Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word


I've just witnessed the coolest keynote I've ever seen. My mind is going in a million different directions, I hardly know where to start. Here we go:

  • Bill Gates demoed probably the most interesting setup I've ever witnessed. Remember the video from Microsoft Research a couple months ago, where an image was projected onto a table, and you touched the table to interact with it? Well, Bill demoed a souped-up version that interacted with your cell phone and business cards.
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE where can I buy the 3 paneled screen that Bill sat at??? HOLY CRAP that thing was tight.
  • The Vista MCE will be really slick. Dell will be selling a digital tuner that will work with Cox Cable later this year.
  • HD-DVD will blow Blu-ray out of the water. Toshiba's $499 drive will be available in March, and will let you legally copy movies to Windows computers, to move to any device. Sure, it's huge. It's probably heavy. And it's expensive. But Blu-Ray will have a tough act to follow with that feature set. And I'll buy it.
  • Xbox 360 will ship 4.5 to 5.5 million consoles by June. On average, buyers are purchasing 4 games and 3 accessories per console. That's huge. In the 90 days since launch, there have been over 400 million downloads on Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • Microsoft will ship an HD-DVD external drive for Xbox 360s later this year.
  • Watching Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer box is probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. I can't wait to go home and beat the crap out of my football-playing roommate.

I'm so excited to see what's coming up this week. But I'm even more excited to go to the MTV VIP party tomorrow night at Caesar's. The Killers will be performing live. I can't wait.

Robert McLaws, signing out.

Posted on Jan 04 2006, 08:53 PM by Robert McLaws
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