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Author:  QuiescentWonder [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:50 am ]
Post subject:  Microsoft Shows What A Tablet PC Of The Future Can Do

This has to be the coolest thing I've seen in a while.

Source: http://www.gottabemobile.com/Microsoft+ ... an+Do.aspx

I'm still trying to wipe the puddle of drool off my keyboard after seeing this demonstration from Microsoft's Jonathan Cluts. The interactive 3-D Gray's Anatomy with various systems of interest a touch away is truly amazing. Speaking of touch, Microsoft seems to have fully implemented its capabilities during this demonstration. Not once was an active digitizer used and the accuracy of touching the screen with a fingertip is truly amazing. I wish this technology is out now! Or at least have it coming soon, please Microsoft?

The true capabilities of tablet computing, especially in an academic setting, is very well illustrated in this video. There are also brief screenshots of a future version of OneNote where Onenote is seamlessly integrated into the tablet experience as well as a timeline-like utility that allows you to quickly recall information from years ago. The most fascinating part of the video is towards the end where Jonathan Cluts reveals the future of tablet PCs resides in both cloud and client-based software. The two conjunctively working together enables what is shown in the video. I just can't wait to see more on this!

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Author:  Frozenport [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:02 am ]
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Well,

1st. What is MS's point? I see a powerful "rich" client, and nothing that can not be done now... Somebody has to write the program :D

2nd. We should hope MS does not actually write that program, the firing synapse is inaccurate, none of that fuzz actually exists :D

Author:  QuiescentWonder [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:10 am ]
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It's a technology demonstration... companies do this kind of crap all the time, of course we aren't going to see exactly that.

Author:  squidward_ [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:51 pm ]
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This kind of reminds me of the concept pc Microsoft showed for the Longhorn demos!

Author:  Frozenport [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:29 pm ]
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QuiescentWonder wrote:
It's a technology demonstration... companies do this kind of crap all the time, of course we aren't going to see exactly that.


What is their technology?

Author:  QuiescentWonder [ Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:47 pm ]
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Frozenport wrote:
QuiescentWonder wrote:
It's a technology demonstration... companies do this kind of crap all the time, of course we aren't going to see exactly that.


What is their technology?


Collaborative, interactive, visual learning software?

Author:  codenamepenryn [ Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:01 am ]
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squidward_ wrote:
This kind of reminds me of the concept pc Microsoft showed for the Longhorn demos!


interesting! where can i find the video?

Author:  Thlump [ Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:02 am ]
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codenamepenryn wrote:
squidward_ wrote:
This kind of reminds me of the concept pc Microsoft showed for the Longhorn demos!


interesting! where can i find the video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ifQvQCO7Y

It's not real, if it was more people would praise Microsoft than they would had right now. And there's nothing wrong if you think Vista is pretty...

Author:  hounsell [ Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:17 pm ]
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Thlump wrote:
It's not real, if it was more people would praise Microsoft than they would had right now.


I somehow doubt it. Far too many people would slate Microsoft anyway. Most people are never satisfied with what they get from MS.

Author:  squidward_ [ Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:03 pm ]
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Yeh, I know what you mean! Microsoft spend nearly 6 years developing Vista, only for many people to be ungrateful b******s!

Author:  mrpijey [ Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:31 pm ]
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As already said, this isn't really anything new. It's just software really, I've already seen a lot of very nice interactive software that would more or less be like this if it only was coded for a touchscreen device. MS may show off this tech, but I doubt we will ever see it in a MS product in the near future, if anyone Apple will most likely be first since they are already on a good way with the iPhone and OSX UI. Put that UI onto a 14" touchscreen slate and you got everything needed except the application. Use a proper 3D engine and code in all the models, effects etc and presto, you got yourself a nice 3D interactive touchscreen database.

Microsoft has shown with every new Windows version that they don't intend to do anything stylish and simplistic with Windows as this demonstration showed. It's rather the opposite, both XP and Vista has been dumbed down in the wrong way, instead of making the user interface easy to use and "simple" they just add more crap on top the old stuff, making it larger and slower for every version. I.e same as before, but now with a nice color transparency shade and some useless effect that doesn't add anything except visuals. Apple's UI design on the iPhone/iPod Touch is quite dumbed down too, but it's easy to use and doesn't present you with anything that takes you away from what you want to do. No idiot popups (WGA, UAC), no unneeded buttons or window items, and smooth animation that doesn't need the full power of your system.

This demonstration is quite nice, but MS has to stop and rethink the entire operating system before any of this is even remotely possible on a large scale for Microsoft. Windows Vista is already too much cluttered with old thinking, and Windows Mobile got stuck somewhere back in 1998 with its design and usefulness. You can't require a 40GB backend system to load before it loads the actual UI essentials. Unfortunately with the emerging flash drives I fear that it will get worse... once your computer can load harddrive data at 200-300MB/s then why optimize it for speed? Just add another 40GB to the OS and let it load fast....

I am ranting a bit here, but I have seen quite a lot of these demonstrations. I looked at one last week designed by Sony Ericsson that looked something like this. Used a nice 3D GUI with sparkles and effects, but SE doesn't have the knowhow or technology to even implement something like it. Since UIQ is dead their only hope is Windows Mobile, and that one as I said is stuck in the late 90's.

Apple will be the first to implement something like this on a consumer scale. They already got the technology in place (small footprint, uses 3D acceleration, doesn't consume too much power) and they got the thinking and ideas in place (OS X, iPhone UI already uses this simplistic thinking). And they are the only ones that can make such an OS without anyone else claiming they rip someone else off. If MS released this they would be blamed for ripping off Apple design. Apple can release it and simply claim it's a developed version of their existing technology.

Author:  Grisa [ Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:55 pm ]
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As I can see, Ms fails to understand the fact anything over 5-7" screen, equipped with a touchscreen/pen simply can't be mass market sucess. Period. It was proven back in the "Pen Services" era, and recently with tablet pc and it's little brother origami. The reasons are univocal. First: in the long run, the usage of the good ol' keyboard+mouse combo is far less tiresome than flailing in front of a huge panel. Second: keys and mice have the advantage of giving physical feedback to the user, thus allowing much effective work with them.

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