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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 now available!

    Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing. And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer...
  • Blog Post: One experience for everything in your life

    As I walk down the hallway in my office this week I see a lot of smiles from people on the team who are excited about their hard work finally making it into customers’ hands. This week we’ve got some great things coming for Windows and Windows Phone customers. On Thursday, Windows 8.1 will...
  • Blog Post: Engineering Xbox Music for Windows 8.1

    This blog post is part of a series of guest posts we’re publishing this week from different people in groups across Microsoft who helped us build Windows 8.1. – Brandon Hey all, Alex Garden here. I’m the general manager for Xbox MVR, which stands for Music, Video and Reading. The Windows team invited...
  • Blog Post: Building Bing Smart Search for Windows 8.1

    This blog post is part of a series of guest posts we’re publishing this week from different people in groups across Microsoft who helped us build Windows 8.1. – Brandon My name is Kieran Snyder, and I’m a Group Program Manager in the Bing User Experience team. My team was responsible for working hand...
  • Blog Post: Commercial release of Kinect for Windows hits Feb. 1st

    The sales for Kinect for the Xbox 360 have been amazing with 18 million sold this last year. The end result has been countless hours of incredible fun with family and friends dancing and playing sports in the confines of their living rooms. Kinect has also opened the door for developers and businesses...
  • Blog Post: Xbox Music: Free streaming music on Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets

    Xbox has officially announced Xbox Music tonight which begins rolling out to Xbox consoles on October 16 th . Starting on October 26 th , Xbox Music will deliver free streaming music on Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets in 15 markets worldwide! Xbox Music has a music catalog on par with...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Announced

    Today on the Corporate Microsoft Blog, we announced that the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) will be hitting this spring for free. This SDK will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to Kinect. There has been a lot of interest by the community for enabling Kinect in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Beta for Kinect for Windows SDK Now Available!

    Today we are making available the beta for the Kinect for Windows SDK . Those of you who have been waiting in anticipation for this can download it here ! The SDK includes device drivers for Kinect as well as APIs, device interfaces, installer documentation and other resource materials. The SDK is designed...
  • Blog Post: Update on Kinect for Windows - Beta 2 of SDK and new website!

    Today in the first blog post on the brand new Kinect for Windows Blog - Craig Eisler, who is the General Manager for Kinect for Windows, has announced the launch of the brand new Kinect for Windows website . Along with the awesome new website, they are also releasing Beta 2 of the Kinect for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows Demonstrated at MIX11

    This last fall, we released Kinect for the Xbox 360. Kinect enables controller free games and entertainment on Xbox 360 utilizing a gesture-based Natural User Interface (NUI). My colleague Steve Clayton has been blogging a lot about NUI on the Next at Microsoft blo g which I definitely recommend reading...
  • Blog Post: 2 New Videos on the Connected and Entertainment Experience with Microsoft Products

    Back in December, I posted about a really neat video directed by Keith Rivers that highlighted how up and coming indie artist Andrew Belle used Windows 7 and Windows Live to create a song. If you liked that video, you won’t want to miss these two new videos that were also directed by Keith that go beyond...