Microsoft: Google's making up excuses to block our YouTube app (PCPro) Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has slammed Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for blocking its new YouTube app for Windows Phone, describing the search firm's reasoning as "excuses". In a damning statement by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s deputy general counsel, David Howard, the company accused Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) of being deliberately obstructing the creation of a fully functioning YouTube app on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s mobile OS. "We think it’s clear that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses," said Howard.
Microsoft’s Own Chip Enables Ultimate Precision of New Kinect Sensor. (xBitLabs) Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has developed its own custom system-on-chip for its new-generation Kinect device. The application processor is a key to unprecedented precision the sensor can provide and will naturally enable a lot of exclusive capabilities that off-the-shelf solutions just do not feature today. The new Kinect sensor is projected to enable Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) offer never-before-seen experiences in the living room. ...But while there are new cam and sensors, the actual heart of the second-generation Kinect is Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s own application processor.
Microsoft closing Games for Windows Live marketplace (MCVUK) Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will shut down Games for Windows Live and cease selling products through the PC games marketplace, the firm has announced. The company confirmed the news on the Games for Windows Live Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) page, adding that users will still be able to download and play games through the Games for Windows Live client. “As part of the upcoming Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Points will be retired, and the Xbox.com PC marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013,” a Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) spokesperson wrote. “We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Points balance prior to this change...
Microsoft Corp Integrates Skype into Windows 8.1 Start Button (USFinancePost) Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has confirmed reports that it is integrating Skype into the Start button, which would return via Windows 8.1 operating system. In a statement, the giant software maker said this move is part of its strategy to make connecting and sharing a seamless factor of the new Windows experience. Thus, in the updated operating system, users could just log in and enjoy the Skype service. The Windows 8.1 update would come with Skype that is already pre-loaded into the system. This would be in contrast to the current setup in Windows 8, wherein users need to first download the app for VOIP through the Windows Store.
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