Ray Ozzie outlined in his October 2005 memo titled "Internet Services Disruption" a number of opportunities for Microsoft to target as they focus on the seamless intersection fo software and internet services. In terms of Personal / Mobile Communications, he specifically referenced:
SEAMLESS COMMUNICATIONS – Communications and notifications – from voice to typing to shared screen; from PC to service-based agent to phone. Maintaining continuous co-presence with intimate friends and family; improving the coordination amongst individuals who need to work together by reducing latency and adding clarity through shared context.
SEAMLESS PRODUCTIVITY – Enabling you to create, find and organize documents and data among all the desktops, devices, servers and services to which you have access, and with all the others with whom you need to work, through ‘shared space’ products that are internet service-based, enterprise server-based and directly peer-to-peer. Working within and across homes, small businesses, virtual workgroups and enterprises.
SEAMLESS ENTERTAINMENT – Enabling you to create, store, organize, present, consume and interact with media of all kinds; accessing, caching and viewing it anywhere you like regardless of where the media resides. Gaming experiences that bring two or two million people together across PCs, devices and the web.
DEVICE/SERVICE FUSION – What new devices might emerge if we envision hardware/software/service fusion? What new kinds of devices might be enabled by the presence of a service?
Today, Microsoft announced an early proof point of device/service fusion for seamless communications
“We’re bringing the best combination of hardware, software and services together to deliver superior online communications experiences,” said Michael Cowan, product marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware. “These new products will enable our customers to easily take advantage of today’s VoIP technology for greater social interaction.”….
The entire line of Microsoft LifeCams features a unique set of features that simplify digital communications for Windows Live Messenger users, including a Windows Live Call Button to easily start a video call, seamless video control with the LifeCam Dashboard, and One-Touch Blogging to post LifeCam still photos to Windows Live Spaces….
The entire line of Microsoft LifeCams features a unique set of features that simplify digital communications for Windows Live Messenger users, including a Windows Live Call Button to easily start a video call, seamless video control with the LifeCam Dashboard, and One-Touch Blogging to post LifeCam still photos to Windows Live Spaces.