SkyDrive Xbox 360 App; Windows Phone 8 Portico OTA Update Live Now!; Official References to Office 2013 for iOS Leaked; TFS2012 MP; EF6 Alpha 2

Following last month's, revealtion that SkyDrive usage had doubled in the last 6 months, Microsoft has now released a new SkyDrive app for Xbox 360--"making the content available only a click away, on the web, your PC, your phone, or even on your big screen TV.""SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 connects the cloud to your […]

Following last month's, revealtion that SkyDrive usage had doubled in the last 6 months, Microsoft has now released a new SkyDrive app for Xbox 360--"making the content available only a click away, on the web, your PC, your phone, or even on your big screen TV."

skydrive app for xbox 360

"SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 connects the cloud to your Xbox and TV: every photo, video, movie, and other file you put in SkyDrive from Windows or the web will be available on your Xbox-connected TV," the company stated.

Plus, the Xbox SkyDrive app "supports Kinect voice controls and gestures as well as remote and controller input." This means "you can view a slide show of your SkyDrive photos just by talking to your Xbox," Microsoft added.

In addition, Windows Phone is also now connected to Xbox and every photo you snap can be available on your TV automatically.

Here's how to get up and running with the SkyDrive app on your Xbox:

  • "Turn on your TV and your Xbox
  • Go to Apps, and then select Browse Apps
  • In the Social category, select SkyDrive."

Check this video that gives a quick peek at the SkyDrive Xbox 360 app:

Microsoft has also released the first over-the-air (OTA) update dubbed "Portico" to the HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

The update ups the build number to 10211 and most likely fixes bugs related to the rebooting issue as well as the "keep WiFi alive" feature. Also, the report suggests that this Portico update brings along with features such as "SMS Call Reject, SMS Drafts and SMS Select all."

"The update took about 10 minutes to download and for the device to prepare the OS update. Once we agreed to the update, the device reset itself and launched into a "moving gears" mode whereby the OS was clearly patching itself. That process took another 10 minutes or so at which point the OS reset and reloaded. Once there, the OS did a migration of our data (in four steps). That process took another 5 minutes or so, at which point we were brought to the full newly updated OS," the report stated.

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In other Microsoft product news, the company which was until now tight-lipped on the Office 2013 for iOS thing, today, appears to have spilled the bins as comapnies Romanian version of the Office 2013 help site have referenced devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Also, references are popping up in Microsoft's support pages to Office Mobile apps for the iPad:

microsoft romanian version of office 2013 reference office for iosoffice mobile apps for ipad reference pops up on microsoft support page

In addition, ZDNet is reporting that, Bill Koefoed, Chief Financial Officer of the Skype unit at Microsoft, speaking at the December 4 NAS DAQ OMX Investor Program, reponded to a queestion about how Microsoft is thinking time- and unit-continuum-wise about moving Office to the iPad stated,

"There are some of the Office services that are available on the iPad. We have OneNote available on the iPad. I know we have Lync available on the iPad. And so as you look, we obviously think that Office is a differentiator on the Surface and you should obviously watch the Office momentum that we have with the Office 2013 release, and they'll have more to say on the products and how it lights up the different devices." (emphasis added)

Office Mobile is expected to launch sometime next year.

The Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server Monitoring Management Pack for monitoring TFS with System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 or 2012 is now available.

Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2012 Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012. It monitors TFS components such as application tier server instances, team project collections, build servers, and proxy servers.

Feature include:

  • Auto discovery of TFS components
  • Implements containment hierarchy, reflecting logical architecture of the Product
  • Implements a proper health model using Monitors
  • Contains tasks, diagnostic and recovery for certain failures
  • Provides events that indicate service outages
  • Provides alerts that show configuration issues and connected data source changes
  • Verification that all dependent services are running

Download TFS 2012 Monitoring Management Pack here.

Microsoft also released Entity Framework 6 (EF6) Alpha 2 on NuGet. Here are some of the features:

  • "Task-based async - Allowing EF to take advantage of .NET 4.5. async support with async queries, updates, etc.
  • Stored Procedures & Functions in Code First - Allow mapping to stored procs and database functions using the Code First APIs.
  • Custom Code First conventions - Allowing custom conventions to be written and registered with Code First."