Check Out How Microsoft’s Vision For Next 5-10 Years Looks Like

Microsoft is not new to sharing their vision for the future. Microsoft Office division shared their vision for productivity future 2 years back. Now, Microsoft has released a new video about how they are imagining out future in next 5-10 years. Most part of the above video shows that NUI and machine learning will be the key part of our future. Microsoft has started an Envisioning Center inside Microsoft which was built upon their latest ideas on the future.

This work continues at our new Envisioning Center, which is all about imagining how technology could be used to make life easier and more enjoyable, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in revolutionary ones. The Envisioning Center has been rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate our newest ideas and latest technologies, and today we announced its opening.

The facility encompasses scenarios at home, at work and places in between, and is inspired by our product teams, Microsoft Research and by the trends across the industry. I like to think of it as a concept car that allows us to share what it might be like to experience future technologies with visitors, get their feedback, tweak, remix and discuss. It’s all part of advancing the trends we think have the greatest potential.

Source: Next at Microsoft

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  • http://twitter.com/PabloGlynHughes Pablo Glyn Hughes

    This clearly shows that Microsoft “gets” the future. There isn’t a single traditional desktop PC in the video. It shows metro and information led interfaces to perfection in screens of all sizes.

    • Manu

      What I found interesting was the prominent use of Surface throughout the video. And the Surface didn’t look out of place one bit.

    • burnst

      It’s funny how such an innovative company like Microsoft hardly gets credit for it…

      • J A

        I don’t dare imagine the world without Microsoft.

    • guest

      The problem has never been MS’s lack of vision, just its execution.

  • David

    We’re looking such visions for at least 10 years now. Bullshit.

    • http://davepermen.net davepermen

      they’re not meant as “that’s what we do’, but as ‘thats what inspires us for our future plans’. they’re not goals to reach. they’re goals that get redefined on every step to always have a vision.

    • JRV

      I agree to an extent. It’s true this idea has been kicking around MS for years. But with the “3 screens” WinRT/WP8/XBox thing, they have actually begun executing. Limited as it may currently be, they’ve achieved more of that vision than any other company. Provided they don’t stop here…and MS has been known to drop initiatives like that…that video will become reality with Microsoft products.

  • darthtigris

    Yes, MS, tell all your visions of the future to all of your competitors so they can find inspiration and put their own spin on it and release it before you. Yes …

    • http://www.facebook.com/cristiano.pimentel Cristiano Pimentel

      Sad but true! =(

    • TroyGates

      Microsoft already has most of this stuff patented so companies can’t replicate it without making major changes to how its executed.

    • nohone

      The thing with that is that, for as much as people like to make Microsoft out to be the ones that are slow to adapt, it is really their competition that is slow. Take iOS for example. They have the original iPhone/iTouch with a specific sized screen. Then they introduce the iPad but apps are slow to arrive for it because there is a new screen resolution. Next is the retina display for the iPhone, then the iPad, then the wide screen iPhone/iTouch (and some people mocked the Zune for being widescreen), now a retina MacBook. And each time, people have to scramble to rewrite and update their apps because Apple decided to add a new row of icons. Many apps have not been updated, and so you get black bars, stretched graphics, and just a poor experience.

      With Win8, you know that there are different sizes, different form factors, different inputs. The OS takes care of some of that, other parts are done by the developer, but the flexibility is there. Suppose Apple releases the long rumored TV, or the rumored watch. I still use my iPad for a PDF reader app. That app is not available on the iTouch, will it be available for the TV? The watch? Will Apple allow you to use touch on their screen, voice, gestures in the air? Or will they decide that you must use a mouse, a remote control (with their track record, it will only have one button, 38-click to volume up, 39-click to volume down)? Apple has placed restrictions on their devices and software that gave them short-term wins, but over time it has restricted what they can do, how people can use and interact with their devices. While Microsoft has built for the future, and in ways that Apple simply cannot with the way they work.

  • http://twitter.com/danrivhor Daniel Rivero Horie

    The problem, competition will lead this future before MS is ready to have something. You don’t believe me? Windows Mobile, Zune, Windows Phone…

    • guest

      Yup. MS has an agility problem. They recognized it themselves more than half a decade ago. But it hasn’t improved any. In fact, some areas like WP seem to have gotten worse.

      • kalval

        Yeah WP is in a bad state, it just isn’t going anywhere whilst iOS and android are regularly updated with heaps of new killer features.
        On the other hand I think ‘Blue’ for windows 8 shows that the windows team is turning things around. A major update from MS with performance and feature improvement less than a year from release? Yes please.

        • JRV

          “iOS and android are regularly updated with heaps of new killer features”
          Well…you might be able to make that case with Android, At least on the handful of phones that somehow manage to get updated. But iOS, while distributed to nearly all iThings, has largely stood still for the last couple years. And, lately, in some cases, the new features are dismal downgrades from the features they replaced.
          And for that matter, there are “heaps of new killer features” on the WP8 Nokia Lumia 920 that I’d kill to have on my WP7.5 HTC Trophy.
          I do hope Blue will be the beginning of (at least) annual updates in Microsoftland, though!

        • JRV

          “iOS and android are regularly updated with heaps of new killer features”
          Well…you might be able to make that case with Android, At least on the handful of phones that somehow manage to get updated. But iOS, while distributed to nearly all iThings, has largely stood still for the last couple years. And, lately, in some cases, the new features are dismal downgrades from the features they replaced.
          And for that matter, there are “heaps of new killer features” on the WP8 Nokia Lumia 920 that I’d kill to have on my WP7.5 HTC Trophy.
          I do hope Blue will be the beginning of (at least) annual updates in Microsoftland, though!

  • VHMP01

    MS wake up!!! All sizes screens all over the place is great, but having Kinnect, I would create
    a ‘Touchless’ world! I want all my screens ‘Clean’, imagine the kids with Candy
    hands touching all of them, Hell no! In 5 years’ time, I want a TouchLESS
    smartphone that handles ALL my computing needs, and hooks up to any number of
    screens without Touch.

    • http://twitter.com/toohats toohats

      You do have a good point. Perhaps it is a good time to invest in window cleaning products? (How about a tiny, on screen Romba type cleaner that uses geko type adhesion to clean all that glass every night?) (patent pending)

  • VHMP01

    I want to help MS wake up!!! All sizes screens all over the place is great, but having Kinnect, I would create a ‘Touchless’ world! I want all my screens ‘Clean’, imagine the kids with Candy hands touching all of them, Heck no! In 5 years’ time, I want a TouchLESS smartphone that handles ALL my computing needs, and hooks up to any number of screens without Touch.

    • http://profiles.google.com/wdmsagefire Robert Potter

      Haptics are an important part of interaction which you lack in a kinect style environment. Never underestimate the importance of tactile feedback

      • VHMP01

        Most touch gestures like scroll and pinch to zoom do not give tactile feedback anyway… I rather have all clean screens! Plus with Kinnect you could open real windows and blinds on any house, turn on lights and diming them, turn on air conditioning and lowering temperature, turning on media while changing channels and upping volume, etc. Millions of tasks that need no tactile feedback at all. Did I mention clean screens!

  • Schert

    “WHAT” now “how”, you stupid idiot!

    • guest

      and “not”, not “now”, if we’re going to play grammar nazi

  • kalval

    This looks like it could be the house operating system they were rumoured to be working on. Now if they can actually make it like that so that all your other devices work so seamlessly for it they’ll be onto a winner.
    Also I really want that kitchen bench screen.

  • SategB

    Ballmer and boys missed the trends of the last 10 years why should we expect they have any better handle on the future. Ideas are easy, implementation is hard.