23: Total Dude, with His Surface Hub


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00:00:05   From Relay FM, it's Connected, episode 23.

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00:00:31   My name is Myke Hurley and I am joined as always by the one and only Mr Federico Vittucci.

00:00:37   Buona sera Myke.

00:00:39   Buona sera Federico.

00:00:41   Hello.

00:00:42   How are you?

00:00:43   I'm doing good.

00:00:44   It feels like it's been days since I talked to you but actually we like talked four hours

00:00:49   ago.

00:00:50   A couple of hours ago, yeah.

00:00:52   For our other show, the lovely production.

00:00:53   What can I say?

00:00:54   I feel your absence in my life.

00:00:57   That's very sweet of you to say Federico, thank you.

00:01:00   Speaking of absence, we are one man down this week.

00:01:07   Because our official relay FM genius/MacExpert/American friend.

00:01:17   The keeper of the follow up.

00:01:20   Stephen Hackett is not here.

00:01:22   He is not deceased, that's still only you Myke.

00:01:26   Okay only I am deceased.

00:01:29   We decided that maybe he's cheating on us with another podcast, but we have yet to work

00:01:35   out which one.

00:01:36   We have a theory that he has another podcast, and when he says he's not here, he actually

00:01:41   hangs out with another Skype account.

00:01:43   He just pretends to be somebody else.

00:01:45   He puts on a fake accent.

00:01:48   He pretends to be Canadian, I think.

00:01:50   Yep, earlier on in the chatroom before the show, @Saidor in the chatroom believed that

00:02:00   maybe Steven has permanently joined MacPower users.

00:02:04   That could be a nice theory, yes, probably.

00:02:09   But my response to that was in Steven's dreams, he's joined MacPower users.

00:02:16   Sick burn, Myke.

00:02:19   So speaking, because Steven is not here, I feel like it's necessary, Michael, for you

00:02:26   to bring us into the follow-up.

00:02:28   So I have a couple of issues with this.

00:02:31   Okay.

00:02:32   With the follow-up, with working our way towards FU.

00:02:37   So Steven...

00:02:38   Thank you.

00:02:39   Thank you.

00:02:40   Thank you.

00:02:41   No, thank you.

00:02:42   Steven put together this follow-up for us.

00:02:44   I asked if he would help out, considering he's on another podcast today.

00:02:49   And he did that.

00:02:51   But the problem, since Steven has kind of become the keeper of the follow-up, the follow-up

00:02:56   designator, and he has like perpetuated this old browser thing, we're now getting loads

00:03:03   and loads of tweets, show notes in old browsers.

00:03:05   And I'm going to get to those shortly.

00:03:07   But I don't understand what anything means.

00:03:10   All of the words don't mean anything to me.

00:03:12   And he's like, for him, they mean everything.

00:03:14   to me. It's like, I don't know what this is about.

00:03:16   It's like, it's like when, um, when you're like a teenager and your parents tell you

00:03:20   that they're going on a, like on a brief vacation and they instruct you to, to maintain the

00:03:26   house and to tell you like, you gotta, you gotta water the plants and you gotta do this

00:03:30   and you gotta do that. And you don't understand. And like they, they leave you instructions

00:03:34   and you don't follow them. This is how I feel when Steven leaves, leaves us notes in the

00:03:39   follow-up. He's the adult one, he's the grown-up, and he tells us to do stuff and we're left

00:03:46   with these weird browsers running on virtual machines or whatever. So yeah, we will try

00:03:53   our best, Myke.

00:03:56   It's a scary prospect for me, but I'm gonna give it my best shot, Federico. I think that's

00:04:04   all he would have wanted.

00:04:06   Yes, this is Steven's will to do a proper follow-up.

00:04:13   So I must honor his wishes.

00:04:15   The first piece of follow-up is maybe directed at your lovely self.

00:04:20   Do you remember we were talking about that app Burstio that took burst photos and turned

00:04:25   them into GIFs?

00:04:26   It actually saves to the camera roll automatically, which is why you couldn't find it.

00:04:32   Well, in my defense, it actually creates an album.

00:04:35   So who creates an album?

00:04:37   Come on.

00:04:38   I mean, I just…

00:04:39   Instagram.

00:04:40   Instagram too as well.

00:04:41   I think it still shows up in the camera roll, but then it also creates an album.

00:04:44   I don't know.

00:04:45   I just, it's easy to miss, you know, because the app doesn't tell you and like there's

00:04:49   no notification or whatever.

00:04:50   I just didn't know.

00:04:51   So there's nothing you can do about it.

00:04:54   But the Burstio app torturer account contacted us to tell us.

00:04:57   So thank you, Burstio.

00:04:59   But you should make it clearer in your application.

00:05:01   That is our feedback upon your feedback.

00:05:04   So thank you.

00:05:07   We have...

00:05:08   Okay, so this...

00:05:09   You can do this, Myke.

00:05:10   I'm scared.

00:05:11   Right, so we have our show notes in other browsers section of the follow-up.

00:05:15   If this was upgrade, it would be called a vertical, but this isn't upgrade.

00:05:19   So here we are.

00:05:21   We have @tr4656.

00:05:22   This is you, Fan.

00:05:23   I believe...

00:05:24   Let me just open each link alongside you.

00:05:28   I'll be like holding your hand in the follow-up.

00:05:30   I feel a lot better now.

00:05:32   So, Yifan, I think he sent us in a few things before.

00:05:35   This is connected on Windows Phone 8.1.

00:05:38   - Okay, okay, I understand this.

00:05:40   - So this looks really bad considering--

00:05:43   - Kinda ugly.

00:05:44   - It looks terrible considering it's a current web browser.

00:05:47   I'm really scared about the way this looks,

00:05:49   but sorry Windows Phone.

00:05:51   And then Yifan also actually attached a GIF to his tweet

00:05:56   which shows that as soon as you load the live stream,

00:06:00   It crashes Windows Phone, it crashes the browser,

00:06:03   it crashes Internet Explorer, which is excellent

00:06:06   that that happens, but I'm gonna be completely honest

00:06:11   if you've heard of Ico, I don't intend to do anything

00:06:13   to try and fix that problem.

00:06:14   I'm sorry everyone, but I'm not interested in solving for that.

00:06:18   - Well, you're really gonna upset those 10 people

00:06:21   who use Windows Phone.

00:06:22   - Yeah, and I apologize to those people,

00:06:24   but it works everywhere else.

00:06:27   There's kind of, I don't know if I wanna spend the money

00:06:30   If anybody that uses Windows Phone would like to pay for the development time.

00:06:35   This is not a proper strategy, Myke.

00:06:38   You cannot ask users to pay for bug fixes.

00:06:41   Well, I'm just saying, I don't want to fix it.

00:06:45   Because it seems crazy.

00:06:48   It is a bit crazy.

00:06:50   It could be maybe just that specific device, I don't know.

00:06:54   Well, it's not going to even be a problem soon.

00:06:56   We'll talk about that a little later on in the show.

00:06:58   We have Ken Matthews considering all the conversation that we had about Blackberry last week.

00:07:04   He sent in what connected page looks like on a Blackberry bold.

00:07:09   It's really small.

00:07:12   I like how the webpage title goes into the status bar.

00:07:17   There's the title of the episode up there before the icons for Bluetooth and Signal.

00:07:25   The rest is kind of weird.

00:07:27   the menu goes into the icon on the right side?

00:07:31   There are some significant layout problems here.

00:07:33   There are some huge problems here.

00:07:35   The logo is only half of the logo.

00:07:37   If you would like to find the show notes

00:07:39   where you can find the images of the show notes,

00:07:43   then you should point your web browser at it.

00:07:45   What did you just say?

00:07:47   You want to find the show notes to find the show notes,

00:07:49   images of the show notes.

00:07:51   We've basically got a nesting doll situation happening here now.

00:07:54   Go to relay.fm/connected/23 and you will find that.

00:07:59   I'm putting those all in there.

00:08:01   And then we have...

00:08:03   Okay, so the last two links, Myke.

00:08:07   This is the one that I'm really concerned about.

00:08:09   Okay, we can do this. Come on.

00:08:11   So, four screenshots.

00:08:13   BOS 5.

00:08:15   So, BOS, I think, used to be an OS, right?

00:08:19   It used to be DOS that Apple was rumored to acquire many, many years ago, but actually

00:08:28   they went with Next Step.

00:08:29   I'm getting so many details wrong.

00:08:31   Yeah, see?

00:08:32   See?

00:08:33   This is why you shouldn't get into these things, yeah.

00:08:35   No, no, I'm pretty sure I once read an article on Ars Technica about the fact that basically,

00:08:43   Back in the 90s, Geeks really liked BOS and I'm fairly certain of the fact that Jean-Louis

00:08:58   Gassé, the guy who writes Monday Note, he went from Apple to BOS.

00:09:08   Because geeks really liked BOS, Apple was rumored to be considering an acquisition,

00:09:15   but it never happened.

00:09:16   And so, like two years ago, I read this article about people who still use BOS because they

00:09:22   like the interface, they like the icons and whatever, but it never happened.

00:09:28   QNX Neutrino.

00:09:30   So what we have is also--

00:09:32   Laurent, who sent in these screenshots,

00:09:34   clarified with some other information.

00:09:38   So on BOS, it's net positive is the name of the browser.

00:09:43   In QNX, it's Voyager.

00:09:47   And then we also have a next step, 3.3, and it's in OmniWeb.

00:09:53   So we have QNX Neutrino.

00:09:55   I don't know anything about that.

00:09:57   I mean, next step.

00:09:58   I mean, OK, I'm familiar with that.

