The Midweek Download: Aug. 17th Edition–Windows 8 Gets a Blog, Microsoft Continues to Push NUI Technologies, and Windows Phone, Xbox, Kinect and More
In this book of The Midweek Download, we’ve got news about a new Windows 8 blog, Windows Phone “Mango” and dual cold stories about how Microsoft’s pulling a pouch with healthy user interface technologies (NUI). Read on!
Building Windows 8 Blog launches. Earlier this week, Steven Sinofsky, boss of a Windows and Windows Live division, kicked off a launch of a Building Windows 8 Blog. The new blog, Sinofsky writes, “allows us to have a two-way dialog with we about pattern choices, real-world information and usage, and new opportunities that are partial of Windows 8.” Sinofsky goes on to write, “We’re honestly vehement to speak about a growth of Windows 8 and to rivet solemnly with a village of ardent end-users, developers, and information professionals.” So, check it out.
What happens when we tell a Windows Phone ‘Mango’ focus update? The opening of a Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone Mango is sketch near. As we get closer, some people are seeking us: what happens to their existent applications once they contention an refurbish for Windows Phone ‘Mango?’ How will my refurbish seem opposite a full range of all Windows Phone users? Read this Monday post on a Windows Phone Developer Blog to find out a answers.
Places Week v 2 on Next during Microsoft. Earlier this week, Next during Microsoft Blog Editor Steve Clayton profiled a series of engaging places here during Microsoft, including a Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, Calif., a heart of Silicon Valley. As Clayton notes, he had a happening to debate a museum, located “a brief walk” from Microsoft Research, with one Chuck Thacker, who won a prestigious Turing Award in 2009. The museum facilities a accumulation of important computing machines, including a 153-year-old Babbage Engine, a 50-year-old IBM 350 RAMAC and a Alto from Xerox (the initial work hire with a built-in rodent for input), only to name a few. Developers – check it out, and remember your roots!
Adding voice approval to Xbox, Windows Phone and more. On Monday, Geekwire Editor Todd Bishop wrote this feature on how Microsoft is integrating a TellMe speech-recognition technology into a accumulation of products, including Xbox Live and Windows Phone. The story facilities an talk with Ilya Bukshteyn, comparison executive of Microsoft TellMe, as good as a 4-minute video that demonstrates a Kinect for Xbox 360’s next-generation debate interface. Bishop also pennyless out several excerpts of his talk with Bukshteyn. Don’t skip it!
Monkey see, gorilla do! And, jacket things adult here, check out this 8-minute documentary short display a collaborative plan whereby a underlying record of Kinect was used to move a pressed gorilla to life.
That’s it for this book of The Midweek Download. Thanks for interlude by The Official Microsoft Blog.
Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog