with other applications (although Microsoft also says it sold more than 100 million Vista licenses in the product's first year). In early February, about 10 days before Microsoft announced Sievert's exit, CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts that the company needs to improve its Vista marketing efforts.

In announcing Sievert's departure, Microsoft said only that he left "to pursue new endeavors"; the technology-news site CNET.com quoted Sievert as saying he plans to start his own company. Microsoft promoted Brad Brooks, previously general manager for Windows...
 

Sony officially announce price cut for some PS3 games

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317w ago - According to French Web site Jeux-France, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has re-examined the price of some of its older PlayStation 3 titles.

Apparently the following titles will now cost 40 Euros: Resistance: Fall of Man, Lair, Folklore, One Championship Edition Formulated, MotorStorm, Ridge Racer 7, Heavenly Sword and Genji.

However, it seems the games have been available at online retailers such as 'game' at this price for some time.
 

Microsoft officially announce 360 price cut; now mass market in Europe

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319w ago - Microsoft today announced it is lowering the estimated retail price (ERP) for its X-Box 360 family of consoles in Europe from Friday, 14th March. The entry level Xbox 360 Arcade console now has an ERP of £159.99 saving £40.

The Xbox 360, which includes a 20GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will have an ERP of £199.99 saving £50, and the Xbox 360 Elite will have an ERP of £259.99 saving of £40.

Microsoft say the move is an ongoing strategy to open up the ultimate in high-definition gaming and entertainment to an even wider audience, with an offering for everyone.

Press Release: Everyone's Invited To Experience Xbox 360 As Microsoft Lowers Estimated Retail Price in Europe

LONDON - Monday 10th March, 2008 - Microsoft today announced it is lowering the estimated retail price (ERP) for its Xbox 360™ family of consoles in Europe. Now with an entry-level ERP of £159.99, Xbox 360 is a mass market entertainment proposition with something to offer for every interest and budget.

From Friday, 14th March, Xbox 360, which includes a 20GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will have an ERP of £199.99 €" a saving of £50 on the current ERP. The Xbox 360 Elite, which comes with a massive 120GB hard drive enabling consumers to store huge quantities of content...
 

Sony's New Executive Appointments

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321w ago - Following the sudden resignation of Phil Harrison, Sony has announced the appointment of three new key executives - Robert Dyer is the senior VP of PR, Ian Jackson is the VP of sales and Sally Buchanan is the VP of HR. These new figures will all report to CEO Jack Tretton.

To quote: It looks like Phil Harrison's sudden resignation was not the only change in Sony's executive lineup as of late. In a recent press release, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the appointment of three new key executives: Robert Dyer to Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson to Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan to Vice President of Human Resources.

These positions will take effect in March and April of 2008, and the executives will report directly to SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton.

"Rob Dyer, Ian Jackson and Sally Buchanan's proven records of strategic leadership and innovation, combined with their extensive industry experience re-enforce their new roles as a great fit for our organization," said Tretton.

"These three appointments augment an already strong executive staff at SCEA and provide the company with additional leadership to focus on key relationships with some of the most important constituencies, our publishing partners, retail community, and...
 

Blu-ray to accelerate PS3 sales, PS3 price cut by years end?

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328w ago - Analysts believe the Warner exclusive Blu-ray news is good for the PS3 and that Blu-rays success will lead to an acceleration of PS3 sales. Around 70 €"80% of PS2 owners used the console as their first DVD player and the same could be true of PS3/Blu-ray.

Michael Pachter believes that this year HDTV penetration will cross 50% of households and thats when Blu-ray will become more relevant, and Sony will likely cut the price of the PS3. However others believe that exclusive games are the most important factor and Blu-ray is not a main concern.

To quote: Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities thinks it's an important win, but the real impact won't be felt for some time since 1080p HDTV penetration is still fairly low. He does believe, however, that by the end of this year we'll start seeing a spike and that Sony will likely cut the price on PS3 by then as well.

Blu-ray has clearly gained momentum, and the upper hand, and the Warner announcement also provides a boost to the format, as well as for the advocates of Blu-ray as a standard. That said, locking up the suppliers of content and hardware manufacturers is only part of the equation. Consumers also must decide that they need a Blu-ray player, which seems more and more likely as prices decline," he said.

"As for the...
 











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