Microsoft’s vision of the future of work

In the past week, Microsoft released its vision for the future of work In 2019. Some key technologies that the video showcases are:

– Gesture, touch and speech based navigation

– Context aware intelligence

– Natural speech translation

– 3D holographic output

– Cloud based data and services

– Multi-surface inputs

– Lots of Gorilla glass!

Microsoft’s original post is here.

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Skype growth continues

Microsoft released some interesting Skype figures during its Q1 results call. It said that Skype has 170 million monthly users, with 20 million new users being added each month. This would imply that there is high churn in Skype users. We can expect great things once Skype integration with Windows PC and Phone operating systems and XBox happens.

5 Takeaways From Microsoft’s Earnings Call.

The Journey from the Beginning of Skype

This brilliant infographic by focus.com shows Skype’s journey from conception to acquisition. While Skype has yet to make a profit, it has been sold, spun off, and resold. 100 million Skype users make 13% of all international calls – if Skype gets integrated into Windows, expect this number to grow, along with eventual profits.

Skype: From Conception to Acquisition (Infographic)

Image via focus.com

Microsoft completes Skype acquisition

Microsoft has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Skype. Its target is to grow Skype to a billion users – a number which should be attained if Skype is bundled with each Windows device – PC, tablet & phone. Skype has released the below infographic on this occasion.

Image via Skype

Read more at Skype – The Big Blog – Tony Bates Weighs in on Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype.

Windows Azure speediest cloud service?

Microsoft‘s cloud service offering, Windows Azure has beaten Amazon’s EC2 and Google’s App Engine in a year long test of cloud speeds. However, this test only evaluates a specific cloud capability by simulating a 2 page website.

Diagram showing overview of cloud computing in...

Image via Wikipedia

While Compuware’s results may be a good starting point for customers trying to decide between various cloud services, they’re not perfect. For example, Salesforce’s Force.com cloud isn’t tested, even though it may be the most widely used platform-as-a-service cloud.

Read more at Windows Azure beats Amazon EC2, Google App Engine in cloud speed test.