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Hands-On: Working with Storage Spaces in Windows 8

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Storage Spaces is an exciting new storage virtualization technology that is new for Windows 8. For background, you can read my prior post on Windows 8 storage solutions.

Now in Marketplace: An updated Bing Translator app

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Nothing takes the fun out of a foreign vacation faster than an afternoon spent deciphering street signs or pointing randomly at menus (mmm, mystery dinner!).

No more. Just in time for the summer travel season, a new version of the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone landed in Marketplace today. Download it.

Marshmallow People and HTML5 come together in new arcade style game

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Back in March at Internet Explorer's Badger Palooza event at the 2012 SXSW Interactive festival we unveiled an arcade machine running Internet Explorer 9 featuring an HTML5 game based on the popular animated short film “Marshmallow People” from FilmCow. It was so popular, we’ve made the game, developed by Bradley and Montgomery, available for everyone – be sure to check out Marshmallow People: Bored to Death

Beta for Kinect for Windows SDK Now Available!

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Today we are making available the beta for the Kinect for Windows SDK. Those of you who have been waiting in anticipation for this can download it here! The SDK includes device drivers for Kinect as well as APIs, device interfaces, installer documentation and other resource materials. The SDK is designed for academic researchers, developers and enthusiasts to take advantage of Kinect on the PC for creating incredible software projects utilizing natural user interface (NUI).

Kinect + Windows: New & Amazing Experiences through NUI

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Steve Clayton today has posted today on the Official Microsoft Blog about bringing Kinect to Windows with a SDK that will be available later this spring. He talks about how we believe this SDK will enable developers in the academic research and enthusiast communities to create new and amazing experiences on the PC through natural user interfaces (NUI). As Steve puts it, these experiences will “transform our relationship with computers”.

Show Me Your App. Go to a Big Party.

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Next week we will be in San Francisco for the 2011 Game Developer’s Conference.  It’s a big conference with lots of attendees expected.  Microsoft will have a number of people there to connect with developers and partners and will be throwing a big party on Thursday night (March 3rd) to celebrate.

We are going to bring five WP7 developers as our guests to the party.  Want to be one of them?  Here’s what you need to do:

Kinect for Windows SDK Announced

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Today on the Corporate Microsoft Blog, we announced that the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) will be hitting this spring for free. This SDK will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to Kinect. There has been a lot of interest by the community for enabling Kinect in Windows and we want to support that as natural user interface (NUI) is very important to us.

Real Apps, Real Code

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One of the most popular pages in the Windows Phone 7 documentation is the Code Samples topic. On this page you can find a series of code samples that demonstrate various features of Windows Phone 7. But somewhat hidden away at the bottom of the topic are links to some Starter Kits. These Starter Kits are fully functional applications – in fact, you can find these apps in the Marketplace and try them out on your phone. The complete source code for the entire application is available to download and tinker with.

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