MICROSOFT is tipped to launch a futuristic bendy tablet this year that folds up to fit in your pocket like a smartphone. The slate will reportedly form part of a new trio of Surface devices, with the codenames Carmel, Libra, and Andromeda, according to internal documents spotted by Thurrot.com. But the bendy device is hogging the limelight thanks to its sci-fi design, which could see it go toe-to-toe with Samsung's rumoured Galaxy X foldable phone (itself expected to land in 2019). Known internally as Andromeda, the new slate will pack a dual-screen and will be able to sit snugly in a user's hand. Microsoft has filed a patent for this type of foldable device, further fuelling rumours that the gadget is more than just a mere concept. Andromeda is mentioned as having a release date as soon as this year in the internal documents, notes Thurrot, and could bridge the gap between a PC and smartphone. But industry expert Daniel Ives told The Sun that he isn't convinced that Microsoft is still … [Read more...] about Microsoft tipped to launch a FOLDING tablet-phone that fits in your pocket
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Microsoft has updated the Code of Conduct portion of its Terms of Service to clarify a few points. Today, Microsoft provided a summary of changes coming to its Code of Conduct which will go into effect May 1, and while most of it’s old hat, there are some noticeable tweaks. For Xbox owners, the updated Code of Conduct notes users could face bans, suspensions, and have their Xbox Live Gold membership revoked. The latter would also result in the loss of funds associated with the XBL account. Nothing super new on that end. More than anything, the update seeks to provide clarification for what’s already in place for Xbox users, as noted in sections 5 and 13: “We’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited. We’ve also clarified that violation of the Code of Conduct through Xbox Services may result in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services, including forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold Membership time, … [Read more...] about Microsoft updates its Code of Conduct for Xbox Live
During its Developer Day event today, Microsoft announced a new installer format for packaging apps called MSIX. It's essentially a brand new type of container, and what's neat about this one is that it supports all types of Windows applications, including Universal Windows Program (UWP) apps and classic Win32 programs. MSIX could conceivably get Win32 programs into the Windows Store without having them become UWP apps, and hopefully points at a long-needed rework of the Windows Store to make it, well, less terrible. We don't know just yet if that's a route Microsoft is going to take. All we really know at this early stage is that it will be supported in the Microsoft Store. Another key thing we don't know yet: how MSIX will compare to UWP, and whether it solves the many criticisms we (and Tim Sweeney) have had of the Universal Windows Platform. On the bright side, there's some transparency with MSIX: Microsoft is making the new container open source. There's already an SDK available … [Read more...] about Microsoft introduces a new installer format that could mean big changes for Win32 and UWP
It has been learned that the runway has been cleared by the air traffic controller for Top Gun: Maverick to take off in the coming months. According to a new report from Omega Underground earlier today, the long-awaited sequel will begin principal photography in July with the involvement of star-studded actor Tom Cruise. Cruise was previously trying to land the secondary male lead role in the upcoming movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, director Quentin Tarantino has gone with Brad Pitt instead. It is believed that the decision was taken because Cruise was too busy with Top Gun: Maverick. Since both movies are slated to begin production over the summer, Tarantino could not take on Cruise unless he was fine with delaying his own project. The setting of Top Gun: Maverick remains unknown but will allegedly involve unmanned aerial vehicles in some capacity. That should not leave fans disappointed because the drone warfare will be accompanied by fighter jets as well, a core … [Read more...] about Top Gun: Maverick Begins Production This Summer – Report
Microsoft is on the prowl. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in November of last year that the Redmond behemoth is looking to improve its ability to "create content"—which is to say, to increase its first-party games output. One quick-and-easy way of doing that is to hoover up studios or publishers, and rumors of potential buyouts, some wild and others more grounded, quickly surfaced following the proclamation. Microsoft's primary goal is to make up ground against Sony, whose first-party oriented approach to the PlayStation 4 console has served it well. But Microsoft's "ecosystem" approach to the Xbox makes the matter relevant to those of us who call PC home too. Microsoft has had mixed luck with internal studios—for every Turn 10, a Lionhead—and so watching how the future unfolds for whichever studio ends up in its grasp will be interesting in its own right. But any big studio purchase could send massive ripples throughout gaming: Imagine, if you will, Cyberpunk 2077 as a … [Read more...] about What game studios might Microsoft actually buy?