Microsoft reinforced its vision for the future of TV and Xbox on Wednesday.
Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of corporate communications, penned a blog post outlining “The Future of the Living Room.” Shaw previously revealed that Xbox is the entertainment core of the company’s entertainment strategy back in May. Microsoft went on to announce Bing, YouTube and Live TV integration for Xbox, coming this fall. Iintegration of products and services like Xbox, Kinect and Bing is at the heart of our strategy,” said Shaw on Wednesday. “This is just one more example of how Bing is more than just Microsoft’s search engine, competing to win against Google – Bing is also a strategic asset that makes many other Microsoft products better and more attractive to our customers.”
Microsoft is betting big on Bing, Kinect and Xbox and the company has yet to unveil its full plans for the future of Windows. Microsoft’s focus on speech technologies, Xbox gaming and Bing search should indicate a pattern that will likely be integral to Windows 8 just as it is on Windows Phone. “Thanks to Bing, Kinect and our voice recognition technology, we envision a future where the words “Hey, where’s the remote?” are as outdated as eight-track tapes and rotary telephones,” said Shaw. Microsoft’s Xbox Avatar Kinect service rolled out recently, designed to provide an easy way for friends to interact and watch entertainment with their avatars. “This is just a hint of what’s to come,” insinuated Shaw. “We’ll be rolling out further advances in entertainment over the next few months.”