Microsoft latest: Kinect for Windows, Android Lumia and Surface Mini

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Today's Microsoft latest features news about Kinect 2.0, Nokia Lumia and the widely rumoured Surface mini.

The not so popular Kinect 2.0 is finally coming out for the PC, as the Microsoft Store have the motion and voice tracking device listed for release on July 15.

There might not be many who do, but those who want one can preorder right now in the Microsoft Store. It won't be cheap though, in the UK it will set you back £159, and in the US it will cost $199.

It's probably only going to be that useful to developers in the short term considering it doesn't yet offer any great functionality in Windows.

The device will come with Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, which is software that will help developers to create new apps, ideas and games.

Kinect 2.0 has struggled since it was launched and bundled with every Xbox One. So much so that Microsoft admitted it had limited appeal and has since introduced an Xbox One only bundle.

Is Microsoft set to launch an Android powered Nokia Lumia? Well those are the rumours doing the rounds at the moment.

Big news: Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia by Microsoft -

— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 7, 2014

The news is very much just speculation for now with no official confirmation or denial of such a prospect, but evleaks is well known for providing reliable leaks via Twitter.

Microsoft-owned Nokia may well be testing a Lumia smartphone with Android OS but that doesn't necessarily mean we will ever see it in Carphone Warehouse or Phones4U.

Also considering Microsoft have smartphone services of their own, it's unlikely they would ever fully embrace Android. Perhaps if it was true, Microsoft would integrate their own services onto the OS if even possible.

Numerous reports are also claiming that Microsoft has resumed production of the Surface Mini tablet that many believed was going to be released in April.

It is ezleaks again that have provided the information over Twitter:

Microsoft Surface Mini is back in production, in anticipation of a summer release. -

— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 7, 2014

A summer release will almost definitely be just for the US, especially considering the Surface Pro 3 has been available in America for a few months and will not be seen on UK shores until August 28.

Rumours are pointing to the Surface Mini having a 7.5-inch display, which is considerably smaller than the Pro 3 that sports a huge 12-inch display.