Imagining Microsoft Windows 8,Embedded Xbox, Kinect, and Surface

Imagining Microsoft Windows 8,Embedded Xbox, Kinect, and Surface

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is pulling down some of the traditional siloes, and forcing groups to work together more closely. On stage at CES, Steve showcased four products, Windows 7 with an ARM future, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Kinect, and Surface.

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This is purely speculative, as none of what we’ll be covering has been announced. Let’s have some fun thinking about the next version of Windows today.

Embedded Xbox

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When the latest version of Xbox came out first time , it was a powerhouse of technology, but over the last four years there are relatively low cost PCs that could easy outperform it. Microsoft does have an Xbox experience Windows Phone 7, and while it doesn’t play the same games, the company didn’t bring out a dedicated hand held gaming platform.

You might think this was a long shot, but one of the product features at CES was the Origin gaming PC which has an integrated, wait for it, Xbox inside.

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Kinect

Touch on PCs has never been a very good way to interface with them, largely because on a desktop PC, the issue is the separate monitor and the lack of touch-enabled monitors.

It would be particularly for manipulating 3D objects, like for CAD/CAM, architecture, or hardware design. This interface could prove to be superior to the alternatives.

Surface

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Surface product is incredibly cool, and it was one of two products I’m actually going to try to buy this year.

It will let you know how that goes. Surface uses a next-generation LCD screen as both camera and display.

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Windows Phone 7

Microsoft updated the Zune interface for Windows Phone 7, and this new phone interface is getting a substantial amount of positive coverage .it not be the baseline for Windows 8’s interface?

I think that Microsoft has learned its lesson.

An interface that goes from a small screen to a big one and visa versa needs to change dramatically, so I’m not expecting it to be identical.

Wrapping Up

Windows was dropped into a large Microsoft division, and the power of the company behind it was far reduced, even as Microsoft itself became far more powerful. It looks to me like Windows 8 may be able to pull technology from across Microsoft.

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