Microsoft Names Longtime Technology Entrepreneur Blake Krikorian Corporate Vice President in Its Interactive Entertainment

  Microsoft Names Longtime Technology Entrepreneur Blake Krikorian Corporate
           Vice President in Its Interactive Entertainment Business

Proven innovator and leader in media and technology brings strong
entertainment background to Xbox team.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 10, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
the appointment of Blake Krikorian as corporate vice president for its
Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB). Krikorian will report to Marc
Whitten, chief product officer for IEB. This announcement follows the
acquisition of Krikorian's company, id8 Group R2 Studios (R2 Studios).

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"We are thrilled to have Blake join the Xbox team," Whitten said. "He's a
proven innovator and well-respected leader in both the media and technology
industries, having created simple, elegant products that have transformed the
way people engage with and consume content. We look forward to his
contribution to our team as Xbox continues to evolve and transform the games
and entertainment landscape."

"I am excited to join Microsoft and be a part of the Xbox team. As a 10-year
Xbox LIVE subscriber, I have seen firsthand how Xbox has delighted us by
reinventing how consumers experience games and entertainment," Krikorian said.
"I look forward to helping the team define the future of entertainment and
contribute to the next decade of continued innovation."

Krikorian most recently founded R2 Studios. Before that he served as the
co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media Inc., inventors of the Emmy^®
award-winning Slingbox^®, which is now owned by EchoStar Corp. Krikorian
served on the board of Amazon.com Inc. and also co-founded the Philips Mobile
Computing Group where he co-led the team that created the award-winning Velo 1
handheld PC running Windows CE. He has received numerous lifetime achievement
awards including the Lifetime Technology Leadership Award from Broadcasting &
Cable, as well as the TechFellow Award for Disruptive Innovation from
TechCrunch, Founders Fund and NEA.

About Xbox

Xbox is Microsoft's premier entertainment service for the TV, phone, PC and
tablet. It's home to the best and broadest games, as well as one of the
world's largest libraries of music, movies, TV and sports. With Kinect, Xbox
360 transformed gaming and entertainment in the living room with a whole new
way to play games and find entertainment — no controller required. More
information about Xbox can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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