The future is amazing, and Microsoft has video to prove it

This might be as close as we’re going to get to a time machine. Unless they’re working on that, too.

Microsoft this morning is premiering a new video that shows how the company believes technology is poised to evolve over the next five to 10 years, based on the trends its researchers and engineers are seeing in software, devices, displays, sensors, processors and intelligent systems.

It’s a follow-up to the popular “Microsoft 2019″ video, developed in 2008 and first shown publicly in 2009. The latest video builds on some of the themes from its predecessor and takes everything further.

As the new video opens, special eyeglasses translate audio into English in real-time for a business traveler in Johannesburg. A thin screen on a car window highlights a passing building to show where her meeting will be the next day, based on information from her calendar. Office workers gesture effortlessly to control and reroute text and charts as the screens around them morph and pulse with new information.

And on and on from there, making our modern-day digital breakthroughs seem like mere baby steps on the road to a far more spectacular future.

The scenes reflect Microsoft’s belief that intelligent systems will bring information to us when we need it, allowing us to work effortlessly across devices and focus on the things we’re trying to do — while keeping us from struggling with or even being conscious of the underlying technology.

[Follow-up: Microsoft's vision, and the myth of the carefree gadget.]

In this vision of the future world, computers will do more to make us productive, but not just in the traditional sense. They’ll help us use our time more effectively, they’ll focus our attention on what’s important, and let us build stronger relationships with people we care about.

“We see an expanded definition of productivity where it’s not just about getting things done,” said David Jones, Microsoft’s director of envisioning, whose group developed the video. “It’s also about doing the right things, and doing them well and enjoying the process with other people in a very natural way.”

But even if the vision is solid, there’s no guarantee that Microsoft will be the one to make it a reality. That’s a risk for the company. Microsoft has no problem thinking big, but in recent years it has struggled, at times, to turn that vision into leadership, particularly in the consumer market.

[Follow-up: Microsoft marks Kinect's first year with great video, old data]

For example, futuristic tablet computing was a big focus of the previous video, but it was Apple that would soon come along and make tablets mainstream with the iPad, a decade after Microsoft tried unsuccessfully with its own Windows tablets.

In the same way, elements of Apple’s new Siri intelligent assistant for the iPhone 4S could be seen as a predecessor to some of the futuristic scenes in the latest Microsoft video. (For what it’s worth, the new Microsoft video was in development many months before the Apple product announcement.)

There’s also a risk that Microsoft might be giving ideas to smaller rivals that could implement elements of its vision more quickly.

But these videos are more about business technology, where Microsoft Office and Windows remain standards. And the company sees a larger purpose in presenting its long-term vision in this way. Microsoft has historically made these videos to help give its customers, particularly in the corporate world, an idea of how it sees the future, so they can have a better sense of what they might be getting into long term when they make bets on the company’s technology.

The videos can also spark discussion and debate inside the company.

“It’s something to react to and have a conversation around,” said Chris Pratley, Microsoft general manager of technical strategy.

Jones added, “You can stop any frame in the video and talk for an hour about everything that’s going on. There’s a lot of thinking layered in. We’re trying not to be superficial at all — there’s a lot of deep thinking.”

Pratley explained, “It would be relatively trivial to do a kind of Hollywood thing, where you just say what would be cool, and you whip it up and put it on the screen. But everything in the video, we could footnote everything about where it’s coming from, who’s working on it, why we think it’s going to happen.”

In that spirit, here’s a series of screenshots from the video, with Microsoft’s explanation of what’s happening in each.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft on this impressive display! That’s what I expect from a company that is always innovating.

    • 2105JOHN

      STAR TRECK MOVE OVER HERE WE COME

  • deno

    Demos are easy.  Videos like this are even easier.   Ship real products.

    • Anonymous

      Videos like this are not easy at all. But it easy to troll an article.

    • Guest

      I think you’re right.  Microsoft put together something similar to this video about 3 years ago. 

      Things like this keep their marketing department employed. 

      But the reality is that when computers collect this much data about you- from how many bags you have packed, and your schedule to a 10-minute increments, we as a species have given up freedom and mobility to the computer.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeTierney Joe Tierney

    Funny. Microsoft makes these videos while Apple and Google actually deliver the devices and services.

    http://youtu.be/TAh4yiCzgKw
    http://youtu.be/T8fsvYd2RBY
    http://youtu.be/TnFFszpOL6g 

    • Guest

      I don’t get it.  Comparing the products you linked to the envisioned products in the video seems to me like comparing the Apple Lisa to a current generation MacBook Pro (i.e. kind of silly).

      Then again, perhaps you don’t get it.

    • wanorris

      That’s a really slick new Google Maps. But it accomplishes something pretty similar to the Bird’s Eye view that Bing Maps has had for a while now. I’m not sure if that’s available on WinPhone or not — I have Android — but I still think it’s pretty fair to say that both Microsoft and Google are innovating pretty rapidly in the mapping space.

      The Conversation Mode for translate looks fantastic. I don’t think Bing Translation can do voice at all at this point. Great work by Google.

      The iPad thing looks great too. Of course, every doctor’s office I’ve ever been to uses a Windows-based medical records management system, so it’s probably more likely that most real world deployments of tablets that can tap into the full set of data will be to Win 8 tablets.

      Also note that Apple didn’t make that, either. That’s because Google and Microsoft have loads of researchers who invent new technologies like Conversation Mode and Kinect, while Apple doesn’t. So when Apple wants something new like capacitive touchscreens or voice software, they go buy a company specializing in that area.

      • JFish

        Uh, Mr. Wanorris sir? Microsoft bought Kinect. That’s not homegrown tech.

        • wanorris

          No, they bought one component of it. There was quite a lot of homegrown tech in there.

        • wanorris

          No, they bought one component of it. There was quite a lot of homegrown tech in there.

          • Guest

            Perhaps, but remember, Johnny Chung Lee, who is credited for developing the kinekt, moved to Google, where he started a new lab, with people from Stanford, M.I.T., Nokia Labs and Carnegie Mellon.

            If anyone develops this technology, it will probably be Google, as an X-LAB project.

        • wanorris

          No, they bought one component of it. There was quite a lot of homegrown tech in there.

        • wanorris

          No, they bought one component of it. There was quite a lot of homegrown tech in there.

        • Anonymous

          Buying the best tech when you need it is part of Silicon Valley startup culture. Microsoft and Google copy the best tech when they need it. That is not better. Apple doesn’t pay for all the failed startups, only for the ones that succeed at a world class level, and Apple users get the best tech in the world, not a KIRF copy.

        • Anonymous

          Buying the best tech when you need it is part of Silicon Valley startup culture. Microsoft and Google copy the best tech when they need it. That is not better. Apple doesn’t pay for all the failed startups, only for the ones that succeed at a world class level, and Apple users get the best tech in the world, not a KIRF copy.

        • Anonymous

          Buying the best tech when you need it is part of Silicon Valley startup culture. Microsoft and Google copy the best tech when they need it. That is not better. Apple doesn’t pay for all the failed startups, only for the ones that succeed at a world class level, and Apple users get the best tech in the world, not a KIRF copy.

          • wanorris

            Which world class startup was responsible for iCloud? They certainly didn’t buy the company that knows the most about running cloud services, because GOOG is still trading. Which startup did they buy to get the maps and search on the iPhone?

            Then, of course, there’s Ping. (That’s Apple’s social network in case you forgot, like everyone else has.) I think “the best tech in the world” is really evident in that one.

            I think they actually did buy a startup to get Apple TV. I guess that’s why it sells so much better than a “KIRF copy” like the XBox.

          • wanorris

            Which world class startup was responsible for iCloud? They certainly didn’t buy the company that knows the most about running cloud services, because GOOG is still trading. Which startup did they buy to get the maps and search on the iPhone?

            Then, of course, there’s Ping. (That’s Apple’s social network in case you forgot, like everyone else has.) I think “the best tech in the world” is really evident in that one.

            I think they actually did buy a startup to get Apple TV. I guess that’s why it sells so much better than a “KIRF copy” like the XBox.

          • wanorris

            Which world class startup was responsible for iCloud? They certainly didn’t buy the company that knows the most about running cloud services, because GOOG is still trading. Which startup did they buy to get the maps and search on the iPhone?

            Then, of course, there’s Ping. (That’s Apple’s social network in case you forgot, like everyone else has.) I think “the best tech in the world” is really evident in that one.

            I think they actually did buy a startup to get Apple TV. I guess that’s why it sells so much better than a “KIRF copy” like the XBox.

          • wanorris

            Which world class startup was responsible for iCloud? They certainly didn’t buy the company that knows the most about running cloud services, because GOOG is still trading. Which startup did they buy to get the maps and search on the iPhone?

            Then, of course, there’s Ping. (That’s Apple’s social network in case you forgot, like everyone else has.) I think “the best tech in the world” is really evident in that one.

            I think they actually did buy a startup to get Apple TV. I guess that’s why it sells so much better than a “KIRF copy” like the XBox.

          • Anonymous

            apple steals for a living, do you?

          • Anonymous

            apple steals for a living, do you?

          • Anonymous

            apple steals for a living, do you?

          • Anonymous

            apple steals for a living, do you?

        • Anonymous

          Buying the best tech when you need it is part of Silicon Valley startup culture. Microsoft and Google copy the best tech when they need it. That is not better. Apple doesn’t pay for all the failed startups, only for the ones that succeed at a world class level, and Apple users get the best tech in the world, not a KIRF copy.

        • http://www.mikejkelley.com mikejkelley

          The Kinect was far and away homegrown in-house Microsoft.

          I’d say more of a triumph than re-packaging 10 year old tablet tech.

        • Guest

          Yeah… Just remember how Microsoft treated Johnny Chung Lee, while working on Project Natal; predecessor to Kinect.v After a year at Microsoft, he jumped ship for Google.

      • Anonymous

        There are more iPads in medicine today — just in medicine alone — than all the Windows tablets ever sold to all industries, in the entire 10 year life of Windows tablets. iOS devices are the only ones that doctors and nurses actually ask for, because they are designed to bring computing to people who do not work at desks. There are tens of thousands of medical apps for iOS.

        • wanorris

          Perhaps medical offices will take to wallpapering the exam rooms with iPads, I don’t know. What I do know is that in any business, all your legacy software doesn’t magically go away just because there someone put out cool new devices.

          Most of the capabilities in that legacy software that medical offices run are built into Windows front ends. Migrating that to a Windows tablet involves some UI adaptation work. Migrating it to iPad means a clean rewrite. One of these things is much harder than the other.

        • wanorris

          Perhaps medical offices will take to wallpapering the exam rooms with iPads, I don’t know. What I do know is that in any business, all your legacy software doesn’t magically go away just because there someone put out cool new devices.

          Most of the capabilities in that legacy software that medical offices run are built into Windows front ends. Migrating that to a Windows tablet involves some UI adaptation work. Migrating it to iPad means a clean rewrite. One of these things is much harder than the other.

        • wanorris

          Perhaps medical offices will take to wallpapering the exam rooms with iPads, I don’t know. What I do know is that in any business, all your legacy software doesn’t magically go away just because there someone put out cool new devices.

          Most of the capabilities in that legacy software that medical offices run are built into Windows front ends. Migrating that to a Windows tablet involves some UI adaptation work. Migrating it to iPad means a clean rewrite. One of these things is much harder than the other.

          • Anonymous

            Apps and Web interfaces have already dealt with the issue of what the back-ends of medical systems use.  The medical tablet market is already gone. And I’m not sure you realize just how quickly iOS is growing.  By the time MS gets Windows 8 out the door, there will be more iOS devices in the world than Windows devices.  There are actual reasons why Apple has the largest market cap in the world.

          • Anonymous

            Are you saying that by fall 2012 there will be 1 billion iPads sold?

          • Anonymous

            There are currently over 250 million iOS devices in the world (iPhones, iPod touches and iPads).  The estimate I’ve seen for Windows machines is 650 million worldwide.  If Windows 8 comes out on time, by fall 2012, Windows will probably still be ahead.  But by the end of 2013 iOS will probably be ahead, if current trends hold.  Regardless of the exact timing, the mobile/cellphone market is so much larger than the PC market that the top few OS’s there will all be bigger than the PC in a few years.  I don’t expect Windows 8 to be one of them.

        • wanorris

          Perhaps medical offices will take to wallpapering the exam rooms with iPads, I don’t know. What I do know is that in any business, all your legacy software doesn’t magically go away just because there someone put out cool new devices.

          Most of the capabilities in that legacy software that medical offices run are built into Windows front ends. Migrating that to a Windows tablet involves some UI adaptation work. Migrating it to iPad means a clean rewrite. One of these things is much harder than the other.

        • Anonymous

          with a screen filled with a shit load of apps! oh yeah, that is future! future seen and still present today since 2007

        • Anonymous

          with a screen filled with a shit load of apps! oh yeah, that is future! future seen and still present today since 2007

        • Anonymous

          with a screen filled with a shit load of apps! oh yeah, that is future! future seen and still present today since 2007

        • Anonymous

          with a screen filled with a shit load of apps! oh yeah, that is future! future seen and still present today since 2007

        • ChuckOp

          Post proof that there are are more iOS devices in the medical field now than all the Windows-based tablets sold to industry over the past 10 years.

          Number of medical apps does not count.

          It’s my understanding that Tablet PC’s are the most popular in the medical vertical industry.  A quick on-line search seems to support this.   Obviously iPad’s are popular and selling well, but the lack of standardized images and management features is limiting widespread deployment.

          Personally, I haven’t seen a medical professional use a iOS device yet.  YMMV.

      • Anonymous

        There are more iPads in medicine today — just in medicine alone — than all the Windows tablets ever sold to all industries, in the entire 10 year life of Windows tablets. iOS devices are the only ones that doctors and nurses actually ask for, because they are designed to bring computing to people who do not work at desks. There are tens of thousands of medical apps for iOS.

      • Anonymous

        There are more iPads in medicine today — just in medicine alone — than all the Windows tablets ever sold to all industries, in the entire 10 year life of Windows tablets. iOS devices are the only ones that doctors and nurses actually ask for, because they are designed to bring computing to people who do not work at desks. There are tens of thousands of medical apps for iOS.

      • Anonymous

        There are more iPads in medicine today — just in medicine alone — than all the Windows tablets ever sold to all industries, in the entire 10 year life of Windows tablets. iOS devices are the only ones that doctors and nurses actually ask for, because they are designed to bring computing to people who do not work at desks. There are tens of thousands of medical apps for iOS.

    • Kriegfeld1

      And then Mister Softie copies them. ;-)

    • Enrequiempax

      When was the last time apple delivered a service? They productize everything. Where’s Apple Premier Consulting or Apple Global Services? Basically, you don’t know what you’re talking about, now please go back to your cube and cry pathetic tears of uselessness.

  • http://twitter.com/ScooperJay Jason Sheehan

    In the future no one is fat and there are no homeless people living in the subway! And physical keyboards still exist. Awesome!

  • http://techpp.com Raju

    errr… all touch & type and no voice at all?

    • Anonymous

      Siri has already made this video look obsolete. The users are all acting as their own assistants, managing their own calendars and routes like schlubs. You see them flipping through menus of various cakes instead of just asking, “show me a cake with chocolate and whipped cream, under 400 calories per slice, no nuts,” with the implicit understanding that the computer already knows your food allergies and the preferences you’ve shown for various cakes in the past. That is going to get you what you want so much faster than flipping.

      The Matrix scene where they shop for guns: “show me guns,” then “handguns,” and drill down to what they want is a much more realistic design than a fridge with a screen on it showing cake recipes.

      • http://profiles.google.com/monsterking97 Hassan Ali

        Isn’t Siri just voice recognition? I guess we’ll have to adapt to talking to our gadgets, even though it makes us feel stoopid. I’ve personified my phone, I’ve called it Doreen. I hate the name as much as the Droid. 

    • Anonymous

      Siri has already made this video look obsolete. The users are all acting as their own assistants, managing their own calendars and routes like schlubs. You see them flipping through menus of various cakes instead of just asking, “show me a cake with chocolate and whipped cream, under 400 calories per slice, no nuts,” with the implicit understanding that the computer already knows your food allergies and the preferences you’ve shown for various cakes in the past. That is going to get you what you want so much faster than flipping.

      The Matrix scene where they shop for guns: “show me guns,” then “handguns,” and drill down to what they want is a much more realistic design than a fridge with a screen on it showing cake recipes.

    • Anonymous

      Siri has already made this video look obsolete. The users are all acting as their own assistants, managing their own calendars and routes like schlubs. You see them flipping through menus of various cakes instead of just asking, “show me a cake with chocolate and whipped cream, under 400 calories per slice, no nuts,” with the implicit understanding that the computer already knows your food allergies and the preferences you’ve shown for various cakes in the past. That is going to get you what you want so much faster than flipping.

      The Matrix scene where they shop for guns: “show me guns,” then “handguns,” and drill down to what they want is a much more realistic design than a fridge with a screen on it showing cake recipes.

    • Anonymous

      Siri has already made this video look obsolete. The users are all acting as their own assistants, managing their own calendars and routes like schlubs. You see them flipping through menus of various cakes instead of just asking, “show me a cake with chocolate and whipped cream, under 400 calories per slice, no nuts,” with the implicit understanding that the computer already knows your food allergies and the preferences you’ve shown for various cakes in the past. That is going to get you what you want so much faster than flipping.

      The Matrix scene where they shop for guns: “show me guns,” then “handguns,” and drill down to what they want is a much more realistic design than a fridge with a screen on it showing cake recipes.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t that what the green popups with the microphone icons were about?  I thought they were prompts for voice commands, with live transcriptions.

  • JT

    It appears everything in the future is semi-transparent, super thin, and borderless.

    • Anonymous

      Microsoft is steadily getting rid of chrome in all their products.

  • drsgfire

    Forget it. The cabinet at the end doesnt open itself and you cant see in it like the fridge… that’s a fail.

  • Dasdas

    Too complicated

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, Microsoft has a vision of middle managers and upper middle managers rubbing screens.  That’s new.

    • Anonymous

      I guess middle management hasn’t been done away with in the future. I mean surely all you need in a large corporation is a CEO, the design team and some engineers.

  • Mohit_sahay

    With personal information available, hope nobody uses the same to hurt other, in areas where respect for people is practised, I believe it may be misused badly in places where people revel at using personal information for their benefit, tht is why i am off phone these days.

    Also in the first picture about the bellhop he should also know that on arrival, Ayla will need water or ice, because when I reached the nearby cooler it spelled out ice cubes, and the hop said “I can get you water, but on a tip, though’. Perhaps, Facebook can allow exchange of FB points to this man, who looks to be coming from Brroklyn, originally from West Indies, should Ayla also know about this person who left cricket to play basketball in NYC and landed up in a hotel and how she should speak to him and whether he would like fb points or a tip for a drink at nearby sports bar

    • TvG

      ????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

    Cool concept, although as is pointed out, Apple’s the one that’s closer to actually implementing that vision.  Unless you count Surface tables.

    • john

      How so? Apple does not have any reach outside of mobile. Microsoft has demonstrated actual working prototypes of technologies in the house, 3d projection, etc. 

      • Anonymous

        Apple is the oldest PC maker in addition to the newest mobile maker. Apple is the only company in the world that makes all of the products shown in this video, from the tiny media player/reader to the phone, the tablet, the desktop, the giant screen 3D visualizing workstation. They all even run the same OS core. Apple also makes the only mobiles that adopt other screens and speakers on an ad hoc basis automatically and wirelessly (it’s called AirPlay.)

        Nobody has more influence in PC’s than Apple. Apple has 90% of the high-end PC market where new technologies start out. The people who are imagining and building the future are Mac users. Most of Google, Facebook, and Silicon Valley in general are Mac users. Most of Hollywood are Mac users. All of Genentech and of course all of Apple.

        This video just doesn’t look futuristic to someone who has been using an iPad for almost 2 years now, iPhone for almost 5, and iPod and Mac OS X for over 10 years. It looks antique to many of the over 6 million people with an iPhone 4S and Siri.

        Microsoft has very little influence even on today, let alone tomorrow. Microsoft makes a 1990′s operating system and 1980′s office apps for 2000′s low-end commodity PC’s that always feature 5 to 10 year old technology. The newest thing in Microsoft PC’s is a copy of Apple’s 2003 Web browser and a copy of Apple’s 2007 trackpad. Microsoft are being hurt right now because they are almost 100% low-end sales and for the first time, Apple has a low-end PC and it is the most popular low-end PC by far.

        Even in office documents, Apple leads. If you want to edit office documents on phone, tablet, notebook, desktop, then you get an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and iMac because they all run Keynote, Pages, Numbers and they all auto Save and sync your documents as you work so you can pick up any device and continue working. Even iPod touch can do full-featured office work.

        So Microsoft is not even leading the way in technology in the low-end PC’s and office software where they make all their money. Apple is even doing that. The idea that Microsoft is building the future of phones and tablets and workstation computing is ridiculous. They are years and years behind the present and always have been.

        If you are happy with your low-end Microsoft gear, that is great, but you have no right to pretend that high-end gear does not exist or is not more advanced. We already have workstations with giant screens, advanced typography, rich 3D graphics, gestures to swipe through screens, touch surfaces, tiny keyboards with auto-correct, and delighted users.

        Back in 1997, when Apple was in the position that Microsoft is in now, Apple made “Think Different,” as a mission statement, to guide them as they rebuilt Apple for the future. This Microsoft video is also a mission statement: “Copy Apple.”

      • Anonymous

        Apple is the oldest PC maker in addition to the newest mobile maker. Apple is the only company in the world that makes all of the products shown in this video, from the tiny media player/reader to the phone, the tablet, the desktop, the giant screen 3D visualizing workstation. They all even run the same OS core. Apple also makes the only mobiles that adopt other screens and speakers on an ad hoc basis automatically and wirelessly (it’s called AirPlay.)

        Nobody has more influence in PC’s than Apple. Apple has 90% of the high-end PC market where new technologies start out. The people who are imagining and building the future are Mac users. Most of Google, Facebook, and Silicon Valley in general are Mac users. Most of Hollywood are Mac users. All of Genentech and of course all of Apple.

        This video just doesn’t look futuristic to someone who has been using an iPad for almost 2 years now, iPhone for almost 5, and iPod and Mac OS X for over 10 years. It looks antique to many of the over 6 million people with an iPhone 4S and Siri.

        Microsoft has very little influence even on today, let alone tomorrow. Microsoft makes a 1990′s operating system and 1980′s office apps for 2000′s low-end commodity PC’s that always feature 5 to 10 year old technology. The newest thing in Microsoft PC’s is a copy of Apple’s 2003 Web browser and a copy of Apple’s 2007 trackpad. Microsoft are being hurt right now because they are almost 100% low-end sales and for the first time, Apple has a low-end PC and it is the most popular low-end PC by far.

        Even in office documents, Apple leads. If you want to edit office documents on phone, tablet, notebook, desktop, then you get an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and iMac because they all run Keynote, Pages, Numbers and they all auto Save and sync your documents as you work so you can pick up any device and continue working. Even iPod touch can do full-featured office work.

        So Microsoft is not even leading the way in technology in the low-end PC’s and office software where they make all their money. Apple is even doing that. The idea that Microsoft is building the future of phones and tablets and workstation computing is ridiculous. They are years and years behind the present and always have been.

        If you are happy with your low-end Microsoft gear, that is great, but you have no right to pretend that high-end gear does not exist or is not more advanced. We already have workstations with giant screens, advanced typography, rich 3D graphics, gestures to swipe through screens, touch surfaces, tiny keyboards with auto-correct, and delighted users.

        Back in 1997, when Apple was in the position that Microsoft is in now, Apple made “Think Different,” as a mission statement, to guide them as they rebuilt Apple for the future. This Microsoft video is also a mission statement: “Copy Apple.”

      • Anonymous

        Apple is the oldest PC maker in addition to the newest mobile maker. Apple is the only company in the world that makes all of the products shown in this video, from the tiny media player/reader to the phone, the tablet, the desktop, the giant screen 3D visualizing workstation. They all even run the same OS core. Apple also makes the only mobiles that adopt other screens and speakers on an ad hoc basis automatically and wirelessly (it’s called AirPlay.)

        Nobody has more influence in PC’s than Apple. Apple has 90% of the high-end PC market where new technologies start out. The people who are imagining and building the future are Mac users. Most of Google, Facebook, and Silicon Valley in general are Mac users. Most of Hollywood are Mac users. All of Genentech and of course all of Apple.

        This video just doesn’t look futuristic to someone who has been using an iPad for almost 2 years now, iPhone for almost 5, and iPod and Mac OS X for over 10 years. It looks antique to many of the over 6 million people with an iPhone 4S and Siri.

        Microsoft has very little influence even on today, let alone tomorrow. Microsoft makes a 1990′s operating system and 1980′s office apps for 2000′s low-end commodity PC’s that always feature 5 to 10 year old technology. The newest thing in Microsoft PC’s is a copy of Apple’s 2003 Web browser and a copy of Apple’s 2007 trackpad. Microsoft are being hurt right now because they are almost 100% low-end sales and for the first time, Apple has a low-end PC and it is the most popular low-end PC by far.

        Even in office documents, Apple leads. If you want to edit office documents on phone, tablet, notebook, desktop, then you get an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and iMac because they all run Keynote, Pages, Numbers and they all auto Save and sync your documents as you work so you can pick up any device and continue working. Even iPod touch can do full-featured office work.

        So Microsoft is not even leading the way in technology in the low-end PC’s and office software where they make all their money. Apple is even doing that. The idea that Microsoft is building the future of phones and tablets and workstation computing is ridiculous. They are years and years behind the present and always have been.

