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Natal for Windows

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Natal for Windows

Don't we all just hate the mouse? It is too convenient and easy to use. Wouldn't it be great if we could eliminate it and use Natal instead? I jest, of course, because the mouse is going nowhere, and Natal would be badass on the computer. Even ubergeek Bill Gates thinks so. So much so, in fact, that the Natal team is also developing ways incorporate the hardware into the Windows environment.

Bill Gates claims that Natal is not just a game controller,

but for media consumption as a whole, and even if they connect it up to Windows PCs for interacting in terms of meetings, and collaboration, and communication... both the Xbox guys and the Windows guys latched onto that and now even since they latched onto it the idea of how it can be used in the office is getting much more concrete, and is pretty exciting.

It is obvious that Microsoft is putting a lot of energy behind the Natal system, but I am not 100% convinced that it will be successful outside of the 360 realm. Ideology is nice but practicality is what keeps business moving. What do you think? Is Natal going to take over all media or just the 360?

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