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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Kills Alan Wake for Windows, Fans Disappointed

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Kills Alan Wake for Windows, Fans Disappointed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:26:36 +0000
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Microsoft Cancels PC Game Version of Alan Wake - 4 Year Wait For Nothing

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| When I first saw the DirectX 10 demo for the game 
| Alan Wake back in 2006 it was impressive and the 
| title quickly became one of the most anticipated 
| PC games for that time period. Advertisements for 
| the game were seen all over the place and anyone 
| that has run 3DMark in recent years has likely 
| seen the ad in the benchmark application. It was 
| previously thought that the PC version of Alan 
| Wake would be worked on after the release of its 
| Xbox 360 version in May 2010, but Microsoft has 
| shattered hopes by confirming to Strategy 
| Informer that Alan Wake will no longer be coming 
| to PC.



Microsoft's Equipt kill date remains MIA amid retail carnage

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| Microsoft has yet to administer the coup de grace to its Equipt subscription
| software package two months after it confirmed it would dump the service.


Microsoft May Drop Popfly Web Mashup Tool

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| Microsoft on Friday said that it  may discontinue its free Popfly service
| that lets non-programmers build Web 2.0 apps.
| Popfly "is in a transitional phase," said a Microsoft spokeswoman on
| Friday. "We have no other details at the moment."


Microsoft Postpones Iowa Data Center

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| A day after reporting flat revenue for its online services business,
| Microsoft said it is postponing construction on a planned data center in
| Iowa.
| It's one of several other cost-cutting measures the software giant announced
| along with a disappointing financial report Thursday, including laying off
| around 5,000 people, reducing the use of vendors and lowering marketing
| spending.


Sources: Microsoft to close completely its Aces game studio

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| It was unclear on January 22, the day Microsoft announced plans to lay off
| 5,000 employees, exactly which products, teams and job functions were cut.
| The day after, it still is fairly murky.
| But it does seem that tips that the companyâs Entertainment & Devices (E&D)
| unit (Windows Mobile, Xbox, Zune) was impacted most heavily by the first
| round of layoffs. And itâs increasingly sounding like the games side of the
| house bore the brunt of the E&D cuts.
| Microsoft has closed completely its Aces Studio, the game group that
| developed and maintained Flight Simulator, sources close to the company
| confirmed. Acesâ other franchises include Combat Flight Simulator and Train
| Simulator.


Microsoft Slaps PC Gamers, Decides to Close Ensemble Studios

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| Despite its legacy of producing some of the very finest strategy games with
| its Age of Empire and Age of Mythology series, Microsoft decided that it
| would be financially disadvantageous to continue to operate the wholly-owned
| Ensemble Studios.


Microsoft shuts down Ensemble Studios


Microsoft Burns Down Book Search

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| Citing poor demand, Microsoft will back away from scanning and indexing books
| and academic works for Live Search


EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that Microsoft has "betrayed" MSN
| Music customers and wants the company to make things right by issuing an
| apology, refunds, and eliminate digital rights management technology from the
| Zune music player.


MSN Music Debacle Highlights EULA Dangers

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| MSN Musicâs EULA is a case in point. When active, MSN Music's webpage touted
| that customers could âchoose their device and know its going to workâ.
| But when customers went to purchase songs, they were shown legalese that
| stated the download service and the content provided were sold without
| warrantee. In other words, Microsoft doesn't promise you that the service or
| the music will work, or that you will always have access to music you bought.
| The flashy advertising promised your music, your way, but the fine print
| said, our way or the highway.


When DRM detonates your music collection

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| It is all down to the digital rights management (DRM) software that Microsoft
| has embedded in all its music downloads to combat illegal file-sharing. For
| DRM to work it needs a central computer to keep a live record of who has
| registered which songs to which computers. The problem is that the main
| server is now being turned off as the company wants to sell downloads with a
| new type of DRM. How odd that the old system was marketed as PlaysForSure.

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