15 Jan Microsoft building more diverse options in new technology realms
Part of moving forward means looking backatwhat’s already been done, needs improving or didn’t work, but otherwise could have been a good idea. Microsoft news shows the brand’s newest initiatives seem to be drawing heavily from this message, revealing a number of new hardware and software utilities that harken back to old science fiction ideas or build on solutions that may have become outdated in some experts’ opinions.
The company showed off its newest innovation, a room-encompassing 3D experience that allowsstaff members to enter an immersive virtualenvironment, interact with other people, engage in specific team-building exercises and learn new things about themselves, their coworkers and theircompany. While this idea is rooted in science fiction, these assets are highly desirable from a human resources management viewpoint.
Microsoft has become the first to provide a similar, lighter-weight technology for corporate use, The Daily Mail reported, though the applications for this hardware are not limited to the business world. The IllumiRoom systemincorporates a variety of scanners, projectors and screens to integrate individuals into the experience they would previously only have seen on a single monitor. The devices work in tandem to scan the room where the system is set up, displaying a 360-degree view of entire environments on every surface in actual surroundings and incorporating them into the action.
For corporate meetings, this could mean thatmeeting face-to-face with clients and building trust between members of remote offices is now more tenable. The IllumiRoom provides the option of being in the same room with people hundreds of miles apart in the most physical way possible without ever leaving corporate headquarters. The amount of time and money this could save businesses in terms of commuting, travel and housing is immense, and with more open channels of communication, the investment could quickly pay for itself by improving overall operations.
Inroads on the Surface
Microsoft is still looking to bridge these communication gaps at the corporate and consumer levels by fostering more network connectivity options, pushing for more portability and power on its handheld devices and striving for greater uptake in its cloud solutions. By increasing the visibility of these solutions on the corporate side, Microsoft hopes to encourage more adoption of its packaged tools like custom cloud, bundled hardware and other resources.
Talkin Cloud reported that the next big financial leap the company hopes to make is getting more entities and private individuals to sign on with its Office 365 service. Similar to Google Drive and Amazon Glacier, the company provides up-to-the-minute updates to clients’ documents, creates software-as-a-service (SaaS) functionality and expands existing infrastructure automatically to incorporate mobile and cloud solutions. These can be powerful assets for organizations of all kinds when integrated correctly into daily functions, while providing an extra layer of continuity to file systems, the source wrote.
Adding even more functionality to corporate-facing customers, Microsoft’s Surface RT solution puts tablets with business-level power instaff members’ hands, giving them more utility on the go. With SaaS security and accessibility, Surface RT is likely to make more aggressive moves on the overall business computing landscape in coming months, eWeek reported. The new enterprise-ready tablet has not yet been launched, the source wrote, but Microsoft is promising anxious executives an early-2013 release date.