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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) News: Head-Mounted Display, 4Afrika Initiative & More

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Microsoft patent application resembles leaked Kinect Glasses project (TheVerge)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has submitted a patent for a “head-mounted display” that looks a lot like the company’s leaked Kinect Glasses. The patent application was filed in early 2012, and made public this week. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) describes a multiplayer system that lets game players invite other users via a head-mounted display device. Illustrations attached to the patent show a pair of glasses that include sensors to locate users, track gestures, and read the environment of a game player. Several Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) employees are listed on the patent application, including two that work in the Xbox division.

Microsoft opens technology centre in SA (TelecomPaper)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) South Africa has opened the first Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) in Africa, multi-million rand facility that it says will help local companies of all sizes become more globally competitive. The MTC houses millions of rands worth of hardware and devices from a range of local partners. A team of architects and developers will help partners and customers explore new ways to grow their businesses, improve processes and optimise the technology they already own. The centre will also play a major role in the company’s 4Afrika initiative, which was launched earlier this year and aims to drive innovation opportunities, skills development and broadband access on the continent.

Microsoft to sell Office, OneCare for $70 a year (NYDailyNews)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will begin selling its Office programs to consumers on a subscription basis starting mid-July, in a bid to reach thrifty PC buyers who would otherwise pass on productivity software. The move may also set the stage for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to offer its consumer-oriented programs as “services” over the Web, by acclimating people now to the new pricing model such a shift could require. The software bundle, which also includes Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Live OneCare computer security software, will be sold at nearly 700 Circuit City stores for $70 per year.

Microsoft Confirms Xbox One Compatibility With Current-Gen Headsets (Co-Optimus)
We were once worried that our expensive third-party headsets would be thrown to the wayside when Xbox One was released. Gaming headsets heavily boost the experience quite a bit for most people, so gamers had a reason to be slightly concerned over this. Luckily, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has officially confirmed their plans to offer an adapter to accommodate those gamers’ needs. From our most recent poll asking the community what they prefer to use on their Xbox 360’s, 55% of them stated that their third-party headsets (such as Turtle Beaches, Astros, and Steel Series) are the way to go. They should be thrilled to hear that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be giving them an opportunity to bring their beloved headsets over to the Xbox One this holiday season.

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