Microsoft demos tighter Windows Phone and Kinect integration

By Tom Warren, on 27th Jun 11 4:50 pm with 13 Comments

Microsoft has shown off some tighter Windows Phone and Kinect integration.

The software giant revealed the interactivity between Windows Phone and Kinect at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Microsoft has now taken the chance to demonstrate some further integration between Windows Phone and Kinect. The company revealed that Windows Phones will be able receive reminders from Xbox for Live TV scheduling. Microsoft’s Bing listings will also be shared to Windows Phone. Xbox users who use Bing to search can then text the details of their search results to a Windows Phone. It’s not clear whether this functionality is available to other phones but as the system appears to use SMS it will likely work on every phone. WPCentral notes that the integration will minimize effort for end users.

Microsoft has been quiet on the Xbox Kinect and Windows Phone gaming front. After the initial demonstration in February, it’s not clear when the company plans to announce games that make use of both platforms simultaneously. The software maker is currently working on a big Windows Phone update codenamed Mango. Microsoft unveiled a number of new Windows Phone Mango features at a VIP event in May. Mango will include over 500 new features ranging from multitasking through to some major Bing search improvements. For more information on Mango check-out our special Mango section.

  • http://twitter.com/s_a_r_k_i_s sarkis chamelian

    I want to challenge my friend on his XboX through my windows phone….that is what I’m waiting for……*sigh*

    • Aaron

      On Xbox multi-player is very simple.  Jump in a game, and Live connects you with other players.  I am crossing my fingers that we may finally see this introduced with Mango.  It would make perfect sense for a lot of games, like Hydro Thunder.  What is stopping them?  Could it be bandwidth issues?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      I dont think we will see it with Mango, most likely with WP8.  I remember Microsoft saying back when they debuted the capabilities of the Kinect and WP interacting that it wouldn’t become public for another year or two.

      I think its too big of a feature to throw out so quickly, perfect syncronization cannot be rushed (:

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      I dont think we will see it with Mango, most likely with WP8.  I remember Microsoft saying back when they debuted the capabilities of the Kinect and WP interacting that it wouldn’t become public for another year or two.

      I think its too big of a feature to throw out so quickly, perfect syncronization cannot be rushed (:

  • http://twitter.com/teusje teusje

    I think he forgot that people don’t like ads.
    People download torrents just to see series without ads. -_-

    • nick

      I think that they people you speak of are the minority if anything… I can relate to a situation where i see an ad and I can say i would like to check that out. This is great integration and not only good for Consumer but also good for Advertisers. Ads are good however you look at it unless you want to pay a premium to not see ads…

    • joex2

       ”think he forgot that people don’t like ads.”  If this were the case, Google would not have much money.
      “People download torrents just to see series without ads”  Wrong. To watch any time. Without having to follow the TV schedules.

    • Grannyville7989

      People torrent because they don’t want to pay for content. Ads have nothing to do with it.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeyJohansen Joey Johansen

      copy/paste an rss feed into your client and you get Tivo-esque auto-downloads to specific folders if you wish, ALL the ads are cut out and you don’t need to fast forward through them, and you don’t need to worry if a show was moved and your tivo recorded half the show or anything like that.

      If I could get what I get through torrents but legally and pay for it, I would in a heart beat, hulu and other legal ways to ‘stream’ shows is just as painful as normal tv if not moreso because somehow watching ads on a monitor is a lot harder to do that on the couch, prolly cause couch is more relaxing and you can look away and not feel weird about it.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    SMS do not make any sense. It will be more comprehensive to use hotmail calendar. that way it will be pushed to any phone that is synced to it.

  • Morgan Wisbey

    Will they create tighter integration between our hotmail accounts and xbox live accounts? It seems they will have to as if we want to text something to a contact who isnt a xbox live user and on our friends list, then we will have to type in their phone number all the time.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if this is related but I saw on Engadget that they also have Xbox Live voice chat intergrated into Windows Phone 7.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/27/more-mango-features-uncovered-in-browser-audio-streams-xbox-li/

    • http://twitter.com/LachlanCMcLeod Lachlan C McLeod

      maybe we will see it all switched to skype by then