00:10:00   Omniweb, I know yeah. Yeah, we know what I like most about all of this though

00:10:06   Is there the reply to this tweet? It's just even saying whoa in all capitals and I don't know why I don't know why

00:10:12   But I'm really happy that Laurent made Stephen so happy

00:10:16   and I hope that it makes others happy - I

00:10:19   Like that Laurent went to the trouble I genuinely do but I feel like I feel like something's lost on me

00:10:26   Look at Stephen is so happy so excited about it

00:10:30   And I'm not 100% sure what it is.

00:10:34   That's exciting him so much.

00:10:35   But I don't know how much trouble

00:10:37   Lauren must have gone through to get these screenshots,

00:10:40   but I appreciate, as we do with everybody

00:10:42   who sends in, for some insane reason

00:10:45   that I'm not really sure how this happened,

00:10:47   but I love that everybody sends in these every week.

00:10:49   If anybody now can tell us how this began,

00:10:53   I would quite like to know that now,

00:10:56   'cause I'm becoming very intrigued

00:10:59   as to how we pivoted from the photo management show

00:11:03   to the really old browsers show.

00:11:05   - What if we somehow pivoted into

00:11:09   like an old browser museum?

00:11:13   - At this point, we are collecting quite,

00:11:16   - Screenshots from people.

00:11:19   So it's like the licensing is all good, right?

00:11:24   We have no problems with licensing and with credit.

00:11:28   We have quite an amazing collection of all original content.

00:11:34   We could consider becoming a nonprofit organization for show notes, screenshots.

00:11:40   >> Preservation.

00:11:42   >> Yes.

00:11:42   >> We are the committee for web browser preservation.

00:11:46   >> Yes. >> That's what we are now.

00:11:48   >> Steven is going to be like the spiritual advisor.

00:11:54   We can take all the money.

00:11:56   - He could be like just a historian

00:11:58   and then like you could be the treasurer

00:12:00   and I could be another position in the museum.

00:12:04   I don't know.

00:12:05   - You could be like the voice that announces.

00:12:08   - Oh, I could do like the audio tour.

00:12:09   And now we find QNX.

00:12:15   If you take a look over to the right,

00:12:17   you will find OmniWeb, Next Step 3.3.

00:12:21   - And there's all like,

00:12:22   There's people like Kyle and Joe walking around with headphones and just looking at screenshots

00:12:28   of web browsers.

00:12:29   People are like, "Hmm, hmm."

00:12:30   They're looking at the images.

00:12:31   They're like, "Oh, can you see?

00:12:32   Do you see the way that they chose to design the lines?"

00:12:35   And Stephen sits in a cubicle and he organizes emails and PDFs with his workflows.

00:12:44   And then he prints out the screenshots of old browsers and he goes out and he wears

00:12:49   like a hat, you know, because he's the guardian of the museum and he has these pictures on

00:12:56   the walls.

00:12:57   And he has like a cape, which is like a patchwork quilt with all different icons of different

00:13:04   browsers and he wears that, he just walks around the museum with his long cape and his

00:13:09   hat on.

00:13:10   What are we doing?

00:13:11   Myke!

00:13:12   (laughing)

00:13:15   - He's never gonna miss another show.

00:13:17   Next time if Steven can't do an episode,

00:13:20   he'll just be like, "We have to move it."

00:13:22   He's never gonna let us do this again.

00:13:25   - Wow.

00:13:25   - Right, we're only halfway through the follow up.

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00:15:27   So do you remember a few weeks ago I was talking about that phone that I went to see called

00:15:32   the Yota phone?

00:15:33   Yeah, the one with the e-ink display in the back.

00:15:39   This is just a piece of follow-up.

00:15:41   TechCrunch reviewed it this week and they reviewed it quite well, so I just wanted to put it

00:15:45   in there because it has a lot more information, it has some demos and stuff, so if people

00:15:49   were interested.

00:15:51   And they basically came to a similar sort of conclusion that I did.

00:15:54   It's really interesting and it's not just a gimmick.

00:15:58   There's some real kind of practical applications for the e-ink screen and why it would exist.

00:16:03   You know, not just like for reading stuff, but also for incredible battery saving power.

00:16:08   But it's expensive.

00:16:09   It's really expensive to get your hands on one.

00:16:12   It's like $850.

00:16:15   Because you have to import it and I think it's only sold in Europe right now.

00:16:19   So when you convert it, it's kind of a crazy price and they're only doing it in SIM free.

00:16:24   So just an interesting thing.

00:16:26   And one last piece of follow up today.

00:16:28   I am so excited and so happy that we've launched a brand new show on Relay FM called Rocket.

00:16:34   Rocket is a show that's covering technology, it's covering pop culture stuff like movies

00:16:41   and games and books and stuff like that.

00:16:43   And we have a trio of fantastic hosts for the show.

00:16:45   We have Brianna Wu, Christina Warren, and Simone de Rochefort.

00:16:49   They're three awesome women who have really great powerful voices and the sort of conversation

00:16:56   that's happening on Rocket, you're not gonna hear anywhere else because they

00:16:58   come from a like a totally different place you know they have totally

00:17:02   different opinions. I just love it. Episode one was talking about like 3d

00:17:07   printed cars, it spoke about Ant-Man and there's also a great story about how

00:17:12   Christina Warren effectively ruined Brianna Wu's life a few years ago. I

00:17:17   won't say any more than that. It's a great open. It's a fantastic show. We're gonna

00:17:22   have another new episode this week. You should go check it out if you haven't

00:17:26   already at relay.fm/rocket and subscribe because it's well worth your time.

00:17:32   Topic 0 today.

00:17:33   Okay.

00:17:34   Federico.

00:17:35   We're still doing the 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5.

00:17:39   We basically turned the show notes into Facebook's numbering version.

00:17:43   Yep.

00:17:44   Today we have topic 0, we have topic 0.5, we have topic 0.5.1, then topic 1 and topic

00:17:49   2.

00:17:51   Okay.

00:17:52   We can do this, Myke.

00:17:54   So could you tell me, there was a Lauren Bricter interview that was published on...

00:18:02   How would you...

00:18:03   Object.io.

00:18:04   I think it was this week or last week.

00:18:11   Could you tell me the interesting things and why people should go and read this article?

00:18:15   It's a really...

00:18:17   So Lauren is the guy who made Twitter.

00:18:22   went to work for Twitter and then he made a letterpress and now he's basically been

00:18:26   kind of absent from the iOS Mac development scene for the past year. He's a pioneer, right, of many

00:18:35   many interactions on mobile devices and the interview is really great because

00:18:42   like Lauren talks about the fact that he's kind of become, I wouldn't say unhappy with

00:18:51   with the state of the App Store and innovation in mobile apps,

00:18:56   but just a little bit maybe disillusioned?

00:19:02   Is that a word?

00:19:03   Yeah, disillusioned.

00:19:05   Like, it doesn't believe that innovation will happen on the App

00:19:11   Store in the future.

00:19:12   It thinks that software has become

00:19:14   something that's much bigger than iPhone apps or iPad apps.

00:19:19   It's a different take, it's probably not what I was expecting from Lauren.

00:19:25   He says that he's been working on some software and you know kinda under the hood stuff that

00:19:31   we won't see anytime soon, some low level technologies.

00:19:35   I'm pretty sure that knowing the guy it's probably something graphics related because

00:19:41   he loves to do this kind of like for letterpress for instance.

00:19:44   He built the entire game from a graphics engine.

00:19:49   So he's been doing some low level work.

00:19:53   We don't know about what.

00:19:55   But I guess the main theme of the interview is becoming like moving away from the app

00:20:02   store.

00:20:03   It's an unusual opinion, I think.

00:20:07   I didn't quite like how he decided to end the interview and saying that everything that

00:20:13   he made in the past stinks, he says.

00:20:17   Because while I understand the feeling that you look back at your previous work and the

00:20:25   stuff that you made two or three or four or five years ago and you say "oh my god, this

00:20:30   stuff sucks", I understand the feeling.

00:20:36   But not entirely because, I mean, it's pretty objective that Lauren made great work in the

00:20:42   past.

00:20:43   So I think he's setting himself too short because the features, the design choices that

00:20:49   Lauren had, they're being used today by millions of people like Pull to Refresh.

00:20:55   Even Apple is using Pull to Refresh.

00:20:58   I think Lauren did great work in the past.

00:21:04   It doesn't have to look back and say everything I made stink because while maybe personally

00:21:10   he feels this way, I think that the recognition that he had and the popularity that he enjoys

00:21:17   is absolutely well deserved. So it is maybe a little too negative.

00:21:24   He's too harsh on himself.

00:21:25   He's too harsh on himself, yeah. But it's a great interview, go check it out. I read

00:21:32   it I think last week, I saw many people linked to it and it's absolutely a great piece.

00:21:40   So topic 0.5, Myke.

00:21:41   Do you want to tell me what's up with Evernote?

00:21:44   Yeah, I kind of just want to mention this to kind of set the stage for the next thing

00:21:49   that I wanted to ask you.

00:21:51   Evernote this week have announced that they're kind of cutting support for a bunch of their

00:21:55   lesser used products.

00:21:56   Like they have a couple of standalone apps called Peek and Hello, which haven't really

00:22:02   seemed to do anything for them.

00:22:04   And they're also dropping support for the BlackBerry 7-inch Playbook.

00:22:10   So the thought of this might be that they may be starting to trim the fat a little bit,

00:22:16   maybe trying to focus a little bit more, which could be a good thing.

00:22:19   I know that we've had some issues with Evernote in the past.

00:22:25   So it feels like the right thing to do, to focus on the main product.

00:22:31   So basically it just took me through, you mentioned in our Slack chat the other day

00:22:35   that you were doing this, so it's kind of like I was thinking about web services and

00:22:38   kind of like scaling back, and I remember that you said that you had kind of done a

00:22:43   bit of a spring clean of the web services that you pay for.

