Microsoft's vision of everyday future tech (video)

Microsoft's Office Division has posted a new concept video that illustrates what productivity may look like in 5 to 10 years.

In the future, devices like smartphones and tablets will reach the pinnacle of the "less, but better" ethos popularized by the design icon Dieter Rams, and touch displays will be embedded into everyday objects so that all you're left with is information that is both tangible and contextually-aware.

That's the essence of Microsoft's new video depicting three people (at home, at work, and on-the-go) as they go about their lives immersed in a productivity utopia.

Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division, says the reason for creating the video is to show people how technology that is available today or in research will transform from a passive tool to a more active assistant to help us "manage our time better, focus our attention on the most important things, and foster meaningful connections with the people we care about."

The big question: Which vendors will we actually find under the hood for the envisioned capabilities if they do materialize this way?

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