Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.
Microsoft has begun teasing its next smartphone launch, bringing a new model to IFA 2014 which could be the previously-rumored "selfie" Windows Phone. "Ready for more?" the Microsoft invitation asks, going on to suggest that press "join us for more face time" at an event on September 4th.
Wearable cameras like GoPro do a great job of giving a first-person view of extreme sports and other activities, but their often jerky footage can also end up doing a good job of triggering nausea. That's where Microsoft Research's new Hyperlapse system comes in, timelapse videos that run smoothly and pretty much jerk-free, despite coming from raw footage that jumps around madly.
Microsoft may have decimated its Nokia Devices division, but it's not letting go of the budget end of the range entirely, revealing a new ultra-low-cost model targeting emerging markets. The new Nokia 130 is just €19 ($25) SIM-free and unlocked, though unsurprisingly you miss out on more than a few features to hit that price - including Microsoft's cloud.
Google isn't the only company turning evidence of child pornography over to the authorities, with Microsoft tipping police in Pennsylvania on a OneDrive user's illegal material in the cloud. Two images were spotted by Microsoft's automated content tracking tools, PhotoDNA, which maintain a specific watch for offensive photos of children, and led to the man being arrested at the end of July.
Microsoft may have already called out the MacBook Air on features when it launched the Surface Pro 3, but now it's trying to make the Windows slate the more affordable option for students during Back To School season. Temporary cuts of at least $150 from the Surface Pro 3's price are on offer through Microsoft's own education store, just as long as you cough up before September 3rd.
Samsung could find itself in court again, after Microsoft announced it would sue the South Korean company in the US over unpaid late fees due on tardy smartphone royalties. According to Microsoft, Samsung has flouted the patent deal it agreed to in late 2011, which sees it hand over a fee based on every Android device it sells, and giving the Nokia Devices and Services acquisition as its justification.
NFL season is here, with the preseason kickoff having just finished last night. And like last year's NFL, Microsoft is once again making sure its presence, and its products, are felt both inside the stadium and in your homes, with another batch of Surface Pro hybrids on the sidelines and a fresh NFL app not just for the Xbox One but, for the first time, for Windows 8 as well.