Advisory panel looks for 'moonshot' in Commerce data
April 24, 2015
The inaugural meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council discussed how the Commerce Department can take their troves of data to the next level for the American public.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
Steve Ballmer jokes it was Bill Gates’ famous line of “a computer in every home” that got him to drop out of business school and join Microsoft more than 30 years ago. Little did he know, as technology has exploded, that would turn into a computer in every home, hand, pocket, purse and pocket book.
Speaking at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Titans Breakfast Series Thursday at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton, Ballmer, now Microsoft’s CEO, said the biggest trend in technology these days is “digital everything.”
The meat of his presentation focused on Windows 8 that will be released later this year.
“We are reimagining not just computing, but ourselves with the release of Windows 8,” Ballmer said.
He himself just did away with the last analog devices in his office: pen, paper and his white board, the last he says was the hardest to get rid of.
The event also featured a demo of Windows 8 that will be released later this year. The new operating systems aims to be “fast and fluid” with an emphasis on applications that are all cloud connected with other Microsoft devices.
“It’s a spectrum of beautiful hardware,” said Ryan Asdourian, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft and the Windows 8 demo lead. “It features the power of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet.”
Highlights from Ballmer: