Microsoft Simplifies the PC with Windows 7

Today Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of its new Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 delivers on a simple premise: make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC. The new operating system offers a streamlined user interface and significant new features that make everyday tasks easier and allow [...]

Video Demo: Xbox 360 ‘Instant On’ Zune HD Movie Streaming

Attached below is a video by Dan Rayburn at The Business of Online Video demonstrating the Zune add-in currently available through Xbox LIVE Preview. The add-in, as you'll see, gives you the option to download or stream a movie from the service in SD or HD and has the ability to detect your connection speed [...]

Zune Marketplace for Mac OS X?

Mary Jo Foley has an interesting post up at ZDNet which hints that Microsoft may soon be targeting its Zune Pass music subscription service to the iPod and iPhone via Windows. Microsoft's Jose Pinero, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s TV, Video and Music Business, told Foley that "We are evaluating a lot of options in [...]

The Future of the Mouse Is Multi-Touch

We've seen the humble PC mouse evolve from one button with a trackball to multi-buttons with a scroll wheel and laser tracking. Now that mult-touch is all the rage on laptops, touchscreen PCs, and smartphones, the technology is set to take the mouse and derivitative navigation products into new and exciting realms. Below are two [...]

Leaked Microsoft Courier Booklet UI Video Hits the Net

I've been hesitant to post any info on the rumored Microsoft Courier Booklet, but Gizmodo seems to keep getting their hands on leaked video and photos of the device that makes it too hard to ignore [Video: 1, 2]. Essentially, the Courier Booklet (which supposedly is going to be produced by Microsoft) is a dual-screen, [...]

Zune HD Specs Revealed, Pre-Order Now for $289.99

Microsoft Store has posted the juicy specification details on the Zune HD Wireless Media Player that many of you have been waiting for. It also appears that the Zune HD will be hitting store shelves as early as mid-September (pre-order window: 8/13 - 9/15). Product hightlights: 720p video-out capable (additional AV dock required), 3.3-inch (480x272) [...]

Xbox 360 Gets Netflix Streaming Exclusivity, Plans on Adding Social Features Like Twitter

Microsoft has a rolled out a new system update for the Xbox 360 that adds a slew of new user experience enhancements and an exclusivity agreement. For the foreseeable future, the Xbox 360 will be the only game console to natively offer Netflix movie streaming (available only to Xbox LIVE Gold members). In other words, [...]

Customize Windows 7 Media Center to Start How You Want

Missing Remote, with help from Microsoft MVP Andrew Cherry, have a posted a quick guide to some newly discovered "switches" in Windows 7 Media Center that people can take advantage of to customize the default user experience. Some of the things you can turn on and off include: startup animation, startup sound, chrome-less windows, start [...]