Please, let this be true. For years, consumers have been annoyed at Microsoft's insistence on using "Microsoft Points" in place of actual dollars to buy their digital wares. A little rumor says Microsoft might finally change its habits by the end of this year.
One of the major questions everybody's been asking about Windows Phone 7 is, when will it get Skype? After all, Microsoft did buy out the VoIP company for $8.5 billion in cash last October. Microsoft says it's "coming soon."
You may think your boss is a bit of a blowhard, but when was the last time you threatened suicide over the way s/he treats you? Well, that's exactly what 300 employees of Foxconn, the Taiwan-based contract manufacturing partner to many of the world's tech giants including Microsoft and Apple, did on Jan. 2.
This new holographic display from Microsoft, called Vermeer, is certainly not the first "touchable" hologram that we've seen. But every other system places the holograms themselves behind glass, while with Vermeer, it's hanging out right there in the open, Princess Leia style.
If, like me, you're looking to tidy up the entertainment center and cut the amount of boxes you have wired into your TV, then this bit of news might make you smile. The next Xbox might get DVR functions, allowing you to toss TiVo aside, once and for all.
Kinect is expected to branch out into small business and banking in 2012. Now the gaming system's sensors could be adapted as a next generation weight measurement system onboard the International Space Station. It would relay data via 3D modeling, and require less space than the current equipment.
At long last, the temptation to develop games for a rival mobile platform was too much for Microsoft. Kinectimals is Microsoft's first game for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch family. Sound the alarms, Windows Phone 7 might be having a heart attack!
New Windows-optimized Kinect hardware is coming in 2012, but another disturbance in the Force says that a super accurate Kinect 2 will be bundled with all future Xboxes.
Having a gesture-detecting peripheral for Xbox 360 and plans for a refined PC version of Kinect isn't enough for Microsoft. It wants Kinect to become the new remote control from the moment you unbox your new TV.
Last week Microsoft parked a "Bacon Cart" outside of Amazon's office with the promise of free bacon for all. It came with a message: "Wake Up and Smell the Future."