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Bill Gates says Microsoft Bob will make a comeback

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    Bill Gates says Microsoft Bob will make a comeback


    Coming to Window 8 Microsoft Bob! M$ is trying every thing but the kitchen sink.
    Bill Gates thinks that Microsoft Bob, or at least the concept, will come back to life as intelligent personal agents become part of everyday computing. Microsoft Bob, introduced by Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 1995, provided a virtual house with rooms and doors and cartoon character assistants to help navigate Windows and perform tasks with Microsoft applications. For example, clicking on the door knocker allowed users to log-in and clicking on a calendar on the wall launched the calendar application. (Read Harry McCracken's fine history of Microsoft Bob.)
    The new generation of personal agents will be more adept at planning activities, such as organizing a trip in a certain way, Gates said. Microsoft Bob won't come back as a dog, and will morph into a disembodied voice from the cloud, wrapped in the Windows 8 tiled interface, who understands all that you do or are willing to share online, anticipates your needs and presents relevant information anytime, anywhere and on any device. So far, Apple's Siri and Google Now are alone in providing modestly intelligent personal assistance from the cloud. Bob needs to get back to work.
    Bill Gates says Microsoft Bob will make a comeback | Microsoft - CNET News

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    Well, the fact is, Siri is actually becoming quite popular... The problem with Bob and Clippy was that they tried to be "helpful", which was always annoying.
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    who understands all that you do or are willing to share online, anticipates your needs and presents relevant information
    How would they know that I wonder
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    who understands all that you do or are willing to share online, anticipates your needs and presents relevant information
    How would they know that I wonder
    Could be some mind reader software the NSA is working on.
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    Kill me now.
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    And some more on this.
    Bill Gates gets serious about Microsoft Bob

    'We were just ahead of our time, like most of our mistakes,' Gates says of personal agents like the notorious Clippy character

    Bill Gates gets serious about Microsoft Bob - Computerworld
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    ...where we see where you're going, we see your calendar, we see your various communications," said Gates. "Some of those communications we can actually look at the text, look at the speech
    Just what I always wanted - can't wait. Click image for larger version
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    Finally something new Welcome in the "new" era...
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    All hail our new invisible overlords...called bob..


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