Imagine you've got your eye on a fancy new digital camera, or cell phone, or iWhatever. It's expensive. It'll probably get cheaper if you wait. But how do you know when to pull the trigger so that you can get your new toy as soon as possible without risking looking like a chump when the price drops the next day? Just ask Microsoft.
Nintendo's putting out the new Wii U console next year and Sony is busy preparing its PS Vita. Microsoft? Well, there's a lot of peripherals on the way, if you're into that.
"Cloud computing is hot, literally." So says a new report from Microsoft Research, which suggests that it might make a lot of sense for us all to install big cloud servers in our basements and use them to provide central heating and hot water. Behold, the Data Furnace.
Strange things are happening within Microsoft. The software giant is fighting multiple fronts: PCs, smartphones, gaming and soon, tablets. There's just one tiny problem: fragmentation and a lack of total synergy between its Windows 7/8, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox platforms. A brand new OS that unifies all of those could be Microsoft's savior.
This is a sad, sad day for loyal fans of Windows XP: exactly 999 days from now, Microsoft will officially end support for the operating system, dragging many of us kicking and screaming over to Windows 7 or Windows 8 whether we like it or not.
After a triumphant announcement at E3 that the Xbox 360 would get the ability to store game save data directly in the cloud and recover the data from any 360 console, Microsoft's finally begun activating the feature for select games.
There's no denying that Kinect is a great sensor for the hacking scene and great for casual gaming on the Xbox 360, but what is this? Is Microsoft's next big gamble for Kinect really interactive advertising?
At long last, developers will no longer need to rely on unofficial open source drivers to create sweet Kinect hacks. Microsoft's official Windows Kinect development kits are available for all to download. Minority Report's future starts now.
Today, only one in ten individuals is a heavy mobile shopper — but that statistic is likely to change soon. This infographic predicts world e-commerce sales (from your very own smart phone) to be $119 billion by 2015. Here Microsoft lays out stats reflecting our current mobile shopping habits and predicting them for the future. Shopaholics, rejoice!
Microsoft has been claiming that the company won't be unveiling the successor to the Xbox 360 for a couple of years, but word from prominent developer Crytek, which most recently put out Crysis 2, has it that it could be unveiled as soon as next summer.