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Brief Published: 8 Mar 2013

Microsoft’s Future Vision: Live, Work, Play


US tech company Microsoft has released a video exploring how technology will change the way we work, live and play over the next decade. The short film shows familiar technology implemented on a larger scale, with interactive “family walls” replacing notes pinned to a fridge door, and information being transferred between devices with a single gesture.

The video, titled Microsoft’s Future Vision: Live, Work, Play, was released at the opening of the new Microsoft Envisioning Centre at Microsoft’s Redmond campus in Washington last week. Steve Clayton, editor of Next at Microsoft, said: “[The Envisioning Centre] allows us to share what it might be like to experience future technologies with visitors, get their feedback, tweak, remix and discuss. It’s all part of advancing the trends we think have the greatest potential.”

The ideas in Microsoft’s film aren’t meant to be predictions of future products, but they do highlight key trends that Microsoft – and other tech companies – are eagerly pursuing. The technology demonstrated in the film shows Microsoft delving even deeper into concepts such as machine learning, the connected home and touch-free device control.