        If you are happy with your low-end Microsoft gear, that is great, but you have no right to pretend that high-end gear does not exist or is not more advanced. We already have workstations with giant screens, advanced typography, rich 3D graphics, gestures to swipe through screens, touch surfaces, tiny keyboards with auto-correct, and delighted users.

        Back in 1997, when Apple was in the position that Microsoft is in now, Apple made “Think Different,” as a mission statement, to guide them as they rebuilt Apple for the future. This Microsoft video is also a mission statement: “Copy Apple.”

        • http://www.caltrops.com Ice Cream Jonsey

          This is absolutely fucking retarded. 

        • http://www.caltrops.com Ice Cream Jonsey

          This is absolutely fucking retarded. 

          • Jacobluc

            Insult is actually a sign of weakness…

          • Jacobluc

            Insult is actually a sign of weakness…

          • Jacobluc

            Insult is actually a sign of weakness…

          • Jacobluc

            Insult is actually a sign of weakness…

          • http://profiles.google.com/monsterking97 Hassan Ali

            Yeah, but, I can’t even think of a proper response since I’m so flabbergasted, except from what Jonsey said. Saying that, I now feel the poster, JohnDoey, might have been a tad bit ironic—I do hope so.

          • http://www.caltrops.com Ice Cream Jonsey

            Dying of pancreatic cancer is a sign of weakness. 

        • http://www.caltrops.com Ice Cream Jonsey

          This is absolutely fucking retarded. 

        • http://www.caltrops.com Ice Cream Jonsey

          This is absolutely fucking retarded. 

        • Type T Positive

           Sorry to call “fan-boy” on you but your Apple love isn’t very accurate at all.

          Now Apple is primarily a “hardware” company. This means they make the desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones instead of a third-party.

          Microsoft is primarily a “software company. They develop Operating Systems, office software, business software and various other forms or software to run on “hardware”.

          “Airplay” is a “proprietary protocol stack/suite” developed by Apple… that means if you want you hardware to play nice with Apple’s, you gotta fork over some money and then Apple will let you on the play-ground. ;-)

          Apple does not have 90% of the high-end PC market… and I believe Alien-ware would take serious offense to that. Apple does have a business model that gears their products more to the high-end demographic, but gearing towards and having control are two very different things.

          Believe me I have an iPhone and am an iPhone/iPad/iOS developer so I know this technology. It’s not that great and it isn’t that advanced. It’s packaged very, VERY well to be very user-friendly. Which is apart of Apple’s appeal. But the iPhone/iPad/iWhatever is like your slower, child-like cousin to the stuff in the video. Don’t get me wrong, Apple has got good ideas and is far closer to the stuff in the video then Microsoft is currently and will be in the future. But it’s be real honest here, the iPhone/iPad/iOS ain’t even in the same generation cycle as the stuff in the video.

          I can tell you, with almost absolute certainty that you don’t do much office work or office document work. I say this because if you would actually state and believe that Apple is the premier when it comes to office software… I’ve got a few acres of land in Florida I TOTALLY would like to sell to you. All the office software you mentioned; Keynote, Numbers and Pages are OK office products. If your a college student or a Artist or Designer you can get away with using them because the people your delivering the information to know that stuff isn’t your thing. But if you work in a office and try using that stuff in your day-to-day operations? Your managers would have a serious talk with you about quality work.

          Now you can TRY to do full-featured office work on a iPod, but I can guarantee your productivity would take a major hit and your boss would have some choice words for you.

          Now with all that said, the ONLY reason that Microsoft could and would possibly be leading the way in technology over Apple is one simple thing… Accessibility. Not just ease-of-use by consumers, but full fledged access to the platform for development and customization. That’s the reason why Microsoft was everywhere and Apple had only a 10 to 15% market share of the PC market. For all the bells and whistles and ease that Apple’s hardware has, it is a bh and a half to develop for. There are major fees tied to developing for Apple, you have to develop software to fit the requirements and guidelines of Apple and anything outside of that is null. So Apple hardware may be a very pretty, gilded cage but it’s still a cage. And Microsoft doesn’t give you a cage. It’s that simple.

          So Apple is “hardware” centric and Microsoft is “software” centric… But if those two got together, they’d make some damn pretty and smart children. LOL

          • http://twitter.com/RandySpangler Randy Spangler

            Tying all of the features of the iPad/iPhone together is tough. Unless you are totally into futzing around with the product, all apps are stovepiped. Sorry, that is the fact. Nothing is simple on an iPad if you want to step beyond the app. Maybe iCloud is a push in the right direction, we shall see.

            Microsoft’s power (I believe) is if they can leverage all of the applications and inertia that defines the Microsoft universe. Well designed portablilty of existing products is key to moving toward the fantasy of this video.

          • Jason S

            I have to admit I started scanning your reply, after I reached “Apple is primarily a ‘hardware’ company”. OS X, OS X Server, iOS, Final Cut Pro, Aperture, Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes (and the music), Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Xcode and others, just to get you started. 
            Sorry but YOU are way off the mark.
            Kept scanning and found, “There are major fees tied to developing for Apple”. This is just BS. iOS Development cost $100 per year to submit to the store, and Mac Development is the same $100 a year. Xcode comes with OS X. Let me see, looking online for Prices (in Australia) for Visual Studio from Microsoft, I see it costs between $2000 and $9000 (depending on options). Plus you’ll probably need Expression Studio, another $300-$1000, what to speak of costs of server software (for aspx .net).

            Whilst crying “fan-boy” and “inaccuracy” you’re spouting misinformation and fan-boy-isms of your own. You have no integrity or objectivity.

          • http://profiles.google.com/monsterking97 Hassan Ali

            ..a-a-a-and what is the quality of VS compared to XCode? I’m interested in people’s experience who’ve used both.

          • Guest

            In my mind, developing an app, and getting it submitted into the hands of 1000s of potential buyers for $100 a year is very inexpensive.

            The alternative, it seems, is to build your company up to the point where Steve Ballmer has to buy your company, and rebrand your software as a “Microsoft” product. 

            So for $100, I get to keep my brand-name, and get the product electronically distributed to one of the major online stores?  That isn’t just a great idea, it also helps me to save money, because otherwise I’d have to open an office, pay monthly rent, and pay utilities too.

            That’s okay, $100 is chump change when it comes down to it.

        • Mikro_TX

          Just to refresh Apple fans… Some gratitude will make you a better person :-) http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-202143.html

        • Yetter

          You have really got to pick up a MSFT product sometime buddy so they can burst your iBubble.  You haven’t mentioned a single feature that MSFT hasn’t had for years.  MSFT’s biggest downside is they don’t have a clue how to make their products slick and sexy while Apple on the other hand don’t know how to do anything but 

  • Anonymous

    Wow!!!  It’s amazing even after tech has advanced that much somehow AI still not smart enough to just respond to spoken commands and we still have to “Swipe” and “move” everything around.  Video Chat!  It’s amazing!!!! Unless you have Nokia’s New Windows Phone then you don’t even have front-facing camera.  This is not looking into the future, this is just what the current technology will become.  Just not innovating or amazing enough imo.  

  • Anonymous

    OK, now that is exactly what I am talking about. I mean like totally.
    anon-web.us.tc

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=582513828 Eric Schatz

    This is too much, being shown the future by Microsoft. If Microsoft was so in touch with the future, where did Metro come from? If Microsoft could see the future, who green-lighted Zune? Do we live in the future envisioned by Microsoft when it released Multiplan? Microsoft wouldn’t know the future if it happened.

    • http://twitter.com/blntechie LakshmiNarayanan B

      Have you ever used a Zune or the Metro UI? Zune lost because it’s late to the party and not because it’s not good. Disliking Metro UI is one thing but dismissing it outright is not correct.

      • Anonymous

        Zune was late to the party and also not good.

        • Anonymous

          Way better than ipods at the very beginning. Do you wan’t me to remind you how they looked like?

        • Anonymous

          Way better than ipods at the very beginning. Do you wan’t me to remind you how they looked like?

        • Anonymous

          Way better than ipods at the very beginning. Do you wan’t me to remind you how they looked like?

        • Anonymous

          Way better than ipods at the very beginning. Do you wan’t me to remind you how they looked like?

      • Anonymous

        Zune was late to the party and also not good.

      • Anonymous

        Zune was late to the party and also not good.

      • Anonymous

        Zune was late to the party and also not good.

  • sea23

    Wow – lighten up people.  Congrats to MS for showing us their interpretation of the future.  Which is more than anyone on this thread can say.  It is a vision – who know what will really happen, or who will design and build what.  Take it for what it is and stop the hating.

    • Anonymous

      We already know who built all this stuff: Apple. Because I already bought it from them.

    • Anonymous

      We already know who built all this stuff: Apple. Because I already bought it from them.

      • Anonymous

        They did? Where is the tactile newspaper then?

        • Jacobluc

          IPad

        • Jacobluc

          IPad

          • http://profiles.google.com/monsterking97 Hassan Ali

            Not a newspaper.

          • Anonymous

            it’s made of paper?

        • Jacobluc

          IPad

        • Jacobluc

          IPad

      • Anonymous

        They did? Where is the tactile newspaper then?

      • Anonymous

        They did? Where is the tactile newspaper then?

      • Anonymous

        They did? Where is the tactile newspaper then?

    • Anonymous

      We already know who built all this stuff: Apple. Because I already bought it from them.

    • Anonymous

      Much easier to post hateful comments on a message board then to create something.

  • Pvalle

    I just hope it doesn’t run on Windows!

  • Ashlygadda

    this looks like something apple will do not microsoft. its funny that they are looking to the future when they cant get the present right!!

  • Erik Baard

    A bit creepily sterile yet paradoxically over-sharing.

  • Kaffenated

    The future looks expensive.

  • http://www.omgtechdeals.com Jon at OMG Tech Deals

    What kind of job will you have to have to afford this stuff? And were can you go to avoid the people who can’t. 

    • Anonymous

      Everything there is already middle class at the Apple Store. Even on the lowest technology budget, you can afford an iPod touch, which already does everything you see in the video. If you don’t have $200 to $300 every 2-3 years for device+software+service+support then that is not a technology issue. You don’t even have enough for paper and pens in that case. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen if it is only for the rich, because there are not enough of them and most don’t do any meaningful work. The bigger a country’s middle class, the faster they go into the future. You can see China’s middle class and China’s Apple Stores growing at the same rate.

      What is killing people financially in computing is I-T support costs, training costs, and lost productivity. Not the initial cost of the device. With Apple, it is possible to have zero I-T support costs, zero training costs, and maximum productivity. Apple gear pays for itself, easily. Always does. Macs are less than $1 per day, no hidden costs, no viruses. iPads are even less and require even less support work, and they replace even more other devices.

      It’s easy to make better technology pay for itself. If it doesn’t pay for itself, it’s not better.

      • Anonymoose

        You’ve completely lost your mind, sir. I’ve never seen an Apple 3D portable device, nor one that projects off its screen surface. I haven’t seen one that’s translucent, or that performs real time AR across multiple devices. Honestly, I’ve yet to see an Apple portable device that can handle multitasking and only recently witnessed one with anything resembling a functional notification area. I’m sure the Kool Aid was delicious, though.

        • Justin_latham

          Not jumping on either bandwagon… For the most part. I will say that seeing this video (and the current tech that’s close to it) I don’t know if I want holographic, translucent screens. I’ve played a 3DS and I’ve played with the EVO 3D and I’m not impressed in the least. I refuse to see movies in 3-D they’re never focused right. I Want higher definition and substance not gimmicks. More powerful, larger tablets are the future. As an Apple user I’m not afraid to say “I like metro”. It’s a fine looking OS and the cleanest looking thing Microsoft has done in years. I wish office looked that nice. But at the same point the crazy holo gestures from Minority Report need to stay in Minority Report as far as I’m concerned.

        • Justin_latham

          Not jumping on either bandwagon… For the most part. I will say that seeing this video (and the current tech that’s close to it) I don’t know if I want holographic, translucent screens. I’ve played a 3DS and I’ve played with the EVO 3D and I’m not impressed in the least. I refuse to see movies in 3-D they’re never focused right. I Want higher definition and substance not gimmicks. More powerful, larger tablets are the future. As an Apple user I’m not afraid to say “I like metro”. It’s a fine looking OS and the cleanest looking thing Microsoft has done in years. I wish office looked that nice. But at the same point the crazy holo gestures from Minority Report need to stay in Minority Report as far as I’m concerned.

        • Justin_latham

          Not jumping on either bandwagon… For the most part. I will say that seeing this video (and the current tech that’s close to it) I don’t know if I want holographic, translucent screens. I’ve played a 3DS and I’ve played with the EVO 3D and I’m not impressed in the least. I refuse to see movies in 3-D they’re never focused right. I Want higher definition and substance not gimmicks. More powerful, larger tablets are the future. As an Apple user I’m not afraid to say “I like metro”. It’s a fine looking OS and the cleanest looking thing Microsoft has done in years. I wish office looked that nice. But at the same point the crazy holo gestures from Minority Report need to stay in Minority Report as far as I’m concerned.

