There I was a couple days back over at Marble 8, KLCC to experience what Microsoft term as the Microsoft 'One Experience'. At the informal, simple, yet effective, Microsoft Devices Group showcased the 'One Experience' that allows users to enjoy seamless integration across multiple screens through Microsoft's devices, apps and services.
|Microsoft's 'One Experience' - Work And Play Can Be Fun|
'One Experience' empowers users to have fun while interacting with any of the Microsoft devices and services, be it at work or play. During the session, we got a live session demo acted out by Bruce Howe, General Manager of Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and his family. My, his son is really cute and dashing.
|Bruce's son, on his Microsoft device on the sofa while the parents are in the kitchen.|
The One Experience begins at the first touch point of owning a Microsoft device, be it a Lumia device, an Xbox, or any of the Surface devices available in the market today. All these devices can and are connected to an expanding base of consumer apps and services. Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Xbox games and OneNote are just a few of the experiences that are now one with the device.
|Playing the XBox, while being connected all the time to OneDrive, Skype, and many other services|
|Experience Skype on the big screen, which momentarily pauses your game to answer the call|
Every service in itself is compelling, and like magic, they smoothly flow together to create one experience. With the power of 'One Experience', we are now able to carry out tasks and activities across multiple devices, such as the Surface Pro 3 and even Lumia devices. In the demo, we were shown that users can now start a game on their smartphone and continue the same game on a different device without worrying about the progress made or the score earned.
|Integration with Microsoft 'One Experience'|
|Access Microsoft's OneDrive from the TV|
Additionally, services such as OneDrive will enable users to share documents across devices, where they can start editing the documents on their computer at work and continue editing it on different devices when they reach home.
|Mirror your phone on the TV|
Getting connected with Microsoft Devices also changes your Skype experience. With just a click, users can access Skype on the device of their choice, be it a tablet, an Xbox console at home or the PC. Pretty nifty stuff.
Bruce Howe said, "Microsoft One experience is the core element across our portfolio of devices. It not only enriches users' interaction with a device, but also improves their experience and helps bring down the learning curve when they use our family of devices'.
|I got to fiddle around with the all-new Microsoft Lumia 535 at the 'One Experience' session|
|A size comparison between Microsoft Lumia 535 and my iPhone 4S|
Check out below on some of the apps and services which brings the Microsoft One Experience to life:
- Microsoft Office
- With Office built-in, users can easily access and edit Office and OneNote documents with the most recent documents and notes automatically available across Windows Phone and Windows PC.
- The Bing apps provides people with a set of remarkable immersive vertical experiences around Weather, News, Sports, Finance, Travel, Health & Fitness, and Food & Drink.
- Skype keeps the world talking. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you be it on your phone, or tablet and even on your Xbox.
- OneDrive is a free online storage which helps you keep all your files and photos and access and share them from your phone, tablet or computer.
Overall, it was an interesting eye opening session for me, a glimpse of what Microsoft has in their pipeline for the near future. I'm pretty excited to learn more about how Microsoft 'One Experience' can be applied to my daily life soon.