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Microsoft Kitchen. Yeah, Microsoft Kitchen

It sounds silly, but it matches what I’ve decided should be Microsoft’s new slogan:

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With Surface, and now Microsoft Kitchen, it seems like there is a small movement at Microsoft to invent the future, to create the products we always picture ourselves using in the future. Somebody has to create the products and user interfaces we use in that future we all dream about, and Microsoft would do very well to position itself as the company determined to invent the future, now.

Anyway, what is Microsoft Kitchen? It’s the first of a number of customized Windows platforms designed for different rooms in the house. The kitchen client would be an add-on layer connecting Windows Live services and the Windows OS with things you might need in the kitchen, like your calendar, recipes, entertainment and a shared bulletin board.

Following this, expect other add-ons for other “scenarios”, as Microsoft likes to call them. If I had to guess, I’d expect versions for the bedroom (settings to not wake up the spouse, wrap up the day and schedule the next one), the living room (supplement what you are doing on the TV and get more info on sports, TV shows and games), and yes, maybe even the bathroom (health information, buy more supplies, message for more toilet paper).

As a great example of Microsoft inventing the future, check out The Island. I’ve talked about the movie, which featured a number of Microsoft products as seeming product placement, but it turns out the filmmakers actually worked with Microsoft to create futuristic versions of then-current products, like MSN Search and Xbox.

One product I didn’t notice was none other than Surface, which was being used by Sean Benn in the movie. Microsoft used an actual working prototype of surface, about three years ago, to show what would be possible in the world of computing, and that future is now becoming a reality. Long Zheng has more on this one, so check it out.

UPDATE: Long had to file an update/correction, after it turned out his source was just ASSuming that it was Surface in the Island, when it was really the work of top-notch designer Mark Coleran. Read Long’s correction post, because, showing the greatness of Long, he actually managed to turn a correction into a whole new and completely interesting article on the real design behind the table.

June 12th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments



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