Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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RE[4]: Small minded people
by zima on Sun 6th Nov 2011 14:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Small minded people"
zima
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Perhaps not. Kinect seems to have sold by the truckloads, captured quite an attention, and it doesn't exactly lose money for MS (not at this point at least, and in foreseeable future) - OTOH, at the very least, abandoning the already huge installed base would probably result in some bad blood (though I'm not sure if tinkerers would be fed up by it ...or glad, from the huge number of "surplus" units ;p )

Maybe it's here to stay, even if in more limited roles than the worshippers of Minority Report UI (and gorilla arm :p ) would envision. There's even Windows SDK now.

Too bad one aspect of the units wasn't very future-proofed: the resolution of RGB camera is unimpressively low (and released near the tiem when inexpensive 720p modules were already showing up in mobile phones) ...still, should be enough for Skynet ;) , watching: [__O_OO___]

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