I don’t know what it is. The colors (shades of silver, grey) or that it’s matte instead of shiny or something else but I find the new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with the new transforming D-Pad incredible looking.
CNN ran a story last week calling Microsoft a “dying consumer brand”. No way. With products like Windows 7 that have been on the market for the last year and Windows Phone 7 and Kinect hitting the market soon – I of course have to disagree. But my opinion is pretty biased. Frank Shaw, however, has started up a new hashtag on Twitter called #notdeadyet with a series of tweets highlighting some pretty eye-opening numbers regarding Microsoft. Here are some of what’s been highlighted:
- More than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 sold – fastest selling OS in history.
- 1 billion “entertainment hours” spent on Xbox Live each month – see more interesting Xbox stats from Major Nelson.
- Microsoft had a 51% jump in profit for Q1 FY 2011.
- For the 4th month in a row, Xbox 360 is top selling game console.
- Halo Reach had $200 million in sales in U.S. and Europe in first 24 hours – biggest Microsoft game in history.
And of course in September we also released the new version of Windows Live Essentials which includes new versions of Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mesh (previously Sync), and Family Safety. Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 here. Here are some interesting data tidbits about Windows Live my pal Dharmesh published in a blog post last week:
- 300 million active Messenger users.
- Mesh is syncing over 500 terabytes of data between PCs (wow!).
- 360 million active Hotmail users.
- Hotmail delivers 8 billion email messages daily.
Over the summer, we also released Office Web Apps where you can edit and create Microsoft Office documents, PowerPoint presentations, and spreadsheets online through Windows Live!
And in September we also launched the beta of Internet Explorer 9. As of this week, the IE9 Beta has been downloaded 10 million times making it the fastest adopted browser beta. If you haven’t already, you can download the IE9 Beta here.
I also highly recommend reading Frank Shaw’s blog post on the official Microsoft Blog from June called Microsoft by the numbers for further perspective.
Microsoft is not dead yet.
UPDATED 7/13/11: Some of the below has changed so I thought I’d update it and then pass the question along to folks again and see what kind of responses I get!
Perhaps you can help me out and determining something: am I a geek or am I a nerd (or both). Quite often, I have people call me a geek. Equally as often, I have people calling me a nerd too. And it seems that both hold slightly different meanings in society today – although I’ve yet to really figure out exactly how.
Here are a few characteristics of mine to help answer this question:
- I love to build my own PCs (desktop PCs not laptops of course!).
- I love to blog (duh?).
- I hate math.
- I used to draw and paint a lot as a kid. As I grew older, I did less drawing and painting and got into writing stories and eventually movie screenplays/scripts that my friend and I were shoot (high school).
- I am reverse engineering the theme on my blog from scratch – barrowing code from the default WordPress theme to make things work. As you can tell – it’s a work-in-progress.
- I love doing things to make people laugh. Ask my co-workers. Sometimes I do so at inconvenient times.
- I do have a blunt sense of humor.
- I am a huge Star Trek fan – mostly Star Trek: The Next Generation and on (and 2009 Star Trek movie).
- I own many Star Trek “technical manuals” and can tell you where Captain Picard’s quarters are on the Enterprise-D.
- I randomly quote movie lines from such classics as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and *many* others.
- I like listening to music soundtracks – e.g. The Dark Knight soundtrack is one of my favorites, so is Tron: Legacy.
- I recently pulled up to a stop light next to a car with 2 nice looking women blasting the E.T. theme. Yes – I smiled and waved.
I recently discovered I could almost sing the entire song “Can you feel the love tonight” from The Lion King from memory.Why am I admitting this?
- I dislike most Disney movies except for The Lion King and the Toy Story Trilogy. They better make a 4th Toy Story.
- My music tastes are very eccentric – my favorite band is The Beatles, but have a huge 80’s music collection (remember the song “The Flame” by Cheap Trick?) and like a lot of the modern rock of today (Weezer, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Ear World, Linkin Park are some of my favorites to name a few.). Check out my Zune profile to see what I’ve listened to recently.
- I enjoy going on long walks while listening to my music or long drives.
- I love photography and taking photos. I like taking photos of landscapes and scenery. While I like taking photos I hate being in them and finding a good photo of me in it is, well, pretty rare.
- I collect these “mini-figures” called Minimates from Diamond Select Toys. No they aren’t “LEGO people”. They are better!
- Over the last 2 years, I’ve really gotten into Batman comics (Bruce Wayne returns!). Dick Grayson has grown on me as Batman and I’m disappointed he won’t remain as Batman when DC Comics re-launches all their comic titles this fall.
- New software releases excite me.
- My favorite animal is the Velociraptor. Oh sure, they are extinct now. But they were a real animal at one point!
- Cats despise me.
- I try to be a gamer. My Gamerscore on Xbox LIVE is
10201470 and it has taken me a while to get there. I tend to lean toward playing classic games like Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc. available as an Arcade game title on the Xbox LIVE Game Marketplace. Yet I spent $149.99 on the Halo Reach Legendary Edition. UPDATE – Improvement in my Gamerscore is due to Kinect Sports and bowling. I rock at that.
- I like reading “Making of…” books on movies that show production art and talk about the making of the movie. In a different life I would have loved to have been a director/producer/production designer for movies. I just love this stuff.
- I love sushi. I eat too much of it.
- I did not like Avatar. Effects were good but the storyline was boring and felt ripped off from Fern Gully: The Last Rain Forrest.
- While I did not like Avatar, I HATED Transformers 3. Worst. Movie. Ever.
- I’m not a fan of 3D. Love HD though!
- I love Family Guy. I equally love American Dad.
- I really enjoy Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson is a hoot. Those guys get themselves into crazy situations doing messed up things with cars and its hilarious. They’ve had me laughing so hard I was crying (such as when Jeremy capsized his Toyboata).
Getting intoI love Fringe. I jumped in at end of Season 2. Enjoying the “over there” storyline. UPDATE: I loved everything about Season 3 and can’t wait for Season 4 this fall.
- I heavily support manned spaceflight and believe we should return to the moon and look at going to Mars (I hope to see us reach Mars in my lifetime however recent events have casted doubt this will be achievable).
- I like to bowl. I am quite good at bowling on Kinect Sports and like to of course bowl outside my living room in a real bowling alley too.
- I love movies about history or historical events or people (e.g. The Aviator, Tombstone, etc.).
- I also find myself “socially backward” in that I’m not very good at “socializing”. I tend to be shy.
- I don’t like large groups/crowds.
So am I a geek or a nerd? Would love to hear what people think! No – dork is not one of the options.
I can’t wait. Ghostbusters: The Game hits this Tuesday. I bought a Reservation Card from Target to ensure I get a copy Tuesday – and I also apparently get a $5 Target Gift Card too!
This game is going to be amazing!