Dave Cutler and the Future of XBox

Microsoft has successes with the OS, Windows Client and Server plus multiple applications. It has been moderately successful with Azure, its cloud service and Office 365. It has had very limited success with its own smartphone, Windows Phone 7. But one other area where it has had tremendous success is with Xbox and its Kinect side kick. And this leads to the question. Will Microsoft try to enhance the status of this commercially successful hardware, albeit, gaming device?

Incoming…Dave Cutler

Dave Cutler? You don’t know who he is? He is not well known outside of Microsoft circles, but Cutler was the father of Windows NT. Right now, his status is so high at Microsoft that he reports directly to Steve Ballmer. And now Steve Ballmer may also be thinking…can we use Dave in some other capacity? He was working on Azure, but Cutler considers that project “done.” So Cutler may be looking for something else to get involved in. That something is Xbox.

Gaming and Beyond

Xbox was designed around the NT OS. So Cutler is well poised to make contributions. The most important would be to expand the range of Xbox into something else besides gaming. Microsoft recently said:

“Dave is one of our brightest minds and is currently working on projects that will help advance our goals in the consumer space as we continue to grow the Xbox from a game-centric console to a complete home entertainment device.”

Since the hardware console has been everything that gamers want, and more, can that technology form the basis of another area of customer interest. Here are some of the things that could develop:

  • Making Xbox more of a TV with HomeStore
  • Making Xbox also become a home videoconferencing / telepresence hub
  • Making XBox a whole home-automation system
  • Making Xbox a new type of TV device

With developers like Dave Cutler at the helm, Xbox could turn out to be a new and successful addition to the market that Microsoft has had a firm lock in, namely gaming. Now they may be moving in the direction of Home Entertainment.

Source: ZDnet





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2 Responses to Dave Cutler and the Future of XBox

  1. Black First Name January 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    A waste of talent for humanity. Dave is a pioneer and moving into video games has to be the most humiliating career change in his life. This represents ms’ last hope. He was moved since the groups he was in were consolidated into other groups. So he was given a choice move to video games for the kids or leave.

    The worst thing that could have happened for the rest of the world. It clearly shows that Redmond is failing. Moving the TOP windows guy out of windows! and into video gaming?!

    This displays the next ten years for the INDUSTRY. MS will not be releasing anything relevant other than xb. MS XB the gaming and entertainment corporation

    MS evolves into a game/entertainment company since 95% of all corporate resources are dedicated to XB land.

    So the next ten years you will not see anything from redmond unless you play video games.


    • Jannie Kirsten January 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      …nobody said he should be “moving into video games”…you’re a fucking idiot if THAT’S what you “read” in the article…do yourself a favour and read it again before you comment again…fucking moron…

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