        • Justin_latham

          Not jumping on either bandwagon… For the most part. I will say that seeing this video (and the current tech that’s close to it) I don’t know if I want holographic, translucent screens. I’ve played a 3DS and I’ve played with the EVO 3D and I’m not impressed in the least. I refuse to see movies in 3-D they’re never focused right. I Want higher definition and substance not gimmicks. More powerful, larger tablets are the future. As an Apple user I’m not afraid to say “I like metro”. It’s a fine looking OS and the cleanest looking thing Microsoft has done in years. I wish office looked that nice. But at the same point the crazy holo gestures from Minority Report need to stay in Minority Report as far as I’m concerned.

      • Anonymoose

        You’ve completely lost your mind, sir. I’ve never seen an Apple 3D portable device, nor one that projects off its screen surface. I haven’t seen one that’s translucent, or that performs real time AR across multiple devices. Honestly, I’ve yet to see an Apple portable device that can handle multitasking and only recently witnessed one with anything resembling a functional notification area. I’m sure the Kool Aid was delicious, though.

      • Anonymoose

        You’ve completely lost your mind, sir. I’ve never seen an Apple 3D portable device, nor one that projects off its screen surface. I haven’t seen one that’s translucent, or that performs real time AR across multiple devices. Honestly, I’ve yet to see an Apple portable device that can handle multitasking and only recently witnessed one with anything resembling a functional notification area. I’m sure the Kool Aid was delicious, though.

      • Luv_truckers2000

        you must have ridden the short bus to school

      • Guest

        “I-T support costs, training costs, and lost productivity.”

        Yep.  Even Microsoft had trouble with IT support costs.  Their answer- outsource it.

        So the neat thing about this device, is that it copies everything that an iPhone is, takes control away from the user, and probably tries to mitigate getting viruses too.  But the reality is that a platform like this, with all your data in it, including schedule in 10-minute increments, is scary, in any form. 

        I’ll stick to a paper planner, and keeping my contacts on business cards.  Because apparently this video also wants to do money transactions too! 

        Geez.. with one computer virus, it could steal everything, even your hotel room key and GPS location.

        Also, what’s the point of replacing all those jobs with a computer?  We need more jobs, not increased productivity.  I say companies should make redundant jobs.  And double-up in creating jobs.

    • Anonymous

      Everything there is already middle class at the Apple Store. Even on the lowest technology budget, you can afford an iPod touch, which already does everything you see in the video. If you don’t have $200 to $300 every 2-3 years for device+software+service+support then that is not a technology issue. You don’t even have enough for paper and pens in that case. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen if it is only for the rich, because there are not enough of them and most don’t do any meaningful work. The bigger a country’s middle class, the faster they go into the future. You can see China’s middle class and China’s Apple Stores growing at the same rate.

      What is killing people financially in computing is I-T support costs, training costs, and lost productivity. Not the initial cost of the device. With Apple, it is possible to have zero I-T support costs, zero training costs, and maximum productivity. Apple gear pays for itself, easily. Always does. Macs are less than $1 per day, no hidden costs, no viruses. iPads are even less and require even less support work, and they replace even more other devices.

      It’s easy to make better technology pay for itself. If it doesn’t pay for itself, it’s not better.

    • Anonymous

      Everything there is already middle class at the Apple Store. Even on the lowest technology budget, you can afford an iPod touch, which already does everything you see in the video. If you don’t have $200 to $300 every 2-3 years for device+software+service+support then that is not a technology issue. You don’t even have enough for paper and pens in that case. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen if it is only for the rich, because there are not enough of them and most don’t do any meaningful work. The bigger a country’s middle class, the faster they go into the future. You can see China’s middle class and China’s Apple Stores growing at the same rate.

      What is killing people financially in computing is I-T support costs, training costs, and lost productivity. Not the initial cost of the device. With Apple, it is possible to have zero I-T support costs, zero training costs, and maximum productivity. Apple gear pays for itself, easily. Always does. Macs are less than $1 per day, no hidden costs, no viruses. iPads are even less and require even less support work, and they replace even more other devices.

      It’s easy to make better technology pay for itself. If it doesn’t pay for itself, it’s not better.

    • Anonymous

      Everything there is already middle class at the Apple Store. Even on the lowest technology budget, you can afford an iPod touch, which already does everything you see in the video. If you don’t have $200 to $300 every 2-3 years for device+software+service+support then that is not a technology issue. You don’t even have enough for paper and pens in that case. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen if it is only for the rich, because there are not enough of them and most don’t do any meaningful work. The bigger a country’s middle class, the faster they go into the future. You can see China’s middle class and China’s Apple Stores growing at the same rate.

      What is killing people financially in computing is I-T support costs, training costs, and lost productivity. Not the initial cost of the device. With Apple, it is possible to have zero I-T support costs, zero training costs, and maximum productivity. Apple gear pays for itself, easily. Always does. Macs are less than $1 per day, no hidden costs, no viruses. iPads are even less and require even less support work, and they replace even more other devices.

      It’s easy to make better technology pay for itself. If it doesn’t pay for itself, it’s not better.

  • downpour

    Apparently the future is an infographic.

    All jobs will basically involve looking at charts and numbers in a large geometric typeface.

  • http://twitter.com/ondrejpialek Ondřej Piálek

    Hey guys, does anyone recognizes the font used in the interfaces? Especially the headings?

  • http://twitter.com/ondrejpialek Ondřej Piálek

    Hey guys, does anyone recognizes the font used in the interfaces? Especially the headings?

  • http://twitter.com/ondrejpialek Ondřej Piálek

    Hey guys, does anyone recognizes the font used in the interfaces? Especially the headings?

  • http://twitter.com/ondrejpialek Ondřej Piálek

    Hey guys, does anyone recognizes the font used in the interfaces? Especially the headings?

  • http://CTU.GOV Agent Jack Bauer

    Let’s see – delivery of this technology is available (when me and you aren’t alive anymore).  What’s worse, Microsoft is managed and run by a huge cluster fuck vapor ware employees. Monkey see, monkey do.  Minority ripoff at it’s finest and not to forget – Microsoft waits for others to come up with something new, then they will implement their imitate policies.

    The video is just so full of fail – don’t worry, there will still be a 2GB cap 50 years from now and rest assured, this vaporware won’t be around to display how lame microsoft is once again.

  • http://CTU.GOV Agent Jack Bauer

    Let’s see – delivery of this technology is available (when me and you aren’t alive anymore).  What’s worse, Microsoft is managed and run by a huge cluster fuck vapor ware employees. Monkey see, monkey do.  Minority ripoff at it’s finest and not to forget – Microsoft waits for others to come up with something new, then they will implement their imitate policies.

    The video is just so full of fail – don’t worry, there will still be a 2GB cap 50 years from now and rest assured, this vaporware won’t be around to display how lame microsoft is once again.

  • Anonymous

    I have so many complaints:

    • that is not the future, it is just now with a coat of paint … it’s essentially Apple’s product lineup shrunken down to almost invisible: we see iPhone and its distinctive touch+physics scrolling, we see AirPlay commandeering additional wireless screens around the user as they move, we see iPod nano shrunken into a business card, we see a Mac Pro workstation with its tiny keyboard and autocorrect and touch surfaces and gestures and 3D visualizations … we could leave all the people the same and superimpose the Apple product lineup of today and the video still makes sense

    • the people are doing all the same things in the same ways as we do now, even though their more advanced technology should have solved some problems … for example, why are all those people waiting for a train? weren’t their phones tracking the train they were taking for the past few hours and guiding the user via voice reminders to the track at precisely 17:36 so they can watch the train roll in at 17:37 and board between 17:38 and 17:40 before departing at 17:41? instead, the user seems to have manually made an appointment in their phone with a train track at 17:15 to 17:45 and is glad to have a phone with them so they can kill time (nobody else on the track has a phone)

    • most of the things that people do here are the same tasks that the people in Apple’s Siri video do just by telling Siri to do it

    • the interfaces are way too text heavy … when you can be looking at a 2011 sales chart and just say, “show me the 2010 version,” and the computer shows it to you (the same kind of interactions Siri is already doing) you aren’t going to tolerate menu after menu of text buttons you have to drill through, guessing their functions … text is slow, the user gets more information from images and speech, especially when mobile … unless you are a book, you should use almost no text

    • nobody in this video is using a Microsoft product … although these are copies of Apple products being used by really boring people to look at charts and nod and smile — Microsoft-like to be sure — there is nothing here that features Microsoft’s distinctive design vacuum, and the computers in this video have functional typography, unlike every Microsoft product ever made, and I didn’t see any diskette slots where you load your Windows, nor any product activation screens, no cartoon dogs, no drive letters, and most telling of all: no blue screens

    • this looks like a nightmare someone had after using Outlook for 12 hours straight one day

    • Microsoft never delivers, so why even contemplate their plans for how they will copy the future?

  • Anonymous

    I have so many complaints:

    • that is not the future, it is just now with a coat of paint … it’s essentially Apple’s product lineup shrunken down to almost invisible: we see iPhone and its distinctive touch+physics scrolling, we see AirPlay commandeering additional wireless screens around the user as they move, we see iPod nano shrunken into a business card, we see a Mac Pro workstation with its tiny keyboard and autocorrect and touch surfaces and gestures and 3D visualizations … we could leave all the people the same and superimpose the Apple product lineup of today and the video still makes sense

    • the people are doing all the same things in the same ways as we do now, even though their more advanced technology should have solved some problems … for example, why are all those people waiting for a train? weren’t their phones tracking the train they were taking for the past few hours and guiding the user via voice reminders to the track at precisely 17:36 so they can watch the train roll in at 17:37 and board between 17:38 and 17:40 before departing at 17:41? instead, the user seems to have manually made an appointment in their phone with a train track at 17:15 to 17:45 and is glad to have a phone with them so they can kill time (nobody else on the track has a phone)

    • most of the things that people do here are the same tasks that the people in Apple’s Siri video do just by telling Siri to do it

    • the interfaces are way too text heavy … when you can be looking at a 2011 sales chart and just say, “show me the 2010 version,” and the computer shows it to you (the same kind of interactions Siri is already doing) you aren’t going to tolerate menu after menu of text buttons you have to drill through, guessing their functions … text is slow, the user gets more information from images and speech, especially when mobile … unless you are a book, you should use almost no text

    • nobody in this video is using a Microsoft product … although these are copies of Apple products being used by really boring people to look at charts and nod and smile — Microsoft-like to be sure — there is nothing here that features Microsoft’s distinctive design vacuum, and the computers in this video have functional typography, unlike every Microsoft product ever made, and I didn’t see any diskette slots where you load your Windows, nor any product activation screens, no cartoon dogs, no drive letters, and most telling of all: no blue screens

    • this looks like a nightmare someone had after using Outlook for 12 hours straight one day

    • Microsoft never delivers, so why even contemplate their plans for how they will copy the future?

    • Anonymous

      do i sense an apple fanboy polluting these comments?

    • Anonymous

      do i sense an apple fanboy polluting these comments?

    • Anonymous

      do i sense an apple fanboy polluting these comments?

    • Anonymous

      do i sense an apple fanboy polluting these comments?

    • http://twitter.com/RandySpangler Randy Spangler

      Having lived through the 50′s, 60′s and beyond, we pretty much do things the same way now, just faster and with more convenience. Cars move us from place to place, We walk, we talk, we fall down, we fight. Nothing has really changed. The Jetsons never materialized (except for the microwave oven…)

      If everyone showed up to the platform at 17:38, the escalator (or the transport pod) would collapse under the weight.

      I give Jobs major props for doing what he did. He took PARC’s mouse idea and made a product out of it. He didn’t invent the GUI, he just made it accessable. I do, however, give him credit for the awesomeness of the touch screen iPad.

      Having said all of that, most of what happens in this video is connectivity and software. I mean, who does those charts on the fly? Seriously? How does software intuit what he wants? That is the challenge.

      Most really serious innovation does not come from a corporate R&D department, but smart companies are wise enough to snatch up those small innovators and pull them into their own orbit. That is what matters, not who actually kinda invented something. Hell, we all have great ideas, but few of us ship.

      The really big thing is if someone, ANYONE, can make all of this work together. There is plenty of money available as a reward to all who make this happen.

    • Yetter

      You comment made me so happy because it proves that I know more than you

  • Guest

    Typo in the word “maintenence” at 2:58.  How’d that make it past review?

    • Guest

      It went by the same guys who review the software code.  Yuk Yuk

  • Guest

    Typo in the word “maintenence” at 2:58.  How’d that make it past review?

  • Guest

    Typo in the word “maintenence” at 2:58.  How’d that make it past review?

  • Guest

    Typo in the word “maintenence” at 2:58.  How’d that make it past review?

