This frame best sums up Microsoft's vision of the future: an integrated world where video calling, applications and dumb-terminal-like devices can all come together under what appears to be a single operating system.
Here the traveller communicates with her daughter while working in a foreign country. She uses a tablet provided by her hotel to call her daughter, look at a recipe book together and give cooking tips. Meanwhile, her daughter watches her speak on a tablet that sits on the kitchen table and expands the recipe tips to cover empty areas of the table.
Screenshot: Jack Clark
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