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# microsoft - Thursday 10 March, 2011

Microsoft's Kinect sets Guinness World Record for swift sales

Over 10m units of the Xbox infrared controller were sold within 60 days of its launch in November 2010.

# microsoft - Wednesday 24 November, 2010

American businesses welcome safety of 12.5% corporate tax

The American Chamber of Commerce says the commitment not to raise corporate tax will encourage investment.

# microsoft - Friday 12 November, 2010

Xbox Kinect already hacked

Hacker wins $3,000 prize after creating drivers for Microsoft’s motion detection device.

# microsoft - Friday 29 October, 2010

Microsoft profits from record first-quarter sales

Microsoft has announced a 51% rise in first-quarter profit.

# microsoft - Sunday 24 October, 2010

From The Daily Edge Bill Gates' wife completely bans Apple products from home Microsoft

Bill Gates' wife completely bans Apple products from home

Now THAT’S brand loyalty. Melinda Gates says there’s no room for anything Apple in the house – even an iPod.

# microsoft - Tuesday 19 October, 2010

Microsoft shocked as Ray Ozzie walks out

The company’s Chief Software Architect – the man Bill Gates picked to replace himself – leaves and won’t be replaced.

# microsoft - Friday 15 October, 2010

Facebook makes Skype, Bing deals Tech Deals This post contains videos

Facebook makes Skype, Bing deals

But will Microsoft’s latest social network integration put pressure on Google?

# microsoft - Thursday 14 October, 2010

Facebook and Microsoft's Bing launch 'social search'

Users of Microsoft’s search engine will be given results including content their friends have ‘Liked’ on Facebook.

# microsoft - Monday 11 October, 2010

Microsoft unveils Windows 7 phones Smartphones This post contains videos

Microsoft unveils Windows 7 phones

Nine new smartphone devices will be launched later this month and early in November.

# microsoft - Tuesday 5 October, 2010

Microsoft to enter tablet race before Christmas

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer says there’ll be tablets running Windows on sale by the end of 2010.

# microsoft - Thursday 16 September, 2010

HOLIDAYS ARE OVER: Here Are The 10 Biggest Stories To Watch In Tech For The Rest Of The Year Technology This post contains images

HOLIDAYS ARE OVER: Here Are The 10 Biggest Stories To Watch In Tech For The Rest Of The Year

What all the biggest tech companies are up to.

Halo: Reach becomes fastest-selling Microsoft game ever

The latest version of the science-fiction video game saga and becomes the biggest entertainment launch of 2010.

# microsoft - Monday 30 August, 2010

Microsoft co-founder suing Google, Facebook, eBay, Apple and Yahoo!

…among others. Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing accuses 11 companies of patent infringement.

# microsoft - Tuesday 27 July, 2010

YAHOO! JAPAN HAS announced a new deal with Google, which will see the two companies dominate the Japanese market. It would leave Microsoft with a less than 5% search market hold.

Yahoo! Japan will switch from its current technology to Google’s search engine this year. It will also use Google’s online advertising and distribution system.

Google will have access to Yahoo! Japan’s data on online shopping and auction trends, but not personal information.

Last year, Yahoo! made a similar deal with Microsoft which aimed to compete with Google’s market hold. Yahoo! Inc only holds a 35% stake in the Japanese branch, leaving it free to make this agreement with Google.

Currently, Yahoo! Japan and Google cover about 94% of the country’s search market. Microsoft could seek to block the deal through Japan’s regulator, but Yahoo! Japan says it has already received government approval.

# microsoft - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

A “VIRTUAL HUMAN” has been shown off at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Global conference in Oxford.

Microsoft has developed the technology, which features the “virtual human”  – a boy called Milo  – who interacts with other people through a screen. Milo reacts to the  other person’s emotions, movements, and tone of voice.

In a demo featured on the BBC’s website, Milo interacts with a woman called Claire. As they speak, it becomes clear that Milo recognises Claire and can interpret her voice to identify what emotion she is feeling.

Peter Molyneux, Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe, is responsible for developing the technology.

He explained that he wanted to create an interactive experience where the character someone was talking to seemed alive,  “that would look (you) in the eyes and feel real”.

Milo was first unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles 2009 but has not been seen since. Molyneux said that the technology was designed to interact in such a sensitive way that people believe Milo is real.

The game is designed for use with Microsoft’s  Xbox 360 motion controller, Kinect.

The TED conference is running from 13 – 16 July and features speakers and performers with “ideas worth spreading.”

# microsoft - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

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