00:22:47   So would you be able to tell us what you've cut out for 2015 and why you've done that?

00:22:55   Yeah, basically my main problem is that because of my job I tend to try a lot of stuff, even

00:23:02   after I've settled on a service or an app, because I always want to see how apps or services

00:23:11   are changing.

00:23:13   Sometimes innovation happens in small doses, and maybe you see a feature here and another

00:23:19   feature there, and suddenly that feature is being used by everyone.

00:23:23   So I like to be ahead of the curve in a way.

00:23:26   So that means I need to try a lot of things.

00:23:29   And it's an investment for me, so I don't complain, but I reach a point where I'm probably

00:23:36   signed up for like a dozen services and I only use half of those.

00:23:40   So unless I want to waste money, which I don't want to, I need to cancel those subscriptions.

00:23:47   And it's never personal.

00:23:49   I just, you know, I'm a human being.

00:23:52   I like to save money.

00:23:53   I don't want to waste money because I'm not a billionaire.

00:23:57   So a few weeks ago I told you and our friend Steven that I was trying Zapier for web automation,

00:24:07   but I also told you guys that I wasn't sure about web automation because I was struggling

00:24:12   to come up with ideas to connect all these different web services to do stuff for me.

00:24:19   So after a month of trying Zapier, I realised, I confirmed my initial suspicion that basically

00:24:28   it's nice that I can put together all these recipes on the web, but I don't want to pay

00:24:35   for that.

00:24:36   I don't want to pay $20.

00:24:38   And I don't depend on these web automations.

00:24:44   one day when I will have stuff like connected devices around the house or maybe when I will

00:24:51   use, I don't know, maybe some invoicing software on the web, maybe it'll be of use to me.

00:24:59   But today, I mean, it's nice that I can connect my email to Dropbox and that kind of stuff,

00:25:05   but I just don't have enough triggers, I guess, in my life or in my work life in general to

00:25:12   justify this kind of expense.

00:25:16   The other one is Fit Wrangler because I'm using NewsBlur and from what I'm seeing I

00:25:26   will stick with NewsBlur because of the many other great features that I mentioned for

00:25:31   the past two weeks.

00:25:33   So I cannot cancel Fitly because I paid for a lifetime pro subscriptions two years ago.

00:25:40   I would also cancel Fiddly if I were on the annual plan, but I cannot, so I'm not using

00:25:45   Fiddler Angular, it's a great service, just I'm happier with NewsBlur right now.

00:25:52   And I think also in the future.

00:25:54   iTunes Match, I just don't use iTunes Match, I just don't listen to music in iTunes anymore.

00:26:03   I will probably just keep those few albums that are not available on Spotify or music

00:26:11   streaming services, I will just buy them from iTunes and keep them locally.

00:26:16   I even went through a whole process like last year to sign up for iTunes Match from Italy

00:26:23   using my US account.

00:26:24   I don't even want to.

00:26:26   Yeah, it was awful.

00:26:29   So yeah, I don't use iTunes Match.

00:26:33   My music listening habits have completely switched over to music streaming and YouTube.

00:26:39   I realize that it sounds like hell to people who still buy albums and music in the traditional

00:26:49   way, but yes, I do listen only to streaming and YouTube.

00:26:56   The next one is interesting, MailDeck.

00:26:59   MailDeck is this mail client for iOS that I bought in September, I think.

00:27:09   It looked really professional.

00:27:12   It looked like a serious email client with search and all these different shortcuts.

00:27:19   The interface was kind of ugly, but my understanding was that beyond the ugliness there was real

00:27:27   power user stuff.

00:27:30   But I never really used it, like I used it for a week, it was probably an impulse buy

00:27:36   decision.

00:27:38   Anyway, Instapaper, because I'm using Pocket, so I plan to keep trying Pocket and see how

00:27:50   it works, because I like to take my time, when I decide to switch over and to compare

00:27:57   I will probably sign up again for ISDA paper later this year to see what's changed.

00:28:05   Many of these services I still have subscriptions active until May or October.

00:28:12   So I can come back.

00:28:15   The last one, which was...

00:28:18   I thought about this one a lot.

00:28:22   I used to have two Mac Minis on Mac Mini Colu.

00:28:27   One is for Mac Sorrys and I will never touch that one, at least not in the short term.

00:28:33   But I also had another loaned Mac Mini, just for me, like a personal Mini, that back in

00:28:41   the day when I used to have a slower Wi-Fi connection at home and I didn't have all these

00:28:48   automated workflows on iOS.

00:28:51   I used to rely on this personal mini for things like Plex or updating my iTunes match library

00:28:59   because it was faster and syncing Dropbox because it was super fast and you know like

00:29:06   image scripting, image uploads, all that kind of stuff that I can do on iOS now.

00:29:12   So I was paying this $35 a month for a mini that I was not really using.

00:29:19   So right now I've consolidated, I guess, my workflow on iOS and music streaming, it's

00:29:26   on Spotify, I don't use iTunes Match, Dropbox is fast enough on my new Wi-Fi connection

00:29:33   at home, I have 4G on all my devices, I don't need this other mini anymore.

00:29:38   So that's also gone.

00:29:40   The main, I know that you want to ask me, Myke, why do I do this?

00:29:46   Why do you go through and do all this sort of stuff?

00:29:49   To save money, because I need money, because I need to pay the bills, I need to pay the

00:29:56   rent.

00:29:57   And yeah, I mean, I like to try stuff.

00:30:00   I like to support the developers.

00:30:02   I'm just, you know, I cannot support everybody in this world.

00:30:07   I would like to support everybody, but at the end of the day I'm just a single guy.

00:30:15   So when I try stuff and I make a decision, I cannot afford to pay everyone.

00:30:23   Because otherwise…

00:30:24   No, you can't.

00:30:25   There's no way you can do that.

00:30:26   Because, yeah, you don't magic money.

00:30:29   Like you are at the end of the day, like you are just a guy who makes money with his job.

00:30:34   It doesn't make a difference where you come from, but you kind of just have to you have to make

00:30:39   cautious and smart decisions like like anybody does I guess

00:30:43   This could probably be I realize an analog segment. Yeah, but but there's a like there's a

00:30:49   like when I do this I

00:30:52   feel like a jerk sometimes because

00:30:56   Especially when I choose the bigger service

00:31:02   over the small nice utility made by someone I know and

00:31:07   There's like an inner voice inside me then that says oh my god

00:31:11   You're such an idiot for choosing the app from the big company instead of giving your money to this

00:31:17   You know small guy who makes a living out of selling apps

00:31:21   And I feel like I think it's an empathy problem

00:31:25   And I realize it's really peculiar because it's a super niche

00:31:31   problem you you're basically overthinking the fact that you're giving your money to this company instead of this guy

00:31:39   Right. It's a super niche problem that most people in the world

00:31:43   I guess if you're outside of this tax circle, they will never understand or have this problem

00:31:49   But it's something that I go through like like I think about this and when I when I when I hit the cancel button

00:31:55   I'm like is this guy gonna like this guy gonna start is this guy gonna gonna

00:32:01   You know, will he be able to buy food for his family?

00:32:05   Oh, the dog, man.

00:32:06   Don't forget the dog.

00:32:08   And the dog.

00:32:09   Oh my god, the dog.

00:32:11   I know it's super, like, people will make fun of me.

00:32:16   I just think about these things, you know, because I feel bad.

00:32:20   Feeling bad is something that I do often for all kinds of things.

00:32:25   And subscriptions are one of those.

00:32:27   Right.

00:32:28   want to talk Federico about the Microsoft event that happened today. I didn't expect

00:32:33   that we would be, but there was actually a ton of relatively, in some instances, very

00:32:38   interesting things that came out of that. So we should definitely talk about that. But

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00:35:32   One of my... like I'm sad because I cannot use the automatic in Italy and I know that

00:35:40   there's people who bought an automatic and like they hacked around a way to make it work.

00:35:47   Like I really want to try this because it feels like again cost savings, monitoring

00:35:54   how you drive and your route and GPS stuff like it's right up my alley for things that

00:36:00   I want to try. I'm waiting for support for European cars, so hopefully in the future.

00:36:07   I know that there's also people in Italy who found a way to use a Nest, the thermostat.

00:36:14   And I'm too scared to buy a Nest and mess around with the cables here, because I have

00:36:20   a thermostat, it's ugly and it sucks and the user experience is terrible. I'm not good

00:36:27   with this sort of electrical stuff.

00:36:30   I should probably invite Dr. Drang over at my house

00:36:33   and connect this for me.

00:36:37   - You know you can hire someone

00:36:39   to just connect it for you though, right?

00:36:40   - No, no, I just, I don't want people in my house.

00:36:42   (laughing)

00:36:44   I'm kind of weird like that.

00:36:45   Unless I know like the plumber or, you know,

00:36:50   whoever is coming to fix my stuff.

00:36:54   I don't want to just pick up the phone

00:36:56   and call someone on the Yellow Pages, you know?

00:37:01   Feels gross.

00:37:04   - Maybe you need to find a friend.

00:37:05   - I always have friends for that reason.

00:37:08   I have a friend who basically repainted my walls.

00:37:13   I have my dad who fix a lot of things here.

00:37:18   I have a plumber I know.

00:37:20   I realize that this is probably bad for the economy.

00:37:25   I just don't want people in my house.

00:37:26   Well, I don't know if it's bad for the economy.

00:37:32   I might be stretching it a little too far because you won't let an electrician in to

00:37:35   install a Nest.

00:37:36   I wouldn't worry about that too much.

