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Barco partners Microsoft for new Envisioning Center

Paddy Baker 24 May 2010
Barco partners Microsoft for new Envisioning Center

The new meeting room at the Microsoft Technology Center Paris has been equipped with state-of-the-art collaboration technologies. Part of a complex that allows Microsoft to demonstrate its business solutions to its customers, the Envisioning Center is intended "to overwhelm customers with a media experience they have never seen before".

For its involvement in the project, Barco designed a custom-made set-up consisting of a Galaxy NW-12, a three-chip DLP WUXGA projector with a 12,000 lumens light output and 3D stereo capabilities positioned behind the screen, in combination with XDS Control Center software. Barco’s XDS Control Center software allows users to view multiple sources at the same time and control them with a mouse and keyboard on a large-screen Windows desktop. These sources can be local or networked, and can be moved, resized or made to overlap as required.

"The Microsoft Technology Centers are known to work with the very best in the industry. We knew Barco as a strong business partner in the visualisation market, and they truly lived up to their reputation during the project," commented Frederic Aatz, director of the Microsoft Technology Center. "They designed the whole set-up, custom-made to our requirements; this way of working would not have been possible with any other partner. We have a collaborative visualisation technology we are proud to share with our customers."

Yoav Nir, market director of Barco Simulation, added: "We are proud to partner with a technology leader like Microsoft. This centre will attract 10,000 visitors per year, giving us the chance to present Barco’s integrated visualisation technologies to Microsoft’s worldwide customer base."

"Barco and Microsoft are contributing to the same business ecosystem by promoting new core technologies that enable new processes and new practices that will get full benefit from unified collaboration and communication infrastructures," said Eric Braux, Barco France country director.

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