  • Tomek

    Seriously?! There is nothing original about this video. Please check out Project StarFire from way back in 1992. You can see the video here: http://www.asktog.com/starfire/

  • Tomek

    Seriously?! There is nothing original about this video. Please check out Project StarFire from way back in 1992. You can see the video here: http://www.asktog.com/starfire/

  • Tomek

    Seriously?! There is nothing original about this video. Please check out Project StarFire from way back in 1992. You can see the video here: http://www.asktog.com/starfire/

  • Tomek

    Seriously?! There is nothing original about this video. Please check out Project StarFire from way back in 1992. You can see the video here: http://www.asktog.com/starfire/

  • TheRECoach

    Corning did it better…errr, 8 months ago! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

  • TheRECoach

    Corning did it better…errr, 8 months ago! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

  • TheRECoach

    Corning did it better…errr, 8 months ago! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

    • Guest

      Actually Corning borrowed heavily from the earlier Microsoft 2019 video – even the same visuals in the UI (http://www.youtube.com/user/officevideos#p/u/1/t5X2PxtvMsU)

    • http://profiles.google.com/monsterking97 Hassan Ali

      The sunroof dimming is easy to implement and, I think, it exists by using liquid crystals.

  • Guest

    Yes put us in front of a Monitor, so that our Ass becomes fatter and fatter

  • Guest

    Yes put us in front of a Monitor, so that our Ass becomes fatter and fatter

  • Guest

    Yes put us in front of a Monitor, so that our Ass becomes fatter and fatter

  • Guest

    Yes put us in front of a Monitor, so that our Ass becomes fatter and fatter

  • LazerWire

    Very nice design. But why did they make this video? Is it to stop Apple from filing more cool feature patents? Many of the features look like existing Apple patents…

    http://www.lazerwire.com

  • LazerWire

    Very nice design. But why did they make this video? Is it to stop Apple from filing more cool feature patents? Many of the features look like existing Apple patents…

    http://www.lazerwire.com

  • LazerWire

    Very nice design. But why did they make this video? Is it to stop Apple from filing more cool feature patents? Many of the features look like existing Apple patents…

    http://www.lazerwire.com

  • LazerWire

    Very nice design. But why did they make this video? Is it to stop Apple from filing more cool feature patents? Many of the features look like existing Apple patents…

    http://www.lazerwire.com

  • Nikolay Peltekov

    Well… it’s an amasing video and an interesting look at the future, but who think about peopel with disabilities!?

  • Nikolay Peltekov

    Well… it’s an amasing video and an interesting look at the future, but who think about peopel with disabilities!?

  • Nikolay Peltekov

    Well… it’s an amasing video and an interesting look at the future, but who think about peopel with disabilities!?

  • Nikolay Peltekov

    Well… it’s an amasing video and an interesting look at the future, but who think about peopel with disabilities!?

  • Guest

    Same technology as today, more expensive and now people can peep at what you are doing too.
    Plus you have to buy a lot of different size tech that do the same thing.
    I’m more interesting in the nokia morph.
    That’s really futuristic.A 1 THz cellphone/tablet/watch that recharge itself and have haptic surface, that’s really impressive.
    And it comes out the 2020.
    I can’t wait to see if it becomes real.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs
    The only thing is that I wish them to give an option to not make it transparent.

  • Guest

    Same technology as today, more expensive and now people can peep at what you are doing too.
    Plus you have to buy a lot of different size tech that do the same thing.
    I’m more interesting in the nokia morph.
    That’s really futuristic.A 1 THz cellphone/tablet/watch that recharge itself and have haptic surface, that’s really impressive.
    And it comes out the 2020.
    I can’t wait to see if it becomes real.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs
    The only thing is that I wish them to give an option to not make it transparent.

  • Guest

    Same technology as today, more expensive and now people can peep at what you are doing too.
    Plus you have to buy a lot of different size tech that do the same thing.
    I’m more interesting in the nokia morph.
    That’s really futuristic.A 1 THz cellphone/tablet/watch that recharge itself and have haptic surface, that’s really impressive.
    And it comes out the 2020.
    I can’t wait to see if it becomes real.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs
    The only thing is that I wish them to give an option to not make it transparent.

  • Guest

    Same technology as today, more expensive and now people can peep at what you are doing too.
    Plus you have to buy a lot of different size tech that do the same thing.
    I’m more interesting in the nokia morph.
    That’s really futuristic.A 1 THz cellphone/tablet/watch that recharge itself and have haptic surface, that’s really impressive.
    And it comes out the 2020.
    I can’t wait to see if it becomes real.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs
    The only thing is that I wish them to give an option to not make it transparent.

  • http://mecki.myopenid.com/ Mecki

    All that I see in this video is animation overkill, information overkill  and non-intuitive, “pure consumer” interfaces. Let me clarify the statement above:

    1) Animation overkill. Using animations for the sake of animating something because it looks cool is not really helpful. Animations should always serve a purpose, like catching the viewers attention (moving objects always catch our attention, that’s why it is annoying if there is a permanent animation on top and you try to focus on static content below) or make an “action” more obvious (e.g. if a bunch of files get stacked, shrink and then “dive” into a folder that temporarily opens, this makes it obvious, that all those files now moved into that folder). Most of the animations shown in the video are unnecessary, they serve no purpose other than to be “cool” and rather distract the focus of the really important information presented by the interface.

    2) Information overkill. Most of the interfaces shown are cluttered by information that looks very unstructured. It is often not possible to detect which elements are static content and which elements allow user interaction. It’s also often not possible to determine which of all those text strings and images displayed are the “main message” being displayed. E.g. look at 1:24, what is that screen supposed to tell me? There is an airplane on top (why? Nothing else displayed has anything to do with it and it also contains no further information), there is a cloud symbol below it and headlines on the right of it, there is a number next to a picture (a calendar?), there is the symbol of a woman and a strange circle around her. It looks like you take a newspaper, cut out random images and articles and clue them together in random order onto a piece of paper. Actually this is pretty much what Windows Phone 7 does as of today and Windows 8 shall do for PC users as well. I think it’s horrible. It is a cluttered mess of information and even after spending hours with that interface, I couldn’t really get used to it. The less information you display at once, the better the user can focus on it and distinguish relevant from irrelevant parts. Also see how information about anything pop-ups everywhere, sometimes straight in the air. You cannot hide from information any longer, it chases you, no matter where you are. You cannot go on vacation anymore, your work will be chasing you. This is already a problem we face as of today.

    3) Non-intuitive interfaces. When we get born, nothing is intuitive to us, we have to learn the world from scratch. And it might be that a child that grows up with interfaces like shown in the video can get used to them but for the rest of us, the first “interfaces” we had to deal with were not computers, mobile phones, or tablets, they were hardware interfaces of objects surrounding us. Interfaces are supposed to be easy, you should be able to quickly understand on your own by just using them. A trash bin has an easy to understand interface. You take something and throw it in. Job done. A more complicated trash bin might have a cover, which you first have to open, then you can throw something in and finally you close it again. Since this interface is easy and since it is an interface most people understand, it was natural to place a “trash bin icon” on the desktop or the dock and the user can “take” files/folders and drag it in. They will get that idea without reading a 500 pages manual first. However, most the interfaces in this video resemble nothing we know from the world outside of computers and Internet, making it very unintuitive to understand how they work by just looking at them.

    4) “Pure consumer” interfaces. These interfaces were designed for consumers. You can only “consume” information with those interfaces. You cannot produce new information. At 2:51 you can see how a user adds a comment by speech to text transcription. Nice. Now imagine an big office room, with 20 people and they all want to write letters and each of them has to dictate those letters aloud; see a problem? That’s why Microsoft was at least clever enough to show that keyboards still exists at 3:10 (a way too  small one, not really ergonomic); but you don’t see this guy doing anything useful with the keyboard. He is typing but I don’t see him producing plenty of text anywhere in that interface… I wouldn’t even know where this text should appear. All those interfaces have to be programmed by some people and can you really imagine, that the programming IDE will have such a crazy interface as well? I don’t think so and interestingly all videos like the one above never show how people draw computer graphics, write program code or large passages of text, design a webpage, create videos or sound effects… you only see people using all this stuff that has already been pre-created for them. Well, if you look at an iPad today, it’s nice for reading books, surfing the web or playing; but already typing a comment like the one I’m tying right now via an iPad is so much PITA, unless you have an external keyboard and even then it’s PITA, since without a mouse and a mouse cursor, placing the cursor by touch typing or selecting text that way is really cumbersome. You cannot really “work” with those devices, unless you work is limited to using a pre-produced software optimized for touch typing, where you never need to type sentences longer than 8 words. Creating a SMS is fine, creating an e-mail is PITA again, editing an existing e-mail is horrible, even if you have an external keyboard.

    Summary:
    If that is really the future, I don’t need, actually I don’t want it. The good news, if you consider what it takes to make all this reality, I will probably not experience it anyway, not even if I’ll be getting very old.

  • http://mecki.myopenid.com/ Mecki

    All that I see in this video is animation overkill, information overkill  and non-intuitive, “pure consumer” interfaces. Let me clarify the statement above:

    1) Animation overkill. Using animations for the sake of animating something because it looks cool is not really helpful. Animations should always serve a purpose, like catching the viewers attention (moving objects always catch our attention, that’s why it is annoying if there is a permanent animation on top and you try to focus on static content below) or make an “action” more obvious (e.g. if a bunch of files get stacked, shrink and then “dive” into a folder that temporarily opens, this makes it obvious, that all those files now moved into that folder). Most of the animations shown in the video are unnecessary, they serve no purpose other than to be “cool” and rather distract the focus of the really important information presented by the interface.

    2) Information overkill. Most of the interfaces shown are cluttered by information that looks very unstructured. It is often not possible to detect which elements are static content and which elements allow user interaction. It’s also often not possible to determine which of all those text strings and images displayed are the “main message” being displayed. E.g. look at 1:24, what is that screen supposed to tell me? There is an airplane on top (why? Nothing else displayed has anything to do with it and it also contains no further information), there is a cloud symbol below it and headlines on the right of it, there is a number next to a picture (a calendar?), there is the symbol of a woman and a strange circle around her. It looks like you take a newspaper, cut out random images and articles and clue them together in random order onto a piece of paper. Actually this is pretty much what Windows Phone 7 does as of today and Windows 8 shall do for PC users as well. I think it’s horrible. It is a cluttered mess of information and even after spending hours with that interface, I couldn’t really get used to it. The less information you display at once, the better the user can focus on it and distinguish relevant from irrelevant parts. Also see how information about anything pop-ups everywhere, sometimes straight in the air. You cannot hide from information any longer, it chases you, no matter where you are. You cannot go on vacation anymore, your work will be chasing you. This is already a problem we face as of today.

    3) Non-intuitive interfaces. When we get born, nothing is intuitive to us, we have to learn the world from scratch. And it might be that a child that grows up with interfaces like shown in the video can get used to them but for the rest of us, the first “interfaces” we had to deal with were not computers, mobile phones, or tablets, they were hardware interfaces of objects surrounding us. Interfaces are supposed to be easy, you should be able to quickly understand on your own by just using them. A trash bin has an easy to understand interface. You take something and throw it in. Job done. A more complicated trash bin might have a cover, which you first have to open, then you can throw something in and finally you close it again. Since this interface is easy and since it is an interface most people understand, it was natural to place a “trash bin icon” on the desktop or the dock and the user can “take” files/folders and drag it in. They will get that idea without reading a 500 pages manual first. However, most the interfaces in this video resemble nothing we know from the world outside of computers and Internet, making it very unintuitive to understand how they work by just looking at them.

    4) “Pure consumer” interfaces. These interfaces were designed for consumers. You can only “consume” information with those interfaces. You cannot produce new information. At 2:51 you can see how a user adds a comment by speech to text transcription. Nice. Now imagine an big office room, with 20 people and they all want to write letters and each of them has to dictate those letters aloud; see a problem? That’s why Microsoft was at least clever enough to show that keyboards still exists at 3:10 (a way too  small one, not really ergonomic); but you don’t see this guy doing anything useful with the keyboard. He is typing but I don’t see him producing plenty of text anywhere in that interface… I wouldn’t even know where this text should appear. All those interfaces have to be programmed by some people and can you really imagine, that the programming IDE will have such a crazy interface as well? I don’t think so and interestingly all videos like the one above never show how people draw computer graphics, write program code or large passages of text, design a webpage, create videos or sound effects… you only see people using all this stuff that has already been pre-created for them. Well, if you look at an iPad today, it’s nice for reading books, surfing the web or playing; but already typing a comment like the one I’m tying right now via an iPad is so much PITA, unless you have an external keyboard and even then it’s PITA, since without a mouse and a mouse cursor, placing the cursor by touch typing or selecting text that way is really cumbersome. You cannot really “work” with those devices, unless you work is limited to using a pre-produced software optimized for touch typing, where you never need to type sentences longer than 8 words. Creating a SMS is fine, creating an e-mail is PITA again, editing an existing e-mail is horrible, even if you have an external keyboard.

