Microsoft (MSFT +2%) roundup: 1) Windows 8.1's (Blue) UI changes will include improved portrait...

Microsoft (MSFT +2%) roundup: 1) Windows 8.1's (Blue) UI changes will include improved portrait mode support. Whereas the first round of Win. 8 tablets have aspect ratios optimized for landscape viewing (better for video/gaming), the iPad has kept a portrait-friendly aspect ratio (better for reading). 2) Microsoft claims it has added 30K Azure customers since April, thanks to a major pickup in growth following the official launch of cloud infrastructure services (at first, Azure was purely a cloud app development platform). The company also promises to add 25 new data centers this year to expand Azure's reach. 3) Microsoft is facing a backlash from gamers over the Xbox One's verification and Internet connection requirements. (more on 8.1)

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  • wigit5
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    They'll probably have to eliminate the always online thing for Xbox. It's silly and could hurt their following.
    7 Jun 2013, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    "always online" was an incorrect rumor, though. At the "reveal", Microsoft stated specifically that you will be able to play games while offline.
    8 Jun 2013, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    1) Great we'll get a dumbed down Start Button for all the whiners, 2) Azure has always been a cloud environment for deployment not just development of applications and services, 3) Let's get real about the snotty gamers since XBox One is not all about them it's much, much bigger. MS will feed gamers egos at E3 but Xbox One doesn't need the gamers that build their own systems with overclocked chips and discrete GPUs.
    9 Jun 2013, 10:53 AM Reply Like
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