Killer demo? Listen to the keyboards

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.

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

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  1. […] Killer demo? Listen to the keyboards « Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger “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. […]

  2. All done in Adobe stuff – that’ll be an embedded Flash applet then? Why not use Java? Mind you, ThinkFree released their fully-functional MS Office-rivalling Java suite about six years ago…

    TBH I can’t see how Ajax based online apps (Zoho, D&S etc.) will ever rival desktop or embedded apps. Javascript just isn’t as powerful.

  3. All done in Adobe stuff – that’ll be an embedded Flash applet then? Why not use Java? Mind you, ThinkFree released their fully-functional MS Office-rivalling Java suite about six years ago…

    TBH I can’t see how Ajax based online apps (Zoho, D&S etc.) will ever rival desktop or embedded apps. Javascript just isn’t as powerful.

  4. Hi Robert,

    We have a demo for local search on mobile that only requires you type in the “Find” request. Our client is able to transmit your current your GPS, Address, Zip code and area code up to the server in real time using nothing more than the browser. Checkout our mobile demo page: http://www.5o9inc.com/mobile.html for more info.

    Cheers,

    Peter

  5. Hi Robert,

    We have a demo for local search on mobile that only requires you type in the “Find” request. Our client is able to transmit your current your GPS, Address, Zip code and area code up to the server in real time using nothing more than the browser. Checkout our mobile demo page: http://www.5o9inc.com/mobile.html for more info.

    Cheers,

    Peter

  6. Microsoft needs to have a WPF/e based Office suite. They should even have a verison of Outlook web access running on WPF/e, and make it the default.

  7. Microsoft needs to have a WPF/e based Office suite. They should even have a verison of Outlook web access running on WPF/e, and make it the default.

  8. Dan@4

    It *is* Flash, but it is built with Flex which is worth a day’s worth of research of anyone’s time (assuming you can code). There is a 30 day trial I believe.

  9. Dan@4

    It *is* Flash, but it is built with Flex which is worth a day’s worth of research of anyone’s time (assuming you can code). There is a 30 day trial I believe.

  10. All done in Adobe stuff – that’ll be an embedded Flash applet then? Why not use Java? Mind you, ThinkFree released their fully-functional MS Office-rivalling Java suite about six years ago…

    TBH I can’t see how Ajax based online apps (Zoho, D&S etc.) will ever rival desktop or embedded apps. Javascript just isn’t as powerful.

  11. All done in Adobe stuff – that’ll be an embedded Flash applet then? Why not use Java? Mind you, ThinkFree released their fully-functional MS Office-rivalling Java suite about six years ago…

    TBH I can’t see how Ajax based online apps (Zoho, D&S etc.) will ever rival desktop or embedded apps. Javascript just isn’t as powerful.

  12. I’m one of those people who does not consider a Flash app to be a “web application”, regardless of whether or not HTML is hosting the runtime (which is basically what Flash is in this context) It can do some very cool stuff, and is rather ubiquitous (although I have to disable it; I use Remote Desktop too much, and Flash-enabled sites tend to go so far overboard that my remote session makes Windows feel like GEOS on an underclocked Commodore64), but it can be (and I’ve run into this issue on several occasions and is a real customer concern) a problem when web users don’t expect to have to install software to start working (and at least at my current org, there are a surprising amount of target PCs without Shockwave)

  13. I’m one of those people who does not consider a Flash app to be a “web application”, regardless of whether or not HTML is hosting the runtime (which is basically what Flash is in this context) It can do some very cool stuff, and is rather ubiquitous (although I have to disable it; I use Remote Desktop too much, and Flash-enabled sites tend to go so far overboard that my remote session makes Windows feel like GEOS on an underclocked Commodore64), but it can be (and I’ve run into this issue on several occasions and is a real customer concern) a problem when web users don’t expect to have to install software to start working (and at least at my current org, there are a surprising amount of target PCs without Shockwave)

  14. […] Robert Scoble says he can judge what the buzz will be in the blogosphere by counting the taps on a keyboard at an event.  Adobe is presenting some very cool things, and the tapping is furious from Robert’s description.  Why is it that I am blowing taps for Adobe?  They are missing the best and most influential of times in the blogosphere for a company and especially in an area of new products or applications.  Here is a cutting edge technology company that is rolling out some exciting stuff and what are they doing to capitalize?  […]

  15. Shel: nah, I’m filtering for those. Why? Cause that causes a consistent level of clicking. When a killer demo (or something controversial) comes on stage the clicking dramatically increases as people twitter and blog away.

  16. Shel: nah, I’m filtering for those. Why? Cause that causes a consistent level of clicking. When a killer demo (or something controversial) comes on stage the clicking dramatically increases as people twitter and blog away.

  17. you need to watch out for peoples head nods too – its a sure fire sign. i love it when you even hear them when talking to clients on the phone. head nods and hammering on keys – those are the signs.

  18. you need to watch out for peoples head nods too – its a sure fire sign. i love it when you even hear them when talking to clients on the phone. head nods and hammering on keys – those are the signs.

  19. OK, talking about word processing, why is this the first one? What about Google Docs?

    And I really think, that data protection is an important topic on SaaS-Applications.

  20. OK, talking about word processing, why is this the first one? What about Google Docs?

    And I really think, that data protection is an important topic on SaaS-Applications.

  21. I try so far it me possible am the products from Microsoft to to be avoided. However this attempt is not to be seized always possible and one again times in a forced manner on it back.

  22. I try so far it me possible am the products from Microsoft to to be avoided. However this attempt is not to be seized always possible and one again times in a forced manner on it back.

  23. They are missing the best and most influential of times in the blogosphere for a company and especially in an area of new products or applications. Here is a cutting edge technology company that is rolling out some exciting stuff and what are they doing to capitalize?

  24. They are missing the best and most influential of times in the blogosphere for a company and especially in an area of new products or applications. Here is a cutting edge technology company that is rolling out some exciting stuff and what are they doing to capitalize?

  25. Thanks for very interesting article. btw. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It’s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else’s point of view… makes you think more. So please keep up the great work. Greetings.

  26. Thanks for very interesting article. btw. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It’s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else’s point of view… makes you think more. So please keep up the great work. Greetings.