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Dual-OS devices dead on arrival

It looks like Huawei's dual-OS smartphone is going the way of the Asus Transformer Book Duet. The concept of a device that can run both Android and Windows holds a lot of appeal. But as long as Google, Microsoft and Apple have competing ecosystems, it is unlikely to see the light of day.

March 19, 2014

Transforming Ultrabooks coming for Windows 8

PC manufacturers are planning to introduce "transforming" Ultrabooks with multi-touch screens in order to exploit the capabilities of Microsoft Windows 8, according to Taiwan's Digitimes. Asus already sells a Transformer that runs the Android operating system, but Digitimes' sources "noted that most of the transforming designs are rotatable screen models".

February 17, 2012 by

Microsoft scuttles plans for TV subscription service over high fees

There's been talk that Microsoft was working on a TV subscription service that would let consumers bypass pay TV providers and watch live programming on their Xbox 360 or other device. According to Reuters, that chatter was accurate, but any hopes viewers would have about a Microsoft TV have been dashed, as the tech Goliath has put the idea on the back burner.

January 11, 2012 by

Microsoft preps Kinect-based TV voice control

Microsoft is set to roll out voice control for TV sets connected to an Xbox 360 gaming console and Kinect controller.A free update for the Xbox 360 will be made available on Tuesday, bringing not only voice-controlled search but also new apps from various Microsoft partners.

December 5, 2011 by

In the battle for the living room, the ghost of Steve Jobs looms large

The major battles in the post-PC era will be fought in the living room, and the den, and the dorm room, and just about any place where people watch movies and TV programs and listen to music. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all positioning their forces now. What will it take to succeed, and who will lead?

October 23, 2011

Xbox Live TV: What's inside? Silverlight

Microsoft is taking the wraps off its Xbox Live TV service. What's powering it? I believe it's a combination of Silverlight, Mediaroom IPTV and other elements connected to the company's "Project Orapa."

October 5, 2011 by

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