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.
Xbox Music launched today on Xbox 360. The streaming music service is similar to Spotify in functionality and pricing ($10 a month for premium service). Later this month it will expand onto Windows 8, and the service will find its way onto Windows Phone 8 shortly after the platform's expected launch in early November.
A few months ago, Microsoft unveiled a tablet device called the Surface that was, at least from a distance, so well designed and finely constructed that the only question remaining after the dust cleared was how much the tablet would cost. Today, it seems we have an answer.
Within the last year or two, it's become clear to those of us who spend way too much time hanging around tech conventions that gesture recognition is trying hard to be the Next Big Thing in computer interaction. Beyond Kinect, you've got both Leap and Edge3 trying to gesturize our gadgets, and now Microsoft has developed a wearable system that bypasses gadgets entirely.
If you plan to be in New York or San Francisco during the holidays and aren't sure how you'll get online, Microsoft has your back. In a promotion for the launch of Windows 8 and the Windows Store, the company is flooding large chunks of both cities with free Wi-Fi until the end of the year.
Microsoft's been scooping up patents lately, but my personal favorite is the one that allows you to beat the hell out of your phone to make it shut up. Because that's exactly what its newest idea is.
Microsoft has filed a patent application hinting to their plans for the future of gaming. It uses a sensor like the Xbox Kinect combined with a projection system that projects gameplay beyond your television to the surrounding room.
Atari and Microsoft have announced a relaunch of eight video game classics for the Web and tablets. Asteroids, Pong, Missile Command and more are getting a makeover from existing Flash versions to HTML 5 to showcase the latest Web and tablet technologies. No need to search for quarters though, they are available free in the Atari Arcade.
After 25 years, Microsoft's finally changed its logo. The new, more Helvetica-ish logo reaffirms the company's goals to unify the user experience across its core products. It also indicates the old dog that's been accused of being left behind in Apple and Google's dust still has enough fight left in it.
Microsoft's next major Windows 8 will drop on October 26. Anybody who upgrades between then and January 31, 2013 can get Windows 8 Pro for $40. What about everybody sitting on the fence biting their fingernails until February 1? Surprise! Windows 8 is going to be as expensive as ever.