Xbox LIVE Account Region Migration Now Available; New HelpBridg Mobile App

Xbox LIVE region migration now available lets you move your account with gamerscore, unlocked achievements, Microsoft Points, and remaining time on Gold membership. HelpBridge app for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS, enables people to get support as well as enable offering resources to support relief efforts during natural diasters. Microsoft Office 2013 for $9.95--signs exFAT licensing with BMW.

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Xbox LIVE Account Region Migration is now available as on January 16, allowing users of who have to a different region, taking their Xbox LIVE account.

Xbox LIVE Account Region Migration

The migration process also let you take along "gamerscore, unlocked achievements, any Microsoft Points already in your account and any remaining time on your Gold membership" to the new moved region, Microsoft said.

For more detailed information on the process as well as restrictions, read this support document, and then hit this page on Xbox.com to get started.

In other Microsoft news, the company today launched a new mobile application for Windows Phone, Android and iOS called HelpBridge that help you connect with the people that matter to you most during a large-scale natural disaster.

"The app also enables you to give money, time and resources to support relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of a disaster," Microsoft said. "They can also find out what goods and resources relief agencies on the ground need -- making sure they send items such as tents, gloves, and pet food to the right places."

Finally, "HelpBridge lists real-time volunteering opportunities posted by relief agencies, enabling users to directly or indirectly support relief efforts with their time," the company adds.

HelpBridge is available now as a free download on Windows Phone, Android and iOS.

Microsoft and BMW have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives BMW broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). "BMW will utilize exFAT technology to enhance the digital entertainment offerings in its line of automobiles," Microsoft stated in a press release announcing the agreement.

Microsoft is yet to announce the launch date of the new Office 2013, even though the company has added its new productivity suite to the Home Use Program, allowing "eligible customers to buy it for only $9.95."

Microsoft offers the HUP to volume license customers who've a Software Assurance subscription and allows these customers to purchase and run the latest version of Office on their home computer at a cheaper cost. The offer includes Office Professional Plus 2013.

The Home & Student 2013 would be priced at $139 and Home & Business 2013 costs $219, while Office Standard 2013 will be priced at $369 and Office Professional Plus 2013 would cost $499, i.e. according to a slide that Microsoft shared with some of its partners this week listing the prices for some of the "hero" Office 365 and Office 2013 SKUs.

Microsoft Slide: Office 365 and Office 2013 SKU Pricing

"Everything that is labeled as an Office 365 SKU will be priced on a subscription basis. The SKUs listed along the bottom are non-subscription, buy-once/install-on-a-single-device prices," writes ZDNet's MJFoley.

The slide above isn't an exhaustive list of the upcoming Office 2013/Office 365 SKUs that include:

  • Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT
  • Microsoft Office Personal 2013 (available in Japan only)
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2013
  • Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2013
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (for volume licensees only)
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2013 (for volume licensees only)

Finally, the company has also posted a new white paper dubbed Conor vs. Azure Architecture, that covers some of the "how to think about Windows Azure SQL Database architecture" learning "we have had while working with customers making transitions to the cloud from existing, on-premise SQL Server solutions," Microsoft said.

Grab the whitepaper Conor vs. Azure Architecture.