Microsoft has never been a company that allows any form of technology exist without presenting some form of competition (i.e. Zune vs iPod, Xbox vs Sony/Nintendo). The latest target of Microsoft’s competitive spirit is Apple’s AI program, Siri. According to an article from ZDnet.com, the new Microsoft OS reorganization, which will include the Xbox One, will be tied together by Halo’s Cortana. Just as she learns and adapts throughout the Halo story, she will do the same on your devices by utilizing voice commands and the Bing search engine.
CEO Steve Ballmer is very hopeful about the unification prospects of the new system. He explained, “Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that leans more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it.” Ballmer also noted the system will “broker information among our services to bring them together on our devices in ways that will enable richer and deeper app experiences.” Essentially, you can have your PC, your Windows phone and your Xbox One all rocking in harmony.
The potential here is truly amazing. In our increasing tech world, the more we can unify things, the smoother things can run. Unfortunately, there are Microsoft execs who say we will not actually see this kind of technology until sometime between 2014 and 2016. I am usually not one for patience, but I would like to see this do well, and if it requires more time to create a solid, game changing network, I am all for it. I do feel we are moving a bit too close to the iRobot story line, but at least I can say I told you so when Siri and Cortana revolt against us.
~the Ace of Spades