Microsoft Research and Duke University are combining device graphics chips with those in the cloud to cut mobile broadband usage for streamed applications by up to 83 percent.
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Microsoft is discontinuing manufacturing Kinect for Windows sensors and, instead, advising developers and customers to use those for built for Xbox One.
Netflix has set a launch date for its service in Australia and New Zealand, and to complement its arrival, it has signed agreements with iiNet, Vodafone New Zealand, and Microsoft Xbox.
Kim Dotcom's gift to the hacker crew behind the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox networks attacks brought temporary relief, but it sets a bad example for the longer term.
Microsoft has added bitcoin as a payment option for US-based Microsoft account purchases of Xbox games and mobile content, along with other products and services in its Windows Store.
Microsoft is reportedly laying off its entire research and development team in Shenzhen, China, with few employees taking the payout currently being offered by Redmond.
Microsoft has a $49 adapter kit that will allow Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.
Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of its attempt to focus on its core businesses. There's no word on the resulting headcount reduction.
Could Xbox-branded smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smartglasses, and home automation devices be Microsoft's "mobile-first world" strategy? Or is Microsoft planning to carve off the brand so it can better focus on enterprise?
Microsoft Xbox One Console for $400
Microsoft is making Skype group video calling a free, cross-platform feature, starting with the Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One platforms.
Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles.
Microsoft has taken the covers off its latest gaming/graphics programming interface, known as DirectX 12, that will be supported across Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One OS by next year.
Microsoft Xbox veteran Marc Whitten is leaving the company and joining Sonos.
Microsoft execs have said little about the company's home-automation strategy, but Xbox may be its centerpiece.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks turkey about Microsoft's reasons for getting into the first-party hardware business, and why he thinks the company must remain a device maker.
Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer played a bigger role in establishing the Xbox as Microsoft's stake in the living room than many realize.
Microsoft Space in Madrid will demonstrate Surface tablets and Xbox consoles, but products won't be available to buy.
The question that the future Microsoft CEO will need to answer is this; is Xbox important to Microsoft, or is it, along with projects such as Bing, merely a distraction from Microsoft's core operations?
The UK has launched a TV white space pilot in which it will test devices and databases that manage access to unused spectrum.
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