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Windows 10, iPads, IoT: Interop Attendees Speak

Watch candid interviews with Interop New York attendees and keynote speaker Harper Reed on 3 hot topics: Windows 10, iPad vs. large-screen phones, and Internet of Things.

Technology professionals are hoping for the best with Windows 10, have mixed opinions on the future of the iPad, and find the Internet of Things intriguing but also more than a little scary.

When cameraman Dave Harding and I set out to do a series of interviews on the show floor, we found lots of people willing to talk (and a few who backed off quickly, apparently deer-in-the-headlights afraid of saying something that their boss might not like).

Some people we met spoke with particular expertise, but our questions were designed to be ones that anyone who cares about technology could answer:

  • What would you like to see in Windows 10? At the time of the conference, Microsoft had just announced its plan to take a quantum leap right past Windows 9 to Windows 10.
  • Has the iPad peaked? Will it fade in importance compared with large-screen phones and other smart mobile gadgets?
  • How do you feel about the Internet of Things trend that has been been discussed so much? Do you want every gadget in your home talking with every other gadget?

We also put these questions to Interop keynote speaker Harper Reed, former CTO of the Obama campaign. He was recruited into politics from the tech team at Threadless and has since gone on to become CEO of Modest Inc. (currently developing mobile shopping technology).

Given his experience with digital politics, we not only asked how the Internet of Things would make its way into our homes (he said he uses a lot of smart home gadgets), but whether we might see smart campaign buttons and other embedded tech finding its way into the future of politics. As you will see, he believes most people are thinking about IoT all wrong.

Reed also turns out to be an Apple die-hard who thinks the iPad is indeed past its prime and wants to own a Microsoft Surface 3.

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User Rank: Ninja
10/28/2014 | 11:36:50 AM
Interop attendees give key comments
Harper reed has really interesting point of view of how the internet of things can make a difference to a person's life. The point of these things is not just to connect but to add value to person at their home.  I hope windows in listening to feedback of the interviewers because they really had some important things to say about windows 10.
User Rank: Author
10/28/2014 | 2:13:43 PM
Interesting that Harper Reed, who calls himself a huge Apple fan, is intrigued by the Surface's hybrid features. Anybody else finding an iPad with a Zagg keyboard case makes a pretty good hybrid?
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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10/28/2014 | 5:08:00 PM
IoT can be fun!
Harper Reed's right about the potential fun of the Internet of things. This may seem like a naive point of view given how easy it is for hackers to infiltrate networks. But hackers aren't likely to target your Fitbit Flex data, or your refrigerator or thermostat data. These are once-dumb objects that now generate useful data and put it at your fingertips via your smartphone screen. And that's just the beginning. I think consumers will soon learn to enjoy and exploit these opportunities.

But one connected home "thing" I won't buy is a smart door lock. Too much of a security risk. I draw the line there. I'll stick with keys.
User Rank: Ninja
10/31/2014 | 2:26:31 AM
Re: Interop attendees give key comments
I hope windows in listening to feedback of the interviewers because they really had some important things to say about windows 10.
I believe they're listening. Windows Technical Preview incorporates pretty much, if not all, what people in video mention.

But the way, does it look to me or the Reed's video is cut out at the end?
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