    Summary:
    If that is really the future, I don’t need, actually I don’t want it. The good news, if you consider what it takes to make all this reality, I will probably not experience it anyway, not even if I’ll be getting very old.

  • http://mecki.myopenid.com/ Mecki

    All that I see in this video is animation overkill, information overkill  and non-intuitive, “pure consumer” interfaces. Let me clarify the statement above:

    1) Animation overkill. Using animations for the sake of animating something because it looks cool is not really helpful. Animations should always serve a purpose, like catching the viewers attention (moving objects always catch our attention, that’s why it is annoying if there is a permanent animation on top and you try to focus on static content below) or make an “action” more obvious (e.g. if a bunch of files get stacked, shrink and then “dive” into a folder that temporarily opens, this makes it obvious, that all those files now moved into that folder). Most of the animations shown in the video are unnecessary, they serve no purpose other than to be “cool” and rather distract the focus of the really important information presented by the interface.

    2) Information overkill. Most of the interfaces shown are cluttered by information that looks very unstructured. It is often not possible to detect which elements are static content and which elements allow user interaction. It’s also often not possible to determine which of all those text strings and images displayed are the “main message” being displayed. E.g. look at 1:24, what is that screen supposed to tell me? There is an airplane on top (why? Nothing else displayed has anything to do with it and it also contains no further information), there is a cloud symbol below it and headlines on the right of it, there is a number next to a picture (a calendar?), there is the symbol of a woman and a strange circle around her. It looks like you take a newspaper, cut out random images and articles and clue them together in random order onto a piece of paper. Actually this is pretty much what Windows Phone 7 does as of today and Windows 8 shall do for PC users as well. I think it’s horrible. It is a cluttered mess of information and even after spending hours with that interface, I couldn’t really get used to it. The less information you display at once, the better the user can focus on it and distinguish relevant from irrelevant parts. Also see how information about anything pop-ups everywhere, sometimes straight in the air. You cannot hide from information any longer, it chases you, no matter where you are. You cannot go on vacation anymore, your work will be chasing you. This is already a problem we face as of today.

    3) Non-intuitive interfaces. When we get born, nothing is intuitive to us, we have to learn the world from scratch. And it might be that a child that grows up with interfaces like shown in the video can get used to them but for the rest of us, the first “interfaces” we had to deal with were not computers, mobile phones, or tablets, they were hardware interfaces of objects surrounding us. Interfaces are supposed to be easy, you should be able to quickly understand on your own by just using them. A trash bin has an easy to understand interface. You take something and throw it in. Job done. A more complicated trash bin might have a cover, which you first have to open, then you can throw something in and finally you close it again. Since this interface is easy and since it is an interface most people understand, it was natural to place a “trash bin icon” on the desktop or the dock and the user can “take” files/folders and drag it in. They will get that idea without reading a 500 pages manual first. However, most the interfaces in this video resemble nothing we know from the world outside of computers and Internet, making it very unintuitive to understand how they work by just looking at them.

    4) “Pure consumer” interfaces. These interfaces were designed for consumers. You can only “consume” information with those interfaces. You cannot produce new information. At 2:51 you can see how a user adds a comment by speech to text transcription. Nice. Now imagine an big office room, with 20 people and they all want to write letters and each of them has to dictate those letters aloud; see a problem? That’s why Microsoft was at least clever enough to show that keyboards still exists at 3:10 (a way too  small one, not really ergonomic); but you don’t see this guy doing anything useful with the keyboard. He is typing but I don’t see him producing plenty of text anywhere in that interface… I wouldn’t even know where this text should appear. All those interfaces have to be programmed by some people and can you really imagine, that the programming IDE will have such a crazy interface as well? I don’t think so and interestingly all videos like the one above never show how people draw computer graphics, write program code or large passages of text, design a webpage, create videos or sound effects… you only see people using all this stuff that has already been pre-created for them. Well, if you look at an iPad today, it’s nice for reading books, surfing the web or playing; but already typing a comment like the one I’m tying right now via an iPad is so much PITA, unless you have an external keyboard and even then it’s PITA, since without a mouse and a mouse cursor, placing the cursor by touch typing or selecting text that way is really cumbersome. You cannot really “work” with those devices, unless you work is limited to using a pre-produced software optimized for touch typing, where you never need to type sentences longer than 8 words. Creating a SMS is fine, creating an e-mail is PITA again, editing an existing e-mail is horrible, even if you have an external keyboard.

    Summary:
    If that is really the future, I don’t need, actually I don’t want it. The good news, if you consider what it takes to make all this reality, I will probably not experience it anyway, not even if I’ll be getting very old.

  • http://mecki.myopenid.com/ Mecki

    All that I see in this video is animation overkill, information overkill  and non-intuitive, “pure consumer” interfaces. Let me clarify the statement above:

    1) Animation overkill. Using animations for the sake of animating something because it looks cool is not really helpful. Animations should always serve a purpose, like catching the viewers attention (moving objects always catch our attention, that’s why it is annoying if there is a permanent animation on top and you try to focus on static content below) or make an “action” more obvious (e.g. if a bunch of files get stacked, shrink and then “dive” into a folder that temporarily opens, this makes it obvious, that all those files now moved into that folder). Most of the animations shown in the video are unnecessary, they serve no purpose other than to be “cool” and rather distract the focus of the really important information presented by the interface.

    2) Information overkill. Most of the interfaces shown are cluttered by information that looks very unstructured. It is often not possible to detect which elements are static content and which elements allow user interaction. It’s also often not possible to determine which of all those text strings and images displayed are the “main message” being displayed. E.g. look at 1:24, what is that screen supposed to tell me? There is an airplane on top (why? Nothing else displayed has anything to do with it and it also contains no further information), there is a cloud symbol below it and headlines on the right of it, there is a number next to a picture (a calendar?), there is the symbol of a woman and a strange circle around her. It looks like you take a newspaper, cut out random images and articles and clue them together in random order onto a piece of paper. Actually this is pretty much what Windows Phone 7 does as of today and Windows 8 shall do for PC users as well. I think it’s horrible. It is a cluttered mess of information and even after spending hours with that interface, I couldn’t really get used to it. The less information you display at once, the better the user can focus on it and distinguish relevant from irrelevant parts. Also see how information about anything pop-ups everywhere, sometimes straight in the air. You cannot hide from information any longer, it chases you, no matter where you are. You cannot go on vacation anymore, your work will be chasing you. This is already a problem we face as of today.

    3) Non-intuitive interfaces. When we get born, nothing is intuitive to us, we have to learn the world from scratch. And it might be that a child that grows up with interfaces like shown in the video can get used to them but for the rest of us, the first “interfaces” we had to deal with were not computers, mobile phones, or tablets, they were hardware interfaces of objects surrounding us. Interfaces are supposed to be easy, you should be able to quickly understand on your own by just using them. A trash bin has an easy to understand interface. You take something and throw it in. Job done. A more complicated trash bin might have a cover, which you first have to open, then you can throw something in and finally you close it again. Since this interface is easy and since it is an interface most people understand, it was natural to place a “trash bin icon” on the desktop or the dock and the user can “take” files/folders and drag it in. They will get that idea without reading a 500 pages manual first. However, most the interfaces in this video resemble nothing we know from the world outside of computers and Internet, making it very unintuitive to understand how they work by just looking at them.

    4) “Pure consumer” interfaces. These interfaces were designed for consumers. You can only “consume” information with those interfaces. You cannot produce new information. At 2:51 you can see how a user adds a comment by speech to text transcription. Nice. Now imagine an big office room, with 20 people and they all want to write letters and each of them has to dictate those letters aloud; see a problem? That’s why Microsoft was at least clever enough to show that keyboards still exists at 3:10 (a way too  small one, not really ergonomic); but you don’t see this guy doing anything useful with the keyboard. He is typing but I don’t see him producing plenty of text anywhere in that interface… I wouldn’t even know where this text should appear. All those interfaces have to be programmed by some people and can you really imagine, that the programming IDE will have such a crazy interface as well? I don’t think so and interestingly all videos like the one above never show how people draw computer graphics, write program code or large passages of text, design a webpage, create videos or sound effects… you only see people using all this stuff that has already been pre-created for them. Well, if you look at an iPad today, it’s nice for reading books, surfing the web or playing; but already typing a comment like the one I’m tying right now via an iPad is so much PITA, unless you have an external keyboard and even then it’s PITA, since without a mouse and a mouse cursor, placing the cursor by touch typing or selecting text that way is really cumbersome. You cannot really “work” with those devices, unless you work is limited to using a pre-produced software optimized for touch typing, where you never need to type sentences longer than 8 words. Creating a SMS is fine, creating an e-mail is PITA again, editing an existing e-mail is horrible, even if you have an external keyboard.

    Summary:
    If that is really the future, I don’t need, actually I don’t want it. The good news, if you consider what it takes to make all this reality, I will probably not experience it anyway, not even if I’ll be getting very old.

  • Marcwolf

    A very impressive vision. If MS wanted to they could have labeled every piece of hardware or software with their badge. But to their credit they did not. All they did was show a vision of what could be happening. Yes a lot of this is already there in bits and pieces. Yes there are still limitations re speech recognition.
    What are we seeing here. People doing everyday things like attending meetings, travelling, working. Are we becoming a more data orientated civilisation. Definately however one of the biggest issues with more information is having ways for the information to be accssable and in a form that is easy to work with.  It’s wonderful having a library but without an index!!! it is just a pile of books.
    Looking forward to the possibilities
    Dave

  • Marcwolf

    A very impressive vision. If MS wanted to they could have labeled every piece of hardware or software with their badge. But to their credit they did not. All they did was show a vision of what could be happening. Yes a lot of this is already there in bits and pieces. Yes there are still limitations re speech recognition.
    What are we seeing here. People doing everyday things like attending meetings, travelling, working. Are we becoming a more data orientated civilisation. Definately however one of the biggest issues with more information is having ways for the information to be accssable and in a form that is easy to work with.  It’s wonderful having a library but without an index!!! it is just a pile of books.
    Looking forward to the possibilities
    Dave

  • Marcwolf

    A very impressive vision. If MS wanted to they could have labeled every piece of hardware or software with their badge. But to their credit they did not. All they did was show a vision of what could be happening. Yes a lot of this is already there in bits and pieces. Yes there are still limitations re speech recognition.
    What are we seeing here. People doing everyday things like attending meetings, travelling, working. Are we becoming a more data orientated civilisation. Definately however one of the biggest issues with more information is having ways for the information to be accssable and in a form that is easy to work with.  It’s wonderful having a library but without an index!!! it is just a pile of books.
    Looking forward to the possibilities
    Dave

  • Marcwolf

    A very impressive vision. If MS wanted to they could have labeled every piece of hardware or software with their badge. But to their credit they did not. All they did was show a vision of what could be happening. Yes a lot of this is already there in bits and pieces. Yes there are still limitations re speech recognition.
    What are we seeing here. People doing everyday things like attending meetings, travelling, working. Are we becoming a more data orientated civilisation. Definately however one of the biggest issues with more information is having ways for the information to be accssable and in a form that is easy to work with.  It’s wonderful having a library but without an index!!! it is just a pile of books.
    Looking forward to the possibilities
    Dave

  • David

    The future is indeed great, for the top ~1 000 000 people. 

  • David

    The future is indeed great, for the top ~1 000 000 people. 

  • David

    The future is indeed great, for the top ~1 000 000 people. 

  • David

    The future is indeed great, for the top ~1 000 000 people. 

