Ken Hardy is talking more about the Lifestyle PC at the Mobile Division Partners Brief on making Windows Personal. Here are my notes from his talk:
- Small Enough to go anywhere
- Simple enough to be used naturally
- Fashionable enough to be carried
- Devices stop becoming bits and hardware, they are about the music collection, the pictures
- Often times, converging devices is difficult – example – ROKR, adding calendar items to iPod, etc
- Ultra mobile PCs are becoming a reality, however:
- Windows is hard to use on the go
- Not optimized for a small screen experience
- Personal information is buried
- Not aware of the user and their environmen
- Windows and windows apps needs to be more personal
- Never more than a couple of clicks from primary action
- Users can purchase a device that matches their taste, represent personal experience, used casually without looking
- Simplified convergence
- Custom UI that offers 2 – 3 scenarios
- Scenarios are tightly integrated
- Hardware supports scenario and style
- Simply personal
- Luxurious screen sizes deliver strong focus, full screen media, rich presentation, minimize menus (transparent)
- Flexible devices allow for natural interaction
- Reach out and touch the screen
- Write with a pen
- Making Windows about people, places, and things
- How many clicks does it take to get to what you care about
- Highly Personalized desktops, large buttons for touch (audio books, movies, music, photos, TV) – great screen shots (I’ll post the Powerpoint screenshot when available)
- Devices that have a flowing theme – Eddie Bauer type of device for outdoors people, etc.
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