Satya Nadella's message to the Microsoft troops yesterday underlines the way consumerization has changed computing already: To Microsoft, everyone is now a "dual user" who uses technology for work and play. That's two chances to lose a customer if Microsoft products don't delight them.
The comments by a Microsoft engineer regarding the company dropping plans to allow for Xbox One consoles to be used for game development were "inaccurate," a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon today.
"The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solutions for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share more details at a later date," said the Microsoft representative.
Microsoft has joined what began as a Linux Foundation effort to create an open platform for the Internet of Things. It's a move that may be a telling sign regarding Microsoft's plans for home automation, and even for the Xbox.
The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium that promotes Linux adoption, late last year announced the creation of the AllSeen Alliance to promote an open source code framework to enable devices to discover one another and then connect and interact.
You may want to dial back your expectations for Microsoft's oft-rumored smartwatch. According to sources speaking to the historically well-informed Paul Thurrott, the wearable isn't intended as a watch -- it's a Gear Fit-style health tracker that happens to deliver phone notifications and timekeeping. The tipsters also back earlier rumors, suggesting that there will be a host of fitness sensors along with support for Android, iOS and (naturally) Windows Phone.
On Friday, Microsoft told security notification subscribers that the service would halt operations on July 1.
From the email:
As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following:
Security bulletin advance notifications
Security bulletin summaries
New security advisories and bulletins
Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins