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.
This June's E3 won't bring any next-gen Xbox hardware, but The Verge has heard that Microsoft is going to debut a new cross-platform Xbox music service that'll replace the current Zune service.
Kinect might be a paradise for hackers to fiddle with, but Kinect games — especially the recent Kinect Star Wars — have been either lackluster or mostly skewed towards the casual/kiddie end because of the sensor's limitations. Kinect 2.0 could track more than just your body skeleton.
Launched by Microsoft Research, Moscow State University and UC Berkeley, ChronoZoom has, oh, just about 14 billion years for you to learn about as you travel through time. You didn't have anything else planned today, did you?
Have motion controls not whet your appetite yet? Good, because the future of gaming could look decidedly different. A recently unearthed Microsoft patent points to work on a gaming helmet that'll use lasers to project virtual images in front of each eye.