It’s all over. Microsoft’s Kinect, which has improved greatly since its launch on the Xbox 360, is officially on a death march that won’t slow down.
Microsoft announced recently that in order to bring its console price down, it will soon start selling the Xbox One without a Kinect. The new price tag for the bundle -- $399 – will certainly attract those who have been turned off by the $499 price, but is it really in the best interests of Microsoft?
Why would Microsoft have their new CEO, Satya Nadella, come to a New York City just to launch a new product? Word this week is that he’ll be attending the May 20th event to bring on the Surface Mini, the first Surface tablet to be released by Microsoft with a display smaller than 10.6-inches. We’ve already seen an 8-inch Windows tablet in the Acer Iconia W3 - can Microsoft’s release do better?
Rumors of the next Surface tablet have increased in recent weeks, and now it looks like we've only a few remaining before we'll get an official look at the device. Microsoft has fired off an invitation for a Surface event slated for May 20, during which we'll likely be introduced to the Surface Mini.
There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re a human being who plays video games on a console over the past several years, you’ve had some complaints. Not because there’s inherently anything wrong with the system you own, but because there are far higher expectations coming with owning a system that costs several hundred dollars at the start, then more cash to stay online constantly - the good news is, Microsoft is listening.
With Nokia heading out of the mobile device landscape, many wondered if the Nokia X (and the interesting take on Android it has) we saw at MWC this year was a "farewell" device. Android fans had long wanted a Nokia handset, but the smartphone OEM was concentrating efforts behind the Windows Phone platform. Stephen Elop, former Nokia boss and current Microsoft Devices and Services unit chief, now says their forked Android platform is here to stay.
Nokia and Microsoft worked for a long time to get all the approvals needed for Nokia's hardware arm to become part of Microsoft. That work paid off late last week when Nokia and Microsoft finally closed the deal. Nokia has now published its very first commercial to hit the web since it was purchased by Microsoft. The commercial is called "Not like Everybody Else" and it leans on color and underdog status to set itself apart.
Microsoft and Nokia have been working to close the acquisition of Nokia Devices and Service arm for a long time now. Any deal of this size has to have regulatory approvals in the US and other countries where the two do business. Those approvals came in and as of today, the deal between Microsoft and Nokia is complete.
Back in September, word surfaced that Microsoft would be releasing a Surface Mini this year, something that was followed up this month with sources leaking the tablet's alleged specs. Now another leak has surfaced, this one in the form of an Amazon listing hinting at a May launch date.