aka what MS must do to stay and go beyond relevant in the gadgets, devices and platform space for consumers, enterprise and developers.
Note – there is no insider or NDA information in this post.
Build 2014 was devoid of devices for which one could build. Next year should be entirely different… All of this is possible. However, cue dreamy wibble effect…
The tablet that is a desktop…
Announcing Surface One running Windows 9 Touch. Surface One is a device with an 8.9" 1620×1080 display with active digitizer and pen for experiences like the Surface Pro 3. It’s the ultimate mobile device featuring Wifi, Wifi Direct, BT 4 LE, LTE & Wireless charging, but of course also a USB 3.0 port. Battery life is 12 hours. It runs WinRT apps including WinRT Office (aka Gemini). It also runs Office RT. But you don’t have to compromise. Place the device on a previously unregistered NFC charging pad and it provides the opportunity to connect to and remember a bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth mouse and HD wireless display. On that display you get the full Windows desktop running full Win32 apps powered by Azure with RemoteApp. It’s available starting at $249.
Announcing the Surface Wireless Charger, a wireless charger and stand with an NFC tag to wake up your desktop experience. It’s available for $49.
Announcing the Surface Wireless Battery, a wireless charger and battery (that is wirelessly/USB-charged) and stand with an NFC tag to wake up your desktop experience. It’s available for $99.
Announcing the Surface 3 Dock, with physical docking which adds 2 USB 3.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, power and displayport for connecting to up to 2 external HD monitors with DisplayPort. Available soon for $149.
The phone that is a desktop… The PocketPC (to risk ressurection of another Microsoft brand)…
I can’t stress how huge I think this would be. It could spark the beginning of an era of ubiquitous public docking stations including cameras for walk-up video conference calling.
Announcing Lumia One (also) running Windows 9 Touch. Lumia One is a phone device with a 5" HD display. Just like the Surface One, you can place the Lumia 9000 on a wireless charging pad and get the full desktop experience courtesty of Microsoft Azure!!! It’s available starting at $199 on 2-year plans or $399 unlocked.
Announcing the Lumia One Wireless Charger, a wireless charger with an NFC tag to wake up your desktop experience. It’s available for $49.
Announcing the Lumia One Shell, a device with a 13.3" 2160×1440 touch display, keyboard, trackpad, Wifi, Wifi Direct and bluetooth. It’s a mere 0.4"/100mm thick with 20 hours of battery life. It’s the laptop experience for your Lumia One. Available later in 2015 for $249.
Announcing Windows 9 Standard and Enterprise – for desktop Windows on tablets, laptops and desktops. Enterprise is a whole other story, but there needs to be consistent friction-free enterprise WinRT apps stores and deployment.
Gadgets… Yes I’m going there because Microsoft must seed the Internet of Things and capture the next generation of developers…
Announcing Xbox Gadgets – a series of sensors, devices, services and kits designed to bring your home and imagination alive:
Xbox Gadgets Relay – devices that connect low power bluetooth devices to your network
Xbox Gadgets Sensor Pack – ambient multi-sensor array in a single package
Xbox Gadgets Contact – physical contact sensors
Xbox Gadgets Camera
Xbox Gadgets I/O – analog/digital signal I/O
Xbox Gadgets Power – power control
Xbox Life Service – logs, automates, reports on and provides remote access/control of, your network in real-time from Windows devices and browsers on other devices.
Xbox Gadgets Lab – two boards (NETMF and Intel) and modular components that you can program via a WinRT app running on your Windows device or Xbox, or more fully using Visual Studio
Xbox Gadgets Factory – turn your lab experiments into prototypes with optimised boards with 3D-printed cases
And yes, this is not a money-maker. It’s a relevancy-defender. Microsoft can’t afford to let its consumer and youth developer mindshare slip further.
Announcing XWatch [example brand] – the watch with the unique 3" landscape and thin form-factor that runs specially targeted C#/XAML WinRT apps. Announcement only. Ties into the Xbox Life Service.
Announcing Microsoft (or some partner OEM potentially with existing products) Health Pack – glucose, pulse, blood pressure and other bio-measurement devices. Ties into the Xbox Life Service.
Announcing Xbox Vision [example brand aka fortaleza] – Smartglass app and augmented gaming experiences on glasses with Xbox. $299, holiday 2015.
In its second 2016 iteration – it becomes a second display for your Lumia One and for public augmented reality.
Announcing the new unified Windows Store.
And finally, announcing building and open publishing of XAML/C# + WinJS apps for Xbox One to the unified store. Demos only. Developer-enable your Xbox One and create apps by summer 2015. Store opens holiday 2015.
Now that’s a platform story on a huge array of devices that are all cloud-connected.