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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

October 16, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Bill Gates’ wild $3,000 phone

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.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft’s RoundTable.

Comments | Topics: Microsoft

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