: Microsoft Center Gives a Peak Into the Future"> The goal here is to show how all of the functionality available on BroadBench follows users on all their devices, irrespective of their location, and can be accessed using voice and handwriting recognition.Off the boardroom is a room with a mock car dashboard, again used to show how the data and technologies transfer, as well as an airplane seat with a kiosk of the future that will give users access to all the same information. Gruver said he expects some 1,000 customers to tour the center each month. Microsoft will collect feedback from these visitors and use it to guide which technologies to move toward reality and which need refining to better address real business problems customers face, he said. Janice Skredsvig, a senior director for heavy-duty truck manufacturer PACCAR Inc., in Bellevue, Wash., is enthusiastic about the center. She told eWEEK on Wednesday that the company was already applying several of the technologies on display, particularly those in the area of mobility—such as telematics, wireless tablet computing and virtual conferencing. PACCAR—which has more than 9,000 Windows Desktops and laptops, more than 800 Windows 2000 front- and back-end servers as well as 75 back-end Unix servers—is always looking for technologies that allow it to be more effective and efficient. "Our customers are highly mobile so its only natural that we would have interest in applying the technologies on display at the CIW to solving their business problems. Some of the technologies displayed at CIW illustrate how mobile solutions can keep us connected to our customers, wherever they may be, providing them with information and services that increase their business productivity. We would like to see these technologies available as soon as possible," she said. Asked if PACCAR would be prepared to pay for much of this technology to be delivered as Web services, Skredsvig said a lot remains to be seen in how Web services payment models actually pan out. "There are both risks and benefits to a pricing model that is based on actual usage. Until the models are better defined, its premature to guess their impact," she said.
The "boardroom," large screen and portable Tablet PCs are thus used to show this, as well as to demonstrate RingCam and potential conference technologies of the future.