Report: Microsoft bringing Windows to robots, talking bears, and coffee mugs

New website "Windows on Devices" briefly launches before being pulled down; full announcement could happen today during Build conference.

It seems Microsoft has major--and surprising--plans for its Windows operating system. A new website called Windows on Devices briefly appeared last night, revealing that Microsoft is "bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices."

Microsoft has since pulled the site down, redirecting you to a blank Windows Azure page. According to WhoIs records, Microsoft purchased the website on March 26 this year.

The Verge was able to capture some information from the Windows on Devices website before it disappeared, noting that Microsoft plans to bring a version of Windows to things like a "smart coffee mug," a talking bear, and robots.

The site also reportedly stated that Microsoft plans to demonstrate a life-sized piano presumably running on Windows today during its keynote address at the developer-minded Build conference in San Francisco. Microsoft's keynote address today at Build starts at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

The Verge notes that it's possible "Windows on Devices" is the name of Microsoft's operating system for its rumored line of smartwatches and Google Glass-like eyewear. Last month, Google announced Android Wear, its own OS designed for smartwatches.

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Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Noooo... Teddy Ruxpin is going to kill us!

dragoonslayer19
dragoonslayer19

Huge fan of windows........pre windows 8 that is. Oh XP how I miss you. Seriously though kinda makes me wish Apple never existed, maybe then we wouldn't have had the whole "app" B.S. in windows 8 and other devices. I know opinions vary about windows operating systems but I sure do miss the good old desktop only days.

xcollector
xcollector

Be very afraid if you get a robot running windows. It might malfunction and kill you without a day one update. It will also connect to Microsoft's Azure Cloud and store all your personal info if it didn't kill you first. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

My coffee mug can run games at 1080p.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

yea because i really want to see blue screen of death in my coffee mug. 

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Great, now my coffee will be programmed in beanary.


Looks like I'll need to install McOffee Anti-Virus.


At least I know it'll run Java.

jmc88888
jmc88888

Yes, but when the robot blue screens of death, it goes T-1000 on you.


Thanks Microsoft!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

if it were still april fools day, id say this'd be a shoe-in

ACMC85
ACMC85

Sounds interesting, but I hate Windows linking everything together. I'm not one of those Apple zealots, that needs everything white, as cool as they are.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

oh and it will also come up with questions asking you do you want to finish making the coffee citing it could harm the coffee pot hahaha

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I guess they programmed the robots wrong then, shouldn't they be bringing the windows? lazy sods.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

lol now our coffee mugs can get viruses   and we will have errors after error trying to make coffee,  lol 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Will the piano play the infamous "dun-dun-DUN" music every time windows crashes?

playstationzone
playstationzone

well look like new windows might be same as last year awful look.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

great, now i'll have to wait even longer in the morning for the coffee machine to warm up AND for my coffee mug to finish installing updates

mikebell1983
mikebell1983

Microsoft bringing back Teddy Ruxbpin 2.0

If you never owned one then you had a horrible childhood and I feel sorry for you now as an adult :-(

xbr85
xbr85

So many troll articles on Gamespot that I don't know which one's supposed to be the 1st April one...

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Oh great my sons teddy bear is going to turn informant on me for the NSA get hacked through one of many backdoors steal my credit card details, confuse the crap out of my son with a badly designed interface catch a virus and die. No Thanks !

RossRichard
RossRichard

Blue screens on those devices are either going to be hilarious or terrifying.

deth420
deth420

hopefully not windows 8. is that gone now, and this is a new os?

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

No windows in toilet plan? Sorry NSA... 

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

@xcollector  The only way it will crash and kill you is if you were standing next to it as it falls. Just keep a good distance when you see its movement slowing, and you should be fine...

hystavito
hystavito

@xcollector  Anyone remember the story way back in the late 90s about that US naval ship that used Windows NT and experienced a failure causing it to end up being towed back to port? :)


I didn't research it now to see how accurate the blame on NT was, but it was a funny story anyway.  I did see some mentions of many other problems around that time due to the Navy trying to switch everything over to NT.  Apparently years later they cancelled that and went back to UNIX.


Not exactly comparable to Windows of today :). just a little historical footnote.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Mega_Skrull Microsoft is delaying it's April Fool's joke, saying only that it will be released "when it's ready."

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Tomcat2007 And I'll be sure to hack into your coffee machine, and add another 2 minutes to the boiling process. MuahahHAHAHA..

cvantu
cvantu

@mikebell1983 well, they were expensive. I had the Snoopy one which had the added bonus of his ears moving. Of course, he started wigging out when the batteries got low.

cvantu
cvantu

@de-astroturfer if you are afraid of all of that happening, then why would you buy him a Windows bear? Do you hate your son? Was he a mistake?

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@RossRichard When you get the blue coffee mug of death, that's when you realise... Coffee mugs didn't need upgrading.

cvantu
cvantu

@GrenadeLauncher what...a notorious Microsoft hate troll saying no to Microsoft products? This is absolutely shocking.

cvantu
cvantu

@Vinnvn the NSA has your cell phone access to get what they need anyway.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

i did but I forgot to logout and take it off my bookmarks.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@cvantu @de-astroturfer  That makes no sense whatsoever at all in the context of my remarks and don't say horrible and quite frankly pathetic things like "do you hate your son" and "was he a mistake" it makes you sound like a horrible little c*** !

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@cvantu @GrenadeLauncherI actually like Windows and prefer it to other OS' like OSX and Linux. I am, however, mature enough to recognise that Metro sucks and needs to go.

cvantu
cvantu

@GrenadeLauncher @cvantu I do like some things with Metro. I basically set it up to have my news, weather, and sports updates within a few clicks away. I also like quick access to my Xbox Music, Hulu, and Netflix apps. Also, using Smartglass has been beneficial, especially with Battlefield 4 with my monitor working as its own map screen. I also get notifications for Xbox messages as well that chime to both of my PCs. However, some things are tedious. I hate the mobile like Internet Explorer for instance.


So, with some more effort, I do think it has its place. They should allow the choice to have Metro running in the background for those who don't want it though. This way, they don't alienate the folks who liked Windows as it is, but the option is there if Microsoft persuades new uses that motivate those people to start using it.

cvantu
cvantu

@GrenadeLauncher @cvantu I think Metro can survive if they can figure out how to connect all of their devices into a basic format, which is the whole point of Metro. I don't mind its existence, and with 8.1, I don't even find it obtrusive. It's a big change for sure, but there's potential in what they're trying to do. I also know that changes in technology shouldn't always be given up on based on initial reactions. There are a ton shit of flops that later became the norm. Someone has to take the risk. I think companies today are playing it way too safe for the most part.