Kinect's a cool piece of kit that's received a lot of hacking love and Microsoft is pushing it as a platform for businesses next year. But Kinect works best at six to eight feet. We sit at computers that are two feet away. See the problem?
Google's not the only one who wants a slice of the pie Facebook and Twitter so prominently own, Microsoft is building its own social network called Socl. It's a social network for social searching. Do we really need this?
So, today is the original Xbox's 10-year birthday celebration. Wow, it's already been that long eh? Funny, how 10 years ago, many gamers laughed at how Microsoft was the next Sega, but here we are, 10 years later, Xbox 360 sales leading the pack, and next-gen Xbox rumors in tow.
It turns out that the classic science fiction film The Last Starfighter was wrong, video games are not actually spaceship training devices. But now a very real option has arrived for those of us looking for flight training at home.
The hype train is expecting Microsoft to show a prototype for the next Xbox at next year's E3 video game expo and a rumored release to follow in late 2013. A new insider report claims the next Xbox is codenamed "Loop" and will run a modified version of Windows 9 (not Windows 8, but 9).
Microsoft kicked off a huge marketing blitz in New York City's Herald Square today to hype Windows Phone 7 and it did so by erecting a huge six-story tall Windows Phone 7 fit for a giant. The awesomeness didn't end there. Read on to find out what they were doing inside the phone!
Microsoft has had its Touch Mouse out for a little while now, and I guess it's feeling like people aren't taking enough advantage of its gestureliciousness. The big M donated an entire colony of touch mice and a handy development API to a student contest and told them to get creative, and here are the results.
Bill Gates is often credited for inventing the tablet and predicting its ubiquity 10 years before Apple released the iPad. That's why it's extremely saddening to finally find out that it was Gates himself that killed the amazing dual-screen Courier concept tablet that Microsoft was planning.
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.