Microsoft wants devs to code Phone apps in their spare time

Yesterday we reported that Microsoft was pimping out free Windows 7 phones to its employees. Today we learned that Redmond expects hard-working MS devs to code Phone apps in their spare time.

Microsoft pimps Windows Phone prototypes

Microsoft is reportedly pimping its Windows Phone 7 by handing out free prototypes to every employee.

Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung: Welcome to Windows Phone 7

While there's still shockingly few details about the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has now at least revealed a list of manufacturers that will be producing the first set of Phone 7 handsets.

Is Microsoft's Kinect too expensive?

Is Microsoft alienating core gamers by pricing its Kinect peripheral at $150?

Hewlett Packard throws Microsoft a tablet bone

Hewlett Packard (HP) is denying that it definitively abandoned plans to launch a Windows 7 slate. 

The company, which recently acquired Palm for $1.2 billion, insisted it was still "gauging" the market "promise" of a Windows 7 tablet computer.

Can Windows Phone 7 take on Android and Apple?

Thousands of Windows Phone 7 prototypes manufactured by a number of industry heavyweights - such as Asus, LG and Samsung - are currently making their way to developers.

$150 Kinect to hit store shelves in November

Microsoft has priced its Kinect motion-sensing controller at $150 with a free a game. 

The system - which is slated to hit store shelves in November - will also be available in a $300 bundle that includes an Xbox 360 "Slim" and a Kinect Adventures game.

Microsoft initiates zero-day vulnerability probe

Microsoft is investigating reports of ongoing "targeted attacks" that reportedly exploit a serious Windows Shell vulnerability.

NPD Group: Initial Office 2010 sales are "disappointing"

The NPD Group has characterized initial sales of Microsoft Office 2010 as "disappointing."

Microsoft snubs multitasking with Windows Phone 7

Is the lack of true multitasking in Windows Phone 7 a feature or a benefit? Well, we can probably rule out the latter, because even Apple's restrictive iOS 4 allows multiple programs to run simultaneously.

Bing continues to gain market share, will focus on mobile

Microsoft's search engine continues to grow in market share in a come-from-behind story that has been a great success for the company, and it will now strengthen its efforts to gain notoriety in the mobile space.

Russian spy found working at Microsoft

A man believed to be a twelfth Russian spy was discovered and deported yesterday, leaving Microsoft short of one software tester.

Kinect bundle pre-orders go live at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has announced a $200 Kinect bundle for Microsoft’s Xbox 360. 

The package deal - which is now available for pre-order - includes the Kinect sensor, a $30 gift card and one of the following games:

Windows XP will never die

Microsoft originally said that new owners of Windows 7 who wanted to downgrade to XP would only have until 2011 to do so, but now the company has changed its mind and extended support for the old operating system until 2020.

Ballmer touts Windows tablets for the masses

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed plans to sedate the restless masses with a veritable smorgasbord of Windows-powered tablets by the end of 2010.

Microsoft invites 10,000 more users to Intune cloud beta

After a better-than-expected initial reception to its latest cloud computing project, Microsoft is expanding its beta program for Intune to include 10,000 more users.

No-name company sues pretty much every mobile phone maker

NTP Inc, a company that has been labeled a "patent troll," has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Apple, HTC, and LG.

Kin debacle embarrasses Microsoft

Microsoft’s decision to discontinue its lame Kin phone for overly-ironic hipsters in Brooklyn has apparently "sunk" morale at Redmond's Fortress of Solitude. 

Microsoft touts bipolar battery design

Microsoft has announced a bipolar battery design that can be easily installed in electronic devices.

Has the Xbox 360 hit the "downside" of its lifecycle?

DFC Intelligence believes the Xbox 360 may have "some" good years left, but estimates the console is on the "downside" of its lifecycle - despite the advent of Microsoft's Kinect platform.