Thursday, September 12, 2013

Microsoft's Concept Videos From 2000 Were Spot-On. So Why Didn't Ballmer Build Any of It? - Bloomberg

From a timely Microsoft + innovation + execution reality check
"Microsoft filmed a bunch of concept videos to illustrate its product ideas. You can watch an edited version of the videos at the top of this post. Cheesiness aside, it's pretty spot-on, no? There's personalized content for each family member synchronized across PCs, televisions, tablets, mobile phones and cars; location-aware devices that tell you when friends are nearby; photo-sharing; voice controls -- all years before Facebook, Foursquare, or Apple's iCloud and Siri.
More incredible than the foresight of these videos is how Microsoft failed to execute on nearly all of it. What went wrong? Well, lots of things."
Microsoft's Concept Videos From 2000 Were Spot-On. So Why Didn't Ballmer Build Any of It? - Bloomberg
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