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.
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.