Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Is Out

The official Kinect for Windows SDK beta is now available for download. It's for non-commercial use only, aimed at researchers, academics and hobbyist developers, but the download is free, and available in both 32- and 64-bit formats.
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The Spectacular Maiming of Windows Mobile 6.5.x

With the announcement of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's made it clear that they're finally—and truly—getting back into the game. They also brutally kneecapped their existing phone software, effectively taking Microsoft out of mobile for the next six months. » 2/15/10 11:48am 2/15/10 11:48am

Microsoft Wants You to Vote Which Children's Hospitals Will Be Denied…

Microsoft's "Ultimate Gameroom Giveaway" is charity turned into a gimmick as voters decide which Children's hospitals receive prize packages. I'm all for charity, but was it really necessary to guarantee a let down for kids in the 167 "losing" hospitals? » 9/06/09 5:30pm 9/06/09 5:30pm

Reminder: Download Windows 7 Release Candidate Before August 20 and…

Microsoft's set a date, laid out their prices and started taking orders, but cheapskates: don't fret! You've still got until the 20th to get a near-finished version of the OS for free. Which you should, for all kinds of reasons. » 8/17/09 8:00pm 8/17/09 8:00pm

Microsoft Raises Billions of Dollars in Cash, Could Be Gearing Up For…

Microsoft began selling bonds this week—something is has never done before—raising $3.75-billion and sparking speculation that they might be looking to buy something huge. Some analysts claim they're using the money to buy up stock, which is fairly cheap right now, but since today is a great day for wild speculation… » 5/12/09 8:11am 5/12/09 8:11am

Microsoft SecondLight Caught on Video: It's Like Surface, With Magic

Microsoft announced the SecondLight table a few days ago » 10/30/08 6:57am 10/30/08 6:57am, offering plenty of explanations as to how this modified, quasi-X-ray Surface table works and how one might use it, but little in the way of visual aides. The dual-projection system, by which the table identifies where it is being touched and projects a ,…

Windows 7 Taskbar, 'Peek' and Multitouch Gestures Caught On Video

Our in-depth preview of Windows 7 » 10/29/08 9:50am 10/29/08 9:50am mentioned a few major features that didn't quite make it into the copy we tested, but the wily crew at Chilean site have caught a more advanced build on (sickeningly shaky) video. Most notably, the long hands-on shows off the new dock-esque taskbar, with decent task grouping,…

Rumor: Microsoft to "Upstage" Apple WWDC With Xbox 360 Blu-Ray…

Microsoft's on-again, off-again relationship with an Xbox 360 Blu-Ray drive looks set to be on again this Monday. As you all know by now, Monday marks the beginning of Apple's annual WWDC, and a little bird told us something is going to be announced by Steve Jobs there during his keynote. Microsoft doesn't care; a… » 6/08/08 11:00am 6/08/08 11:00am

Ms. Dewey: the Search Engine That Reprimands Your Searches

Let's face it: Google is the world's go-to search engine. But if you're looking for something with a little more attitude, Ms. Dewey can give you your daily dose of abuse. She's essentially an avatar that governs the search engine of the same name commenting on every search you make. The video is sometimes a bit… » 10/17/06 4:05pm 10/17/06 4:05pm