I have a new way for rating how cool a demo is.
How many keystrokes per second can I count? You know, tap, tap, tap, tap on keyboards.
Virtual Ubiquity is on stage right now showing off a killer Word Processor that works online. Teaches Microsoft quite a few lessons. Will be out in May.
All done in Adobe stuff and it just takes online apps a whole step forward in what I’ll expect to see from now on.
I’m sure there’ll be tons of words written about this shortly.
But. my takeaway is how excited the keyboard tapping is. Sounds like the hail that was hitting our windows last night. Tap, tap, tap.
Bruce Sterling, in Wired, cracks me up:
“Pesky Scoble! He’s like one geek with a damn camera! There used to be *whole thick bureaucratic and financial and economic and social and personal layers of insulation* between tech startups and the general populace… I mean, people like La Bianchini there, they sure existed — but you didn’t get *pitchforked right into her lap*… What happened to the #$@$%# lagtime and market-friction?! “Those *&&%$$ blogger revolutionaries! They’re worse than the 90s dot-com boomers! They’re more disruptive. They’re violently disruptive. They are not just kiting stocks, they are really tearing into the fabric of reality.”
Ahh, Ray Ozzie spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference this morning. Todd Bishop of Seattle PI has the details. Key quote from Todd’s report? “There were no obvious bombshells, or surprise announcements, but people interested in where the company is headed will no doubt be analyzing his comments for indications and clues.”
I did scour his comments for anything interesting. I didn’t find anything except a hint (if you turn your screen sideways and read between the characters) that he’s going to hook whatever he’s working on into the entertainment world that Microsoft has built. Translation: look for Live.com to use Xbox Live’s points system. They were talking about doing that back before I left Microsoft. That would be a great idea, but we need to see the implementation.
I wonder how many more speeches Ray is going to give where he doesn’t send some stronger gestures about what Microsoft is going to actually do in the Internet space? To me, each speech is a wasted opportunity. Guess we gotta wait for Mix07.
Heheh, funny, I just saw a demo that looked just like this one on Mike Harsh’s blog (his is done in Microsoft’s WPF, the one I saw was done in Adobe Apollo). It shows, though, some of the new UI aesthetics that are coming your way from lots of application developers.
The Adobe Engage event is already proving interesting. Ryan Stewart wins the first report to come through Google Blog Search.
Takeaway? Adobe is indeed coming after developers. It’s interesting to hear their positioning vs. Microsoft. My post last week pretty much nailed it. Adobe’s Kevin Lynch says they try to extend the Web where Microsoft looks, he says, to extend Windows.
Adobe’s weaknesses? Corporate developers are safely in Microsoft’s camp because Adobe’s Apollo system (which lets developers build Windows, Mac, or Linux applications) can’t get to the Windows API (or the Mac API, or Linux’ API).
The other real loser here? Java. Apollo delivers real cross-platform apps that look a lot like what Microsoft always demonstrated with .NET 3.0 (great looking UIs and rich interaction).
But, clearly, Lynch wanted to position Apollo against Microsoft’s WPF/E, not Java.
Anyway, more later, we’re sitting through a ton of third-party demos now.