“Microsoft Windows Home” Includes Tablet PC in Visions of the Future

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“Microsoft Windows Home” Includes Tablet PC in Visions of the Future

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Microsoft Windows Home Concept, you may find the initiative between the Redmond Software Giant and its partners quite intriguing.  Microsft states:  “The concept design embodies a convergence of future home entertainment and computing capabilities. This convergence enables PCs to provide compelling home entertainment, media management, and communication experiences, making the PC the ideal technology hub for the home.”

So what’s in it for the future of the Tablet PC?  In my opinion (which is admittedly reffered to by others as a “bit reckless”), I can dream of  this hardware being passed around the home, carried to the car, taken into the grocery store and even accompanying us at the mall.  Then as we are close to approaching home after a long day out, we can take out the Tablet (at a stop light of course), and reset the thermostat to warm up the house just in time for our return home.  Ohh by the way, of course this future Tablet PC is displaying other family members and friends from time to time “calling up” from their own camera equipped Tablet PC’s.  Approaching the driveway, a “hand signature” is inputed on the Tablet screen to grant access to the extra secure garage door opener.

Okay, now back to today’s reality.  As Microsoft Windows Home celebrates its ten year anniversary, a few interesting editorials have surfaced.  One article from The Seattle Times that I find quite interesting offers a multi-dimensional take on the future and how Microsoft plans to have us live it. 

Microsoft Home smarter at age 10
The Seattle Times
Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jonathan Cluts doesn’t sport a beard or a plaid shirt, but you could call him the Bob Vila of Microsoft.

Microsoft executive Jonathan Cluts shows off the mirror of the future, which knows what’s in your closet, what’s at the cleaners and what would look good with that shirt.

As director of consumer prototyping and strategy, Cluts is constantly remodeling the Microsoft Home, a showcase of future technologies on the company’s Redmond campus.

Today, Microsoft is announcing the 10th anniversary of the home, which has a handful of new “scenarios” that could become commonplace in the next five to 10 years.

Woven into the displays are subtle messages about business models that are possible if consumers and companies embrace Microsoft technology. For instance, any kind of music can be played throughout the home, based on a hypothetical subscription service using Microsoft’s software for music distribution.

The home is not open to the public, but more than 10,000 Microsoft customers, business partners and journalists have visited it. Cluts said it has hosted government officials from nearly every country.

 Cluts and his team of 10 are likely to wear khaki slacks and wield computer mice while building their home of the future. They pluck promising ideas from Microsoft, computer-research circles and elsewhere, then incorporate them into the home’s six rooms on the second floor of Microsoft’s on-campus conference center.

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