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The Kinect is at once a niche and – forgive the pun – game-changing technologies. Although it has not quite resonated yet with customers in actual gaming, the potential is there for some fantastic experiences in the coming years.

One issue with all systems that detect motion is accuracy. Version 2 of the Kinect is certainly more powerful than its predecessor, but the nuances of finger movement are still lacking. Enter 'Handpose' a project that Microsoft Research has been working on for some time.

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Microsoft is expanding its Office 365 portfolio with a new service called Office 365 Video that allows companies to upload and share videos internally. The feature facilitates easy sharing of multimedia over a company's intranet, negating the need for file transfers. Introduced last November, the service is now being rolled out globally.

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The Microsoft Garage is an interesting place where some generally awesome ideas develop and grow into products we may or may not get to see. A large organization like Microsoft has many labs, like that totally secret development of HoloLens, and in a pretty detailed post, the doors to the Garage have been opened for us all to have a peek inside.

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Microsoft has updated its service page to relay details surrounding downtime for Music and Video services, as well as Xbox Live in general. The company is aware of issues preventing consumers from signing into said services, as well as managing user accounts. This is reportedly affecting those on Xbox consoles, Windows PCs and other devices rocking Xbox services.

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Microsoft started 40 years ago today, April 4, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico by co-founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates. They launched a business to sell the Altair BASIC interpreter that was used on the MITS Altair 8800 personal computer.

Needless to say, Microsoft has grown in the last 40 years from two people to over 100,000 employees working on tons of different products and services all over the world. It's not an exaggeration to say that the company has changed the world as it was one of the major forces behind the entire personal computing era.

We decided to take a look back at the biggest highs and lows of Microsoft's past four decades. It's safe to say that the company has had huge successes, but also some embarrassing failures as well.

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