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Photos: Microsoft's workplace of the future

Triptych monitors and multibiometric logins are among new technologies featured at the Center for Information Work (CIW).
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Tom Gruver

Tom Gruver, group program manager for the Center for Information Work (CIW), sitting at a workstation with a curved glass StraTech monitor and a wireless keyboard and mouse.

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DigiDesk

CIW's DigiDesk workstation (seen with Tom Gruver) is operable by touch screen.

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Dual monitor

A dual-monitor workstation with integrated Tablet PC and Smartphone are just some of the multidevice wireless-integration devices that CIW envisions for the future workplace.

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PDA and Webcam

Physical objects like the PDA (personal digital assistant) and Webcam at this workstation will be labeled with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and other metadata technology for automatic identification and syncing.

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RoundTable

Microsoft's RoundTable, a multivenue video conferencing system due for release in 2007, came from CIW prototypes.

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Cross-enterprise software

CIW uses the scenario of a pharmaceutical company dealing with pharmacies, government compliance, manufacturing and other chain links to illustrate new cross-enterprise software capabilities.

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Tablet PC

Microsoft sees Tablet PCs as a possible tool for biometric logins--authentications employing things like fingerprints and handwriting--in place of usernames and passwords.

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Mock hotel room

CIW includes a mock hotel room used to illustrate the possibility of collaboration and communications from remote locations. A pharmaceutical company representative, for example, could participate in a video conference from her Tablet PC.

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