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Everything about the design of the office has just changed

Everything about the design of the office has just changed

Via comes a bit of news that changes everything about the design of the workplace and, I'd offer, everything about conventional corporate real estate.

“Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch tablet in his office. He’s got rid of his phone, he’s got rid of his note paper. It’s touch-enabled and it’s hung on his wall...It’s his whiteboard, his e-mail machine...and it’s a device we’re going to sell.

“The idea that there should be a screen that’s not a computer, we’ll laugh at that in two years.

“Every screen should be touch, every screen should be a computer and should be able to see out as well as see in. That is the way the world is heading [and] those screens are going to be big, small, wall-sized and desk-sized.”

Imagine an "office" with a tool of this scale. Imagine what teamwork looks like with tools like this. Heck, imagine what "individual" work looks like if you don't have tools like this.

What's a desk anymore? Really. Imagine working in a piddling 10' x 15' office with your IT department's standard issue. Imagine being left out as everybody else gathers around the people manipulating the 80" displays. Heck, imagine what "individual" work is, anymore.

Okay. Now imagine work under an 8-foot ceiling.

Everything about work has changed, but very little of the workplace has.

Now, it will.