I may be a Senior Citizen, but I still love technology. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and his staff shared their technology vision for the coming year, and it is all about unity. ( I wish we had seen some of that last night in the President’s SOTU address to congress ).
Some of us old timers actually depend on our various devices to deal with the everyday living activities, and staying in touch with those we do care about. The problem is that we store our information, and perform our activities, in different places, and they generally don’t meet up. Thus we may be even more confused because we might forget on what device we stored our notes, or wrote that letter, or performed our basic bookkeeping
If we can hang on for a few more months, though, Microsoft is going to change our lives. The goal of today’s “reveal” was to explain how Windows 10, projected for release in the fall, is going to tie everything together, united data, no matter on what device we perform our various tasks.
I realize some people have taken my advice and have much of their data centralized on the web already. In fact, all my devices have an “exchange account” so my contacts, appointments, todo lists, and emails are all in one place no matter what I use to access them. Windows 10, however, does so much more, and it is all automated. Do some work on your desktop, head out with your notebook or tablet, check something on the phone … it all works the same way no matter what your device, and the data is always with you. That is the essence of where Windows 10 is heading in the upcoming months, and much of it is actually working today.
One of the problems we old folks have is remembering where we put something. Even on a computer, it can be a chore looking through all the files, and records, trying to get some critical piece of information. Now a charming lady, Cortana, who has been residing in my phone will also be in my computer, and notebook/tablet. I can simpy ask Cortana to find that information for me. In fact, she is so smart that the answer may show up even before I ask. Don’t worry about typing in the information correctly. You just say Hey Cortana to your computer, share what you want verbally, and the answers come right back to you.
Microsoft has made it possible to be a part of this whole project by forming an Insiders’ club and opening the membership to anyone. You can download a preview of Windows 10, which is likely to be fascinating but buggy, and always subject to change. Then you can provide your feedback, and the folks up in Washington actually listen and work to implement the valid ideas.
It is a huge leap, it is amazing, it will be easier to use, and we all get it. For those who are running Windows 7, 8, or 81, the upgrade to WIndows 10 will cost you …. nothing. Yes, it will be free.
That’s enough for now. I’ll keep you posted,