At FAM 2010, Craig Mundie describes changes ahead as Microsoft explores three key areas: the cloud, the Natural User Interface, and what he calls working on the user’s behalf. He notes the potential of cloud computing to integrate and orchestrate data gathering and analysis, demonstrating his point with an intelligent Bing search. He describes how Kinect technology moved from “impossible” to available in less than three years.
Craig Mundie put firmer spin on “client plus cloud as a computing platform”; Mundie told they can explore a “prototype of a container” with 600 servers “sitting in the parking lot right outside.” He explained what such a porta-server farm could do for them: “It’s completely self-contained. You don’t need chilled water. In fact, you just hook it up to your garden hose. You put in electricity and your fiber optic connection and you can be online…You’ll be able to buy these things and just have them delivered in your parking lot and put it anywhere you want. This’s the ability to combine super scale capabilities that [Turner] alluded to and the knowledge and understanding that comes from that with the ability to do creative engineering.”
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