How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

In my column this week, I return to the subject of Microsoft — and suggest a way that the company can give its Windows Phone OS a boost. Carrier subsidies are increasingly standing in the way of innovation. “We’re drunk off the subsidy model,” IDC analyst Ramon Llamas told VentureBeat last week. The lure of cheap, […]

How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

You will soon be using a Kinect, even if you don’t have an Xbox

In Microsoft’s vision of the future, Kinect sensors are everywhere: In your living room, your kitchen, at school, and even in the supermarket, above the fruit display. And why not? The $150 motion-sensing device provides a cheap way to add gesture and voice controls to any application. Plus it’s got a camera and two 3D […]

You will soon be using a Kinect, even if you don’t have an Xbox

Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

SAN FRANCISCO — Trust us. We’re not going to screw up Skype. That was the message Microsoft delivered Tuesday, hours after formally announcing that it was buying the internet telephony pioneer for a staggering $8.5 billion — staggering because it’s more than the Redmond giant has ever paid for anything, and because Skype doesn’t exactly print […]

Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft unveiled its vision of the future, where everything from phones and tablets to big-ass tables runs Windows. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a somnolescent and nearly news-free keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here, laying out his company’s strategy for home entertainment, mobile content, PCs and tablets. […]

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft detailed plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC tonight at a keynote presentation kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show here. It was the second year as CES headliner for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the keynote spot from his […]

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com