On Monday I got an email from Microsoft giving me the chance to visit the Microsoft Home in London. So at 7am I left home (near Manchester) and took the train to London then a tube across London to the Microsoft Home.
The idea of the home is to show case what Microsoft technologies can do for the home now. So rather than show of products coming in years from now they are showing products you can go out and buy now.
In the living room there was a Media Center PC, XBOX and Pocket PC’s (and Portable Media Centers). In the kitchen there was a tablet PC and a touch screen Media Center PC.
The kids rooms had a secured tablet pc and mp3 player. The bedroom had a very nice mirror that was actually a PC (with Media Center of course!)
There was voice controlled pocket pc’s and streaming media all around the house.
It really showcased how integrated and easy to use Microsoft’s products and Media Center in particular is to use. We were taken around the house by a friendly (but non IT guy) and he had only a couple of days training on the products and could navigate round them with no problems
I think it’s a really great idea showing off what these products can do, Microsoft should do more like this to show what is out there now and what can be done.
I also got to talk to Cynthia Crossley (Director of Windows Client Group, Microsoft Limited) who was very helpful and we did a podcast for the Media Center Show from the house (so look out for that soon), she was great to talk to and very keen on podcasting.
So thanks to Nicola Spear (from Red Consultancy) , Paul Randle and Jonathan Hutchinson (from Microsoft) for the chance to visit the house and Joel Davies for the chance to talk about Online Spotlight
UPDATE:More details on the Podcast (at www.thepodcastnetwork.com/mediacenter) have a listen and let me know what you think