Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie offered a long term view of where Microsoft and the world of computing is heading over the next few decades. Speaking at the MIT Emerging Technology Conference, Mundie envisioned a 3D virtual world populated by virtual presences, using a combination of client and cloud services.
He called this next generation "spatial computing" and listed numerous attributes: many-core processors; parallel programming; seamlessly connected and fully productive; context-aware and model-based; personalized, humanistic, and adaptive; 3D and immersive; and utilizing speech, vision and gestures.
Mundie gave a few examples from Microsoft Research to illustrate the concept of spatial computing. In a few months, the compay plans to test a new virtual reception assistant in some of its campus buildings. The assistant, which takes the form of an avatar, helps schedule shuttle reservations to get people to various locations across the 10-million-square-foot Redmond, Wash., campus.