During his Build 2017 keynote address, Microsoft's Terry Myerson referred to Mixed Reality as "the next wave" of computing. But I think ambient computing is a much bigger deal.
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Like Microsoft, Amazon.com came too late to the smartphone market. But unlike the software giant, Amazon has already found its Next Big Thing.
If you were hoping that Home Hub was going to be Microsoft's answer to the Echo or Google Home, it's not; it's a Windows 10 family feature.
Microsoft needs to bring Cortana to the kitchen before it is too late; the market is ripe for this type of device and they have all the technology.
Amazon today announced Unlimited Music, its new on-demand music streaming service. Key differentiators include what Amazon calls the service's "breakthrough" pricing, and Alexa integration.
I didn't see this one coming: Sonos announced today that it will open up its excellent connected speaker solutions to partners, starting with Amazon Echo and Spotify. This means that Sonos users will no longer be stuck with the middling Sonos Controller apps they currently need to use to access the speakers.
Two weeks after my wife and I invited Alexa into our home, we're saying goodbye to the Amazon Echo and returning it to Amazon for a refund. The reason? This technology, while interesting and a clear peek at the future, just isn't essential.