But what are some web services we might expect to see?
Web services will generally be based around the operators or carriers, but we think that location-based information
is going to be the killer app, like location-based coupons, friend networking, and being able to take advantage of the
GPS capabilities we?ll start seeing in handsets soon. But if I knew what that one killer service would be, I?d probably
quit my job and start my own company to do that! But just to give you an example, in the UK they have a service for
when you?re driving so you can find out where all the speed traps are. You can basically click a button and have access
to a map with all the real-time updated info and speed traps and where they?ve popped up in the past week.
Ok, but what does Windows Mobile let people do that couldn?t be done on another platform?
It?s the development platform we bring. From developer?s perspective, for example we hear that it?s easier to develop
apps like games for Windows Mobile than other platforms. Our .NET Compact Framework Visual Studio TK is the number one
development app in the world and a superset of that runs on mobile devices.
One of the biggest complaints about Smartphone OS is that it?s too complicated for most people. Are there
plans to introduce a lite version that?s more consumer-friendly?
We offer the broadest set of tools and platforms for mobile devices, but if handset manufacturers want their own phone
user interface they can do that with Windows CE. It doesn?t come with the Pocket versions of the different
applications, but it uses the same infrastructure as Windows Mobile.
You mentioned web services, but what about just specifically on the hardware side of things? Is anyone working
on a competitor to Danger?s Hiptop2/Sidekick II or something that?ll try to go after the youth market?
I can?t talk about anything that?s unannounced (nice try though), but we?ll have at least ten or twelve Smartphones
coming out next year.
Why are Windows Mobile and Portable Media Center two different operating systems? Wouldn?t it make sense for
them to converge?
We?ve always thought that support for multimedia was important, whether you were talking about phones or PDAs, which
is why we have support for Windows Media 9 in Windows Mobile, but there are a lot of people who want a full vertical
media experience, and don?t have the need for PIM or productivity applications. We think a lot of people who buy a
Portable Media Center are also going to want a phone, but music, movies, TV, and photos are a different experience on a
phone and we recognize that.
What?s lacking right now with regards to Windows Mobile?
We find that most people are very happy with Windows Mobile software, and we?ve always spent a lot of time listening
to and incorporating customer feedback to make sure we are delivering the software platform that delivers the
experience customers are looking for. Working with our partners there are certainly areas that we continually look at
to improve such as power efficiency, wireless ease of use and management, messaging, media and synchronization.
What is the general direction for Windows Mobile? How much more can it evolve?
We?d like to continue to build a smart mobile software platform that allows our device, software and mobile operator
partners to innovate and bring the best mobile experience to customers. I think we are on the cusp of seeing some
very radical applications and mobile Web service scenarios that few of us can imagine. We have a lot to look forward