I was sitting at the office earlier today going about my day-to-day business when I received an email from my MVP Lead, that contained one word and a URL. The word was ‘WOW’ and the URL was http://www.microsoft.com/surface.
I quickly clicked on the link.
At the risk of sounding too much like ‘Janus’ from ‘Friends’: Oh… my… God!!! I think the innovation issue for Microsoft has finally paid off. No longer can anybody claim that Microsoft copycats ideas from other technology companies. They can steal ideas from sci-fi films, this time, ‘Minority Report’.
This is the outcome of approximately US$7 billion spent every year on research and development.
In other news, Microsoft has introduced an alpha of its new mashup (mashup various stuff from various Web services like Twitter, Flickr, Virtual Earth, etc) service, PopFly, which can help people create websites without writing code.
Now, many companies have introduced similar services, so, not too much innovation here. However, the way you create the mashup visually is pretty impressive. Remember this is all rendered in Silverlight. Check it out, and the screen cast.
BTW PopFly is still in Alpha so not everybody will get a chance to try this.