00:37:39   So today, as we record, which is the 21st of January 2014, Microsoft had an event today

00:37:48   and the main part of the event is like the kind of evolution of Windows.

00:37:52   So this is Windows 10 we're going to be talking about today.

00:37:56   So I watched like 75% of the presentation, caught up on the rest via The Verge and their

00:38:05   live blog, I'll kind of caught up and then watch the video.

00:38:09   And I picked out a few things here Federico that I want us to talk about a little bit.

00:38:13   Some of the more interesting things.

00:38:16   Let me just say that I watched 0% of the presentation because I was at the Apple store, but I read

00:38:25   100% of the blog posts on The Verge about it.

00:38:32   Then you've probably gotten the majority of it.

00:38:33   You probably had a better experience because this was very, very, very long.

00:38:37   Okay, so Windows 10 is going to be coming out later this year, and they're going to

00:38:42   start kind of betaing out. I think they're called the insider program. They send it out to

00:38:46   people that way so you can kind of get a test of it yourself. I think one of the

00:38:51   maybe one of the more most interesting things about this release of Windows is

00:38:56   totally on Microsoft Move. Windows 10 will be free for a year as an upgrade for

00:39:01   anybody that has Windows 7 or Windows 8. It's huge. So they're limiting it to

00:39:07   the first year I don't really know much more than that.

00:39:12   I mean I think that's kind of all they've said right now.

00:39:14   There was like an asterisk that said like terms apply.

00:39:17   But that's a big deal for Microsoft

00:39:19   to do something like that.

00:39:20   Windows has been like their main revenue driver

00:39:22   for so many, one of their main revenue drivers

00:39:24   for so many years and they're gonna be giving it away

00:39:26   to existing customers.

00:39:27   They clearly want to move people along

00:39:31   like in the same way that Apple did, right?

00:39:32   They wanted to move the needle for people

00:39:35   and get them forward and get everybody on the same ground

00:39:39   so they can really start to innovate the platform.

00:39:41   - It feels to me like the right thing to do.

00:39:45   - Definitely.

00:39:46   - Because you want people to enjoy, well,

00:39:49   and enjoy if it works, to enjoy the latest features,

00:39:52   to enjoy the kind of stuff that you're,

00:39:54   new apps, new designs, bug fixes.

00:40:00   I just don't know whether Microsoft is doing,

00:40:04   Like Apple, you can upgrade for free on all your devices forever because they are limiting

00:40:10   to the first year.

00:40:11   I don't understand what they only want to do the first year.

00:40:15   What happens after the first year?

00:40:16   You're gonna be forced to pay?

00:40:19   It doesn't make much sense to impose this sort of deadline on people.

00:40:25   I think this is them.

00:40:27   They don't want to maybe just say it's free for everyone forever and then they lose a

00:40:33   a ton of money. Because their business has been focused on it for so long, I understand

00:40:42   the idea of dipping their toe in the water a little bit. Because if it's a year, there's

00:40:47   still going to be a lot of their bigger clients, a lot of business probably wouldn't upgrade

00:40:51   in a year, so they'll still pay. I think they're just trying to understand what is the limit.

00:40:58   Do they give it for free forever or do they still try and make a little bit of money out

00:41:02   of the enterprise clients. So I think for them right now this is probably the

00:41:08   right thing to do because a lot of this stuff they kind of just want I would

00:41:12   assume the consumer to move mainly and a year for a consumer is most likely

00:41:19   to do it if they're ever gonna do it. The start menus back. So can you can tell me

00:41:26   what's the start menu?

00:41:29   - So you know on a Windows PC,

00:41:32   in the bottom left hand corner it says start

00:41:34   and you click it and it brings up like your list

00:41:37   of your apps and like recently used documents and stuff.

00:41:40   That went away with Windows 8 and it was just--

00:41:42   - Really?

00:41:43   - Well you know they had the Metro interface,

00:41:45   which is like the big chunky blocks and the colors

00:41:47   that covered, it was like full screen.

00:41:50   That was kind of what they wanted Windows to be

00:41:52   and then you could go into the main desktop mode

00:41:54   should have a start menu and be like old school.

00:41:57   Well, that was so poorly received by a lot of customers

00:42:00   that what they've done now is when you,

00:42:03   the view of Windows 10 looks like original Windows,

00:42:06   it has the task bar along the bottom

00:42:08   and it has the start menu in the bottom left.

00:42:10   But the start menu is now styled to look like Metro,

00:42:15   which I think is like modern UI or something.

00:42:18   We'll call it Metro, I know it's not called that,

00:42:20   but that's how we kind of, everybody refers to it,

00:42:22   we know it's Metro.

00:42:23   and so it's got the tiles and the updating.

00:42:27   So what you can do is you see that now

00:42:29   and you can see your apps there,

00:42:30   but you can also get information from the apps,

00:42:32   like your Web App will show the temperature on, for example,

00:42:34   and your Contacts App might show whatever,

00:42:36   like pictures of people.

00:42:37   But then you can then, if you want to,

00:42:40   stretch the Start menu out to be full screen

00:42:42   so you can see more information at once.

00:42:44   So it's basically inverting it,

00:42:46   which is probably a better thing

00:42:47   for the customers that are used to the platform.

00:42:51   It probably would have been better for them in hindsight

00:42:53   to have always done it this way, rather than trying to push people down a certain path,

00:42:57   they should have eased people into it this way.

00:42:59   If they would have changed the start menu, and then they encouraged people to make the

00:43:02   start menu bigger, and then in a year's time, they then made the main view of the OS in

00:43:08   that style, it probably would have ended up working out a bit better for them.

00:43:12   Instead, they basically...

00:43:16   It's like if Apple decided to make Launchpad the default view.

00:43:20   Yeah, I mean they were trying something new and they were trying, they would, I understand

00:43:25   that.

00:43:26   It was a UI change but it was probably too much too soon.

00:43:31   But my question is why would you make, why would you want to make the Start manual full

00:43:36   screen?

00:43:37   Right, because what they were trying to do was to create the Metro interface across all

00:43:40   devices which is what they're doing now anyway.

00:43:43   That's where it started.

00:43:45   So the easiest way to get all of your devices to look the same is to create an OS that in

00:43:48   theory around on all of them and that interface with the big chunky areas and the big block

00:43:56   color and stuff like that works on smaller devices so they figured they would probably,

00:44:01   I assume, just scale it across everyone.

00:44:04   I don't think it worked out the way that they wanted it to.

00:44:07   So now, going hand in hand with that idea is a new feature that they're calling Continuum.

00:44:13   Now this is Microsoft's effort to unify the OS across all platforms because where it looked

00:44:21   similar I think there were still some differences in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

00:44:25   But the understanding is Windows 10 is the same OS on the desktop, on the mobile and

00:44:34   on tablets.

00:44:35   And they've hinted at, I think, that Xbox as well.

00:44:40   So across all Microsoft platforms we'll have Windows 10.

00:44:44   So it looks the way it does, I'm not massively personally interested in the way that Windows

00:44:49   10 looks other than some of the features, but you can see all of that by following some

00:44:55   of the links that we have.

00:44:57   But one thing that I found quite interesting is 8 inch tablets, so 8 inch devices and up

00:45:02   look extremely familiar to the desktop and I think that's really weird because it has

00:45:07   a little taskbar and stuff and Joe Belfiore was showing an 8-inch tablet and it looked

00:45:15   like some of the touch targets were way too small and some of the interface elements were

00:45:19   too small and they've created a bunch of gestures to help you navigate around because they know

00:45:24   that maybe some of the touch targets are too small.

00:45:27   I think 8 inches is too small.

00:45:29   I think they should have maybe broken this off at like 10 or 12 but maybe they can still

00:45:34   refine that.

00:45:35   We'll see.

00:45:36   Do you want to go on Federico?

00:45:38   No, I just want to say that I'm not a Windows expert of any sort.

00:45:45   I consider myself lucky enough to be out of the Windows scene for more than six years

00:45:52   now.

00:45:53   But in general, I think that making, whether it's an app or an OS, I'm always up…

00:46:04   Like I always prefer making something that is custom made, optimized specifically for

00:46:12   the destination, for the goal, for the device.

00:46:18   I have never bought into Microsoft, Microsoft's theory of let's make just one OS and make

00:46:24   that one OS, you know, the same.

00:46:28   Would you like to hear my armchair theory as to why I think they do this now?

00:46:32   Please, I want to listen to your stories.

00:46:37   When Microsoft were leading, they had Windows and then they had, what did they used to call

00:46:44   the phone OS?

00:46:46   Windows Phone?

00:46:48   Windows Mobile?

00:46:49   Windows Mobile, that's it.

00:46:51   They had Windows Mobile, which was kind of similar but it was more tailored for a mobile

00:46:55   device.

00:46:57   Apple came out with the iPhone and there was Android and they took a head and Microsoft

00:47:04   were trying to play catch up for years and every effort that they've had to create mobile

00:47:09   devices, tablets and phones and to have their partners with their tablets and phones, they're

00:47:15   just not gaining the traction that they would want.

00:47:18   And Satya Dadella, even before him, they know that growth continues to be immobile and for

00:47:24   as long as Microsoft are out of the mobile space, they're in a bad way.

00:47:29   One of Microsoft's main problems at the moment is they do not have

00:47:34   application support. App support is something that they're missing. Now in

00:47:40   creating one OS that goes across all devices, they create a universal app

00:47:47   development infrastructure and they create universal apps which nobody else

00:47:53   has tried to make. So an app that could run on the desktop, on the tablet and on

00:47:58   the phone, that's kind of the vision. So if they can do that they increase the

00:48:04   amount of developer support automatically for the phone and tablet. I

00:48:09   think that's the idea, I think that's why they do it. Because developers can then

00:48:13   attract three different platforms with one app. That's why I think they're doing

00:48:18   it. I could be completely wrong and I'm sure somebody can tell me if

00:48:22   I am and I'm sure we'll find out if we are, but that's when I look at this and like, why

00:48:26   would you do it?

