The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) are an industry
appointed body that help set the transmission protocols, these are industry
standards for the description of information being passed around the Internet.
Their net plans maybe leapfrogged by Microsoft, if the big M manages to
strategically implement its Dot.net strategy in the way I think their trying to.
Also Microsoft and IBM look like they maybe trying to circumvent the IETF in
their ongoing battle to own the net, making the net or at least part of it, pay
to access- click here
for more on this, this is scary news.
The technical possibility of sending all the information
required to the end user is already here. Compression technology is progressing
fast, along with hardware systems capable of the real-time decompression of that
data. The introduction of
and other such standardised software tools (Windows
Media Audio & Video + WMA Pro -
Media server etc) should have allowed the developers of the databases a much
easier time. The technical section from pages
71 - 84
- explains this in more detail.
Usually this is true unless you can guess where they are
going and get there before them. Microsoft and the rest of the industry have
already developed most of the software tools needed to achieve what was
originally contained within the virtual products proposal.
Microsoft and Intel are now making in-roads into the 64bit
server market. The introduction of a
64bit Windows, should
have allowed the developers of the VP proposal, a much easier time creating the
tools needed to exploit this type of architecture. The simple fact that 64bit
architecture allows for higher amounts of memory to be accessed, should have
allowed the software developers to overcome some of the current limiting
factors, which at present, hold back, certain types of software design.
Here is an extract from an announcement made by Microsoft and
Samsung, showing where Microsoft is trying to lead us all:-
"Microsoft's alliance with Samsung Electronics will deliver a
new generation of
digital home technologies that create exciting experiences without adding
more complexity to people's lives," Gates said. "We are entering a Digital
Decade where smart, connected devices and advanced home-entertainment solutions
will enable people to utilize technology in new ways and maximize its full
"We look forward to working with Microsoft to pioneer a new
range of home technologies," Dr. Chin said. "Microsoft technologies offer many
benefits to build upon our vision of offering consumers seamless connectivity
and easy home networking. We will develop an entire ecosystem of PCs, digital
devices, intelligent home appliances and services that will easily and
cost-effectively transform average households into next-generation digital
For more on Microsoft's E-Home plans check out:-Samsung
and Microsoft Announce Strategic Alliance To Collaborate on Digital Home
The Microsoft Threat: -
Microsoft have already done deals with some cable networks
like Telewest (they own somewhere between 25
to 36% of Telewest), this along with other deals with other TV networks
and set top box companies, will give them the outlets they will need to reach a
mass market. The TV content, they will probably be providing, will more than
likely come from the interactions their Xbox 360, Homestation,
XP users etc,
will be having, with the 3D environments that Microsoft and others will be
holding online. At the time of writing this, Telewest is reportedly 4.8 billion
dollars in dept, it has dropped off the FTSE 100 and yet both the company execs
and the banks don't seem to be worried about it. This is because these virtual
middlemen are about to rake it in and all the people in the know, know, if you
know what I mean. VR is the next big thing and Microsoft is out to own it.
This can be seen in the X-Boxes advertising budget, over half a billion dollars
has been allocated, just to promote a games machine, me thinks not, it is all
about the software hosting and online software rental market. In God's,
sorry I mean Mr. Gates book, called ‘The Way Ahead’ he outlined way back in
1995, how the internet would be centric to Microsoft’s future plans. He knows VR
is coming and he is deliberately setting out to make Microsoft the biggest
player in this new mass market.
The Xbox was hyped as being able to
manipulate real-time photo-realistic CG images (not
quite). The controller ports on the Xbox also
allow for increasingly sophisticated controllers or
interfaces to be attached.
interfaces maybe introduced for the Xbox 360 and
Homestation as VR takes a hold. The next generation interfaces I believe
Microsoft want, is the ability to read web cam images, thus allowing their next
generation software users, to provide them, with a good resource of data,
so as to help them build the interfaces of the future,
(see the concepts database - page 84).
This is all covered in section 3 and 4, the big M is up to
something to find out exactly what, you need to read this whole ebook, that's if
you wish to understand the big picture and trust me it's massive.