Vista done. What Next?

February 7, 2007 § 3 Comments

This is kind of a repost. If you read the Bill Gates Q and A article I posted yesterday, you must have read that Bill Gates mentioned what’s next for Windows. For those who missed it here’s the excerpt.

So can you give us an indication of what the next Windows will be like?
Well, it will be more user-centric.

What does that mean?
That means that right now when you move from one PC to another, you’ve got to install apps on each one, do upgrades on each one. Moving information between them is very painful. We can use Live Services [a way to connect to Microsoft via the Internet] to know what you’re interested in. So even if you drop by a [public] kiosk or somebody else’s PC, we can bring down your home page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things. So that’s kind of the user-centric thing that Live Services can enable. [Also,] in Vista things got a lot better with [digital] ink and speech but by the next release there will be a much bigger bet. Students won’t need textbooks, they can just use these tablet devices. Parallel computing is pretty important for the next release. We’ll make it so that a lot of the high-level graphics will be just built into the operating system. So we’ve got a pretty good outline.

WOW! that would be awesome if I could go to a friends place and get my desktop on his / her machine. You would never miss your PC when you are away. Although, we don’t know to what extent they will go. All of this sounds like Hardisk on the Internet, so all your information will stay on the Internet, but we don’t know if that’s going to be true for applications installed on my machine as well. All this would need very high bandwidth, but 2011 is still far away which could make some of this a reality.


§ 3 Responses to Vista done. What Next?

  • Vaibhav says:

    Check this out –
    Windows Vienna
    Hope they stay on schedule.

  • Vaibhav says:

    Yes, I agree. Microsoft also has Live Clipboard, Live Favorites and so on, but that experience needs to be seamless, and to make it seamless it needs to be integrated into the Operating System, which I think what MS is planning on. I don’t think the existing set of technologies are WOW! They need to do a lot of work to make all of it work. For example the user should not be able to tell the difference whether it is online or offline, it should just work the way it does now.

  • Vaibhav says:

    nothing new.  Google has already had that fetaures as for sharing (synchonizing too) bookmarks cross different computers.  MS just takes one step further.I would like to see the auto (scheduled) backup system in the next version Windows.  It means the Windows is smart enough to realize that files have been added, modified, deleted, so to backup only the difference to destinated location (server, drive, folder, etc. whatever you define).  Google’s picasa has been already doing this for pictures.  MS should take a step further again .

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