Thursday, October 27, 2011

Microsoft, RIM Visions of the Future

Microsoft paints a world inhabited only by beautiful people, in which smartphones are about the size of a business card, and just about any surface you come into contact with has a touch-sensitive interface.

Cloud connections as the primary form of content transference, whether that be from a phone to a book-like tablet, or from a tablet to the kitchen table.

Interestingly, the “phone” type device (which no one actually speaks on throughout the whole video) sports a “live tile” interface very similar to the current Windows Phone Mango platform. There’s not a shred of paper in the video, which is bad news for the print industry should Redmond’s vision come to fruition.

RIM’s vision of the future, like Microsoft’s, is one that’s heavily powered by touch. Meanwhile, BlackBerrys have grown to be considerably more robust, and are able to seamlessly integrate with screens and surfaces that extend their functionality. Working on a long email and need a keyboard? Set your phone down on a table or a countertop and a keyboard pops up next to it.

BlackBerry Future Visions 2 from Evan Blass on Vimeo.

BlackBerry Future Visions 1 from Evan Blass on Vimeo.

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