Microsoft's new Xbox One S isn't just the premier video game console. It also offers an elegant solution for living room entertainment, providing access to many popular services and capabilities.
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Here's a quick follow-up to my previous "Woku" articles. At this point, I can make two generalizations: While workable, the PC is still uneasy in the living room. And this didn't qualify as a BYOPC project.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
I'm tired of waiting for Microsoft to make what I think of as a "Woku," a Windows-based Roku-type device that I can use inexpensively and elegantly access my Windows 10-based media apps and services. So let's build one for ourselves.
Here's a tip for Windows 10 users: Microsoft is offering deals on apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music in the Windows Store tied to the July 29 anniversary of the initial Windows 10 release.
Tech tidbits from around the web: watch the new Star Wars movie with BB-8, Google Calendar gets reminders on the web, Google updates its Play logos, and NeXT's Avie Tevanian pops up again.
I'm flying home from Seattle today, so here are a few tidbits from around the web: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to Microsoft Movies & TV on April 1, Samsung SSD hits 15 TB, Amazon is shipping two new Echo devices.
Microsoft originally planned to ship two Xbox One consoles, one for gaming, and one for living room-based entertainment. But in dropping the latter device, the software giant has missed out on a huge opportunity. And I think it's time to revisit the notion of a much less expensive Xbox One.
Here are some more tidbits from around the Internets today: Cortana to float, big update for Groove on Windows 10 Mobile, Wal-Mart mobile payments, Tim Cook disses Chromebook.
Choosing a living room set top box can be trying for the Microsoft technology fan, and each of the best devices comes with its own set of pros and cons.
What if you rent a movie from Microsoft's Movies & TV service on your Windows 10-based PC and want to watch it on the Xbox One instead? Is that possible?
What else is happening today? Microsoft Movies & TV picks up SRT subtitle support, Google engineer takes on shoddy USB-C cables, Google Maps on iOS, more.
Until Microsoft makes its own set-top box or supports Groove and Movies & TV with apps for established solution, your options in the living room are limited
I'm heading to Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event. Here's what (else) is happening today, including some thoughts about getting Groove in the living room.
I received some interesting advice several months back: Instead of just using the services that come with Windows, we should use services that work better.