Web Services Future Shock
I've sat through enough keynote speeches and accompanying promotional videos to take them for what they are worth, which isn't much.Ive sat through enough keynote speeches and accompanying promotional videos to take them for what they are worth, which isnt much. But at a recent analyst conference, Microsoft presented a commercial about the benefits of .Net My Services that was truly disturbing. We meet the Cleavers in the near future in their well-appointed suburban home helping their two squeaky-clean kids off to the school bus. When the kids are gone, Dad hustles over to his state-of-the-art, flat-screen PC, which is brimming with softwaree-mail, instant messaging, travel arrangements and videoconferencingall interacting seamlessly. As Dad works his magic, effortlessly planning a vacation and arranging dinners, we cut to the kids and the grandparents, who receive instant notifications of the pending festivities. He didnt send the e-mail, mind you. The software did it.
On vacation at the zoo, Junior is busy with his wireless handheld, looking like Spock with his tricorder, downloading maps and encyclopedia entries about the chimpanzees hes looking at. While he and Dad read up on the monkeys, he gets a voice message from his buddy, and they arrange a play date. Later that evening, the grandparents are watching TV when an e-mail pops up on the screen, complete with the latest digital photos of the trip. Oohs and aahs ensue.