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App Installer: Ninite

App Installer: Ninite

Making the jump from XP or Vista to Windows 7 with a clean slate? Ninite graciously provides gain without pain with a one-click install of an ever-expanding suite of must-have apps.

Windows 7

Windows 7

Now available: Vista is no more than a bad, forgotten party with Windows 7, which promises faster performance, better compatibility, multi-touch support and a revamped taskbar.

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D&D x Microsoft Surface

D&D x Microsoft Surface

Microsoft’s Surface finds its true calling with this Dungeons & Dragons concept: it’s a dream come true for tabletop gamers with virtual playing fields, although we miss the physical dice.

Microsoft Courier Concept

Microsoft Courier Concept

The Giz has scored a first look at Microsoft’s Courier Concept; it’s basically two tablets (a booklet?) in one with dual 7″ multitouch/stylus screens, a 3 MP camera and single home button.

Building Rome In A Day

Building Rome In A Day

Using Microsoft’s Photosynth project (e.g., the Obama Inauguration), U. of Washington researchers are piecing together entire cities using Flickr images–but in hours instead of years.

MS Mobile Keyboard 6000

MS Mobile Keyboard 6000

Made for portability, Microsoft’s Mobile Keyboard 6000 is just a few mm thicker than an AAA battery at the rear, requires Bluetooth, and can be purchased with a separate number pad.

Funny: Microsoft Fune

Funny: Microsoft Fune

We actually like the Zune, but this Microsoft Fune does such a good job poking fun at “backwards” compatibility that we couldn’t help but laugh; AOL + Microsoft = please God, no.

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Microsoft’s LifeCam Cinema is the first 720p/30fps webcam and lets you shoot HD video at 1280×720; it also features auto focus, 4x digital zoom and a noise-canceling microphone.

Preorder: Zune HD

Preorder: Zune HD

Microsoft’s Zune HD is available for preorder at multiple stores including Microsoft and Amazon; it launches on 9/16/09 with 16/32 GB flavors, a 3.3″ multi-touch OLED screen and Wi-Fi.

Office 2010

Office 2010

Microsoft finally answers Google Docs with a free, lightweight web-only version of Office 2010; it includes Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint and will work with FF, Safari and IE.

Video: Office 2010

Video: Office 2010

Office 2010 is expertly directed by Dennis Liu with spy/Matrix-elements, but making Microsoft cool is a Mission: Impossible task unto itself; how about two hours of Clippy death scenes?

Video: Googling with Bing

Video: Googling with Bing

Microsoft’s Bing “decision” engine has done fairly well, but Googling with Bing puts into perspective a certain 800 pound gorilla in Silicon Valley that is synonymous with search.

Search Overload Syndrome

Search Overload Syndrome

The jury’s still out on Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine,” but kudos to them for putting together “Cure for Search Overload Syndrome;” it’s a hilarious TV ad about bad search results.

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Jimmy Fallon x Project Natal

Jimmy Fallon x Project Natal

Easily the most gamer-friendly talk show host, Jimmy Fallon demos Project Natal; the clip above is both fun and funny, but like Jimmy we’d love to have one to take home now.

Video: Project Natal

Video: Project Natal

We thought this was Wii parody, but Microsoft’s Project Natal is the (pseudo) real deal; hammy paid actors and fake games aside, we’re intrigued by the controller-less interface.

Zune HD

Zune HD

After months of speculation, Microsoft’s Zune HD is now official; specs are scarce until its reveal at E3, but we do know it’ll feature a 3.3″ 480×272 OLED touchscreen, HD radio and HD output.

Microsoft BlueTrack Mice

Microsoft BlueTrack Mice

Microsoft’s work-anywhere BlueTrack tech gets budget friendly with their Mouse 5000 and Mobile Mouse 6000; both are ambidextrous mice while the latter sports a 0.8cm nano receiver.

Sidewinder X3 Mouse

Sidewinder X3 Mouse

Microsoft’s Sidewinder X3 is gaming on a budget; it packs eight buttons, ambidextrous layout, and on-the-fly sensitivity switching with a laser sensor that ranges from 400 to 2,000 DPI.

Halo Universe Expanded

Halo Universe Expanded

Developers, journalists and gamers alike give Halo Wars a proper introduction with this Universe Expanded Trailer; Part One explores the Halo back story, Spartans and Harvest.

Video: Office 2019

Video: Office 2019

Microsoft gives us a peek into the future: dubbed “Office 2019,” everything from walls to newspapers will serve dynamic information. Personally, we can’t wait for our coffee mug to BSoD.

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WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

Windows Mobile 6.5 gets an improved touchscreen interface, user customizable widgets and My Phone web-based sync; Marketplace for Mobile will feature 20k+ apps.

Halo Wars Units

Halo Wars Units

Merry Christmas, Master Chief: Microsoft has dropped a grunt-astic amount of info on Halo Wars, with detailed UNSC and Covenant descriptions, artwork and in-game screenshots.

Zune Originals

Zune Originals

Microsoft has intro’d 46 new designs for Zune Originals, divvied up into Artist, Zodiac and Tattoo series. They’re available with all Zune players for $10-$15 extra. Thanks, Alvaro!

Guitar Hero All-Star Ad

Guitar Hero All-Star Ad

We’re man enough to confess our man crushes, but this Guitar Hero: World Tour ad is almost too much; it’s got Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps, A-Rod and Kobe doing Risky Business in their skivvies.

Boomer Statue

Boomer Statue

Wow–check out the detail on our favorite mindless Gears of War juggernaut, Boomer; polystone makes all the intricate lines possible. Choose from bronze or platinum; it’s available 11/08.

Trailer: Halo 3 Recon

Trailer: Halo 3 Recon

Although this trailer starts off the same as the Halo 3 Recon teaser we ran earlier, this longer version shows a Spartan hiding from Covenant forces; the expansion won’t be out until Fall ’09.

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