  • Greenspiker

    Look like more junk food in future and less free time – parents aren’t home, childrens would be alone…

  • Greenspiker

    Look like more junk food in future and less free time – parents aren’t home, childrens would be alone…

  • Greenspiker

    Look like more junk food in future and less free time – parents aren’t home, childrens would be alone…

  • Greenspiker

    Look like more junk food in future and less free time – parents aren’t home, childrens would be alone…

  • Ikrisa

    you know what this DIDNT show..:

    1) the teenager with an app for making a woman walking past look naked (not actual xray, just superimposed)
    2) the kids in the arcade in 100% realistic war games killing each other,
    3) the poverty from 99% of the world that wont be able to afford any of this tech.
    4) the regular error messages, from incompatable devices.
    5) did you notice the lack of advertising in this video, only cute bill boards etc for wholesome stuff, in the real world this would be HARD SELL alsorts of crap endlessly on every device you own… with 1 kick empty you account ioptions,
    6) dont get me going on cyber crime in this image of the future.

    i feel lke i could go on…

    i dont mean to be negative, but cutesy dont cover the real work im afraid..! and thats what WE all live in..

    of cause i could be wrong, and poverty / crime / sex / advertising/ anything else fun, has been eradicated, and this is what we are left with… if this is so i will happily retract my comments….

    xx

  • Ikrisa

    you know what this DIDNT show..:

    1) the teenager with an app for making a woman walking past look naked (not actual xray, just superimposed)
    2) the kids in the arcade in 100% realistic war games killing each other,
    3) the poverty from 99% of the world that wont be able to afford any of this tech.
    4) the regular error messages, from incompatable devices.
    5) did you notice the lack of advertising in this video, only cute bill boards etc for wholesome stuff, in the real world this would be HARD SELL alsorts of crap endlessly on every device you own… with 1 kick empty you account ioptions,
    6) dont get me going on cyber crime in this image of the future.

    i feel lke i could go on…

    i dont mean to be negative, but cutesy dont cover the real work im afraid..! and thats what WE all live in..

    of cause i could be wrong, and poverty / crime / sex / advertising/ anything else fun, has been eradicated, and this is what we are left with… if this is so i will happily retract my comments….

    xx

  • Ikrisa

    you know what this DIDNT show..:

    1) the teenager with an app for making a woman walking past look naked (not actual xray, just superimposed)
    2) the kids in the arcade in 100% realistic war games killing each other,
    3) the poverty from 99% of the world that wont be able to afford any of this tech.
    4) the regular error messages, from incompatable devices.
    5) did you notice the lack of advertising in this video, only cute bill boards etc for wholesome stuff, in the real world this would be HARD SELL alsorts of crap endlessly on every device you own… with 1 kick empty you account ioptions,
    6) dont get me going on cyber crime in this image of the future.

    i feel lke i could go on…

    i dont mean to be negative, but cutesy dont cover the real work im afraid..! and thats what WE all live in..

    of cause i could be wrong, and poverty / crime / sex / advertising/ anything else fun, has been eradicated, and this is what we are left with… if this is so i will happily retract my comments….

    xx

  • Ikrisa

    you know what this DIDNT show..:

    1) the teenager with an app for making a woman walking past look naked (not actual xray, just superimposed)
    2) the kids in the arcade in 100% realistic war games killing each other,
    3) the poverty from 99% of the world that wont be able to afford any of this tech.
    4) the regular error messages, from incompatable devices.
    5) did you notice the lack of advertising in this video, only cute bill boards etc for wholesome stuff, in the real world this would be HARD SELL alsorts of crap endlessly on every device you own… with 1 kick empty you account ioptions,
    6) dont get me going on cyber crime in this image of the future.

    i feel lke i could go on…

    i dont mean to be negative, but cutesy dont cover the real work im afraid..! and thats what WE all live in..

    of cause i could be wrong, and poverty / crime / sex / advertising/ anything else fun, has been eradicated, and this is what we are left with… if this is so i will happily retract my comments….

    xx

  • Alejandro Varela
  • Alejandro Varela
  • http://twitter.com/deathbookshelf TheBookshelfofDeath

    Thank you Steve

  • http://twitter.com/deathbookshelf TheBookshelfofDeath

    Thank you Steve

  • http://twitter.com/deathbookshelf TheBookshelfofDeath

    Thank you Steve

  • http://twitter.com/deathbookshelf TheBookshelfofDeath

    Thank you Steve

  • Alejandro Varela

    apple future vision 1987…..  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIE8xk6Rl1w

  • Alejandro Varela

    apple future vision 1987…..  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIE8xk6Rl1w

  • Alejandro Varela

    apple future vision 1987…..  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIE8xk6Rl1w

  • Alejandro Varela

    parte corporativa

    a) los lentes estan buenos.

    a) the sun glasses are cool

    b) para que carajo queres un reloj en la ventana????
       (ademas la gente tiene relojes y almanaques en el celular y por alguna
       loca razón siguen usando los físicos…)

    b) why you’ll want a window clock in the car??????
       people have clocks in their cellphones, and for some crazy reason, still
       using the fisical ones..

    c) lo de la etiqueta en el edificio es genial..

    c) labels in buildings are cool!

    d) no hay mucho tránsito y la gente esta mas tranquila ….
          JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJ

    d) there’s no heavy traffic and people look relaxed….
          (LOL)

    e) parece ser que ya no hay problemas de mugre ni pobres, ni vendedores
       ambulantes de chipá, al menos en esa ciudad del futuro.

    e) it seems there’s no more garbage problems, smog problems, poor people,
       at least in that futuristic city ..

    f) el estereotipo del negro “sirviente”, el blanco “yuppie” y el chino “nerd” no ha
       cambiado…

    f) the stereotype of black “servant”, white “yuppie” and “nerd” asian keep
       in vogue.

    g) las fotos te miran como en harry potter.

    g) photographies look at you like that of harry potter

    h) atención chicas! las sandalias marrones y las uñas pintadas de rojo se
       siguen usando!

    h) atention girls! brown sandals and red painted nails are the fashion!

    i) quiero el monitor del muchacho con gafas de inteligente.

    i) i want the lcd screen of that intelligent looking guy.

    (please: sorry for my english (i know is awfull))

  • Alejandro Varela

    parte corporativa

    a) los lentes estan buenos.

    a) the sun glasses are cool

    b) para que carajo queres un reloj en la ventana????
       (ademas la gente tiene relojes y almanaques en el celular y por alguna
       loca razón siguen usando los físicos…)

    b) why you’ll want a window clock in the car??????
       people have clocks in their cellphones, and for some crazy reason, still
       using the fisical ones..

    c) lo de la etiqueta en el edificio es genial..

    c) labels in buildings are cool!

    d) no hay mucho tránsito y la gente esta mas tranquila ….
          JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJ

    d) there’s no heavy traffic and people look relaxed….
          (LOL)

    e) parece ser que ya no hay problemas de mugre ni pobres, ni vendedores
       ambulantes de chipá, al menos en esa ciudad del futuro.

    e) it seems there’s no more garbage problems, smog problems, poor people,
       at least in that futuristic city ..

    f) el estereotipo del negro “sirviente”, el blanco “yuppie” y el chino “nerd” no ha
       cambiado…

    f) the stereotype of black “servant”, white “yuppie” and “nerd” asian keep
       in vogue.

    g) las fotos te miran como en harry potter.

    g) photographies look at you like that of harry potter

    h) atención chicas! las sandalias marrones y las uñas pintadas de rojo se
       siguen usando!

    h) atention girls! brown sandals and red painted nails are the fashion!

    i) quiero el monitor del muchacho con gafas de inteligente.

    i) i want the lcd screen of that intelligent looking guy.

    (please: sorry for my english (i know is awfull))

    • Starsynth

      Amazing thinig about this video is that the scenarios used here have largely been addressed by Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Lync integration.

    • Starsynth

      Amazing thinig about this video is that the scenarios used here have largely been addressed by Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Lync integration.

  • Alejandro Varela

    parte corporativa

    a) los lentes estan buenos.

    a) the sun glasses are cool

    b) para que carajo queres un reloj en la ventana????
       (ademas la gente tiene relojes y almanaques en el celular y por alguna
       loca razón siguen usando los físicos…)

    b) why you’ll want a window clock in the car??????
       people have clocks in their cellphones, and for some crazy reason, still
       using the fisical ones..

    c) lo de la etiqueta en el edificio es genial..

    c) labels in buildings are cool!

    d) no hay mucho tránsito y la gente esta mas tranquila ….
          JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJ

    d) there’s no heavy traffic and people look relaxed….
          (LOL)

    e) parece ser que ya no hay problemas de mugre ni pobres, ni vendedores
       ambulantes de chipá, al menos en esa ciudad del futuro.

    e) it seems there’s no more garbage problems, smog problems, poor people,
       at least in that futuristic city ..

    f) el estereotipo del negro “sirviente”, el blanco “yuppie” y el chino “nerd” no ha
       cambiado…

    f) the stereotype of black “servant”, white “yuppie” and “nerd” asian keep
       in vogue.

    g) las fotos te miran como en harry potter.

    g) photographies look at you like that of harry potter

    h) atención chicas! las sandalias marrones y las uñas pintadas de rojo se
       siguen usando!

    h) atention girls! brown sandals and red painted nails are the fashion!

    i) quiero el monitor del muchacho con gafas de inteligente.

    i) i want the lcd screen of that intelligent looking guy.

    (please: sorry for my english (i know is awfull))

  • Alejandro Varela

    parte corporativa

    a) los lentes estan buenos.

    a) the sun glasses are cool

    b) para que carajo queres un reloj en la ventana????
       (ademas la gente tiene relojes y almanaques en el celular y por alguna
       loca razón siguen usando los físicos…)

    b) why you’ll want a window clock in the car??????
       people have clocks in their cellphones, and for some crazy reason, still
       using the fisical ones..

    c) lo de la etiqueta en el edificio es genial..

    c) labels in buildings are cool!

    d) no hay mucho tránsito y la gente esta mas tranquila ….
          JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJ

    d) there’s no heavy traffic and people look relaxed….
          (LOL)

    e) parece ser que ya no hay problemas de mugre ni pobres, ni vendedores
       ambulantes de chipá, al menos en esa ciudad del futuro.

    e) it seems there’s no more garbage problems, smog problems, poor people,
       at least in that futuristic city ..

    f) el estereotipo del negro “sirviente”, el blanco “yuppie” y el chino “nerd” no ha
       cambiado…

    f) the stereotype of black “servant”, white “yuppie” and “nerd” asian keep
       in vogue.

    g) las fotos te miran como en harry potter.

    g) photographies look at you like that of harry potter

    h) atención chicas! las sandalias marrones y las uñas pintadas de rojo se
       siguen usando!

    h) atention girls! brown sandals and red painted nails are the fashion!

    i) quiero el monitor del muchacho con gafas de inteligente.

    i) i want the lcd screen of that intelligent looking guy.

    (please: sorry for my english (i know is awfull))

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIPK2WY4NENSIR6DI7UNNKTW6E Shaggy

    Here are some trends Microsoft didn’t account for – we just surpassed 7 billion people on the planet, they’ll be 8 billion in ten years. Phosphorus reserves, vital for food production, are rapidly becoming depleted. Climate change is disrupting food production on an increasing scale. Oil production has peaked and demand continues to rise.

    We can distract ourselves with geegaws and gadgets, but there are some fundamental problems that we need to address with real answers, not slick interfaces. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIPK2WY4NENSIR6DI7UNNKTW6E Shaggy

    Here are some trends Microsoft didn’t account for – we just surpassed 7 billion people on the planet, they’ll be 8 billion in ten years. Phosphorus reserves, vital for food production, are rapidly becoming depleted. Climate change is disrupting food production on an increasing scale. Oil production has peaked and demand continues to rise.

    We can distract ourselves with geegaws and gadgets, but there are some fundamental problems that we need to address with real answers, not slick interfaces. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIPK2WY4NENSIR6DI7UNNKTW6E Shaggy

    Here are some trends Microsoft didn’t account for – we just surpassed 7 billion people on the planet, they’ll be 8 billion in ten years. Phosphorus reserves, vital for food production, are rapidly becoming depleted. Climate change is disrupting food production on an increasing scale. Oil production has peaked and demand continues to rise.

    We can distract ourselves with geegaws and gadgets, but there are some fundamental problems that we need to address with real answers, not slick interfaces. 

    • TvG

      This was a video about the future of productivity, and had absolutely nothing to do with world hunger or oil. It was created by Microsoft to showcase what devices may be available in the near future in terms of Office work and productivity. Why must people always be so negative when it comes to something which was clearly a great and well-produced video!

      That’s like saying Apple should stop developing and advertising iPads and rather worry about oil reserves in Saudi.

      It’s just a video; Nothing more, nothing less. I don’t mean to sound condescending but seriously, phosphorous reserves?!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIPK2WY4NENSIR6DI7UNNKTW6E Shaggy

    Here are some trends Microsoft didn’t account for – we just surpassed 7 billion people on the planet, they’ll be 8 billion in ten years. Phosphorus reserves, vital for food production, are rapidly becoming depleted. Climate change is disrupting food production on an increasing scale. Oil production has peaked and demand continues to rise.

    We can distract ourselves with geegaws and gadgets, but there are some fundamental problems that we need to address with real answers, not slick interfaces. 

  • Anonymous

    The technology presented is very cool and it’s nice to see a number of ideas that people have had in the their heads or in discussion for some time come to life in a video.  My only concern here is the further degradation of human relationships.  It’s nice to cozy up to technology but not at the expense of human interaction .. which is happening all too often now.  Cool future as long as we keep our humanity.

  • Anonymous

    The technology presented is very cool and it’s nice to see a number of ideas that people have had in the their heads or in discussion for some time come to life in a video.  My only concern here is the further degradation of human relationships.  It’s nice to cozy up to technology but not at the expense of human interaction .. which is happening all too often now.  Cool future as long as we keep our humanity.

  • Anonymous

    The technology presented is very cool and it’s nice to see a number of ideas that people have had in the their heads or in discussion for some time come to life in a video.  My only concern here is the further degradation of human relationships.  It’s nice to cozy up to technology but not at the expense of human interaction .. which is happening all too often now.  Cool future as long as we keep our humanity.

  • Anonymous

    The technology presented is very cool and it’s nice to see a number of ideas that people have had in the their heads or in discussion for some time come to life in a video.  My only concern here is the further degradation of human relationships.  It’s nice to cozy up to technology but not at the expense of human interaction .. which is happening all too often now.  Cool future as long as we keep our humanity.

