Microsoft taking pricing advice from Sony

While on my lunch break today I decided to visit EB Games just to check out what's new what coming etc…

During my browsing however I noticed something that both shocked and confused me. An upcoming game for Xbox 360 which the whole community has been waiting for patiently since the Xbox launched had finally made its way to the "Coming Soon" section.

My Excitement however was soon extinguished when I noticed the price of this new game (Gears of War). A whopping $199.00, that’s almost a 3rd of the original console price!

Now I understand some games are better than others and that there are developers locked away in dungeons in the remote corners of our planet coming up with better graphics, stories and AI. Hell I'm a developer myself I even have an understanding of the pain they go through with changing requirements, but I can't see this justifying a near $200 price point.

After a little more pondering I figured it out Microsoft having such a mass of products all due to release in the next few of months including (Vista and Office 2007) have out sourced the pricing of their games to Sony. If this isn’t the case then they may very well become a victim of their own marketing department, with the war of the consoles about to hit fever pitch with the release of PS3 and WII I can see a lot of parents shunning both Microsoft and Sony for the cheaper alternative Nintendo.

As for me I think I'm going to have to wait for either a price drop or and pre-owned copy before I get my hands on this one [:(]


I'm happy to announce that the price I quoted Above AU$200 is incorrect after making this post I checked another EB games and found that the RRP price is AU$119. Thanks to all who responded with updates to the price looks like I'll be able to enjoy Gears Of War in all it's glory on "Emergence Day" [:D]

Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh is here

Jump for joy, Sing Praises, dance around in a circle or whatever you do when your celebrating.

Finally Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh has arrived. This release is said to fix some 600 bugs from beta 2 and with any luck will put MS on the path for a Late 2006 release date.

If you want to get your hands on this update head over to the Microsoft Download Centre.

As for me I'm off to install an update I'll keep you all posted on how it goes


Keeping the Irwin dream alive

As we all know 2 great Aussies passed away last week. Although I can't confess to knowing either of their careers intimately, I can say that  I now have a much better view of Steve Irwin after watching the tribute to his life and the wildlife conservation work that he was so passionate about.

With these thoughts in my mind this morning my colleagues and I came in direct contact with the wildlife that Steve fought to protect.

While setting up my laptop this morning I noticed a small pile of droppings on my desk, my first impression was that a possum had come to visit and left me a little present, to my surprise I was right! not only had a possum come to visit but had settled down for the night in the office.

Of course we promptly called the ranger in an effort to get the little guy back out to the wild as soon as possible (the longer he stayed the more likely he was to get hassled by the rest of his family for computer advice when he returned home and we all know how annoying that is :o)

Finally the Ranger arrived and amidst a quick dash into our boardroom managed to safely capture him for release back to the wild.

I have to admit I didn't manage to get many photos of our little visitor but I hear he may be back for some contract work in the future so I'll keep you posted :o)

Sony’s last ditch effort at stealing market share from Microsoft

As you may or may not know I enjoy a spot of gaming every now and then, my console of choice of course is an Xbox or an Xbox 360.  I also make a point of picking up the Official Xbox 360 magazine each month to keep up to date on what is available in the world of gaming.

Today however when I picked up the latest copy of OXM I was met with a  strange sight


Now to the untrained eye this image may look harmless enough but if you look closely you'll see that this magazine actually has a pretty major blemish. The disc that has been included with the XBOX360 magazine is in fact a Playstation 2 disc, and top that off its last month’s disc. By the time I noticed this I was already out of the shop and on my way back to the office to enjoy my lunch. So obviously I turned around and headed straight back to the newsagency where this atrocity occurred to try and sort things out.

Obviously the Newsagent was as perplexed as I was at the situation and informed me that as the magazines came sealed they preferred not to tamper with them less they get the accusing finger. As yet I had not broken the seal on my magazine for fear they they may not refund me for the stuff up, but I took the dive to see how deep the Sony corruption actually ran. To my relief the actual disc included with the magazine was the Xbox360 disc.

I'm not exactly sure how something like this happens but with the latest bombshell drop from Sony regarding the push back of the release date of the PS3 in PAL regions. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a last ditch effort to steal back some of their ever dwindling repore with the PAL based gaming community. Or perhaps OXM thought with all the hardcore Sony bunnies out there jumping ship, it may make them feel a little more comfortable to see a familiar logo during their transition.


MOSSIG on the Move!

The next MOSSIG meeting is fast approaching and this moth is set to be a ripper.

With TechEd 2006 all wrapped up all that’s left now is to try and process the information that presented.

Tim Wragg will spend some time going through the highlights and lowlights of TechEd. Also this month I'll be showing off some of the features around designing and deploying InfoPath forms for both the rich client and the web browser, I actually presented this session while at TechEd this year so the content is hot off the press! We also have Marc Dimmick taking us through some real world scenarios where Groove rules supreme.

Finally MOSSIG has moved locations for this month as our usual room is unavailable, we will be meeting a the CITC (LVL1 257 Collins St Melbourne) 6pm.

Registration: Email Ed Richard