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Windows Central Podcast 70: R.I.P Kinect

Kinect (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

We're back with another exciting episode of the Window Central Podcast. This week, Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden talk about the death of Microsoft's Kinect sensor, our impressions of Windows Mixed Reality a week or so after launch, the Andromeda device, Consumer Reports and more!

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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • I think canning Windows Phone, Groove, Band, and now Kinects has eroded consumer and developer confidence in Microsoft.  All Microsoft does is cancel products.  It makes me not want to buy any new tech from Microsoft because they will just kill it in a year or two.
  • And now probably Skype on the way to being killed, no real push for UWP apps due to killed Lumia brand and whole mobile Windows. Really hard to find it useful specially when it's gonna be crazy expensive :/ Imagine what it would be if they would hold today at least 10% of mobile market share, how they could make it around Skype like Apple did with Facetime. Ugghhh it will hurt us again :/
  • UWP is probably going to be cancelled next. Microsoft has jumped on the progressive web apps bandwagon with Google. Since they can't beat them, Microsoft is joining them.  
  • UWP will die slowly due to the lack of any real actions and support towards developers and big brands. It's already visable consequence of previous platform resets which pushed us (developers, conslutntants for mobile strategy) away at this stage for good :/ Without mobile UWP is pointless. Surfaces are used like normal PCs, new Andromeda/Surface Phone is aimed similarry and IMHO if it will be crazy expensive and weird (another device, not a laptop or smartphone?) with sales around 50k-200k units it won't change anything :/ They expect that people will use Andromeda/Surface Phone for Adobe and Office apps? From time to time OK, for just viewing files (psd, ai) also OK but what else? Just a web browser without any relevant apps? Decision from years ago on killing Lumia brand and mobile Windows now is hitting them again and makes this whole new device almost a DOA.
  • "And now probably Skype on the way to being killed"
    Skype team just announced over 1B downloads of Skype on Android. Some of you are really out of touch with how popular Skype is in the world.
  • So Surface Phone is coming but without mobile platform (apps, more apps as UWP, user base of WP/W10 around it). What's the point of device like that, it's gonna be something like Sony Vaio P years ago?
  • To be honest with the intro of Cortana ruined Kinect! I haven't been using my xboxone anymore since building my PC playing xbox play anywhere games, especially after logging on to my Xbox One and playing a few races of Forza 7 and is buggier than playing on a high end PC, which the only issue I've had is after playing for more than 3-4 hours consistently the game will be stuck in "saving" when I make a livery, which I've learned from my mistake wasting a few hours on a livery that didn't autosave like it use to when it would do the same thing. Having it downloaded to a m.2 SSD makes it load so much faster but one should expect it to load that fast with an SSD. Just miss recording game clips because it doesn't run as smooth with Xbox Game Bar on. But'll just save a replay and come back to it later if I do want to record a clip.
  • Who users Consumer Reports anymore?  I read reviews from tech websites and user reviews from Amazon.