Microsoft wants inside your kitchen

Microsoft wants inside your kitchen

Summary: It looks like Microsoft has more kitchen-related projects in the works than the Windows-based Kitchen Client that I wrote about recently.

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It looks like Microsoft has more kitchen-related projects in the works than the Windows-based Kitchen Client.

The BBC is reporting on efforts coming out of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, to build kitchen-centric computing tools and technologies. (Thanks to ActiveWin.com for the BBC link.)

I could be wrong, but I don't believe the Windows Kitchen Client and the kitchen-client research project(s) are one and the same. The Kitchen Client I heard about sounds like it's probably at least in the incubation stage, if not the actual product development one.

As a refresher, here's what I've heard about the Kitchen Client:

"The 'Kitchen Client' software will extend the Windows operating system and integrate with current and future Windows Live services, according to sources close to the company. It sounds, from what I can tell, more like an add-on layer than a whole new version of Windows. Among the features Microsoft is planning to make part of its forthcoming kitchen computing environment are a family calendar, recipe center, entertainment features and a shared bulletin board, sources added."

And, by the way, the Windows Kitchen Client is not the Windows Live service formerly in development codenamed "Ohana." I heard back from a few folks in the know who said the two were not synonymous. Here's a description of Ohana from a reader:

"Ohana was/is totally a Family product (not really connected to anything other than Live now). It was supposed to be a product that was an integrated experience to connect the family and provide vendors (think Home Depot) ways to communicate with the customer [via Ads]. It would have a calendar (think more like iCal), lists, notes (think stickies) etc, that would work like a family."

Any requests/feedback for the folks building Microsoft's kitchen-centric platforms? (If any team members are reading, I volunteer to be a beta tester!)

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • To name only a few

    Windows for Washbasins
    Salad Server
    Fruit Simulator [1]
    SharePint [2]
    IIS Maker
    PowerPuree (replaces Blender)
    ...

    [1] Apples not compatible with the Microsoft Kitchen
    [2] Not compatible with Wine
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Revive old technology

    A few years ago MS had a flat / touch screen product that a user could carry around the house to access his computer using, I believe, a version of Win XP that used Terminal Server. I think the idea was great, and should be revived, but should be directed towards allowing businesses to offer (multi-) touch screens around their stores or establishments. Businesses therefore could place powerful PCs throughout their stores with many of them each tethered to these multi-touch screens running WFP and other applications.

    The above would allow the above touch screens to become affordable, and to be used throughout the home ? including the kitchen. That is how I think MS should consider taking the kitchen (and other rooms) approach to home computing.
    P. Douglas
    • What a lovely idea! How touching.

      That way, if anyone felt a twinge of
      loneliness, they could "touch" their screen
      and feel close to Microsoft instantly.

      They already have Microsoft's hand in their
      pockets, so why not in the kitchen......?
      Ole Man
  • No Adds!

    >>It was supposed to be a product that was an integrated experience to connect the family and provide vendors (think Home Depot) ways to communicate with the customer [via Ads]. <<

    They'd better give me everything for free if they're going to shove adds in my face!
    jgwinner
    • Weeeeeeelllll........... ?

      Do they give you TV stations for free, while
      they constantly shove adds in your face?

      Didn't think so.
      Ole Man
  • Starvation warning!

    I can picture the OS crashing or telling me that I have an illegal copy, resulting in the fridge locking as tight as a bank vault.
    pennatomcat
    • Send your money to Microsoft

      And they will send you a digital hamburger
      and a virtual salad. Then you can uninstall
      your fridge, reboot your house, and
      reinstall your fridge. If that doesn't work,
      download a driver and send him to the store
      for a Pizza.
      Ole Man
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