On Thursday, the NPD Group who monitors the sales of video game consoles and electronics in the US revealed that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 remained the top selling console in October 2013. This is huge news for Microsoft which can use this to leverage itself against Sony ahead.
On Tuesday, Patch Tuesday arrived from Microsoft, and they gave users more than just the normal amount of patches and updates. They gave users the Internet Explorer patches and other fixes, but also gave Surface users fixes and updates for their units which was unexpected.
Microsoft on Tuesday gave numbers to their developers numbers related to the Windows Store and its popularity. The numbers showed that the Windows Store is getting an average of 1.7 million downloads per day, and is proving to be a hit for free and paid applications for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In a announcement, Microsoft announced that the very popular 0-day flaw that is being used to promote drive-by attacks will be patched on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. The update is a quick fix for Internet Explorer, and is a widely reported bug that Microsoft is getting ahead of quickly.
On Monday, Microsoft detailed in their Windows blog how Xbox One users will be able to access their SkyDrive content on their Xbox One consoles later this month. The ability to harness the cloud data for photos and videos to bring to your Xbox One will make the Xbox One more wanted by many.
On its Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft finally gave details surrounding the latest Windows Phone that was shown last month. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone on the market, and is the shining stone of the Windows Phone empire. It will be available later this month for Windows Phone fans everywhere.
On Thursday, the final version of Internet Explorer 11 was released to Windows 7 users, and this final release brings a ton of new features and security patches along with it. The preview has been available for some time, but this final version gives users a better Internet Explorer to use.
On Thursday, Microsoft gave its Office 365 users something that has been a very high priority item on many users want lists. Now, users who work together on documents and co-authoring papers can use Office 365 to produce these documents, and not rely on Google Docs or other services.
At the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure event on Wednesday, both Microsoft and Cisco teamed up and announced collaboration efforts for the cloud. The announcement expands on the current partnership between the two tech companies, and shows the power of the cloud.
On Wednesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8.1 program available to nonprofits around the would via their Microsoft software donation program. The giveaway to eligible nonprofits will make it possible for them to use the most updated operating system on the market, for virtually no cost.
A report came out on Tuesday surrounding the future of Microsoft’s decision for their next CEO, and it appears that the next CEO choice has been narrowed down to five. The decision to find the next Steve Ballmer is a very important one, and one that the board will choose wisely.
Over the weekend, Microsoft resigned their agreement with Twitter that will allow Bing search users to see Twitter results in their Bing searches. This agreement is one of the major factors that makes Bing one of the most socially focused search engines around from Microsoft.
Those who are developing for Windows Phone and making apps for the phone got great news on Thursday with the announcement from the Windows Phone Development team. They announced on Thursday that the Windows Phone App Studio Beta will be getting new features soon to develop great apps for the operating system.
On Thursday, the latest research report listed from Strategy Analytics shows that Windows Phone is slowly gaining traction in the smartphone market, and while Android still has a large percentage of the market, Windows Phone by Microsoft is gaining. This is great news for Microsoft.