Microsoft's drumming up a huge wad of excitement for a mystery announcement slated for later today. Is it a tablet? A last minute rumor revealing a leaked document suggests Microsoft will unveil a 7-inch Xbox tablet.
While most people were celebrating Father's Day this weekend, the gaming world was rocked to the very core when an alleged 56-page document document (with images) claiming to detail Microsoft's next-gen Xbox plans surfaced.
Much praise has been heaped on Windows 8 tablets for being a different experience than iOS and Android, but there is still no poster child tablet to rally up consumers. New speculation suggests that Microsoft could unveil its very own flagship tablet to lead the Windows 8 charge next Monday.
Microsoft had an awesome idea: imagine if your Kinect could tell how you were feeling by analyzing your body language, or even the expression on your face. Then Microsoft took it to the inevitable, shrug-worthy conclusion: using this innovation as a better way to serve you ads.
Microsoft's impressive SmartGlass has been billed by many as a shot across Nintendo's bow. After all, even if the Wii U operates on wholly different technology and software, the end result is remarkably similar. However, at E3, we were able to learn that the Wii U will retain at least one potent advantage over SmartGlass. That is, the ability to play full-scale titles on the second screen.
With the Xbox 360 already dominating the living room, it only makes sense for Microsoft to want to wrangle up the tablets and smartphones to create a seamless multimedia experience. That's Xbox SmartGlass.
It was rumored that Sony's next PlayStation (currently code-named "Orbis") and Microsoft's next-gen Xbox (code-named Durango) might lose the optical drive in favor of digitally-downloaded games. The WSJ's learned that these ideas were once very real at some point during development.
The last one to the party, Microsoft's So.cl social network is an "experimental research project" that Microsoft tested on research students before quietly opening to all user today. Unlike Facebook and Google+, So.cl is a social network built mainly to push more content through Bing.
The 30th annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is going on right now in Texas, and it looks like Microsoft is there in force. It's showing off five new concepts in human computer interaction, from body part projection to sound wave control to motion-capturing antennas made of people.
Citing declining DVD and Blu-ray disc sales, Microsoft is making the tough decision to not support optical disc playback in Windows 8's default Media Center app. Don't panic just yet, this isn't the final nail in the DVD's coffin, but it might as well be as digital solutions become more popular.