Tuesday, May 01, 2007

O Sole Mio...

Ok, so I've missed PyCon for the past three years running because of work conflicts. But at least this year they've been nice enough to send me to the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon (MEDC) at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

No "one more thing" announcements from today's keynote, but we did get an earful of how Microsoft wants to position the Windows Mobile family: "it's not just for business anymore". Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, claims that Win Mobile-based smart phones are outselling Blackberry devices, and that 90% of those sales are actually to consumers (not businesses).

That sounds great, but the massive emphasis on "all things smartphone" makes me a bit nervous. Microsoft is a smart optimizer when it comes to business strategies: what happens when their CE OEMs (like us) become 2% of their developer base, and their Windows Mobile Pro/Standard OEMs are 98%?

Won't someone think of the poor headless CE devices? Just try using your fancy QVGA display in a freezer for a few hours...

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