In recent years, intelligent location and social awareness has become a user expectation – almost everything that we touch is in some way intelligently connected to us or other devices around us and technology is starting to second guess our intentions based on the context that we’ve given it. Sometimes that context is deliberately and clearly identified such as in a diary appointment, other times that context is suggested through our current location or updates to our social streams.
As we are starting to expect more and more from the technology that we carry around with us, it’s nice to have a vision of where we’re headed. If you have an idea where you’re going then you’re not going to unintentionally surprise people along the way, and as I often say, technologists seek inspiration in science fiction. So if you produce a vision then you are going to inspire people to help deliver that vision with you.
In a follow-up to the previous 2009 productivity video, Microsoft’s Office Division have released a new vision, you can watch it below.
I like Microsoft’s clear commitment to connecting people and using technology to connect us back to ourselves and our experiences in the real world. It’s well worth taking some time to look through the Microsoft Office YouTube channel to see their vision for other areas such as health, banking and manufacturing.