It might be the latest hit single from Matchbox Twenty, but in anticipation of the impending (official) reveal of Microsoft Office 2010, I thought it would be fitting to take a moment to reflect on what was envisioned of collaboration technology in 2010 by no other than Microsoft themselves almost half a decade ago in 2005.
Surprisingly, Microsoft has been able to realize many of the concepts illustrated. For example, Office Communicator and an Exchange server allows for a unified communications experience with support for availability information. It just so happens Exchange 2010 enables voicemail messages to be automatically transcribed too.
Furthermore, Windows 7 with DirectAccess allows remote access of internal corporate resources without VPN software. The Microsoft Roundtable is an amazing product too and makes video conferencing a breeze. The only thing that doesn’t appear entirely fulfilled yet is the user experience, although we’re definitely making strides if you look at WPF-powered software such as the Lawson Smart Client.
If this blog is still around in 10 years, I’ll be sure to remind everyone of Microsoft’s 2019 vision too.