Microsoft have released a new video suggesting they seek to reposition themselves over the next decade. I think they are on to something:
Their vision for the future is evidently very ambitious, but I believe that if anyone can pull this off, it’s them.
Microsoft’s approach has always been to create user experiences that are improved through exclusive use of Microsoft products. Sure, it’s got them in a lot of trouble in the past, but it’s their corporate power and knowledge of how technologies (especially theirs) can work together that will best service the user through Ubiquitous Computing and Augmented Reality.
What’s especially interesting to me is that they really seem to have thought past their next release, Surface. It’s great to see something of their overall strategy. Something Apple, Google & Yahoo! are far less forthcoming with.
We are soon to have a Surface installed in the lobby at work. Really looking forward to it, but I’m concerned it’ll be too prescriptive in what it can be used for. If Surface and any of the featured technologies in the above video suffer the marketing / usability failures of Vista it’ll be years more until these tools become a reality, at the hands of their competitors.
Will feedback on Surface once I’ve had a hands-on.
As always the trailer looks gorgeous, but I can’t help but feel that since Disney bought Pixar some of the magic has been lost.
This looks like a really fun kids film, but I see none of the clever humour or subtle tones of their past successes. Wall-E was a particular favourite of mine in 2008.
What really strikes me though is those balloons. Just like the PS2 / PS3 demonstrations of rendering power (video here) using rubber ducks, I can easily believe that some animator just said “we can make thousands of helium balloons look really cool, really easily”, and a plotline was born.
Technology should be applied to showcase great content, not to drive the content’s existence in the first place.
Come on Pixar, release a new trailer and blow my mind!
Just found this image, which to be fair sums up Pixar pretty well I thought:
I’ve just set up Yonkfook’s Sweetcron here at Digital Cortex – and am closely considering my next steps.
Do I continue blogging here? Do I move to a wholly auto-generated stream?
The advantages of WordPress are a highly extensible and powerful platform for the delivery of text and rich media.
The advantages of Sweetcron are (apparently) a highly extensible and powerful platform for the delivery of shortform text and images.
The answer for now, is to do both, and somehow, somehow, get the two to link up.
The numerous hosted content aggregators and WordPress lifestreaming plugins I’ve tried just haven’t performed as I’d hoped, but I see so much promise to take Digital Cortex up a level if I can only boost my own technical skills.
Will post a review of the lifestreaming technologies I’ve tried to date, but in the meantime I’ll continue trying to make this look like the rest of my site.