00:48:27   That makes sense as a reason to do it to me because they're struggling to gain traction.

00:48:33   I think it makes sense, but it also sounds like the easy way out.

00:48:37   Oh, for sure.

00:48:38   But they've tried everything else at this point.

00:48:41   Yeah, because you need apps.

00:48:43   So let's just like remove friction from developers and let's just make sure they only need to

00:48:48   write an app once.

00:48:50   basically it feels like a way to inject apps into the Windows store catalog on phones and

00:49:00   tablets because developers are not making apps for those devices.

00:49:05   It feels like a way to basically use apps from the PC, you know, on these other devices

00:49:13   because they fail to gain traction.

00:49:15   So let's just use a universal language.

00:49:18   And I'm not sure whether this sort of shortcut, I mean, it makes sense.

00:49:23   It's pretty clever.

00:49:25   If the technology works well, congrats to Microsoft.

00:49:31   Will it be a quality choice?

00:49:34   Will it be great from the user experience perspective instead of having separate OSs

00:49:40   and developers writing custom apps for each device?

00:49:43   I'm sure you can still do an element of that, right?

00:49:46   Like, you can make a simple universal app for the iPhone, or you can put thought into

00:49:54   what each device means, you know?

00:49:58   And I think that, you know, like we see that with the phones, right?

00:50:01   So it's like where some developers put the thought to think about landscape view in the

00:50:05   6 Plus.

00:50:06   You don't have to do that, but it's like the consideration that people put into it as to

00:50:10   to whether they want the device to,

00:50:12   let the app to shine on each device.

00:50:14   But I know like for a fact that Microsoft have kind of,

00:50:18   they've tried really, really hard

00:50:20   to get developers on the platform.

00:50:21   I have heard stories of Microsoft,

00:50:25   I mean, we've all heard them,

00:50:26   but I've heard from some people,

00:50:29   Microsoft going to developers

00:50:31   and offering them a ton of money

00:50:33   to develop for the Windows platform

00:50:35   and support and kind of resources

00:50:38   anything that they need. So that they've tried but developers know the user base isn't there,

00:50:45   so what's the point? I mean, I think that's the thinking behind it.

00:50:50   I don't know, I don't know. See, I think making apps is like a kitchen. You can buy all these

00:50:58   different kitchen robots and they do all sorts of things for you. They're like the closed

00:51:06   platform version of cooking. They do all sorts of different things. You can make pizza, they

00:51:14   let you grind coffee. These robots, these machines, you basically put the stuff in and

00:51:22   they have all sorts of different functions.

00:51:25   Have you ever heard the term "lowest common denominator"?

00:51:29   Yes, exactly.

00:51:30   I think that's what they're going for. I don't know if...

00:51:34   In the kitchen, when you buy the specific tool, whether it's a knife or a mixer, you

00:51:39   always end up with the best results.

00:51:42   And in a way, that's how I see making software.

00:51:45   I think that with cross-platform, you can make the most clever, easy, fast solution,

00:51:55   but history has proven that custom solutions are always, you know, they give you the most

00:51:59   control and the most quality.

00:52:02   I don't know.

00:52:03   - I agree with you completely, but I see

00:52:06   from Microsoft's perspective, it's like,

00:52:08   what more can we do?

00:52:10   We've tried everything.

00:52:12   - No, no, no, it makes sense, makes sense, yeah.

00:52:14   - So Cortana, Cortana, which is Microsoft's

00:52:18   digital assistant on Windows Phone,

00:52:20   is going to be on all devices on Windows 10.

00:52:23   So as well as the usual personal assistant stuff

00:52:25   that we're used to on the desktop,

00:52:28   like tell me about the weather today

00:52:30   and all that kind of stuff,

00:52:32   like what's my calendar like, you know, give you all of that and give you a visual view

00:52:36   of it all in a kind of like a notification center type view.

00:52:41   Cortana on desktop and on Windows 10 PCs can also find files for you and stuff like that.

00:52:50   So you can say like Cortana please get me that presentation that I want to show Federico

00:52:56   or something, you know, and it will find it for you.

00:53:00   Being a cotana here, I am, and when we talk about it a bit more with the new internet,

00:53:06   new web browser Project Spartan, gold star to whoever gets our show notes in Project

00:53:11   Spartan, you will receive a gold star for the first person to achieve that.

00:53:18   I am interested that there is no Siri on the Mac.

00:53:21   It feels like that spotlight is kind of Siri.

00:53:25   They maybe should have just called it Siri and gone with the marketing.

00:53:29   When you use a Mac you're using a keyboard.

00:53:32   That's my question.

00:53:33   Would you ask Cortana to find a file instead of typing?

00:53:38   You can type into Cortana.

00:53:41   That's one of its more defining features.

00:53:45   And you can do this on the phones as well.

00:53:47   You don't have to speak to it.

00:53:48   You can ask it questions in natural language.

00:53:51   So you can type.

00:53:52   So it's also search.

00:53:53   Yeah, but yes, exactly.

00:53:54   But you can type into it like "what are my appointments today?"

00:53:57   like the Fantastico style, like

00:54:00   Lunch with Bob at 12 in Casa del Rios.

00:54:04   It does all of that, which is quite interesting.

00:54:08   This is one of the things that kind of glossed

00:54:11   over a little bit was the message platform.

00:54:15   It wasn't very clear when they were explaining it, but I think

00:54:18   I kind of got my head around it.

00:54:21   Obviously, Windows Phone do SMS, but they're going to be using

00:54:24   the skype backend to power an iMessage-like platform.

00:54:30   Skype. Yeah, so they're going to use the skype chat service to do that, which is very interesting

00:54:36   because that's cross-platform, so I could, you know, I could talk to somebody on a Windows

00:54:40   phone from my Mac by using Skype. But you can already do that.

00:54:46   Yeah, but it would be built into the messages app. Oh, okay. That's the idea. Sorry, I maybe

00:54:51   maybe didn't make that completely clear.

00:54:52   So what it will do now in the same way that iMessage does,

00:54:55   if it detects that it can use Skype, it will do that.

00:54:58   Otherwise it will send an SMS to someone.

00:55:00   - I think this is, again, clever.

00:55:05   I just fear that basically every major platform holder

00:55:09   is going for its own solution

00:55:11   of this cross-platform messaging.

00:55:14   So Apple has iMessage and Google has-

00:55:16   - Well, that's not cross-platform.

00:55:19   Well, that's cross-device for Apple.

00:55:23   So I don't know.

00:55:25   Apple is never going to add Skype into the Messages app.

00:55:29   No, never.

00:55:29   Well, they may do, but not in the near future.

00:55:32   I mean, you never know with these things.

00:55:34   You never know, Rob.

00:55:36   It feels unlikely.

00:55:39   I just think that at the end of the day,

00:55:42   SMS was a pretty awesome cross-platform service.

00:55:46   It's just too bad that it's a paid one.

00:55:49   Because it works for everybody, but it only supports text.

00:55:53   Like ideally, how awesome would it be

00:55:57   if iMessage or whatever, another service,

00:55:59   was really cross-platform

00:56:01   and into the main messages app for everybody?

00:56:04   - Oh yeah. - That would be fantastic.

00:56:06   - But it's never gonna exist

00:56:07   'cause it's meant to be a competitive advantage, isn't it?

00:56:10   - Yeah, and that kinda sucks, you know,

00:56:12   because it, like, I get it.

00:56:15   like they want people to use their own ecosystem and whatever.

00:56:19   I just like, I kind of miss the idea of SMS as a global standard.

00:56:26   Yeah, I do too. I do too. Definitely.

00:56:30   There's a new browser. It hasn't got a name yet.

00:56:34   It has a code name Project Spartan.

00:56:37   I really enjoyed this project.

00:56:38   Sorry, they're just using names from Halo at this point.

00:56:43   - Yeah, well, I think they went with Cortana, right?

00:56:46   Because that's quite a smart name,

00:56:48   so now they're expanding it.

00:56:49   - Okay, okay.

00:56:50   - Because I think Cortana was a clever name

00:56:53   for their assistant.

00:56:55   - Yeah, okay, yeah.

00:56:56   - So then I guess at that point,

00:56:57   then you may as well just go with that,

00:56:59   wait for everything.

00:57:00   So I've really enjoyed this part of the presentation

00:57:03   because, so you should try and track this part down.

00:57:07   The Verge will definitely have it, I'll put it in there.

00:57:11   A few weeks ago, Tom Warren on the Verge,

00:57:13   he had all this information.

00:57:15   He had a scoop about Project Spartan

00:57:16   and some of the features that were gonna come from it.

00:57:19   And Joe Belfiore brought it up on the web browser

00:57:23   and was like, oh, we're all talking about this

00:57:25   a couple of weeks ago.

00:57:27   - Nice.

00:57:28   - And then showed off some of the features

00:57:32   of the new web browser on that webpage.

00:57:37   So I'll talk about what I mean by that.

00:57:40   So this is one thing that I found really interesting

00:57:44   that were cagey about this,

00:57:45   I think more than they should have been.

00:57:46   I believe Joe Belfiore's words

00:57:49   where it has a new rendering engine,

00:57:52   which is compatible with the web today.

00:57:55   - What does that mean? - Why didn't he say

00:57:57   it conforms to current web standards?

00:57:59   'Cause that should have been what he said,

00:58:01   but it wasn't what he said.

