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Microsoft Takes Flight, Free To Fly…

Microsoft has after much rumor and speculation made the free to play flight simulator, Flight, available for download. Not a direct replacement for the quintessential Flight Simulator, instead Microsoft Flight hopes to bring the wonders of flight to a whole new generation.

The new free to play game already has a number of paid extras available for download. World War 2 Mustang, extra terrain and missions, The initial free map encompasses the main Hawaiian island. Starting with the Big Island of Hawaii, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft expands the maps and missions, will there be more free to play maps?

Holders of a Windows Live gaming account can get extra freebies by signing up through their Live account, it’s also the easiest way to register for the game.

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The Xbox 720 and Kinect Update: Kinecting the Dots…

Has the great ship Microsoft sprung a leak, such is the number of rumors flying around and the amount of buzz being generated by the rumor mill. Is Microsoft trickle feeding the rumor mill once again?

Buzz surrounding many aspects of the 720 have appeared this week. The news that the 720 would integrate Blu-ray and Kinect 2 seemed no surprise to anyone. Two separate consoles with different price points and technologies even seems plausible but the news that Microsoft is contemplating banning second hand games comes from left field.

While news surrounding the Xbox 720 is getting the most of the attention don’t forget the Kinect for laptops, an interesting adaptation of technology. Like a jigsaw with no box we wonder what all of these jigsaw pieces add up to, what picture do they form?

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Microsoft Metro, Watching Elephants Learn To Dance…

Microsoft has over decades built a reputation as the most famous corporate Dinosaurs. With legendary stories of inflexibility and decision by technical committee, it was a well-deserved reputation. Five years ago behind closed doors a single decision was made that would rock their world, like an evolution altering asteroid. A decision that somehow slipped under the media’s radar. A decision that has been slowly changing Microsoft from the inside.

Fast forward to today and the time has come to pay the reaper. Microsoft has a new design team and philosophy, their mobile phone operating system is winning design awards and with its brand new partner Nokia they need 2012 to be the year that the changes take hold.

The background for this particular tale begins way back in 2007 with the release of the iPhone. Apple single-handedly changed the landscape and the rules, all in one foul sweep. The Apple way quickly came to dominate the small touch screen world. Steve Jobs knew that people needed to be able to work naturally with their devices, his premise being that the machines should work with us, we shouldn’t’ have to change the way we work just to use a phone and he was right and even Microsoft realized it.

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Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment…

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time.

With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. Sourced from the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments.

With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count.

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On the Surface: Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution…

Many products don’t make the transition from idea to retail product, vapor ware is the name given to these product ideas and prototypes that simply disappear into the ether. With an incredibly popular demonstration earlier this year at CES ‘Surface‘ seemed too good to be true, and looked like one of those ideas that just may end up being an ether dweller. Thankfully ‘Surface‘ isn’t one of those products, with the announcement this week that ‘Surface SUR40‘ is available for pre-order in 23 countries. Microsoft and Samsung have delivered more than just a new touch screen, ‘Surface‘ is a new way of collaborating.

The Samsung SUR40 Surface is the retail version of the Über coffee table demonstrated at CES earlier this year, with the finished product being slimmer and lighter than the demonstration. Most often seen in it’s table format, flat out, Surface can just as easily be mounted on a wall or installed at an angle in kiosks and information booths.

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BlueStacks. Android on Windows…

Android and Windows may not be a match made in heaven, Google and Microsoft haven’t been seen in the same room together for a long while after all. As it turns out the children of the two 900 pound gorilla’s may look good enough together, enough so that one company has given it a shot.. BlueStacks is that company and their software allows you to run Android software on Windows tablets or PCs.

Billed as a way to make real tablet software available for Windows tablets. BlueStacks may be on to something here, until Microsoft release Windows 8 for Tablets and software for it appears Android applications have the advantage of being made for a touch screen world, running standard windows apps on a tablet has been possible for 30 years – GRIDPad released 1989 – but it has never taken off because a tablet and desktop PC are two very different beasts.

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Kinect SDK, Developers Waving Madly…

Microsoft in February announced the release of the software developers kit – SDK – for their now ubiquitous hands free controller, the Kinect. This is the part of the Kinects software that lets clever programs use its various functions. The kit itself won’t be released till September but the release does open the Kinect up to all developers. Officially allowing anyone to build the Kinects functions into any software. Write a game and want to allow players to use the Kinect to play, use the SDK to develop that part of the game’s code.

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