That's a souvenir from an espresso break at the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) complex in Mountain View. They'd invited me by to see the IPTV demo suite -- a mockup of a cozy home with video screens (and various knickknacks) everywhere.
The visit included a live demo of U-verse -- before AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) upped its cost estimate and lowered its homes-passed projection. (See AT&T Lowers U-verse Goals Again.) The demo worked well. No blue screens of death, and channel changes seemed fast enough, even when using the cheapo remote control units Microsoft had collected.
Having forgotten the camera, though, I've got no pics of the home. (I shot the coffee cup back at my home.) It's occurred to me, though, that there could be a top 10 list lurking here -- top phony domiciles used for IPTV demos. Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX) had some kind of setup in Munich that they showed to the media this month. And Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has its house in Second Life.
Eh, maybe not.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading