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Microsoft Equipt: The Beginning of Next-Generation Microsoft

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319w ago - When I was briefed on Microsoft Equipt a few days ago, I couldn't help but take this in context with Bill Gates' departure and reflect on the post-Gates Microsoft. For much of Microsoft's history, the company has been known primarily for two very successful products - Windows and Office.

Sometimes this connection has been less than positive. Back in 2000, I had a conversation with back then new Microsoft president Steve Ballmer and was fascinated that he believed that the market would eventually move to a subscription model. With Equipt, Microsoft takes its biggest step in this direction and it makes me wonder whether Windows will, or should, someday follow.

One of the problems with moving to a new concept like cloud computing is that you have to move your code base and the market has to be ready for the move at the same time. This means that an entrenched firm has to create a transitional product with elements in both the old and the new - I order to create time for the transition of the code base and to allow the installed base, in this case consumers, to make the switch to the new product.

Equipt is a transitional product. Part of the offering is traditional and that is the part you are likely most familiar with: Microsoft Office Home & Student. The software will now check...
 

Steinberg: Metal Gear Solid 4 is "only the beginning"

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323w ago - The launch of the brilliant MGS4 is "only the beginning" of a rush of triple-A PS3-exclusives, says Sony's seemingly pleased VP of product marketing, Scott Steinberg.

With some of the console's big titles like Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, GTA IV and Singstar now out the door, Steinberg paints a positive picture for PS3 owners for the rest of the year.

"This is only the beginning of an ongoing software avalanche for PS3 that includes titles such as LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, MotorStorm Pacific Rift and Resistance 2 that only PS3 owners will be able to exclusively enjoy," said Steinberg.

He also hopes MGS4 will encourage some of the millions of hibernating PS2 fans to come out the woodwork and grab a PS3.

Let's just hope they can keep the attractive hardware bundles in stock.
 

Rumor: Halo 4 - Beginning the Fight?

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327w ago - Ever since Bungie's split from Microsoft, details about the subsequent Halo games (in the main series) have been nonexistent. Well, according to an anonymous Internet blog called The Space Oddity, the rumors about Gearbox taking over the series in Bungie's absence are true.

The author, an employee of an unmentioned third-party game publisher, claims in his post that Microsoft will be announcing the game soon and that the fourth entry in the series will actually be a prequel.

Could Halo 4 be Microsoft's show stopping event at E3 '08? Only time will tell.
 
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