Very good interview Larry, for the benefit people that have not watched the video, The Watson Computer linked to above is the previous winner of the AAAI Feigenbaum award, so AI coming out of Microsoft is now World Class. You probably can understand why IBM are laying off staff as they migrate their business to the cloud.
No, you can use Visual Studio 2012 to target .NET 4.0. If you do intend to upgrade to .NET 4.5 from .NET 4.0 make sure you read What's New in Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET 4.5
Channel 9 now probably have accounts that allow journalists to get Videos before they post for us. That articles is based on the video I link to below
If you like Cortana you must watch this http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Microsoft-Research-Luminaries/Eric-Horvitz-on-the-new-era-of-Artificial-Intelligence
@rojomoke: Download the hands on lab on the same page http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23507
@felix9: Free for a year seems to imply that you will be charged some money after the year has elapsed, also surprised that a lot of the news websites have not picked up on it as this is pretty big news?
It would be terrific if this were this the case, as in you can upgrade for free within 12 months, then chargeable afterwards. If businesses do the sums, then that is indeed a carrot. If you need someone to spread the message, send me an email :P
Obviously I share the concerns about upgrading a machine, contracting a virus or just plain needing to reinstall Windows then having to purchase a license?
@Bas: I can't see it working any other way. I saw the headline on the BBC website yesterday that said Windows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year, with this forum post picking up on it, the Beeb have since changed the title of the story which implied that you could update to Windows for free within a year and that was it.
I think Microsoft have the momentum, and everything coming out is exciting so you won't see any negativity from me as I am "as happy as Larry" with the direction and all the announcements.
I think this may cause them some issues because free is free, they need to add the word trial in their announcements.
With Skydrive, Office 365 and some of the other services maturing, Windows 11 will probably be a yearly fee of $100 (£200 if you are not in the US), they just are not there yet.
This is just a plain dumb idea, if I worked at Microsoft, I would distance myself away from it because only a marketing department could come up with such an idea and it will never work.
We have over 2000 Windows devices at work, do you think the IT department is going to say, lets upgrade all our machines for free for a year?
Lets not forget that Microsoft are hoping that business will move to this new version, and usually businesses wait until service pack one anyway and the year would have elapsed, so this is consumer oriented.
This is a trial not a free version of Windows!
I managed to catch up a little on this via Horizon
People following AI are probably aware of the following video where an IBM supercomputer called "Watson" trounces humans in Jeopardy
The real problem seems to be what form the machine takes i.e. AI machines will probably take Human form so it can contextualise the world
In the interconnected world it is worms like Stuxnet that may see us being the orchestrators of our own obliteration
@JohnAskew: The definition of "adorable ", what a lovely little thing.