I am also finding that Microsoft Office may not be the only leverage Microsoft has. Outlook is a must-have on the enterprise side. Further, it looks like Microsoft Publisher has also gained fairly widespread adoption vis-a-vis Adobe's high-end products.
Based on this, Microsoft may be able to claw their way back into the Tablet market - especially with Hybrids.
Microsoft Surface Mini may have Kinect like somatosensory tech, Intel Bay Trail CPU and 8” 1080p display
Posted By Stasys Bielinis on Dec 17, 2013 | 0 comments
The smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet has been rumored for months. First we expected it to show up together with the second generation Surfaces. Then learned that Mini has been pushed to spring 2014, because Microsoft had to pull tablet team members to finish the new XBox for Holiday Season launch.
And now we may know why Microsoft had to transfer people from Surface Mini to do the XBox stuff.
According to WP Dang, a Chinese website with a pretty good track record of Microsoft leaks, Surface Mini is getting Kinect like somatosensory technology. When released, the Mini will be able to recognize people’s faces, human hand movements, and should work much smoother than “Air Gestures” currently available on Samsung flagships like Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
WP Dang also says that Surface Mini will come with 8” 1080p display and Intel Bay Trail CPU, so it should run full Windows 8.1. Though ARM based Win RT Mini version might be in the works too, similar to what Microsoft did with bigger Surfaces this fall.
I am not sure whether Kinect like stuff is actually needed on a tablet. But you’ll never know before you try it. And Microsoft really needs to do something to set its slates apart from iPads and Androids.
Who knows, maybe the face recognition and well working touchless controls will do the trick.
The PR below seems to indicate this.
Retreat into the Home Screen with Koi Live Wallpaper for Android* Tablets by Kittehface Software
Koi uses Open GL 2.0 to bring the tranquility of a koi pond directly to your tablet.
(PRWEB) December 17, 2013
The gentle koi fish has long represented abundance, happiness and peace to Eastern cultures. Often found in serene garden ponds, the koi fish swims oblivious to the world above it, lost in the tranquility of the water. Now, users can bring some of the serenity of an Eastern garden directly to a tablet with the new Koi Live Wallpaper by Kittehface Software.
Koi Live Wallpaper transforms the user’s home screen into a window overlooking a peaceful koi pond. Featured on new Intel® Atom™ tablets for Android*, users can customize their desktop ponds by changing the background, selecting the type and number of fish and adding decorative details like lily pads.
Kittehface Software is an Intel® Software Partner and optimized Koi Live Wallpaper for the capabilities of Intel Atom tablets for Android*. The company accessed Intel tools, code, support and more in the Intel® Developer Zone.
“The support we received from Intel allowed us to create a unique wallpaper experience for our users,” said Jeremy Statz, owner of Kittehface Software. “Intel was very generous with its resources, and so we were able to create a product that is beautiful and customizable.”