Over these last few gift-consideration weeks, I've gotten numerous queries about and given multiple demonstrations of Apple's iPad mini, both from people interested in giving one and from those interested in getting one. Nearly universally, the response from women I spoke with to the iPad mini is a variation of my wife's "it's so cu-u-u-u-te!" Over the same period of gift-consideration weeks, I've gotten absolutely zero queries about anything related to Windows 8: not about Windows 8 desktop PCs, not about Windows 8 laptops, not about Windows 8 tablets, not about Windows Phone 8 smartphones. And apparently I'm not the only one apathetic about Windows 8.
A new report coming from The Verge says that Microsoft is readying an Xbox branded set-top box to compete with Apple TV, Boxee and others. This Xbox branded, erm, box will be part of a two-SKU strategy. The second SKU will be the next generation Xbox we reported on last week.
With all of the hoopla surrounding the release of Windows 8, you may have missed the fact that the Windows operating system itself has just turned 27 years old.
Xbox World magazine has broken details on the next Xbox, which is presumably set to debut at next year's E3. The print outfit's cover story (their last) has unsurprisingly been scalped by the Internet, and there are specs, details, and mockups for the next Xbox, codenamed: Durango.
A brouhaha on the Microsoft forums has revealed that the next update (11.1) to DirectX, the company's graphics software, will be exclusive to Windows 8. This cuts against Microsoft's usual trend of supporting older operating systems for quite a while after they are no longer the prize pony.
Here at DVICE, you have our attention anytime someone talks about a universal translator, so we're definitely interested in the latest developments from Microsoft in which chief research officer Rick Rashid demonstrated software that converted his speech into Chinese — in real time, and in his own voice.
Rumors have swirled before, but The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is building a 7-inch gaming tablet. The Xbox Surface launch will supposedly come before that of the next Xbox console. There's no word, thankfully, of a touch-friendly Halo 4 port yet.
While the rest of the world was focused on the super storm battering the U.S. East Coast, Microsoft pushed ahead and launched its new Windows Phone 8 platform during a surprisingly celebrity-driven launch in San Francisco.
Fresh off the launch of Windows 8 and Surface, and loathe to cede the spotlight to Google, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8. Redmond spent time highlighting new features, apps and device availability regarding their latest assault on the mobile marketplace.
The first reviews of Microsoft's Surface are trickling in, and the verdict so far is that the tablet is a promising platform off to a decent start with room to grow, but reading the reviews, there's one person who the Surface may speak directly to that other tablets really don't: writers.