Heard the good news? Microsoft just bought out everybody's favorite VoIP and video chat service Skype for a cool $8.5 billion — in cash. (The company's largest ever purchase, actually.) The next step for Skype? Integrating it into every single Microsoft nook as quickly as possible.
Nintendo has already said that it'll be announcing its next console this summer, but both Microsoft and Sony claim to be far off from making any such announcement. But at least in Microsoft's case, they may be closer to unveiling a new console than they're letting on. (Updated with new information from Electronic Arts.)
Microsoft Home is a private testing ground for their researchers to try out new concepts. And some of them are pretty wild!
Dying to know what Microsoft's got up its sleeve for Windows 8? Well, a very early build of it has leaked to the internet, and it sure looks a lot like Windows 7.
Professor X's chair is real — almost. At Microsoft's recent MIX11 event, the Redmond-based giant took the wraps off its official Kinect PC SDK. With the tools, developers can program Kinect to do awesome things like this custom-built armchair that moves and reacts to your hand gestures.
Normally, creating a 3D model of an object is time consuming work that requires an expert hand. Not so with this new trick developed by Microsoft's Interactive Visual Media Group. With this, all you need is a handful of casual photos.
Good news, haters of spam: Microsoft just took down the massive botnet known as Rustock, and with it, 39% of global spam. Holy moly.
iPod haters, today you mourn — a report from Bloomberg says that Microsoft has put the final nail in the Zune's coffin. The software giant will stop producing new Zune models and instead focus on repurposing the brand as a multimedia software service.
Was there ever any doubt that Kinect would be a runaway success? Fears of its $150 price? Hogwash. The people of Earth love Kinect so much, we've collectively purchased 10 million of the glossy motion sensors.
On your mark, get set, hire! Several job listings posted by Microsoft point to work, or at least research for a next-generation Xbox 360. Could we see a new Xbox 360 as soon as next year?