Microsoft's second-generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be available to developers, alongside a new software development kit, in July.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft's investment partner Nook Media is working with Samsung on a new Android-based Nook tablet. Is there still a place for Microsoft in this arrangement?
Microsoft has released a first preview of its its 'Visual Studio 14' development environment, which the company is planning to roll out in calendar 2015.
In another example of Microsoft's mobile-first strategy, the company is expected to make the Android tablet version of its core touch-first Office apps available months ahead of the Windows 8 variant.
Microsoft OneDrive for Windows Phone 8.1 users get support for high-resolution photo backup, and OneDrive for Business customers get Yammer 'document conversations' functionality.
Microsoft is getting some companies once considered rivals to port their apps to Windows 8 and/or Azure. Here's how Zoho and Microsoft ended up teaming.
Microsoft's OneNote business is getting a big push in the newly reorganized Office business. Here's what else the company is prioritizing with its latest moves.
Apple's updated Spotlight search capability in OS X 'Yosemite' includes tighter integration with Microsoft's Bing search.
It's looking like Microsoft's new 'mini' Start Menu for Windows 8.x won't be part of Windows 8.1 Update 2 as rumored. Instead, it's sounding like a 2015 deliverable now.
The free Microsoft-developed file manager app for Windows Phone 8.1 is available for download.