This announcement was far out. It was vague. And it involved CVP Joe Belfiore dancing on a Telnet-connected piano at the whim of Terry Myerson. But the sum total of Microsoft’s reveal is that it will eventually release a new Windows version to power small-footprint, Internet of Things hardware.
Myerson explained how devices running Intel’s PC-on-a-chip Quark silicon will enable a new world of connected Windows hardware. The example rolled out onstage was a mega-size piano keyboard like the one from the movie Big. Belfiore was a good sport, and danced a jig on it—leaving the audience intrigued, a bit confused, and wanting much more information on how Windows will thrive on… “things.”
But, hey, it was a spectacle. As was the entire keynote. Kudos to Microsoft for wowing the crowd.