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Agents of Change: Microsoft

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have Microsoft.

In a world marked by complete dependence on IT, determined and persistent adversaries, a proliferation of data, devices, and services, and governments concerned about protecting users, the Internet, public safety and national security, the strategies we have formulated to protect security, privacy and reliability must continue to evolve.

Consumers need to aware of the common threats and be vigilant against malicious attempts at hijack or identity theft. By accessing data at work or play, via email or social networks, users must understand the risks involved with sharing and consuming data that may potentially lead to a security intrusion.

The TwC initiative has created the security backbone for all our new products launched this year. The new Windows 8 has improved security features which will work to ensure user security. For example, Windows 8 Secure Boot ensures that low-level exploits, rootkits and bootloaders do not hijack a system at boot, while Windows Defender, the built-in anti-malware software, keeps the system from being infected by malicious software threats.

User Interface

More natural ways to interact with technology are rapidly emerging-multitouch, voice, vision, gestures and many more. This means that for the first time, computing will adapt to us and demonstrate some degree of "intelligence." This trend will see computers shift from being tools to helpers-performing tasks on our behalf based on an awareness of the environments we are in and the context of our actions. Ultimately, this will enable computing interfaces that are far more natural and increasingly simple to use.

With touchscreens and new form factors transforming the computing landscape, user interfaces will naturally fade into the background. Users will then concentrate more on the task or application than the user interface. Natural user interfaces will build upon and often require many of the trends such as multitouch, voice, vision and gestures, and this shift will help the next billion people to join the digital revolution as the technology learning curve disappears.

Launched in end October 2012, Windows 8 provides a user interface that is intuitive and accessible, on any device. The redesigned interface will allow for new ways to interact with applications, providing a new context for users to experience computing. Windows 8 offers a unique computing experience where users no longer need to choose between the fun and connectivity of a tablet and the productivity of a notebook.

Kinect for Windows combines hardware, software and licensing that enables developers to create a new class of Windows-based applications using gesture and voice, and encourage companies and organisations worldwide to enhance their operations and relationships with customers.

PixelSense is a revolutionary vision based system which responds to touch, hand gestures and everyday objects, enabling seamless and effortless interaction with information and digital content in a simple and intuitive way.


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