At last, the software giant Microsoft has confirmed that the internet connectivity option of its gaming consoles Xbox One and Xbox 360 are facing outages due to attacks from hackers. Earlier it was believed that Xbox Live was the only gaming console that offered total protection from hackers. Microsoft had been strongly defending its claims about the higher-level security features of Xbox Live when the networks of rival gaming consoles were hacked. In the last few months, many issues were reported with Sony’s PlayStation Networks and League of Legends. But at last, it seems that the tech giant has no option but to admit the vulnerability with Xbox Live network.
Xbox Live party chat is affected in the mess
According to Microsoft live chat support desk, the hacking has impacted the functioning of Xbox Live party chat service. The party chat literally appears to be non-functional with certain games. Fortunately, the experts at Microsoft have managed to identify the hackers who have caused the outage. In a recent blog post, the Microsoft live chat support desk has listed down Lizard Squad as the main hacker group behind the attacks.
Microsoft sends apologies to the users
The Redmond based software developer has extended deep apologies for the outage issue. In an update posted in the Xbox Live server status site, the company has assured users that their concerns would be addressed immediately. The company sent its apologies to both Xbox one users as well as Xbox 360 users. It said that the experts were working out various solutions to address the issue ASAP. The update states that users will be notified when a solution is developed. The tech giant has also requested the customers to stay patient until the issue is solved.
Meanwhile, popular tech journals reported that the network outage issue with popular gaming consoles such as Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation Networks, League of Legends, etc were caused by DDoS attacks. Experts report that the newly identified hackers such as Lizard Squad are well equipped with tools, intelligence, and capital to cause bigger threats to even the most secured platforms.
Microsoft’s efforts to tackle down hackers and their efforts to attack its gaming consoles must be appreciated. However, the efforts would yield more fruits if it attempts to co-operate with other gaming companies in finding a better solution rather than trying to address all the issues on its own.
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Microsoft has recently announced that their Windows Live Messenger program will be discontinued from 31 Oct, after serving for a period of 15 years. This service remains in use only in China, where the final switch off will take place. It was discontinued in the other markets in the year 2013 after Microsoft bought Skype, aiming to switch the users over to that platform. The tech website Mashable reported that the Chinese Windows Live users got email messages from Microsoft on Thursday informing them of the closure. These email messages told the users that they would get free Skype credit when they migrated to the new service. This was confirmed after contact the Microsoft chat support team.
The Microsoft app had as many as 300 million users in the year 2010. When this service was down to about 100 million in the year 2012, Microsoft announced that they would merge its remnants with Skype that boasted an active user base of more than 600 million users. Tech Times reported that the move to kill MSN Messenger in China was prompted by the increasing popularity of their opponent chat service QQ that is run by the local giant Tencent Holdings.
During the lifetime of the software, Microsoft added more features to the service like custom emoticons, and games like Tick-tack-toe and Minesweeper that could be played between the users. There is also a super annoying nudge function that would shake a friend’s chat window to grab their attention.
Microsoft bought Skype and Windows Live was discontinued for most of the world’s users following this acquisition. Before five years, Windows Live had 330 million users, but the user base of the program fell, as Skype became the go-to chat program. The program still had more than 300 million users in the year 2012. When the program was released, it had a number of features like games, video calls; photo delivery and many other features. The program did not reach China until the year 2005, and it faced challenges from the QQ messenger and some of the other rival domestic chat services.
If you wish to know more on this news, you can contact the Microsoft chat support team. They will be able to provide you more information on the news. You can also refer to the official Microsoft website and blog to know more on the news.
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Microsoft announced recently that the Twitch app has been monumental in improving the usage of their latest game console, the Xbox One. Xbox One reaches almost six months into operation but it is only recently has the usage of the console has sky rocketed.
On March 11, the Twitch app had been updated, which also improved its support for the latest gameplay streaming. Delighted with their increased usage over the past few months, Microsoft boasted that ever since the launch of the Twitch app, almost 23 million minutes have been broadcasted from twitch on the gaming console. Not surprisingly, Microsoft was able to pull almost 2.7 million minutes worth of broadcast on the launch date itself. This was the highest for any Twitch console app on its first day. If you want to know more information about Twitch and how it is better in Xbox than any other gaming console, you may contact our Microsoft chat support.
