You’ve probably played Solitaire on just about every computer that you’ve ever used that wasn’t a Mac (unless you used iTunes) and not at work. Maybe you understood the game, maybe you didn’t, but you probably tried it at least once.
The developer of the ubiquitous Havok engine has a new home under the Microsoft banner. On October 2nd, the Redmond tech giant purchased the Dublin firm from Intel corps for an undisclosed sum of money. Swift to assuage industry fears that the move would bring the popular Havok engine in-house only, Microsoft put forth this statement on their blog.
Microsoft has announced, and put into place, a formal new policy regarding the creation of YouTube Let’s Play videos as well as content streamed on services like TwitchTV. Up until now the company didn’t really have a formal policy geared towards this type of content creation. Since streaming on TwitchTV has become a lot easier with Android games and making YouTube videos of Android games has been happening for a long time, this certainly is something to learn about if you plan on streaming or including anything from Microsoft in your upcoming videos and want to monetize them.
Mobile developers who use Microsoft’s Visual Studio will now have a pretty awesome new feature for when they grab the new 2015 version. Microsoft has introduced a new high-performance emulator for developers to use when debugging their applications and games that they happen to be working on.
With rumors of a purchase between the two companies floating around last week, today the announcement has been made official that Microsoft will be purchasing Mojang for a mere $2.5 Billion. There are a few reasons for the sale but one of the main ones if that Notch has wanted to work on smaller projects and running a company this size, which he never though he would be doing, isn’t allowing him to work on these smaller projects.
We already have the Xbox One SmartGlass application which allows people to access their Xbox Live account and do a few things like tweak your avatar or experience second-screen gaming on select Xbox One titles. We knew it wouldn’t be long before this was expended and more of Xbox Live would become more available through your Android device. This is exactly what Microsoft has announced today.
While Microsoft’s next-gen console is gearing up for release here in the US in roughly 12 hours, Microsoft has already released their companion application for the Xbox One onto Google Play for free. Once you download the app, and actually get your hands on your new Xbox One, you’ll be able to connect to it and do a fair amount of stuff with your Android device and your console.
The other day news came out that Microsoft was gearing up to release some of their more classic games onto Android with the first game slated for release being the original Age of Empires. There was also speculation that other titles would soon be following as well. Today Head of Microsoft Studio Phil Spencer came out to clarify a few things regarding the news from a few days ago.
Even more interesting news coming out today but this time regarding Microsoft. Reports are indicating that the company is gearing up to release some of their more classic game franchises onto Android and iOS devices in the near future. An example of one of these franchises is an official Age of Empires game for Android and iOS.
Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass application has had an update pushed out that owners of tablets that are bigger than 7″ will be happy about. The new update that has arrived today brings with it support for large tablets, not just those that are 7″ in size. That isn’t all that the update contains but it is the biggest feature.