00:58:03   I'm sure it does, I'm sure it does,

00:58:05   'cause it would be crazy for it not to,

00:58:07   but I start to think about some of the stuff

00:58:09   that Google is doing, you know, like forking off from WebKit and being more weird.

00:58:13   And I wonder if there's maybe a little bit of that in there.

00:58:16   Did you see, just as a quick aside, that there's a WhatsApp web application?

00:58:24   Yeah, I saw that.

00:58:24   And it only works for Google Chrome.

00:58:26   Yeah, it's a Chrome app.

00:58:27   So weird.

00:58:30   Like, I don't know, WhatsApp and their availability on other platforms should be

00:58:38   topic someday because the Americans don't get WhatsApp I think.

00:58:44   No they don't.

00:58:45   So it'll be mostly me and you talking about WhatsApp.

00:58:50   It should have been today Myke I realize.

00:58:53   But instead we have to subject Steven to listening to this topic.

00:58:59   Yeah we'll make him listen.

00:59:02   I did think it was interesting.

00:59:05   But yeah, it's coming to the web, they've launched a web client.

00:59:10   But I don't understand, it's for Android, they've launched it for Android as well, but

00:59:13   they have an Android app.

00:59:14   I don't really fully understand the thinking there, why you need a web app when you have

00:59:18   a native app.

00:59:20   We will do research on what's happening.

00:59:22   I need to look into this a little bit more, I didn't have any time to look at that.

00:59:26   So along with-

00:59:28   Anyway, besides the web today-

00:59:30   So one of the key things that they've done, which I think at first I thought was dumb

00:59:34   and then the more they showed about it I actually thought was quite interesting.

00:59:37   They have a note-taking mode. So this is what they're doing.

00:59:40   Like so he grabs his stylus and he like does some rings around the headline

00:59:46   and he's writing notes on it and stuff like that.

00:59:49   You can also, so you can draw on it, you can add comments.

00:59:52   So you can click on a certain section and add your own comments to it.

00:59:56   And what it does is, now I thought that this was very impressive.

00:59:59   So when you start to add these notes,

01:00:01   it says it locks the page up.

01:00:02   So it's like, oh, it just turns it into an image.

01:00:05   He says, if the content changes, this won't change,

01:00:08   so it keeps your notes in preservation.

01:00:11   But then he said, but the links will still work.

01:00:13   And I was like, OK, that's interesting.

01:00:16   Because I thought he was going to say, oh, it just

01:00:17   turns it into an image, or a PDF or something.

01:00:19   But all the links still work in there.

01:00:21   So maybe there's some PDF-y stuff that's happening there.

01:00:24   So you can add comments as well by typing in stuff.

01:00:27   You can then share these comments with people.

01:00:29   So my understanding from listening is you can collaborate

01:00:32   on this together, which I thought was quite cool.

01:00:34   So you can imagine like a web design company doing this,

01:00:36   which I thought was quite cool.

01:00:38   And then also, you can save these, you can then clip areas,

01:00:44   you can clip specific areas as well,

01:00:48   and you can save all this to OneNote,

01:00:49   or you can clip a certain area

01:00:51   and share it to the web like Droppler.

01:00:53   So I thought all of that in the browser,

01:00:57   that's pretty powerful stuff.

01:00:59   And I remember us all wanting Apple to put this in Safari

01:01:02   when they showed it off in mail, right?

01:01:03   - Yeah.

01:01:04   - So I looked at it, I was like, do you know what?

01:01:06   That's something that should be in more browsers.

01:01:10   Reading list, like really?

01:01:11   They showed this on stage, come on.

01:01:13   And then Cortana built in.

01:01:15   Now this actually I thought was quite interesting.

01:01:18   So it has some basic information like Spotlight.

01:01:21   So it would give you contextual information

01:01:23   when typing in the address bar.

01:01:26   kind of like what Spotlight does, right?

01:01:29   So it gives you that information.

01:01:30   You can type in like weather

01:01:32   and it starts to show you the weather.

01:01:33   And then, but also like Google Now,

01:01:37   if you're tracking a flight in Cortana

01:01:40   and you start typing anything about flights,

01:01:42   it will show you the flight information

01:01:43   in like the dropdown of the address bar.

01:01:45   But then this is something that I thought was really cool.

01:01:47   So Belfiori goes to a webpage for a restaurant

01:01:51   and he right clicks on it and it brings up a menu,

01:01:54   he right clicks on a menu item on the restaurant

01:01:56   and it brings up a list of ingredients

01:01:58   that are in the menu item.

01:01:59   I thought it was pretty cool.

01:02:02   - And this is Cortana.

01:02:04   - This is Cortana, yeah.

01:02:05   Because their idea with Cortana Federico is that it's,

01:02:08   I think they kind of, at least in the way that they talk,

01:02:12   they've taken it a step further than everybody else.

01:02:14   The idea of Cortana is this learning machine

01:02:17   and they have it learning the internet

01:02:19   via the people that are using it.

01:02:20   So it learns different things about websites

01:02:22   and it learns about you.

01:02:23   and it seems to be like this learning thing,

01:02:26   rather than just like with Apple,

01:02:29   it's kind of like Siri kind of gets smarter

01:02:32   as it goes along, maybe.

01:02:33   Google Now seems to learn more about you,

01:02:37   but Cortana, at least the way it's pitched,

01:02:39   seems to learn more about you and the web as a whole.

01:02:42   I find it quite interesting,

01:02:43   like of the three that I've seen demos of,

01:02:45   and I've used all three of them as well,

01:02:47   I actually find a lot of Cortana's features

01:02:49   to be the most impressive.

01:02:51   - That's pretty cool, yeah.

01:02:53   so I have an eye on Cortana because I think that it's becoming a more than just a gimmick feature

01:03:00   Will it work? Do you know if it'll work internationally? Like can I select

01:03:06   an Italian recipe? Does it tell me Italian ingredients?

01:03:09   One of the things they said is that with Windows 10 while they're in the beta program they are

01:03:12   working like really hard to get it working better internationally

01:03:17   Oh nice okay

01:03:18   Because I think up until now it's been in English only in beta

01:03:22   So I think if they're gonna put it into Windows,

01:03:27   like proper Windows, like full Windows,

01:03:29   it has to work internationally,

01:03:30   I think they recognize that.

01:03:32   So there's still, we haven't even got

01:03:34   to the bigger stuff yet.

01:03:35   This is actually a pretty impressive keynote.

01:03:39   Thinking, like now I'm looking over

01:03:41   what we've spoken about and what's coming later.

01:03:44   This is a big day for Microsoft.

01:03:45   Maybe we'll talk about how we feel about that at the end.

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01:05:56   is getting an Xbox app.

01:05:58   And what can you do with it?

01:06:00   So, let's start off with the smaller parts.

01:06:03   There is going to be cross-platform chat,

01:06:06   both text and video,

01:06:08   that you'll be able to have with your friends

01:06:11   via the new Xbox app on Windows 10.

01:06:14   So maybe, you know, you can be at work and say,

01:06:16   "Guys, I'll be home at 10 and we can do that raid."

01:06:19   You know, you can do that if you want to.

01:06:21   You know, maybe that's something, Federico,

01:06:23   that the kids these days will get up to.

01:06:27   There's also the game DVR functionality.

01:06:31   They're bringing that to PC.

01:06:33   What that is on the Xbox One,

01:06:35   it records your last 30 seconds at all times,

01:06:40   so you can share that with people.

01:06:42   Say you do something crazy in a video game,

01:06:44   you can bring up the share options,

01:06:46   and you can share with your friends or share on social media

01:06:49   the last 30 seconds of play,

01:06:51   to start recording at any point and it will just record and you can share that with people.

01:06:55   So they call it game DVR. It's actually becoming quite an interesting thing in the gaming community

01:06:59   to see people sharing videos and photos of what's happening in their games.

01:07:04   It's actually taken off more than I think many people expected it would.

01:07:06   So can I ask you, so you can do this for PC games?

01:07:13   Yes.

01:07:15   Or for Xbox games?

01:07:17   Let me speak about the rest and then you'll know where I'm going with that.

01:07:21   So this is the next part.

01:07:22   I am confused.

01:07:24   The next two parts, okay.

01:07:25   So you can do the game DVR stuff for your PC games for sure, but you can also do it

01:07:29   for these next two things as well.

01:07:32   With Windows 10 comes fully cross-platform games between the Xbox One and the PC.

01:07:36   And they showed off a demo of Fable Legends.

01:07:38   So it has somebody, one of the developers, I think it's Lionheart Studios.

01:07:44   comes out on stage and she's playing Fable Legends on an Xbox One and then

01:07:48   what's the guy's name Federico help me I've forgotten who was demoing was it

01:07:52   Phil Spence? Phil Spencer. Phil Spencer. He's the Microsoft guy. Phil Spencer is then on a

01:07:59   Windows PC and he joins the game so Xbox One and PC games will have

01:08:06   cross-platform multiplayer and Fable Legends is one of the first games

01:08:10   announced to have this support. Okay that makes sense as a

01:08:14   cross-platform feature. Yeah that absolutely makes sense. But this is where

01:08:19   things get crazy. Okay. Streaming from an Xbox One to any

01:08:23   Windows PC or tablet. Of course it's like after PlayStation and Wii U gamepad

01:08:30   streaming locally. Yeah. This is my understanding is correct.

01:08:35   It's really smart, I think, it makes sense and again, I watched the video on the Xbox

01:08:42   and Microsoft YouTube channels and Joe Belfiore as the example, he says my son wants to play

01:08:50   sensor overdrive and me and my wife, we want to watch some television and so our son can

01:08:57   just stream the game from the Xbox to another screen which is connected to the PC so he

01:09:04   keep playing and there's like harmony in our household. It makes sense and it kind of reinforces

01:09:11   Nintendo's original idea for the Wii U and the Gamepad, which Nintendo couldn't quite

01:09:17   sell appropriately to the press and to people especially. And now Sony is doing this with

01:09:24   remote play for the Playstation and the PS Vita, Microsoft is doing it and it'll be I

01:09:29   I guess even more effective because of the PCs everywhere.

