View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Leadership
  2. Strategy
May 28, 2014

Kelly Hoppen’s Microsoft apartment

What will be inside Microsoft’s connected dragon’s den?

By Cbr Rolling Blog

Tomorrow I’m off to the heart of Covent Garden, where Dragon’s Den star Kelly Hoppen’s apartment is kitted out with Microsoft’s latest incarnation of a connected home.

I’m not quite sure what to expect. The invitation mentions Microsoft Azure and an Xbox, but what I’m really hoping to see is concrete proof of a future in Microsoft’s connected home idea.

I want to be sitting on my sofa eating a pizza, hailing Cortana like I’m Jean-Luc Picard to get my connected home to do all sorts of things. Like connecting to Skype hands-free where I can speak to my German friend with real-time translation. I want to be charging my phone right next to me, wirelessly, using powerful inductive charging dishes, whilst reading the recipe for said pizza from a digital worktop that is reading out instructions.

This is all after Cortana has turned on the oven for me (she also closed my blinds).

Microsoft has always been primarily a software company, but after Nadella’s push for devices, I’m hoping it can shake off that stigma and really provide world-changing examples of hardware that will one day be in homes. Google’s doing a good job of this already, but its data trawling habit scares me, and Apple’s just a bit too cool – plus I bet it’s going down the Simpsons Pierce Brosnan connected home route and no one wants that.

I’ll report back tomorrow.


Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.