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.
An Xbox 360 in every home. That's Microsoft's line of thought. A new report details Microsoft's plans to bring a low-cost Xbox 360 by bundling it with a mandatory two-year monthly Xbox Live Gold subscription. Who still needs an Xbox 360?
Good news my U.K. gaming comrades. There's a new limited edition Xbox 360. Hope you absolutely love the Union Jack because this Xbox 360, Kinect and controller has the British flag slapped all over them.
There are lots of discouragingly complicated ways to go about connecting electronic devices in your home, especially devices not intended for such, like a toaster. Microsoft is experimenting with its new HomeOS to try to make it fast and easy to make your home smarter, more efficient and more fun.
The Halo movie might be canned for good due to what is essentially greed, but that doesn't mean the live-action Halo dream is dead. Microsoft's planning a huge Web series around its FPS franchise to coincide with the launch of Halo 4 this November.