01:09:35   It's really clever.

01:09:37   I wonder if Microsoft can do it also as an app on Macs and other devices.

01:09:44   If not, if they depend on new hardware, Windows 10 software features, I don't know.

01:09:53   I read on Polygon that it'll only be limited to local Wi-Fi and only some games that decide

01:10:01   to support the feature, so it's not just like a system feature on the Xbox One.

01:10:07   It'll be enabled on a game-by-game basis.

01:10:10   So hopefully every developer...

01:10:11   And I think they have to be downloaded games as well.

01:10:16   Oh yeah?

01:10:17   Not on disk?

01:10:21   understanding just it seems like it's it's from it's it's it's downloaded

01:10:28   games only okay I think it's I think it's an interesting move I feel like

01:10:32   this is step one towards a bigger like you know like a bigger play like

01:10:40   eventually it could be over the internet as well and then also you know it could

01:10:44   be all games right you I think this feels to me like something you start off

01:10:48   somewhere but the idea of being able to connect an Xbox One controller to your

01:10:54   tablet and play games, you know, we know how great that is from the window, from

01:11:00   the Wii U gamepad and having like flexibility of device to do that with

01:11:06   I think is really really compelling I think this is a very very

01:11:09   interesting feature. I'm looking forward to the, there's this great column at

01:11:15   Eurogamer called Game Fundry. They basically compared the technical specifications of games

01:11:25   across platforms and they did an amazing test for the remote play on the PS4 and the PS

01:11:33   Vita. They compared streaming and framerates and it is the one section on Eurogamer that

01:11:40   I trust when it comes to technical analysis of video games.

01:11:45   Looking forward to seeing this kind of Xbox One streaming to PC.

01:11:51   When is it coming out?

01:11:52   Do they have like a beta coming for this stuff?

01:11:56   For everything.

01:11:57   For streaming specifically for the Xbox One and PC.

01:12:01   My understanding is a lot of these things are being kind of rolled out over time.

01:12:09   So we'll have to wait and see on that one.

01:12:13   My understanding from how this was being presented is these new features are coming, they'll

01:12:20   be going to what they call their insiders, but they're going to be in stages.

01:12:26   I don't know if they mean stages to people or if it's being staged out.

01:12:32   I'm not 100% sure about it basically, but there is some idea of it being kind of rolled

01:12:39   out.

01:12:40   Are you, Myke, are you a Windows Insider?

01:12:43   I'm not at the moment.

01:12:45   You should be a Windows Insider.

01:12:46   I think I should be.

01:12:47   I seem like I'm coming around to the idea of Microsoft, so maybe I should be a Windows

01:12:51   Insider.

01:12:52   Mm-hmm.

01:12:53   You should also be a Business Insider.

01:12:55   I am a Business Insider.

01:12:57   That's kind of gross.

01:13:00   This is where the presentation took what I thought was going to be a turn which they

01:13:07   wouldn't be able to come back from. An 84 inch 4K display called the Surface Hub.

01:13:12   This doesn't make any sense. Why would you use this?

01:13:16   I'm gonna enterprise you again.

01:13:18   Oh no, not again.

01:13:19   I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

01:13:20   I feel like when I don't know something, you always have the enterprise excuse. This is

01:13:26   really convenient of you.

01:13:27   It is, isn't it? Why do Apple reject these apps? Federico, let me tell you about the

01:13:32   enterprise.

01:13:33   Yeah, that's basically what you're doing every week now.

01:13:37   - Let me explain what the Surface Hub is to you.

01:13:39   - Tell me, tell me.

01:13:40   - It's effectively a huge monitor, 84 inches,

01:13:44   which has got Windows, it's got a computer inside of it

01:13:47   and it runs Windows 10.

01:13:49   It's meant for brainstorming and meetings.

01:13:53   I wanted to throw up everywhere

01:13:55   during this part of the presentation.

01:13:57   So the presenters show a bunch of things,

01:13:59   like it has a whiteboard function,

01:14:02   it has like multi-touch, so they show people

01:14:03   like manipulating 3D models,

01:14:06   so they're moving them around in space

01:14:08   and then they're like snapping different apps

01:14:11   so they have the 3D model

01:14:12   and then they have like the whiteboard OneNote app

01:14:16   so she can take a picture and move it over to the other side

01:14:19   and draw on it and stuff.

01:14:20   And it uses Skype for business to call people in

01:14:24   because apparently it takes, I think it's 12 minutes

01:14:26   to set up every meeting, which like on average--

01:14:28   - Do these people shower after they take these meetings?

01:14:31   - I hope they do.

01:14:32   So Skype for Business, so it'd be calling people in.

01:14:35   That is a much better solution for video conferencing

01:14:38   than basically any video conference solution

01:14:39   I've ever tried.

01:14:40   So it's intended to save time in meetings.

01:14:43   So effectively, Federica, what this is meant to do

01:14:45   is this is meant to replace whiteboards,

01:14:49   the computers that people bring to meetings,

01:14:53   and also video conference software.

01:14:55   In theory-- - What's the price?

01:14:58   What's the price?

01:14:59   - They didn't say.

01:15:00   I don't think it could price anything.

01:15:01   going to be ridiculously expensive. In theory this is an interesting device in

01:15:07   the workplace but I think that this is a stupid thing that Microsoft is

01:15:13   doing in making this device themselves. This should be just a little Apple TV

01:15:18   lightbox that if it's got a touchscreen it can use this, otherwise it

01:15:23   doesn't. But anyway, the one thing that I found was really interesting about this

01:15:27   is when when you finish a meeting so you go like you go to like the logout panel

01:15:32   and you click logout all of the contents that have been used in the meetings all

01:15:38   of the notes that have been taken all the whiteboards or the screenshots they

01:15:41   get automatically shared via OneNote with all the participants and it cleans

01:15:45   the information from the machine ready for the next meeting I thought that was

01:15:49   pretty cool yeah that's cool it's so businessy like very much so businessy

01:15:55   Yes.

01:15:57   But it's a thing.

01:15:58   Did you see the image that I pulled from the video?

01:16:01   There's going to be two images that are in our show notes.

01:16:04   Some apps will show them for you in preview.

01:16:06   If they don't, then what you want to do is go to our show notes page at relay.fm/connector/23.

01:16:13   The first one will be of a total dude with his Surface Hub.

01:16:20   The guy with the Surface Hub, the player, he looks a bit like Captain Holt from Brooklyn

01:16:27   Nine-Nine.

01:16:28   He does, yeah.

01:16:31   He's just like, he's totally bossing that meeting.

01:16:33   I love that he's sitting on the desk.

01:16:34   I love that he's doing the finger guns.

01:16:36   Well, it's like everyone, see how everyone's standing up and like sitting on the edge of

01:16:40   the tables.

01:16:41   Because he's the boss.

01:16:42   Well, no, that's meant to show collaboration.

01:16:44   Oh, yeah, totally.

01:16:45   You know, everyone's so engaged in this meeting that they are collaborating so hard they can't

01:16:50   even sit in their chairs anymore.

01:16:54   The tension is so palpable and they're looking at these charts and graphs of showing God

01:17:01   knows what profit margin analysis says on the screen.

01:17:08   So this is, you know, they're doing profit margin analysis.

01:17:12   They're analyzing their profit margins.

01:17:16   That's a really, really awesome meeting.

01:17:18   Did you get my meeting invite for the Relay FM profit margin analysis, by the way?

01:17:24   Yeah, and I'm looking forward to the system cleaning up our data when we're done.

01:17:31   Yeah, because that's the way that the system works, because we've got our hands on a surface

01:17:36   hub here.

01:17:37   I'm really excited about that.

01:17:38   We literally have our hands, all our hands, on the surface hub.

01:17:45   everyone can put their hands on the surface hub.

01:17:48   We can even invite people like Matt Alexander and Frank Towers to put their hands on the

01:17:53   surface hub.

01:17:54   Well, we can bring them in over Skype for business if we need to.

01:17:58   Now the next image that you will have seen by now is of the biggest surprise and probably

01:18:04   the thing that's got the most news coming out of today, which is total left field curveball

01:18:11   nobody could have ever predicted that this was gonna happen, we have something

01:18:16   called Windows Holographic. Now when the guy, I can't remember his name, but he

01:18:23   worked on Kinect. I think his name is Alex? Alex is like Zikman. Oh yeah, I just, you

01:18:36   know I read the article on Wired and Vicman probably yeah we'll go with that

01:18:42   well we'll go with that now so he comes out and he's kind of crazy looking and

01:18:49   he's talking kind of crazy basically Kipman and he's he's basically

01:18:55   they show this this demo video which is very Tony Stark right it's like oh so we

01:19:01   need to do the work here and we just pinch it and we rotate it around in 3d

01:19:04   space and there's a hologram and oh you want to increase the size of the fuel

01:19:08   tank on this motor physical motorbike in the real world? Pinch and drag and it will

01:19:13   it's all very like come on guys like what are you doing? They have a device

01:19:18   that they're calling the HoloLens. Now this is like a visor kind of thing is

01:19:22   it's untethered holographic computer is what they're calling it. It has

01:19:26   see-through HD lenses as a microphone in it for voice commands and they've

01:19:30   developed something called the HPU which is the holographic processing unit.

01:19:34   Then they show a demo on stage and this is where it kind of changed

01:19:38   So before this point everything is these pre-rendered videos and it's like what are you doing?

