Last Monday, I’ve attended Microsoft Talk, a show with three representatives from Microsoft talked about the Possibilities and Future.
The first man, Ian Tan, talked about Games, Xbox, XNA. To sum up the content first, he predicted the future of the main games distribution channel will be the Internet, which supportted by the future network with capability of transferring a full DVD games in 1-2 minutes. Xbox Live will have an exponential growth of the number of homebrew games, as game developers should have recognized this is an economical and very short way to get their games published, as they don’t have to think about Fund, Publisher, or Marketing Tools any more. This is also a great chance in this recession when people can spend more time playing games instead of working. Along with the interesting content, what I really like about his presentation (and what I feel impressed the most of this Microsoft Talk) is how he put on a show. He’s a really good storyteller, and it’s really a cool Show. To demonstrate his ideas, he used an Xbox 360, and the slides are more visual rather than verbal. He actually used Xbox Live channels rather than putting numbers or demo screenshots on a slide. He knows how to introduce (or advertise?) and inspire the future game developers to participate in Xbox Live as a game makers.
The second show is about Microsoft UX Technologies: WPF, Silverlight, and Surface. The show is demonstrated with several slides (that I feel good but not as cool as the first show) and really cool demo WPF applications, amazing Silverlight sites, and a video of future Surface. The demo of WPF applications make me think again about Microsoft applications, which has been always been addressed as “very ugly and bad interface” or can’t be compared with Mac. With WPF technologies integrated with .NET framework, it’s such a awesome combo, as applications powered with WPF will be really innovative and flashy. Silverlight is also a good framework, and it may power web applications to the level of desktop apps.
The last one is about Imagine Cup. The representative from Microsoft came to the show with ethusiasm and inspiration. She introduced about Imagine Cup and past year participants and winners. After all, Imagine Cup is an event where youth, ethusiasm, and hope gathered.