Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Xbox 360 Will Mark Microsofts Holiday Season

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Windows Phone 7, Kinect, Xbox 360 Will Mark Microsofts Holiday Season

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Microsoft and Mobile

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrates Windows Phone 7 for media and analysts. Microsoft hopes to regain market share in the mobile space, where it faces fierce competition from the likes of the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices.

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Microsoft also hopes that Kinect, its hands-free controller for the Xbox 360, will prove to be a big hit this holiday season.

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The HTC HD7 features a 4.3-inch multitouch screen and a kickstand. It's just one of nine Windows Phone 7 smartphones scheduled to roll out in the next few months.

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Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse will "flex" from flattened (for travel) to curved (to fit your hand, while working).

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Touch Strip

The Arc Touch Mouse features a super-sensitive touch strip in place of a roller wheel, along with three programmable tap "buttons."

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Traditional Mice

Microsoft is also offering more traditional mice, in a variety of colors and form factors.

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Microsoft continues to push Bing, its search-engine. Newer features such as the "Entertainment" tab bring the Website more in line with traditional Web portals such as Yahoo.

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Xbox 360

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is perhaps the main component of the company's push into the entertainment space. Games such as the "Halo" franchise have helped turn the console from a financial loss to a revenue generator.

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Windows 7 Push

Microsoft and its manufacturing partners will push Windows 7 on a variety of laptop form factors for the holiday season. Since its October 2009 launch, some 175 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold.

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Desktop Models

Microsoft and those partners will continue to push desktop models, as well—particularly to hardcore gamers.

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