2012: The Year Of Microsoft Windows?

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First Posted: 10/01/12 17:08 Updated: 10/01/12 17:40

Could 2012 be the year of Microsoft Windows? With the number of killer Microsoft announcements in these early days of the new year, it's beginning to look that way.

Kinect for Windows will arrive next month, the company has confirmed. That means we can all be Tom Cruise in Minority Report soon enough*.

This will not be a re-hash of the Kinect already enabled on Xbox 360. A note on the box clearly reads "PC optimized - not for use with Xbox 360."

The latest Windows phone, the Nokia Lumia 900 was also announced today at CES. This super slick follow up to the Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia's, and therefore Windows', most serious assault on the modern smart phone market.

The gorgeous phone is a serious rival to the indomitable Apple iPhone, and more than likely a preferred option for PC users who haven't bought into the Mac experience.

The other hot Windows product coming out of of CES is the super slim Ultrabook. Intel displayed a number of Ultrabooks.

The aesthetically pleasing PC laptops bring elements of Apple's famously slick industrial design to the PC market.

For anyone who has to carry a laptop around for work or presentations, these are a back saver, and for that reason alone could be the product of the year.

In case you wondered, Intel coined and trademarked the term Ultrabook, and is strictly defined as "ultra responsive, ultra sleek, and ultra stylish devices that are less than an inch thick and wake up in a flash."

These announcements are a triple threat to all comers in the consumer tech game, mainly because for a change, they deliver what Windows users want. All this Windows joy and we're only 10 days in.

*only minus the weird couch jumping and air pumping.

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Filed by Melanie Hick  |