I’m answering questions from readers this week as my time covering Microsoft draws to a close on Friday. Here is our first question. Have one of your own? Scroll down for the question form.
Q: I wonder where you see Microsoft in ten years? Still relying on Windows or will that be lost in the cloud? What do they expand into and what do they leave behind. Just a guess or two….. -Mark, Tucson
A: Windows is to Microsoft like Catholicism is to a nun. It might be Windows in the cloud, it might be Windows in a robot, it might be Windows on Skynet, but it will always be Windows.
I predict Microsoft will build more virtual reality, especially in the office. You will walk into your office and talk to your computer. The computing surface will extend across your desk and wall so you can open PowerPoints onto the wall and use your hands to move it around. Think of the movie “Minority Report.” The company has already started down this road by bringing its motion sensor Kinect to Windows.
My second guess is the cloud will change how Microsoft sells and delivers software and how businesses manage and pay for software. The average person, however, will not notice much of a difference. They’ll just think they are using the Web browser to do more work.
My third prediction is that Bill Gates will not be coming back to Microsoft, as much as the geek chorus wants him to. Here is the only way we will see Gates back at Microsoft, courtesy of Youtube user Mielr.
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