It looks as though Zynga might be getting the life preserver it so desperately needs after a year of disappointments, but it's coming from an unlikely source. According to AllThingsD, Don Mattrick, long known as the head of Microsoft's interactive entertainment division (in other words, its Xbox entertainment system) will be stepping down from his role at Microsoft to take the helm at Zynga. To many observers, however, it's a classic case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
According to Reuters, Japanese news organization Nikkei announced today that Microsoft would start releasing some of its Xbox and PC games to both iOS and Android later this year. The news comes on the announcement of a licensing agreement with Japanese software development company Klab, who'll be in charge of bringing the software to smartphones. Somewhat amusingly, Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system wasn't included in the announcement.
It's not often that a goliath tech company like Microsoft admits it was wrong and actually changes course before a highly anticipated new product release. Sadly we're not talking about Windows 8, but rather the company's even more lucrative Xbox One. Microsoft has responded to vocal gamers (and a little pressure from Sony didn't hurt), so read on to find out what they changed...
Deep educational discounts have been Apple's thing for ages, but now Microsoft's looking to cut into the Cupertino giant's market by temporarily offering its beleaguered Surface RT for students and staff at universities and schools for $199. As ZDNet reports, the price only accounts for the tablet without a keyboard, although tossing in either of the two keyboard options still falls well short of Apple's asking price of $399 for students.
Microsoft Office has officially come to iOS, but there are a couple of catches: First, you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use it, and second, it appears to only be for the iPhone, at least for now.
Seriously, where has the month of June gone? It's already the middle of the month, WWDC 2013 is over and that Superman movie you've been waiting to see for more than a year is now in theaters, complete with a companion mobile game for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. But you won't need Kryptonite to get through our last overnight recap of the week, so up, up and away…!
Sony may have been rounded criticized for announcing the PlayStation 4 without so much as a look at the hardware months ago, but they finally made good at E3, where Microsoft also pinned a price tag on the upcoming Xbox One.