Though it's been live for less than a week, this alluring "Productivity Future Vision" video already has north of a million hits. Produced by Microsoft's Office Division, the concept video displays ideas currently under discussion at Redmond. Writes MOD President Kurt DelBene,
All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies.
...We see technology moving from a passive tool to a more active assistant, helping us get things done, and strengthening our interactions with one another. You'll see how people can stay productive using a variety of devices from slates and PCs to mobile devices where they can access their information regardless of their location or the device they are using.
Collaborating on projects with remote colleagues gets easier. Information can be interacted with and manipulated using touch and voice commands to create beautiful and useful documents. Better decisions can be made faster with information that is contextually relevant to where you are and what you are doing.