Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect: Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down. Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold ~35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to […]
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile features and hardware are no longer a focus: Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows, Joe Belfiore, has today clarified the company’s stance with Windows 10 Mobile and what it’s currently doing in the mobile space. In a series of tweets on Twitter, Belfiore states that as an individual […]
The NYPD has reached the end of the line with their Windows Phones and are switching to iPhones: The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned. The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of […]
Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates: Microsoft dismissed Consumer Reports’ Surface reliability ratings last week, but a new internal memo sheds some light on the issues that the software maker has faced. Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by […]
Microsoft Surface Studio review: a beautiful invader of Apple’s base: It’s an engineering marvel of a monitor, but I really wish Microsoft sold it separately. I want to dock my Surface Book to it, or transform any laptop into a full Surface Studio. If I’m investing in a desktop PC at this kind of price […]
It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype: It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people […]
It looks like Microsoft is kicking ass with their mobile phone division: Microsoft is cutting 2,850 more jobs beyond the 1,850 that the company announced would be eliminated earlier this year. The new cuts will hit phone hardware and sales. The entire computer world has moved to mobile, with everyone on either iOS or Android, […]
Regular readers of Daily Exhaust know I’m not a fan of Microsoft. I feel this way for a lot of reasons. I think they’re always a day late and a dollar short with new products (see Windows Phone, Nokia, Microsoft Stores, etc), they historically have not valued design, and every attempt at being cool ends […]
Microsoft is giving students a free Xbox One with Surface Pro 4 purchases: Microsoft is tempting students to buy a Surface Pro 4 this week with a new promotion running at its retail stores in the US. The software maker is taking $300 off when students buy a Surface Pro 4 and Xbox One. “So […]
Last week news broke that Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.1 billion: For Microsoft, a big part of the deal is about being at the center of the business worker’s world. While it has ceded the personal social graph to Facebook and others, it sees being at the center of the worker’s world as too important […]
I came across a new Microsoft ad campaign aimed at developers. The main copy is “Any Developer. Any App. Any Platform.” Here’s their campaign homepage: What I don’t like about this campaign is it’s misleading. When you tell a developer they can build an app for “any platform”, the assumption is they can build for […]
Microsoft is celebrating a milestone: As we near the one year anniversary of the availability of Windows 10, we’re excited to share that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. It’s too bad hardly any of those devices are the ones people carry around in their pockets.
Ina Fried at Re/Code on Intel missing the mobile boat: After missing the early days of the smartphone revolution, Intel spent in excess of $10 billion over the last three years in an effort to get a foothold in mobile devices. Now, having gained little ground in phones and with the tablet market shrinking, Intel […]
Instagram came out over 5 years ago (6 Oct 2010). Now, in March of 2016 it’s finally coming to Windows 10 Mobile. To add to the excitement, it’s a beta version!