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He's heading to Sonos

Microsoft is saying goodbye to yet another executive.

According to Xbox Wire, Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten is leaving the company after joining the Xbox team in 2000. He's reportedly moving on to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos.

“I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community,” said Whitten. “Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”


Marc Whitten [SOURCE: attackofthefanboy.com]

Whitten's team will now report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president responsible for the teams that build software platforms and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. 
 
Back in January, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group Blair Westlake resigned after a decade spent with the company. He reportedly left because of the latest restructuring efforts.
 
Many other executives outside of Xbox have resigned or have been reassigned new roles in recent months. Just recently, Tony Bates and Tami Reller left Microsoft. Bates was the former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development and Reller was the co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit. 

Source: Xbox Wire



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RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 7:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
I might just get a pair of PS3's just so the kids can use them as Netflix and Video streamers and for some games. Lots of life left in the previous generation.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 8:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
It works pretty good for my purposes. The Netflix app is pretty good and it's got plenty of power for full HD streaming.

I also use it as a DLNA box with Plex and PS3 Media Server. I pirate tons of stuff :P

The YouTube app also supports the "Send to TV" feature, so I can queue up stuff from my smartphone or tablet.

I'm glad I went with the PS3 over a Roku or whatever, but to each his own.


RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 9:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ive gone through a ton of media streamers they tend to be underpowered and always a codec or feature short. Bios support generally lacking or non existent as well. Roku is about the best out there but not for home content streaming. DLNA is really limited even on some devices they can play the files locally but cant stream the same format from a remote device.

PS3 would be a much better purchase like bringing a tank to a knife fight. You can pick them up cheap now even from places like CowBoom. Got to agree with http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

VIPTV.Net is also good.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 10:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was at one point pretty interested in the Boxie Box, but it seems just rife with issues.

Yeah PS3 Media Server is my go-to kit. It's not once failed me at transcoding a format.

Plus it can bitstream DTS, which is key for me. Because (god I hope nobody from Sony reads this) the PS3 has a delightful flaw. When bitstreaming DTS, it bypasses Cinavia checks :)


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