Earlier in the year there was a lot of buzz around the announcement that Microsoft will exhibit at Infocomm 2014 for the first time. This was particularly exciting news for our team at ACA as we have focused on IT standard solutions in the AV market for the last four years. In fact, many of our projects run completely on Microsoft solutions- from the cloud to the device. It is very clear to us why Microsoft are at InfoComm Click through our top 6 reasons why we think Microsoft has an interest in the AV trade show.
ACA is an example of this. We run our digital signage, video on demand and elements of our control system in the Azure cloud. This delivers user interfaces for AV systems and one of Australia's largest digital signage networks.
Microsoft has been very aggressive in the cloud space and will likely promote the use of Azure the AV industry.
The user interface to an AV system or a building is the most important part of any solution. Windows 8 tablets provide the best enterprise management cababilites compared to Android or iPads.
This provides the best mounted tablet solution to control your AV system or run digital signage content.
Microsoft own Perceptive Pixel- a display company that focuses on multi-touch solutions. This is very clearly Microsoft being an AV company.
Projectors, displays and control systems have been running embedded windows for years. Microsoft released Windows 8.1 embedded a couple of months ago and will be surely promoting it's use to the AV industry for kiosks and display operating systems.
Lync has become a viable video conferencing alternative. With enterprise integration and HD video streaming it's quickly becoming the leader in the field.
With a Web-RTC version around the corner it will also have a web-based version.
The low cost USB camera is becoming a standard AV item, particularly in education systems. The MS USB camera is the icing on the cake that can provide a 100% Microsoft solution.