Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Microsoft, again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael @ 1:15

I just saw a news report about Microsoft at CeBIT and the big thing was their “new” Surface interface. (Well, actually the report began with the decision of the EU to impose an 899 million Euro fine on MS for failing to live up to the decision in 2004 that MS must make their software APIs available to others. Google “eu microsoft”. Check out, e.g., the NY Times article.)
Anyway, here again is MS telling us that they have developed the coolest and the greatest when in fact they must have seen this (from 2006 at TED): Jeff Han: Unveiling the genius of multi-touch interface design.
Now admittedly, this is what TED is all about, i.e., sharing ideas. And maybe MS licensed this technology, all above board. Great if they incorporate this into their OS. Apple has done something similar in their iPhone/iPod Touch devices. But Microsoft again implies that technology such as “Surface” does not exist outside of their world. And that is just not the case. It seems there are very few (if any) really innovative ideas coming out of Redmond. But they sure know how to claim other’s as their own.