Microsoft Reveals Their Vision of the Future

May 25, 2020

Since long ago, man’s fantasy of the future has drifted away. As technology was not yet able to do what was imagined, humans shed the imagination into works of fiction and art. But for technology companies like Microsoft, the vision of the future is an essential factor, encouraging them to continue to make innovations.

In October 2011, Microsoft revealed their shadows about the future device and how the device affects human life. Over the last three years, Microsoft has already taken a lot off a wide range of cutting-edge products and services, but the momentum is getting faster after HoloLens was introduced in the official Windows 10 announcement event.

HoloLens is the top Microsoft answer from the popularity of augmented reality utilization. But in the moan, Microsoft formulated HoloLens as the latest in hologram technology. Interestingly, HoloLens is just one of many ways of bringing humans to the ideal future. Not so long ago, Microsoft published a new version of Productivity Future Vision video, showing what kind of human life five to ten years ahead.

One of the most prominent factors there is how augmented reality becomes its foundation. AR provides a very high level of interactivity. He is useful in exploration and research, education, news and information publications, expert talent, health, presentation and others. Microsoft also pointed out that while the usage and device types are different, each device and individual can connect to each other and affect one another.

With these future technologies, we can collaborate more optimally, either directly or in separate distances. Advanced devices will support your activities intelligently and intuitively: tailor schedules and prepare materials through simple body gestures. Feedback and updates from others will also be easier until. Everything is smarter, faster, and more accurate.

This freedom is sure to open up a wide path for creativity. The idea is easier to collect, and the process of delivery and realization is easier. Imagine if voice, gesture, ink and gaze can be put together. Creative power will be very productive. And of course not the future without high mobility: information can be presented in any medium, then we can interact with each other anywhere, anytime.

Everything you see above is just a concept, however they are very interesting. From that video, what about your favorite technology?

Microsoft Gets Principles

February 5, 2020

Many parts of the antitrust settlement Microsoft agreed to with the US Department of Justice will expire soon, but the company said that will not stop them from adhering to 12 tenets of good corporate behavior.

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith has been a news fixture for some time, as Microsoft battles accusations of anti-competitive behavior in the European Union. The company has had to deal with the same issues in the United States, which led to the 2002 settlement with the Justice Department.

Avoiding appearances of anti-competitive actions led the company to disclose its 12 tenets, which expand on three principles of consumer and PC manufacturer choice, third-party developer opportunities, and interoperability. Smith announced these at a talk at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Under the first principle, Choice for Computer Manufacturers and Customers, the key tenet regards business terms. Microsoft said it “will not retaliate against any computer manufacturer that supports non-Microsoft software.”

Microsoft discusses this more as a matter of standardized volume pricing for Windows licensing. Other could see it a different way: OEM PC makers like Dell or HP could conceivably market their hardware with non-Microsoft operating systems, without fear of retaliation.

Although Apple has said it would not make Mac OS X available on non-Apple hardware, what if Microsoft’s position here encourages an OEM, perhaps with Intel’s prodding, to approach Apple CEO Steve Jobs about rethinking the non-Apple hardware position?

That probably won’t happen. Apple makes a lot of money on hardware margins. But Novell should at least chat with HP or Dell about the possibility of SuSE Linux distribution on OEM machines.

Microsoft’s second principle of Opportunities for Developers includes the tenet of no exclusivity, as it applies to third-party developers. It will be a continuation of Microsoft’s settlement with Justice, where the company agreed not to enter into contracts that would require promoting Windows or Windows middleware on an exclusive basis.

In its Interoperability for Users principle, Microsoft will make its communication protocols available through reasonable licensing terms. This has been an issue in Europe, where the European Commission has asked for the imposition of a $357 million fine against Microsoft for not providing this information as they had demanded in an antitrust ruling in 2004.

Turner Snaps At Microsoft Rivals

January 20, 2020

With its Worldwide Partner Conference coming to a close in Boston, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner declared war on companies and technologies aspiring to Microsoft’s place in the enterprise.

"I'm in it to win it, and No Limit is my home."
-- American rapper and poet Snoop Dogg

Microsoft is in it to win it when it comes to the enterprise space. Just because a lot of journalists think Google and Linux will take a wrecking ball to Microsoft’s foundation of Windows and Office doesn’t mean Microsoft feels the same way.

COO Kevin Turner told the crowd during his closing keynote speech that “we’re not going to let Google win in the enterprise space. That’s our house, our market space,” a CRN report noted.

Turner continued in this vein, to the approval of the Microsoft faithful in attendance:

“Then we’ve got Novell, Linux, Red Hat and other competitors. We’re going after IBM and Google,” Turner said. “We’re going to win because we have a better solution, better total cost of ownership. We’re going to get at the competition.”

