In a recent interview with Wired UK , Microsoft VP Frank Shaw admitted that CEO Steve Baller has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet hanging on the wall in his office. What did you think I was going to say? “It’s his whiteboard, his e-mail machine,” Shaw said, “and it’s a device we’re going to sell.” Windows 8 was shown off at last years CES on an 80-inch Sharp Aquos touch display, however the model Shaw is referencing here is something new.
According to Ballmer “Every screen should be touch, every screen should be a computer and should be able to see out as well as see in. That is the way the world is heading [and] those screens are going to be big, small, wall-sized and desk-sized.”
Microsoft’s decision to focus so many of their resources on products without a proven market demand is arguably one of the boldest moves the company has ever made, and it will be interesting to see where this goes. Windows 8 will ship on exponentially more laptops and desktops when it hits the scene later this year, we just hope they strike the right balance. The last thing Microsoft needs at this point is a Vista style reputation blow that leaves people scrambling post launch to find Windows 7 downgrade options.
Would you hang an 80-inch Windows 8 Touch PC on your wall? If you cut a hole in the wall and mount a camera on the back you could actually make it into a real window!