I share some of the excitement and interest surrounding the new converging Microsoft collaboration strategy. I have some healthy skepticism of course - moving large enterprises likely to benefit deeply from such toolsets and the number of moving parts they entail is a long path (but Microsoft may still have time and pocket to wait out the market again).
And like Bob, I think this is only part of the solution. But my goal today is more whimsical than his.
At my workplace, we have a real time collaboration system, blending several architectures and generations of products, which pushes millions of messages a day through the pipe. But for me one of the most important messages in the morning is:
which means it's time to make the quick coffee run amongst the respondents. I'd like this to become presence extension - be it SIP/SIMPLE or XMPP - to reflect this. I'd like to see it automated, perhaps via a weight-sensor extended mug warmer. You put your empty mug on indicating readiness.
There's prior art here, of course, in MrCozy's sandwich server which saved many a lunchtime back in the day, and EK's stated goal of a seat sensor for presence. So it isn't patentable - it's just useful.Posted by esinclai at July 04, 2006 09:53 PM |