01:19:43   Like they're showing

01:19:45   Minecraft in the real like in your living room

01:19:47   everything's made out of Minecraft and you throw a little TNT thing at the wall and it explodes and you look out onto the world of

01:19:52   Minecraft and it's like come on guys like just to stop this

01:19:55   But then they show this demo on stage and what they did was they had the special camera that came out

01:19:59   Which has also been fitted with the technology so that it could do a proper demo

01:20:02   which is great because this is something Google Glass could never do. They never found a way to demo it, like so you could see what you'd see.

01:20:10   And it was impressive looking. So the video that they show on stage,

01:20:16   they have like a one of the Microsoft executives turned into a little hologram and the lady who's demoing is walking around him

01:20:23   and

01:20:25   you can kind of, it's like a hologram, and then they do this thing called,

01:20:28   I think it's called like HoloKit or something like that, HoloLab or it's

01:20:33   like this this like toy box simulator where you build little models of things

01:20:37   which you can then 3d print stuff out of which apparently Microsoft have been doing

01:20:41   a lot of and she's like manipulating a real space and she's like grabbing

01:20:45   things out of the toolbox and like it was just really impressive to look and

01:20:50   you should try and see some videos of it if you can. Lots of voice activated

01:20:54   functions like I like it when in the demo she's like screaming at it to make

01:20:58   sure it gets them properly like she's very forceful with her words but the

01:21:01   quality looked really good it looks kind of awkward to kind of reach out and

01:21:06   point at things and touch things but you know it was fine and apparently they're

01:21:11   showing off like why I'd had a bit up big article about it there are some

01:21:20   actual one of the Minecraft devs one of the Mojang devs they said that they're

01:21:27   working on projects I understand now why they bought why they bought why they

01:21:31   bought it this is why they bought it for this they need a game to show and this

01:21:35   is the perfect game to show in this type of technology like I now genuinely

01:21:39   believe this is why Microsoft bought Mojang I am I am so so excited about

01:21:45   this kind of stuff you know this kind of crazy because it didn't look like it

01:21:49   could be real when they're showing the video but then when they show the demo

01:21:52   it's like obviously this is early on but even early on this demo if this is

01:21:57   actually happening you've created something really special. Yeah but I have

01:22:03   some questions. Of course I think everybody does. So like I'm not a

01:22:09   scientist I'm not a programmer but I'm pretty sure that holograms usually you

01:22:15   You don't need to wear special equipment to see them because they just appear in space.

01:22:22   I also tweeted an article about this company called Zebra Imaging and they create these

01:22:30   super expensive computers to show you holograms in the real world and you don't need to wear

01:22:37   special goggles.

01:22:38   Right, so the thing is, in theory these look like holograms, but technically this is augmented reality.

01:22:47   Exactly, so it's projected on your face.

01:22:50   So my question is, do they look like holograms?

01:22:54   Like, do they look like objects that you see on real surfaces?

01:22:58   Yes.

01:22:59   Or do they look like you have stuff in front of your eyes?

01:23:03   The demo that they showed where they did it on screen and they had the special camera,

01:23:09   they looked like physical 3D objects.

01:23:11   Okay.

01:23:13   It was very impressive looking.

01:23:15   So when I look at my desk, I see my desk in 3D and I also see stuff on my desk that isn't...

01:23:23   that it's not actually there.

01:23:24   Have you ever played around with the Augmented Reality cards on the 3DS?

01:23:28   Yeah, that's exactly what I was about to say.

01:23:30   Looks like that.

01:23:31   Okay.

01:23:32   But better, I hope.

01:23:34   Yeah, of course.

01:23:35   It looks better than it does in the videos.

01:23:37   Okay.

01:23:38   I mean, there's a lot of information that we don't have right now, and from what I've

01:23:44   seen at the time that we're recording, there hasn't been an awful lot of hands-on and information

01:23:49   written about it other than the people that got early access.

01:23:52   So I'm interested to see more about this in the coming weeks.

01:23:57   But what Microsoft have done today, they've done a few things.

01:24:01   I think that they have shown off their current thinking for Windows 10 and they're showing

01:24:05   that they can be progressive in some of the features that they've got, their new web browser,

01:24:10   some of the features that that has.

01:24:12   The idea that they're thinking more cleverly about the way that they pitch Windows as well

01:24:18   as offering it for free I think is very impressive.

01:24:21   They did show off new versions of Office today as well, but I'm not so excited about that.

01:24:29   Cortana looks very impressive. They're finally taking more advantage of Xbox.

01:24:33   That's which they should have been doing for years in Windows.

01:24:37   And then they kind of blew everybody away with the Windows holographic.

01:24:43   Everyone was mocking it and thought it was ridiculous until they started showing those on-stage demos.

01:24:49   And I think it kind of changed a lot of people's opinions.

01:24:51   What happens to the HoloLens if you have bad eyesight?

01:24:56   Well, it looks like it's big enough like VR that you could wear it over your glasses.

01:25:03   So the visor doesn't look like it sits directly on your face.

01:25:08   They were talking about VR and they were like, the thing about VR is it creates these experiences,

01:25:13   but they create them, they're contained in the goggles.

01:25:17   And what Microsoft is trying to do is to create these experiences but in your actual world.

01:25:22   Yeah, I just wonder.

01:25:25   I mean, it's so cool.

01:25:26   Like, the geek part of me is amazed by this kind of, you know, technology.

01:25:33   There's a whole holographic computer in these goggles, basically.

01:25:38   And it's fantastic.

01:25:39   It's fascinating.

01:25:40   It's genuinely fascinating.

01:25:41   I just wonder if, like, would my mom use this?

01:25:44   Of course not.

01:25:45   Of course not.

01:25:46   But this is like future.

01:25:49   This is future stuff.

01:25:50   Like, even though it's kind of working now, they've been working on it for years, they

01:25:54   are like years away from this being a viable platform in any means.

01:25:59   There's no pricing information, no release information, and they're kind of saying like

01:26:03   this is something we're starting to show now so we can get people to start developing for

01:26:06   the platform and thinking about the platform.

01:26:08   Yeah, hopefully it won't end up like Google Glass.

01:26:13   I think it's more intriguing than Google Glass, just fundamentally.

01:26:15   It is more intriguing.

01:26:17   It makes more sense, I think.

01:26:18   And the main part of it is it's demo-able, so people can actually see it.

01:26:23   And I think that is key.

01:26:24   And you're also not completely isolated from what's going on around you?

01:26:33   It's a see-through display at least.

01:26:35   I think Google Glass isn't dead.

01:26:37   I think it's going to go for an iteration.

01:26:40   They've ended the Explorer program, put Tony Fadelli in charge of the project.

01:26:44   The race for your face is on.

01:26:47   It's basically, you've got Facebook have got their place in it with buying Oculus.

01:26:53   I think looking at this today, if you measure the potential impressiveness of these two

01:27:00   technologies, I think Facebook will regret buying Oculus.

01:27:05   Because if this works out to be like Microsoft One, that to me looks like a more compelling

01:27:10   thing.

01:27:11   But who knows?

01:27:12   Who knows?

01:27:13   I mean, I've used an Oculus and I know how incredible that feels and how immersive that

01:27:18   is.

01:27:19   But there's a difference, I think, between having something like this where it pulls

01:27:24   you in and where it can project into your world.

01:27:26   I don't know.

01:27:27   I'd have to try both.

01:27:29   I think it only makes sense.

01:27:30   It's like inevitable.

01:27:33   After we've made technology so accessible, like the digital world so accessible on computers

01:27:39   and then smartphones and then tablets and then watches, now it's the time to actually

01:27:45   put all this stuff, whether it's videos and communications, so chat, video chats, messages,

01:27:51   games directly into, you know, beyond the screen really.

01:27:56   So on desks and like around us so we can just walk and do stuff at the same time.

01:28:02   It's kind of scary when you think about it.

01:28:05   Like we got these digital things that don't exist around us and we can see them.

01:28:11   It's kind of scary and kind of dystopian when you think about it.

01:28:14   that actually aren't really there.

01:28:16   Yeah, it's kind of dark as a concept, but it's also cool.

01:28:21   And I think it makes sense to move content, so people, communications, games, videos,

01:28:31   out of the screens and into anything, basically.

01:28:34   It makes sense.

01:28:35   I just wonder about the viability of...

01:28:39   I don't know, we'll see.

01:28:42   cool that Microsoft is doing this. We'll see how it goes, I guess.

01:28:47   I'm putting my stake in the ground to say that I am officially excited about

01:28:53   Microsoft. Yes, I am too. They seem to be making better stuff. I won't say great

01:29:00   stuff, but better stuff at least. And they've pre-announced that they

01:29:05   will have a new flagship phone and tablet devices at Mobile World Congress

01:29:10   this year. So they are making their own hardware now, which is always obvious

01:29:14   with the Nokia acquisition, but they've officially said that they will be a

01:29:18   mobile or congress. Which is in February. Yeah, in Barcelona. Barcelona. And then they have built in April.

01:29:25   I think it's Barcelona, not Barcelona. Yeah, I know. Barcelona. Yes, Barcelona is fine.

01:29:31   Our fake Spanish accent is terrible, Myke. Yes, it's horrendous. But yeah, then they said

01:29:38   built Build in April. So that about wraps it up for this week's episode of

01:29:45   Connected. Federica, thank you for joining me. I think we've had a really good

01:29:49   really really good show even though we lost a co-host to another podcast or

01:29:53   something. I think that we've done a really good job to show him why we're

01:29:57   the best. Hopefully. If you want to find the show notes for this week's episode go to

01:30:04   relay.fm/connected/23. If you would like to find us online, Mr. Federico Fatici

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