Pocket PCs are being used in business and are
supported in the Microsoft®.NET strategy. Also, don’t be surprised to
see the user interface in a future PC operating system.
Fast Web Development
Before Bill Gate’s keynote speech, interviews
played with various companies that are using Microsoft products for
Web sites. They focused on companies that delivered Web sites in very
short timeframes. This included GMAC which created and launched their
site in an incredible 60 days! GMAC tech support staff use the Pocket
PC in the field.
Wireless Video Conference Call
It was cool to see another interesting
“infomercial” with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates having fun with
technology concepts at the grocery store. They would pick up fruit and
a woman’s voice would say when the fruit was ripe! During their
shopping spree, Bill Gates received a video conference call from his
secretary on his iPAQ! Now that would be a cool feature to add to a
Updated Media Player
During Bill’s discussion about future
technologies, he discussed the new beta for Microsoft Windows Media
Player™ for the Pocket PC. The new version of Windows Media Player
allows you to play streaming videos on your Pocket PC. This is another
cool feature that your Pocket PC will be able to do.
Whistler Adopts Pocket PC UI
During the keynote, Bill was showing the new
Tablet PC. They demonstrated it running the unannounced next
generation PC operating system code named “Whistler.” Bill pointed out
that the user interface looks similar to the Pocket PC. So when you
see Whistler in the press, you’ll see a similar flat user interface
like the Pocket PC has!
Software to Software (aka Microsoft.NET)
Bill also spoke about the next step in the
evolution of computing after the Web paradigm. He believes that people
want data from multiple sources that is filtered based on their
criteria so that they get the details they want rather than additional
stuff they do not need.
XML plays a pivotal role in allowing
companies to share content using software-to-software communications.
This concept basically allows the user interface to be separate from
the data source. The really cool part about this is that the Pocket PC
is included as a client to this paradigm. So if a developer uses the
Microsoft® Visual Studio®.NET tools to create an online page, it will
work on Pocket PCs as a rich client. This is another example of how
Microsoft is including the Pocket PC in their overall product
Bill Gates continued to demonstrate the
functionality and usefulness of the Pocket PC. While this was not the
main focus of his discussion, I learned about new features that
Microsoft is adding to Windows Media Player. Also, Microsoft has
included the Pocket PC in their Microsoft.NET plans and supports it as
a rich client.