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Xbox One updates to improve Kinect, multiplayer features

Xbox One users can expect two major updates to hit their consoles over the coming weeks.

Revealed by Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten in a blog on Wednesday, the first update will launch on February 11 with several fixes and features. Whitten promises improvements to the Kinect's voice recognition so it can better respond to your commands. Unspecified stability and product updates are also part of the package, as are behind-the-scenes enhancements for developers.

More specifically, Xbox One users will be able to view and manage their storage space, choose the order in which certain content loads, and … Read more

Eight things CEO Nadella needs to do to jump-start Microsoft

For Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella represents the first opportunity for a fresh start in nearly a decade and a half.

It's hard to knock a company that last quarter generated $24.5 billion in revenue, but Nadella takes the reins at a time when there are increasing questions about Microsoft's direction and future source of growth.

Let's face it: Microsoft has been in a rut. The reception to Windows 8 has been lukewarm at best and has failed to reinvigorate PC sales at a time when consumers are keener to spend their limited dollars on phones … Read more

Developers: Nadella speaks our language

The white smoke has risen from Redmond, and with the ascension of new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, so rise the hopes of the developer community that it depends on.

Nadella brings to the commander's chair a reputation for building community and fostering good third-party relations. While he didn't address developers directly in his first public comments as CEO, he did indicate that Microsoft was prepared to change.

As my CNET colleague Charles Cooper noted from those comments, Nadella envisions a "people-centric IT" that focuses on products and services where "the end-user gets the … Read more

As new Microsoft CEO makes entrance, Sony mulls PC exit

The day Microsoft announced a new CEO, word came from Japan that Sony is trying to exit PCs.

Whatever Sony ultimately does, it's a clear signal one of the top brands doesn't see PCs running Microsoft software as an attractive market anymore.

"Sony's planned sale of its personal computer operations underscores how far this business has fallen in the eyes of Japanese and U.S. manufacturers," an editorial said in Japan's Nikkei on Wednesday.

Sony established the Vaio brand in 1996 when Microsoft and Windows 95 ruled the world. At Sony's peak, it … Read more

Microsoft taps Scott Guthrie to replace Nadella as cloud chief

As Satya Nadella ascends to his new role as Microsoft's chief executive officer, the company has tapped Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie to take over his former duties as lead of the Cloud and Enterprise Group.

Guthrie, who has been leading the company's Windows Azure platform team since 2011, was named interim chief of the department, reporting directly to Nadella, according to CNET sister site ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley. His promotion was announced internally on Tuesday, Foley reported

It was not immediately clear if he will be the permanent replacement, but Foley reported that Guthrie appears to … Read more

Microsoft looks forward with new CEO

CNET Update is afraid to Look Back:

In this episode of Update:

- Get to know Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella. His biggest challenge could be figuring out mobile.

- Look back on your old status updates and photos with Facebook's Look Back video feature.

- Learn why the government wants future cars to "talk" to each other.

- Imagine what could be in store for the Chromecast, now that Google opened it up to all developers.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a … Read more

Satya Nadella promises customers a 'people-centric IT'

Only a few hours on the job as chief executive of Microsoft, Satya Nadella showed he can talk generalities with the best of them. In what was billed as a Webcast for partners and customers, Microsoft's newly appointed CEO spent about 15 minutes outlining broad contours of a strategy that essentially promised more of the same -- but with an ear close to the ground.

Earlier today, Microsoft brought an end to six months of rumors and speculation and announced Nadella's appointment as its next chief executive. As part of the announcement, Bill Gates, who quit as chairman, … Read more

Microsoft invests $15M in Foursquare, buys location data

Microsoft is funneling $15 million into Foursquare and has agreed to a multi-year deal to license the New York-based startup's location data, Foursquare announced Tuesday.

Four-year-old Foursquare makes a Web and mobile application for checking in to places and finding nearby hot spots. The company, which has 45 million registered users, completed a $35 million round of funding in December.

Microsoft's money will be pooled with those funds as Foursquare figures out how to make money on its own. As for the licensing arrangement, Microsoft is buying access to Foursquare's database of more than 60 million entries … Read more

Microsoft could give you $250 in credit for your phone or tablet

Microsoft has a new trade-in deal designed to get you to shop at its retail stores.

Running from February 2 through March 2, or while supplies last, the trade-in offer promises up to $250 in Microsoft Store credit for a mobile phone or tablet. The offer seems open to any device though it has to meet certain criteria.

The device must power on and be fully functional. No broken or missing parts or cracks on the screen or housing. No liquid damage. No password protection. (Hmm, that one seems like a no-brainer.) And it must include all of its original … Read more

Nadella: Our industry respects innovation, not tradition

He wears jeans with a T-shirt and suit coat. Sometimes he wears a hoodie like Mark Zuckerberg. He is a decade younger than his predecessor Steve Ballmer. He grew up in India, but has spent more than half his life in the US. He likes cricket and poetry. He has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, most recently as head of the company's $20 billion cloud and enterprise group. This is Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO.

As he settles into his new role, the question is what will Nadella do different from his predecessor to make Microsoft a … Read more