Microsoft’s ‘vision of 2019’

According to istartedsomething and Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s ‘Business Division President’ Stephen Elop ‘premiered’ the ‘future vision 2019‘ in a presentation at the Wharton Business Technology Conference in February.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:a517b260-bb6b-48b9-87ac-8e2743a28ec5&#038;showPlaylist=true" target="_new" title="Future Vision Montage">Video: Future Vision Montage</a>

The video was created by Microsoft’s Office Labs from some pre-existing “future vision of…” videos, which I’ve blogged before, and a few new snippets added into the mix. It appears that Elop’s presentation, provocatively entitled ‘a glimpse ahead’, makes explicit reference to both practices of forecasting and to ubicomp:

snippet from Elop's 31st slide

On the Live Labs’ page for the video there are also some interesting statements about how they envision the future:

How will emerging technology improve our productivity in the years ahead? What opportunities will arise from evolving trends and global change? Microsoft has collaborated with customers, partners, and thought leaders across multiple disciplines to develop scenarios that explore how long-term trends, customer challenges, and emerging technologies might converge to improve our lives, both at work and home.

While it’s hard to predict exactly how technology will unfold, we are constantly researching, looking forward, and gathering insights to imagine how technology investments today can improve people’s way of life in the future.

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