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CONFERENCE: möbius 2001 - Microsoft's mobility Conference - 07. - 08.09.01
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 19.10.01 - 19:53:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6235x
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The morning started with a cup of coffee and E-Mail check in the hotel. Even if every hotel room have a T1 Internet connection it was hard to accessing the Internet. Except 4 rooms, the whole hotel was booked my Microsoft for the möbius attendees. So it was a good idea to stand up 30 minutes earlier to get the E-Mails. ;-) After the whole group came together in the lobby we drove by bus to the Microsoft Mobility Campus.

After a warm welcome through Beth Goza and Derek Brown from the Pocket PC group, Microsoft gave the audience an introduction of möbius 2001 and what to expect from the conference. The most interesting thing was, that möbius 2002 isn’t focused on Pocket PC 2002 but on mobility.

Conference Opening: In this context Juha Kristinson, VP Sales & Marketing gave the keynote for the conference and explained a little bit more the .NET vision Microsoft developed over the past years. As Juha came from Symbian to Microsoft he knows what to do with/on/for wireless/mobile devices.

Pocket PC 2002 Update: As many of the attendees wasn’t in touch with Microsoft’s latest Pocket PC 2002 some Product Manager gave an update of the most interesting features of Pocket PC 2002, formerly known as Merlin.

Roundtable Discussion: As Microsoft is really interested in the user feedback (yes, this is really true as I can swear, it’s not only a phrase!) the audience was divided into several groups. On this round tables several topics as: “is there a uber Device”, “what are killer mobile apps” and “the Zen of mobile computing” was discussed.

Microsoft Research - Microsoft Speech Recognition Technology: A very interesting demonstration was given by Microsoft Research about the Microsoft Speech Recognition Technology. You might read it several weeks before, that Bill Gates presented this technology on a conference. So we were able to see this technology today life. Today it works in combination Pocket PC/desktop PC as today’s Pocket PCs are not powerful enough to handle such a mass of data.

However, the Compaq iPAQ was the input medium, the desktop PC translated the voice into written words and sends it back to the iPAQ.

The Smartphone formerly known as Stinger: One of the most interesting presentations for me was for sure the Microsoft Stinger update. I saw Stinger (which isn't anymore named Stinger because of some trademark conflicts) one year ago in Redmond and since that time Microsoft worked hard on the user interface. It's slightly different from what we saw before, e.g. on last CeBIT. So Microsoft changed the today screen to HTML based one which allows the to personalize the phone even more.

Stinger compared to Pocket PC Stinger Today screen

With a screen resolution of 176 x 220 the Smartphones formerly known as Stinger will have even a larger screen width than today's Palm PDAs. Stinger phones will have near the same Pocket Internet Explorer as today's Pocket PCs and will support E-Mail with POP3, IMAP4 and Exchange Server.

HP Jornada & Toshiba Genio: It wouldn't be Microsoft and it wouldn't be the Mobility group of Microsoft if they hadn't working samples of the new Pocket 2002 in house. So I had the first time the possibility to have my hands on the new Jornada and Genio.

The new Pocket PC 2002 devices
HP Jornad, Toshiba Genio, Compaq iPAQ
The new HP Jornada
The new Toshiba Genio

What does I think about the Jornada and Genio? Both are so light weighted and really fits into the pocket! Now a Pocket PC become a real pocket friendly device with "the power" of a PC! :-)

Stay tuned for an update!

Cheers ~ Arne

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