Microsoft’s Productivity Future Vision

This is a neat video, I guess. It reminds me of one thing I don’t like about Microsoft, though, and that is how consistently aspirational they are. From their “to the cloud” commercials to Bill Gates talking about speech and vision at the D5 conference, they talk about all this stuff, but they don’t provide any innovation in terms of helping us get there today.

Steve Jobs would never indulge in blue-sky speculation about what the future holds. Part of the reason Apple commercials are great is because they tell you what you can do with the product right now. Go buy an iPhone, and you can video chat today; you can use voice commands today. Go buy a Windows 7 PC, and give me a call when you’re able to stream recorded TV content from your home to your laptop at the airport.