Chris Pratley of Microsoft Office Labs notes in one of his recent blogs:

“Last year we released a “productivity future vision” concept video called “A Glimpse Ahead…”, also popularly known as the 2019 video, although we’re not really that specific on timeframe. The video is based on work being done in labs and research groups across Microsoft and elsewhere, and while it is not an attempt to predict the actual future, it does try to paint a plausible future that could result if the various technologies and software concepts being developed are commercialized. The funny thing about making videos that showcase futuristic concepts is that when released, many people think they are unrealistic. Then as various products appear in the market that are similar to what’s in the video, the video shifts to being insufficiently visionary – i.e. lame. So we need to keep working on the vision pieces and taking the heat from the doubters. We’re already seeing products appear in the market that offer the location-based augmented reality shown in the airport scene in that video. [emphasis added]”

For readers who have not yet seen the video “A Glimpse Ahead”, it can be found here:





Ian Sands, the Microsoft Office Labs Envisioning Director, explains the technology shown in the video here:




A spin-off version on the Microsoft Office Labs site entitled “Future Vision Montage” portrays how the technologies showcased in “A Glimpse Ahead” could help companies increase worker productivity: see





Recently, I had the opportunity to work with teams from Microsoft partners Open Text and Adapx to narrate a concept video that builds well on the Microsoft Office Labs future vision videos. The Microsoft-Open Text- Adapx video is entitled “This is the Future” and shows how technology from Microsoft, Open Text and Adapx can work together to help companies use Adapx Capturx software and a digital pen to digitize handwriting and integrate the data directly into Microsoft SharePoint, with any official records being stored in the Open Text record repository. Once stored, the data and records can be accessed using multi-touch screens utilizing Windows 7 technology. Silverlight technology was used as well to create the user interfaces. The video called "This is the Future" can be found at: