I've read several articles now that mention how seriously Microsoft's media strategy has been hurt by the removal of the Kinect. A lot of R&D and interface design was done based off voice commands and now that is seemingly lost. There seems to be a very simple (conceptually) solution to this that saves voice commands as a pivotal part of the interface but is cheaper, optional, not always-on, etc. It's even already being done by others and that is to put a mic and a button to activate it on the remote control, just like Amazon TV has. This way the mic is only active when you push the button (instead of always listening). It's cheap and easy because you don't have to figure out who in a group is saying something or isolate the commands in a noisy room (the user speaks directly into it instead of it listening from across the room) yet the remote is something people who care about the media features will probably want anyway and people are used to using in general for media features unlike having to put on a headset to issue media related voice commands which is a non-starter. That Amazon TV seems to be getting pretty good reviews overall for the voice commands I'm sure MS can do even better.