Reportedly, 30 percent of all unique Twitch broadcasters were employing its services through the popular console by the end of the first day itself. With more than 108,000 users through Microsoft’s Xbox One within the first week after its launch, this unique count just showed how popular the app had become on the gaming console. 108000 users amount to almost 22 percent of the total unique broadcaster count in Twitch, all coming out of Xbox One. Not surprisingly, creators of the popular console also took a swipe at their archrival Sony’s PlayStation 4. Claiming that it took other gaming consoles over a month to achieve what the Twitch app had achieved on the Xbox One over the span of just
one week; Microsoft sure seemed to gloat about it. Nevertheless, one should not forget that the Twitch streaming for Xbox One took almost four months to reach the public after the release of the gaming console, whereas, on Sony’s PS4, it was released on the same day.
On Microsoft’s Xbox One, the average broadcast time through Twitch stays for about 28 minutes. In their announcement, the software also revealed that most Xbox Live members spend close to five hours “exploring apps, playing games and watching TV on Xbox One.” Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox One received a lot of flak initially when it was released due to the permanently on Kinect on board by default. However, due to mass public outrage, Microsoft gave in and decided to make the console available without it and that too at a cheaper price.
Over the time, Xbox One is now selling strongly, albeit at a slower pace than PlayStation 4. To know all the latest features in Xbox One and why it’s the best gaming console ever, you may contact our Microsoft chat support team.
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Microsoft launched Xbox One as a successor to the hugely successful Xbox 360 gaming console. The company included several sophisticated options in the device in a bid to make the console an out of the box one. According to the technicians available at the Microsoft chat and support team, the sales of Xbox One has surpassed even that of its predecessor, thereby making it the numero uno in the field of gaming consoles.
But what exactly are the high-end features of Xbox One? Let’s find it out here.
Control using voice commands
One of the top-end features of Xbox One is that you can control the console even using voice commands. The Xbox One users can start playing a game or watch their favorite TV shows, change the channels all by using voice commands.
Another exquisite feature of Xbox One is that you can switch to television at any time you want and that too straight from a game. Meanwhile, you would also keep getting Xbox notifications.
Eliminate splitscreen seat-switching
The Xbox One console can configure the sides of a splitscreen game based on the position of the players in the room. There is an advanced IR sensor in the top of the gaming console, which along with the Kinect senses it. In short, the gamers don’t need to switch seats anymore.
Automatic installation of updates
According to the Microsoft chat and support team, another useful feature of Xbox One is that you wouldn’t require worrying about the installation of the updates anymore. All you need is an internet connection and all the updates will get automatically updated into your console.
Xbox One Cloud
Microsoft has also introduced Xbox One cloud storage option to enable the users to store their information securely in the console. The Microsoft server for Xbox One gives developers the ability to take the system’s specs to a cloud-like level.
Record your achievements
The gaming console also has a digital video recorder that can capture upto 5 minutes of gameplay. The Upload Studio can turn your gameplay footage on Xbox One into a file, which you can easily share with other gamers.
Connect with Xbox Live community
The Xbox One users can download the Xbox SmartGlass app that can enable you to check your achievements and game progress as well as get game help and hints.
These are some of the exquisite features of Xbox One that makes the gaming console a top notch one as compared to others in the market.
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Microsoft has announced that they are about to pull the plugs of Windows Live Messenger from October 31. This Microsoft chat client has been running for over 15 years and it is about time to stop its services. However, this is still running in China, where it will continue to run until the final switch off takes place.
Windows Live Messenger was discontinued back in the year 2013 soon after Microsoft purchased Skype. This was aimed at moving users to the other platform, which had better features. Reports from Tech website Mashable, says that the users in China received an email on Thursday informing that the services were about to end very soon. They also informed the planned date for closure.
The email also informed the users about the free credit they would get when they migrate to the latest services with Skype. It is good that people have been informed about the closure of the services, so that people can plan better.
The service is designed in such a way that it complements with other instant messaging services as well. MSN messenger program launched in the year 1999 had almost three hundred million users, according to the recent research in the year 2012 before the first taking the first step to pull the plugs for this Microsoft chat client.
Microsoft announced that the users of the Windows Live Messenger would be merged with Skype. When this happened, Skype had a user base of more than 600 million, while Windows Live Messenger had more than 100 million users.
There were reports that the plan to kill the Live messenger was mainly due to the growing popularity of QQ chat services that is run by Tencent Holdings, the local tech giants in China. QQ chat provides different services to the customers, some of which are music, shopping, online social games, group chat, voice chat and many more. The user base is very high for QQ chat services, which was also incepted in the year 1999.
Microsoft had included many features during the lifetime of the software. Some of the features included are emoticons, games like Tick-tack-toe and Minesweeper. The best thing about these games is that two players can play the game competing against each other. One of the best features in this application is the nudge function, used to grab the attention of the users on the other end.
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