“We know you have choices,” Turner told partners. “But this is a company that if we don’t get it right the first time, we’ll keep coming, and coming and coming and not stop until we get it right.”

That does sum up how Microsoft has entered and ended up dominating a lot of markets. For example, Microsoft moved from a zero market share in the web browser market to a figure of about 83 percent usage of Internet Explorer in 2006. One-time browser leader Netscape is a shell of what it used to be.

All the ex-Wal-Mart CIO Turner was missing from his speech was a Howard Dean-style call to action from the executive. Though it is tempting to rule out Microsoft when so many alternatives exist for its products, the company does enjoy the business of numerous large and powerful corporations for its core revenue generating products.

Microsoft ODF Plans Nothing New

January 5, 2020

Microsoft’s announcement that it would back the Open XML Translator project, and bridge the gap between Office 2007 and OpenDocument Format as an open source initiative, had been hinted at in October 2005.

It was Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s new chief software architect as well as the inventor of Lotus Notes, who let slip the suggestion that an ODF plugin for Microsoft Office would be developed.

That’s the contention of Andy Updegrove, who follows standards issues on his ConsortiumInfo blog. He noted in an email that as recently as May 19th of this year, Microsoft continued to withhold information on the project.

That was the date Microsoft replied to a state of Massachusetts request for information on plugins. With ODF gaining popularity, and public attention, in Europe, it appears Microsoft chose to follow that with its announcement.

This may also have been an attempt to generate some good press for the company before the European Commission decides whether or not Microsoft should be fined for failing to comply with antitrust rulings.

Updegrove cited Microsoft’s action as a “concession” to interoperability desired by users at the government level:

“Microsoft’s latest concession clearly makes it easier for governments and other users to feel safe in making the switch from Office to ODF-supporting software, since Microsoft itself will be collaborating to make document exchanges smooth and effortless.

Critics of the Massachusetts (and Danish, French and Belgian) initiative will now know that not only will Massachusetts government workers and the keepers of public records be able to easily exchange documents, but those with disabilities may simply continue to use Office as their peers convert to ODF software, later changing over themselves when accessibility tools for ODF software become available.”

Microsoft’s capitulation on building an ODF plugin became news last week. The company announced the creation of the project, and made a download of a Word 2007 prototype available.

Despite the concession, Microsoft did not let the fight end without tossing a late jab at ODF:

(Microsoft’s) Open XML and ODF were designed to meet very different customer requirements….

ODF focuses on more limited requirements, is architected very differently and is now under review in OASIS subcommittees to fill key gaps such as spreadsheet formulas, macro support and support for accessibility options. As a result, certain compromises and customer disclosures will be a necessary part of translating between the two formats.


Microsoft, Feds Extend Antitrust Oversight

December 20, 2019

The technology company agreed to extend its licensing and documentation of desktop communications protocols by two years, stemming from the antitrust settlement agreement Microsoft and Justice have in place.

Due to concerns by the federal government that Microsoft has lapsed considerably in complying with terms of its 2002 antitrust settlement, oversight by the government will be extended to November 2009. Microsoft agreed voluntarily to that extension.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the agreement will help the settlement achieve “important objectives of marketplace and consumer protection.” Eighteen states including California, and the US Department of Justice, were parties to the agreement.

Microsoft’s work on developing the communications protocols needed by third-party application providers to interoperate with Microsoft’s software had been found to be “of limited use” to competitors.

To fully comply with the settlement, Microsoft needs to completely rewrite the protocols they have created to date.

General Counsel Brad Smith for Microsoft said “even after the expiration of these provisions of the consent decree, it will continue on a voluntary basis to document and license the communications protocols in the Windows desktop operating system that are used to interoperate with Windows server OS products.”

Smith also said the company would continue to make Windows source code available to licensees under the settlement program’s provisions.

Microsoft will also establish an interoperability lab where licensees can test the protocols and obtain assistance from Microsoft engineers on-site.

Internet Explorer formed part of the issue drawing scrutiny from Justice and the states involved. With IE 7 available in a public beta version, users of that beta can use a search box built in to the browser for the first time.

The inclusion of a search box had search engine leader Google crying foul.

“We don’t think it’s right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN. We believe users should choose,” Google’s Marissa Mayer said in an April report. It has since been found that the default changes to Google or Yahoo in IE 7 if that PC’s user has downloaded software from either company.

Our test found IE 7 beta 2 defaulting to Google in the search box upon installation, rather than MSN Search. We had downloaded the Google Toolbar for Firefox in a previous test.

Antitrust reviewers had no issues with Microsoft’s search box, a component they had been examining closely. Court documents reported IE 7 has “a relatively straightforward method for the user to select a different search engine from the initial default.”