Kinect might have started out as a Minority Report dream come true, inspiring all sorts of cool hacks, but it's kind of obvious that the games coming out for it are still of the "casual" genre. Microsoft's bigger vision for the Kinect is for it to revolutionize businesses.
Microsoft has been on a user interface kick this week, what with their new OmniTouch and trans-fabric interfaces. But the HoloDesk project might be the coolest demo of all, at least for those of us who lie awake at night fantasizing about our very own holodeck.
Despite the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 having been out for longer than previous generations' lifespans, they've still got some life in them yet. A new report states that Microsoft is planning a next-generation console launch for sometime in 2013.
Xbox 360 games on my console, smartphone, tablet or TV? Yes, please! Microsoft is said to be planning a "universal gaming portal" that'll let you start and finish your Xbox 360 games (full ones) on any device of your choice by next year.
No new Xbox 360 announcement...yet, but it's rumored that a few developers are already shifting game development to Microsoft's next console.
Wait a minute, I thought the Zune already died in March. Apparently it didn't, because after Microsoft prematurely scrubbed its existence from the Zune site, then said it was an accident, it now says the Zune hardware is officially not dead. Long live Zune software!
If you're short, things are about to get worse — if you're into Kinect. A new patent filed by Microsoft suggests it's planning to use Kinect's body detecting powers to guess a user's age and block content when necessary, based on pre-configured parental settings.
Most people are pretty defensive about their smartphone choices, with heavy texters defending the BlackBerry's physical keyboard, while others want something with a bigger screen for multimedia. Microsoft however, sees a future where one phone can be all things to all people, by simply swapping out a module to match the occasion.
Windows 8 is starting to look better and better with each passing day. Long Zheng from iStartedSomething claims that Windows 8 might have the ability to make and receive phone calls, baked directly in. Ready to start calling mom from your huge tablet?
Yahoo's in the crapper right now. After CEO Carol Bartz announced she was fired, Yahoo's been exploring how to remain afloat in today's digital climate. AOL's said to be interested in swallowing them up, but now Microsoft might bid to buy them out again — the second time since 2008.