I confirmed on Saturday that my source from Nokia said that NFC will be coming with Apollo & today Microsoft confirmed this because of all the confusion that was created by the statement given to TechRader “As far as I’m aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer),” said Coleman. “So, if any OEM wants to enable it that can be done by all means.”
Microsoft spokesperson said to Winrumors “Microsoft would like to correct a previous statement it made around Near Field Communications,” said a company spokesperson to WinRumors on Monday. “While NFC is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year.” This falls in line with the current expected dates for the Apollo launch. Nokia showed a key support for NFC at Nokia World and I’m sure we can expect a lot of great NFC devices from them maybe even the Lumia 900 will have NFC
Microsoft announced late last night that the Skype acquisition by Microsoft has formally completed and Skype is now a division of Microsoft.
This is an exciting move and it we look forward to see how Microsoft move forward with the unique Skype technology and we are eager to see how this is incorporated in both Windows 8, and with existing video communication and video streaming software and technology Microsoft currently develops such as the Windows Live Messenger and the business communication tool Lync.
This now also means that Skype in itself can continue to move forward with its own developments with the expansive resources of the software giant behind it, helping them to reach their goals of easy, multi-platform and multi-device social communication providing communication between billions of people.
“Will the skype experience change? The answer is an emphatic no.” – Tony Bates, Skype President.
It’s important to remember in this merger, Microsoft haven’t simply expanded their portfolio with a new technology, they too gain the “world-class talent” of Skype. Watch this space, exciting things will be coming from this.
The day every web developer has dreamed of is coming soon. Microsoft has launched a website showing the countdown of people who use Internet Explorer 6. The website talks about the history of Internet Explorer and the fact it is 10 years old now and the usage around the world at the moment. It also integrates social media sites and tells you to educate others about the new versions of Internet Explorer, with a handy link on the site to allow the visitor to download the new version.
Many websites are already warning about using older browsers on the web, due to security and attacks that can occur against you and recommend you upgrade, sites such as Facebook and CNET are among the main, though most web developers will try and add a upgrade snippet to their websites.
For more information on IE6 Countdown click here and to download the new Internet Explorer click here.
So they did it, after months of waiting and people creating open source drivers for it, Microsoft have finally announced the long awaited news and release date for the Kinect SDK. A while ago it was posted on the App Hub forums, during the battle with indie developers over their position in the Xbox live market place, that a future update to XNA would incorporate many things, such as achievements, leader boards and further improvements, but the one bullet point that stood out most of all was the fact that XNA would incorporate the Kinect API, and with the release of the SDK we are one step further to this goal.
I say this because it has not been said in the official release that this will be incorporated into XNA or as a separate package, so we all eagerly await more news on this development, but thing will be sure, no matter the success Kinect has had in the past, it is about to receive a whole lot more.
A milestone for every software package, Windows 7 service pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack one are both available for download now. Microsoft have been hinting at the release for some time, giving access to developers and people with MSDN subscriptions first but now it is available for all.
You can download this one of two ways, you can download the stand alone installer and run it, or you can run Windows Update to download the update for you. It has been recommended by Scott Hansleman that you do the latter. So why are you still reading this go find it here:
Recently there have been various news articles reporting how an 11 year old boy managed to spend just over £1,000 on additional content via his Xbox 360 using his Mum’s debit card.
Quite a few people take advantage of the fact that you can enter your card details on your Xbox 360 to make additional content purchases easier. Downloadable Content (DLC) is one of the most popular types of purchases made through the Xbox 360 as they tend to provide new levels, equipment and characters to individual games.
Instead of realising that she may of made a mistake in letting her son use the Xbox 360 unsupervised, she decided to attack Microsoft saying “it’s too easy to make purchases from it” and that ‘When he is in gaming mode he can’t be thinking about the money. You can’t put all that responsibility on a young boy.”. Read More »