A year ago
, Microsoft was crucified in the press for the PR fiasco of the Xbox One
, with rival Sony winning thunderous applause
for its PS4 by simply maintaining the status quo
But after doing a
360 180 on its hated policies
, Redmond is attempting to close the gap with the most valuable package deal since The Orange Box
A remarkable feat of engineering, Halo: The Master Chief Collection
will feature on a single disc the complete HD-remastered campaigns
of Halos 1-4 alongside Ridley Scott's Nightfall
, the Halo 5 beta
, and the holy grail of Xbox gaming: every last one of the series' 100+ multiplayer maps
in a single unified matchmaking system incorporating the original engines, gameplay mechanics, and idiosyncrasies of each
Ten years after Halo 2 (and four years after MS shut the taps
), IGN suspects a plan by 343 to rekindle
) Bungie's magic for an uncertain Halo 5, while Eurogamer welcomes the return of what it calls online FPS's peak
. [More reaction: NeoGAF - Ars Technica - Reddit]
Bungie, meanwhile, stood with Sony to showcase its upcoming Destiny
, the vaunted space epic
that will beta this summer
before facing its revamped forerunners later this year. More E3 coverage: Microsoft
) - Sony
) - Nintendo (airing noon EST) - SW: Battlefront - AC: Unity - MGS5: The Phantom Pain - Evolve - No Man's Sky - The Order: 1886 - Sunset Overdrive - Grim Fandango - Bloodborne - Arkham Knight - Scalebound - Mortal Kombat X - The Division - LittleBigPlanet 3 - Inside - Uncharted 4 - Crackdown
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 10, 2014 -
is a search engine that displays results as images of web pages.
posted by xod
on Jun 19, 2008 -
uses cutting-edge technology to identify topics you might be interested in based on your browsing history, public records, health records, email activity, legal filings, and web profiles.
posted by dhammond
on Feb 23, 2008 -
Yahoo! Australia introduces a new search engine
that uses OpenSearch and pretty little AJAX tricks to integrate results from Flickr, Wikpedia, YouTube (and so on). You can customize the layout, and even add your own search sources. It’s called Alpha, it’s currently in Beta, and aims to get through the rest of the Greek alphabet by June. (Via podlob
posted by Milkman Dan
on Apr 10, 2007 -
Microsoft has unleashed their internet search engine
to the world. It currently isn't working, at least for me. Is it wrong of me to wish it stays that way?
posted by ashbury
on Nov 11, 2004 -
Microsoft is giving away a nifty piece of software.
It's the beta of Expressions 3 by Creature House, something I used to use back in my Mac days but hadn't heard anything about in a long time. Apparently MS bought Creature House last year. I downloaded it (after filling out a somewhat arduous survey/profile thingy) and think it a nice drawing program. Both Mac and Win versions are posted.
posted by bz
on Jun 9, 2004 -
Google continues march towards world domination with Google News.
"Google's News Search (BETA) service presents information culled from many of the world's news sources collected over the previous week. With continuous updates throughout the day, you'll keep up to date with what's happening now and learn about the stories that led to the most recent developments." Now there's no excuse for posting a CNN link.
posted by darukaru
on Mar 15, 2002 -
Do consumers deserve protection when software companies sell bad or untested code? Is checking for a patch the first thing you do after you install new software? Aren't you tired of being a member of Microsoft's largest beta testing group...the consumer? Read this article and add your opinion to the poll.
posted by Spanktacular
on May 16, 2001 -
Another Diablo II beta
sign-up is this monday. This time they will be taking 100,000 users so maybe everyone will have a slightly better chance of getting selected. (I doubt it)
posted by corpse
on Apr 29, 2000 -
is now out, and it fully integrates with ICQ
. I just installed it, and it imported a bit too much. All the ICQ users on my ignore list showed up in Odigo, and my renamed friends showed up as their original ICQ names. The status indicators seem to be broken too, but it's beta so I guess that's alright. Of course, nobody uses it, so I don't see any other people when I'm surfing even the most popular sites, but if everyone starts using this new release, perhaps that will change.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 24, 2000 -
is an interesting resource. It keeps track of beta releases.
I love the beta testing. I wear my Dr. Solomon's shirt all the time. :)
posted by tdecius
on Oct 6, 1999 -