  • Nikcname

    As what steve jobs said, they are just a copy cat. 
    copying all apple’s product and make it frameless in this video… what a joke!

  • Nikcname

    As what steve jobs said, they are just a copy cat. 
    copying all apple’s product and make it frameless in this video… what a joke!

    • Anonymous

      Another Apple troll!

      • TvG

        An Apple troll who can’t even spell “Nickname”. This site seems to be the home of Apple trolls! WTF? I loved the video and I see no reason for Apple fans to come and say that this tech already exists. ”iDon’t” believe you, because the technology is clearly not here yet! Zuckerberg also aparrently stole the idea for Facebook, but that doesn’t stop almost a billion people from actively using it almost every day. You can’t judge a company by a predisposed conception which you know nothing about. Microsoft is awesome, and Apple may be as well! I don’t use apple so I’m not going to act like an idiot and say that it sucks without using it. Likewise, people who don’t use Microsoft can’t make the same judgements because MS technology is used every day by literally billions of people in the IW industry!

  • Nikcname

    As what steve jobs said, they are just a copy cat. 
    copying all apple’s product and make it frameless in this video… what a joke!

  • Nikcname

    As what steve jobs said, they are just a copy cat. 
    copying all apple’s product and make it frameless in this video… what a joke!

  • Noah Spurrier

    It looks like they have successfully predicted the arrival of the iPhone and iPad.

  • Noah Spurrier

    It looks like they have successfully predicted the arrival of the iPhone and iPad.

  • Noah Spurrier

    It looks like they have successfully predicted the arrival of the iPhone and iPad.

  • Noah Spurrier

    It looks like they have successfully predicted the arrival of the iPhone and iPad.

  • Lorenserfass331

    Hm… How could the clutter of advertisements be entirely absent from all of that?

  • Lorenserfass331

    Hm… How could the clutter of advertisements be entirely absent from all of that?

  • Lorenserfass331

    Hm… How could the clutter of advertisements be entirely absent from all of that?

  • Lorenserfass331

    Hm… How could the clutter of advertisements be entirely absent from all of that?

    • http://profiles.google.com/khurri1315 Khurram Shehzad

      Dont worry, you will find them in Google’s vision

  • http://ikrshnan.blogspot.com Krishnan »тнє υηινєяѕαℓ ℓσνєя«

    Everything could happen if it is in Open Source. For now lets just hope for it.

  • http://ikrshnan.blogspot.com Krishnan »тнє υηινєяѕαℓ ℓσνєя«

    Everything could happen if it is in Open Source. For now lets just hope for it.

  • http://ikrshnan.blogspot.com Krishnan »тнє υηινєяѕαℓ ℓσνєя«

    Everything could happen if it is in Open Source. For now lets just hope for it.

  • http://ikrshnan.blogspot.com Krishnan »тнє υηινєяѕαℓ ℓσνєя«

    Everything could happen if it is in Open Source. For now lets just hope for it.

  • Scotdo

    Interesting how many times the straining 1 handed thumb movement is used and there is still not a solution in the future.  The rest is pretty cool though.

  • Matt Smith

    1:32 “CREATING REPLY INTERFACE”

    That alone speaks volumes about Microsoft’s vision of the future.

  • Oxxilmadonn

    What?  No hoverboard? F U Microsoft!

  • Billg

    I just love how stuff just appears of the screen/cards.  If that’s the case, why the heck is there a card or screen?  This technology will require a subscription service to eat your hard earned money, while you starve.  Yes, it looks cool, but maybe in another 50 years it may be real but not the next 20.  By the way, who the heck is going to be able to afford this technology? Maybe 1/1000000th of 1% of the population. (500 total , CEO’s of the fortune 500 companies.)  

    • TvG

      When the automobile was invented, the inventor himself said that there will *never* be more than 1 million cars in the world because of how expensive it is to build and get materials for. Less than two years later there were 8 million cars. Same thing happened with cellphones and computers. What makes this different? Of course it will be extremely expensive when it starts off, but remember that the first computers required an entire room to operate and were extremely pricey also!! Now you can buy a cheap smartphone with 1000x the power of a computer that once took an entire room, less than 20 years later….. So 10 years from now I’m really not surprised to see their vision for the technology of then.

  • http://twitter.com/RandySpangler Randy Spangler

    Once the tablet is nothing more than a device to access your virtual “life”, then you can lose it, use someone else’s or have 100 of them. The registry of your virtual O/S lives in the cloud and any surface can become an extension of it. Privacy? Doubtful, but there will be SO many datapoints in the digital universe, that it becomes an issue of TMI. Maybe we end up with a ‘secrets locker’ and everything else is semi-public.

    Video seems promising, but will take lots to glue it all together.

  • Nick Walsh

    Nice Nice Very Nice
    What else can I say…. NICE

  • rickj1

    Looks great can;t wait

  • Jzandembuddies

    Not impressed with microsofts vision of the future…we dont need a bunch of paper pushers empowered any more then they already are.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E26BV2DZD5TQRJMXSLIZDWB2LE Andrei

      this video is meant to be as realistic as possible, so this is why it tries to show integrated and simplified technology that is narrowly used today(and practical, but i’m not quite convinced it actually is. Nonetheless that is the most important factor)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E26BV2DZD5TQRJMXSLIZDWB2LE Andrei

    hmm that looks accomplishable except for the holograms(it will probably be a 3d screen) and the completly transparent and extremly slim phones/tabs

  • Moss

    I’m pretty sure the bellhop is really a hit man.

    • Russ

      I couldn’t get past the part where the bellhop has nothing more to do, than stand at the door waiting for a guest who will be arriving in 15 minutes!

  • Guest

    These are the guys Microsoft needs in order to make comercials for them! This video is so much better than Microsoft comercials, where the products and their usage are very poorly shown.

    • Anonymous

      This was made by the Office team, not an outside company.

  • Orlando

    it looks like a future with bland colours and people with no personality

  • Beppidf

    They forgot to show what happens to your life when you get the good ol blue screen of death.

  • Dupek2008

    yeah right, microsoft can imagine, unfortunately cannot realize and deliver, forever flakes and semi morons

  • J@S

    I want Apple to win. Apple is God and I gladly give them my allegiance and my money!

  • http://www.mikejkelley.com mikejkelley

    In the future, people will use a touchscreen mobile interface… in PASTEL!
    Desktops will use a touchscreen interface… in PASTEL!
    Tablets will use a touchscreen interface… in PASTEL!

    Oh, and for some reason glasses will translate for you instead of your mobile. In PASTEL!

  • Keyiren

    however i am afraid future human too much rely on electric stuff and AI….that why we still keep paper for backup etc

  • Chris

    Wow, more people busy acting busy with no real return, guess the human race is over …

  • guest4001

    So in 10 years Microsoft programs will still be randomly reformatting my documents without asking? Can’t wait!

  • Patelrujuta

    its amazing yarrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • http://twitter.com/ikotobabi makosa

    The “Future” is bugs-free …yeaaaaaa!

  • http://twitter.com/ikotobabi makosa

    The “Future” is bugs-free …yeaaaaaa!

  • http://twitter.com/ikotobabi makosa

    The “Future” is bugs-free …yeaaaaaa!

  • Info

    they got the ideas – apple claim and sell them

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    That’s some serious Minority Report shit right there.

  • Jpeterson2058

    cool concepts that will be provided by Apple and Google

  • Jpeterson2058

    cool concepts that will be provided by Apple and Google

  • Jpeterson2058

    cool concepts that will be provided by Apple and Google

  • Anonymous

    “Intelligence@Interface” [cf: Gruber]- nice complement to “Sixth Sense” and Siri types of things…but advances in interface/gesture computing advances are lot more easier to get than what will be needed to support context and intelligence supported by background knowledge. One worry: doesn’t interacting with a flat interface make life a bit more sterile? where is texture? sensory feedback? Perhaps bring in more of (Computing for) Human Experience?

  • Anonymous

    “Intelligence@Interface” [cf: Gruber]- nice complement to “Sixth Sense” and Siri types of things…but advances in interface/gesture computing advances are lot more easier to get than what will be needed to support context and intelligence supported by background knowledge. One worry: doesn’t interacting with a flat interface make life a bit more sterile? where is texture? sensory feedback? Perhaps bring in more of (Computing for) Human Experience?

  • Anonymous

    “Intelligence@Interface” [cf: Gruber]- nice complement to “Sixth Sense” and Siri types of things…but advances in interface/gesture computing advances are lot more easier to get than what will be needed to support context and intelligence supported by background knowledge. One worry: doesn’t interacting with a flat interface make life a bit more sterile? where is texture? sensory feedback? Perhaps bring in more of (Computing for) Human Experience?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Brent

    Wow.  It’s fun to imagine.  Super impressive interfaces.  It’s interesting to see that there was no projection of the impact of technologies on Health Care or even the broader concept of Wellness.  No doubt advances in those fields will be some of the most impactful.

    • Anonymous

      This video was just to demonstrate some business & personal use cases. You can cram only so much in a 7 minute video. I’m sure more such videos will be coming that show more medical, educational, entertainment cases.

  • Guest

    i see that, according to Microsoft, in the future beggars will still be beggars….now there’s a challenge for mutinationals like Microsoft, i’d say…

  • Guest

    Too much information, everywhere, everyplace! uff..just need to get away from it and be with my family

  • Who cares.

    The future is awesome.

  • Kaqkk79

    Nice vision, but the biggest problem IMO is powering those devices. Batteries or other means of energy storage are not evolving as fast as the CPUs, displays etc… For the first step, can someone give me a smartphone with 7 days uptime (“normal” usage, gps, data always on) without charging? No? Or make a battery transparent, or flexible?

  • foxen

    So much technology in a world where there is food for all and access to public education and quality.
    We live in a closed system where 70% of the population is poor. I like technology that solves the most important of all problems.
    Thanks, good luck

  • Guest

    I think there is a bigger challenge facing the world than just streamlining technology and use interface. If microsoft has the ability to transform the way we live within the modern city and educate people on what will sustain our planet then they will have a far superior platform to launch us into the future. I’m talking about the way citys are built, the architecture our parks and surroundings. Is everyone ready for the modern world? There is a lot of work to be done.

  • mathil

    Seems like there is a lot of space and few people in the future… Not likely.

  • Starsynth

    I agree with the posters that calling for a stop to the hating. The truth is that Microsoft and Apple are similar in more ways than not. Both have developed amazing innovations (espcially when they back is to the wall) and both have had absolutely epic failures. Apple has made awesome advanaces in the consumer space but Microsoft is still the undisputed king in the enterprise space. The integration in the latest versions of Office, Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint, Windows Server, SQL server, etc is awesome for businesses.  If Microsoft is so irrelavant why are they continuing to grow double digits every year?

    Another overlooked truth is that in tech industry talent moves around a lot. I have been in the industry for 15 years and I have seen friends who have moved between Novell, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and several start-ups. If you look at key people behind iOS, Andriod, and iCloud, you’ll find several that work for years at Microsoft.  Some of the best talent at Microsoft left Apple during the bad times in the 90s.

    Truth is that vision and ability to execute are the key differentiators and no company in the world has a monopoly on these. The winners now will be losers tomorrow and vice versa.

    People who write off Microsoft are running the same risks as people who wrote off Apple in the 90′s. We have seen Microsoft struggle in the post Gates era but perhaps there is a total shift in approach happening within the company today (this video may be proof of that)…

    These thoughts may be unsettling to the fan boys out there who like to think that life is black and white and it should be. 

    The world is a much more interesting, complicated, and unpredictable place than that.

  • Vlad

    Scary. How much will people become dependent on technology and gadgets. In a “perfect world” that would be very nice. But in the real one – so dangerous in many meanings. Hacker attacks, privacy infringes, power cutoffs, natural and man-made disasters, hard- and software glitches… And, the most important, loss of natural ability to survive without all that fancy stuff… 

  • Vlad

    Scary. How much will people become dependent on technology and gadgets. In a “perfect world” that would be very nice. But in the real one – so dangerous in many meanings. Hacker attacks, privacy infringes, power cutoffs, natural and man-made disasters, hard- and software glitches… And, the most important, loss of natural ability to survive without all that fancy stuff… 

  • http://twitter.com/kilodelta Will Green

    “Qin waits in a Hong Kong subway…”
    Actually, it’s Seattle’s Beacon Hill Station, on SoundTransit’s Link Light Rail line: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Hill_(Link_station)

  • Gregory

    In the future, South Africa is still inhabited by White people in positions of power and Black people doing service work?

  • Meghanross73

    I don’t have anything against progress, but damnit why couldn’t I have been around 150 years ago?

  • David C

    Everything I see here is an evolution of what Apple has set in motion.  Microsoft has no real break through here.  This is simply stuff we have been talking about and seeing in Sci-Fi for decades.  Nothing here.

  • gianluca

    Wonderful video. The future is not so distant as we think….

  • Guest

    I bet they created this video on a Mac!