Originally Posted by hiimamac
Thing is. If Microsoft releases this and doesn't 3rd party it, watch out. This will be huge. The video was great. Remember. Take a lok at their mobile 6.5 more like osx then win is so if they potted the 6.5 and made some changes, this could be very doable.
Huh? Somehow we got from "the video was great" to "this could be very doable" with a brief touchdown at WinMo 6.5. I'm overcome with vertigo.
Really, people who are enthusing over the video or, worse, somehow imagining that the video represents some kind of challenge or threat to Apple: stop.
You must stop, the madness threatens to kill all kittens on the internet at once.
1) The video depicts a rendering of a device. There is no prototype hardware.
2) The video depicts a rendering of software interaction. There is no software, even alpha software.
3) Most importantly, the video of the nonexistent hardware and software depicts a couple of best case use scenarios
, wherein flicking info from one screen to another or cutting and pasting via a graphic routine makes sense.
It is actually very easy to make impressive videos of such blue sky thinking when one does not have to account for real world coding, data interaction, and use scenarios. If you think for a moment about how one might actually use such a device, outside of a tidy little "I'll start a little file on a particular cool urban job thing that I do, and sequentially acquire content that works with that", you'll realize that what is shown doesn't remotely account for even a fraction of what people use digital devices for.
For instance, I could make up a little movie where I'm watching a movie on the left pane and murmer "Ooh, that suit jacket is just the color I've been looking for for my new kitchen paint", then pause the video, draw a little circle around the jacket, and flick it to the right, where the device somehow knows I'm interested in "color" and immediately launches a web browser with a Bing search to show me where to buy just the paint I want. Then I tap the vendor name to automatically order that very paint.
Which would be cool if it weren't so contingent on a lot of contrived notions about what it is I'm doing. Like I say, best case use scenario.
My guess is this is an in-house video of the kind of "forward looking" design concepts that any tech company is typically batting around, some of which may even make it into some MS products, at some point.
But imagining that this video represents a soon to ship product that Apple ignores at their peril is really just insane.
Think of the kittens.