Sir Bill now has a RoundTable.
That’s the name of the far-out conferencing phone that Gates and other Microsoft executives unveiled in San Francisco this morning, where they’re announcing a renewed push into telecommunications.
Communications — voice, video and text messaging — could be the next big thing for Microsoft if it takes off and beats back competition from other huge tech companies.
I wonder how many people will pay $3,000 for the RoundTable, though. Maybe it’s a giveaway for big companies that buy a lot of communications software.
The technology is cool — it’s stuffed with microphones, recording hardware and a 360-degree camera that are supposed to improve the experience of videoconferencing — and Microsoft’s been researching and improving this thing for years.
But it looks pretty breakable. Like something that fell off of an alien starship.