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By , Network World
March 07, 2013 03:20 PM ET

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The article quotes Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus: "Microsoft has been making many efforts lately that I cannot talk about in specific, but that will help give momentum to the notebook and netbook and Eee PC [Asus's netbook line] area. I believe Asus will have the opportunity in the third or fourth quarter to get back this sector, with a better selling price than before."

Kinect-on-Surface pipe dream

Microsoft wants to make its Kinect motion-sensing technology small enough to fit into its Surface tablets, bringing them the capability to control the devices via gesture input.

At least that's the goal, said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, at its TechFest 2013 science fair this week, according to a story on The Verge website.

"You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible," he says. "My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet] ... It's not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing."

Tim Greene covers Microsoft for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter @Tim_Greene.

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