This is the Microsoft I want to see

people sometimes ask me why I dislike Microsoft. The answer is simple: I don’t — I’ve just been disappointed with much of what it has done in the past decade.

This disappointment stems from the 1990s, when I was a big fan of many Microsoft products (and incidentally, could not stand Apple products). But over the past ten years, I’ve slowly transitioned away from almost everything made by the company. It’s not what I set out to do, it’s just happened that way because better products have come along — products not made by Microsoft.

And it’s frustrating, because with billions of dollars spent each year in research and development, it’s not like the company doesn’t have the means to innovate and make great products. So what does it lack? The vision? Well, if the video below is any indication, no.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-GB&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:a517b260-bb6b-48b9-87ac-8e2743a28ec5&showPlaylist=true&from=shared" target="_new" title="Future Vision Montage">Video: Future Vision Montage</a>

This video is a clip from presentation given yesterday by Microsoft’s Business Division president Stephen Elop at the Wharton Business Technology Conference. It shows what Microsoft thinks the world may look like in a decade from now, in 2019.

While obviously, all of the products in this video are very much concepts, they show a Microsoft that seems to have a vision for the next decade. Carrying out that vision will be a whole other matter, of course, and so Microsoft needs to focus.

And it quickly needs to realize that focus doesn’t include wasting huge amounts of time and money on fights it will never win. Fights like the ones it’s bogged down in with Google for Internet search and advertising, and with Apple in portable media players.

Products like its Surface computer show that Microsoft has the potential fulfill the promises made by the video above. And if it does that, I’ll have no problem once again using Microsoft products in my life. I’ve said it about Apple before, and the same applies to Microsoft: it’s not about the company, it’s about the product.


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Anonymous said...

Nice video, horrible audio

Firefly300 said...

I can already see the NS5 robots being corrupted by Vicky in a near future...

Anonymous said...

When you have the sound of long "E" it's I before E, except after C. Receive this suggestion in the spirit in which it was given.

emp said...

Sorry, but I see nothing groundbreaking there. All of these concepts have been around for a year or longer.
The only new thing is the nice presentation vid.

But... if Microsoft would be the one to pull all these through, yes, that is a company I would like to see.

todd brown said...

Very scary! Looks like there will be far fewer jobs for people!