Microsoft orders another website to remove "Xbox 720" document

This weekend, an old but still confidential document from Microsoft was posted on the Scribd website. The presentation showed Microsoft's plans for the future of its Xbox game console business. The document was quickly taken down, thanks to Microsoft's lawyers, but not before it was picked up by pretty much every tech and gaming website there is. Now, yet another website has been ordered to remove a full copy of the two year old presentation.

Eurogamer.net reports that the Czech Republic-based technology site Ihned.cz was also given a formal takedown order by Microsoft's lawyers after it posted the document on the site, although some of its slides are still available for viewing. The (translated) message from the site says, "According to the legal department at Microsoft we're violating the copyright of the publication of the society."

This adds even more credence that this leaked document is in fact the real deal. The document described the next Xbox hardware as the "Xbox 720" with a full DVR set-up, support for Blu-ray, streaming game capabilities and more.

In a statement sent to Eurogamer, Microsoft said, "We are continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will."

Source: Eurogamer.net

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Well this could be because one of many reasons.
My thoughts are...

1) It's true and they want to hold back as much of the mystery as is possible
2) It's fake, they don't want people thinking the coming hardware wont live up to expectations
3) As above but an old document that no longer reflects their thoughts on the coming hardware.

I for one hope it is true, and going by the direction MS has been going in, i believe it probably is true.

Ever since Bioware changed the endings because they got leaked on the internet, I hate leaks because I worry the company will change the finished product, and it'll be worse.

It could be a legitimate old internal roadmap. Whether it is still valid or not isn't really relevent. The doc is still considered private and confidential even if it's vastly out of date.

Colin McGregor said,
doesn't mean its what the 720 is gonna be. Just means old documents that shouldn't be out in the wild are and MS wants it stopped. /thread

Whatever the validity, actuality of the document is...... it is in the wild now. These attempts by MS to make it disappear will only have the opposite result.
I am astonished that a company like MS so deeply involved with software, computer and internet cannot grab the concept.......

Fritzly said,

Whatever the validity, actuality of the document is...... it is in the wild now. These attempts by MS to make it disappear will only have the opposite result.
I am astonished that a company like MS so deeply involved with software, computer and internet cannot grab the concept.......

Are you as equally astonished with the number of take down notices that Apple issues?

nohone said,

Are you as equally astonished with the number of take down notices that Apple issues?


Absolutely; what does not surprise me at all is the fact that someone here will always have to throw Apple in the middle...... A sad complex indeed.

Fritzly said,

Absolutely; what does not surprise me at all is the fact that someone here will always have to throw Apple in the middle...... A sad complex indeed.

Knowing how you enjoy knocking Microsoft and praising Apple at any chance you get, I just wanted to see if you would treat them the same way when Apple has done the same thing over and over.

nohone said,

Knowing how you enjoy knocking Microsoft and praising Apple at any chance you get, I just wanted to see if you would treat them the same way when Apple has done the same thing over and over.

Sorry, wrong call: I never had an Apple device other than an iPhone, for 1 month, few years ago.
Your preposterous attempt to paint me as an Apple fan just show how impotent rage made people trash themselves even worse.

Glassed Silver said,
News title is wrong.
Should read "Microsoft confirms old Xbox 720 documents to be valid"

GS:mac

Not exactly, the problem goes both ways. You either don't want people know what your are planning, or don't want people to get the wrong idea...

Tony. said,

Not exactly, the problem goes both ways. You either don't want people know what your are planning, or don't want people to get the wrong idea...


Fake docs normally don't get picked up, at least where I come from (Apple world, and we all know how crazy Apple is about keeping stuff secret)

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Fake docs normally don't get picked up, at least where I come from (Apple world, and we all know how crazy Apple is about keeping stuff secret)

GS:mac

It's about setting expectation (as mentioned above), based on there actions, these document seem real. Example, it shows Ms is thinking about a blu-ray drive, however say for various reason they don't go through with it, manufacturing cost, etc. People will be expecting a blu-drive and then get angry / upset for MS not putting on in. If no one every knew they were thinking / trying it out, they won't have the backlash.

However at this point... the cat's out of the bag so MS is trying to (clumsy) do damage control.