Apple isn't the only one getting into the multitouch peripheral game. Here's Microsoft's upcoming Arc Touch mouse, as leaked to a German online store.
Well, it took Microsoft long enough. The company never leveraged its various services across its products like, say, the way every Apple product wants you to have iTunes. Finally — finally! — Microsoft is officially stamping its identity here.
Microsoft has figured out a clever way to inject some innovation into its search service, Bing, with a contest called the "King of Bing Maps." It's paying off, as Bing is getting a leg-up on its arch nemesis, Google Maps.
The Internet has been alive with "reviews" of a developer's sample of a Samsung smartphone running Windows Mobile 7 (aka Windows Phone 7 or WinMob7 or WM7), Microsoft's latest mobile operating system. Most reports have generally been positive, but none of them will mean much in the real world filled with recession-afflicted consumers making delicate dollar-dispersement decisions. The answers to five questions will determine if WM7 will succeed or fail.
There hasn't been widespread excitement over a Microsoft-made phone in a long, long while, but the company aims to change that with Windows Phone 7. Its been sending out preview builds (read: WP7 isn't final yet, so it's all subject to change) and so far, the reception has been pretty good. Can Window Phone 7 stand up to its Apple and Android competitors? Find out what the previewers have loved — and what they're worried about — about the preview device.
The new Xbox 360 has a whopping 250GB HDD and is priced the same as the old standard Xbox 360. But what of the cheaper, hard-drive-free Xbox 360 Arcade? It looks like it may be getting an upgrade as well.
As of yesterday, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP service pack 2. (And Windows 2000, but no one cares.) Weird thing is, the company also says that 74% of Windows businesses still use XP, and a lot of us must, too. Why? The company's handling of OS upgrades sucks.
A mere six weeks after Microsoft launched its Kin cellphones, they're essentially dead, just as I predicted. What does Microsoft need to know about the ultimate phone for the today's youth? I did an unscientific sample of tech interested teenagers, and found out what they're looking for in a smartphone, and why Microsoft Kin missed that mark.
Well, this sure looks neat. Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has come up with a new interface system for computers that uses a camera positioned behind a transparent OLED screen to create a touchscreen you don't have to touch.
Microsoft just updated its free Bing app for the iPhone, giving iOS users something they've had, but never this easy: the ability to scan a barcode and get an accurate search result. You could take a picture of, say, the barcode on a can of a soft drink or a digital barcode online, and you'd either be taken to a search of the exact product or a specific page.