Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Microsoft's New Mobile OS?

From SunSentinel.com Microsoft launches new version of Windows for cell phones .

NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that unifies the platform for cell phones and Pocket PC handheld computers.

There's one sentence in this story that could have enormous consequences, do you see it? Stay tuned.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's easy. They explain it here in the recent Business Week article on MS Windows Mobile 5.0

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2005/tc20050511_4954_tc024.htm

kokonutguy

Scott Shaffer said...

Nope, that story doesnt contain that same sentence.
A blockbuster announcement and nobody is commenting on it...soon.

Anonymous said...

Besides the typo "Verison" = Verizon? could it be the "support for internal hard-drives"?
BTW i love these kind of teaser-questions; it provokes the mind.
Really like your blog and you've got a great way of giving the "big picture" view, something i miss on most other popular tech-blogs..i'm in your slipstream so to speak, trying to catch on and hopefully develop a same kind of forward thinking...keep those teasers coming...

astorm

Scott Shaffer said...

Nope, guess again.
One sentence that could have enormous implications for the entire industry.

Anonymous said...

Ok 1 more try...is it the Microsoft strategy of extending the dominance of its Windows pc platform to mobile devices?
The word "platform" is a recurring word in your blogs...Is Microsoft creating a platform by combining the 3 different OS's? If so is there a chance for Google to build anything on top of that?

astorm

Scott Shaffer said...

The short answer to your question is no. Yes MSFT needs to continue their OS dominance to the mobile device with a "platform", but no that's not THE sentence.There's one sentence in this story that will have major consequences for a couple industries, and the tech gurus aren't catching it ...YET.
I could offer Google a great opportunity here...if they just ask.

Anonymous said...

Wiping out iPod. Who needs iPod when your cell phone can do the job? Plus the downloads, too.

Anonymous said...

"Microsoft is enabling device makers to design phones and organizers with enough storage capacity to compete in the portable music player market dominated by the iPod from Apple Computer Inc."

Ahh...MS is giving device makers this ability knowning that the music sector is hot.

N'est ce pas?

Anonymous said...

The above two was from kokonutguy.

:)

sorry.

Scott Shaffer said...

Wrong..keep guessing. It's much bigger than music. Enormous preportions.
Stay tuned

Anonymous said...

You're enjoying this, aren't you?

:)

kokonutguy

Anonymous said...

Vangorilla...

Is it the following sentence?

"The updated version of Mobile Windows also serves as another example of Microsoft seeking to barge its way into a hot new sector where it's late to the party"

Is the hot new sector - mobile navigation - connecting the end user directly to the brands?

Walden

Anonymous said...

Vangorilla...

I forgot to say that maybe Microsoft finally realizes how m-commerse will dwarf e-commerse.

Walden

Scott Shaffer said...

Sorry guys...youve used up your guesses.
You make great points, but you're not thinking DISRUPTIVE enough. Think much bigger.

And yes, there's a method to my madness. It's worth a bundle to the companies that spot it first.

Rajesh said...

I think it is this sentence: "One of these is integrated support for Wi-Fi short-range wireless connections, now available for smart phones rather than just Pocket PCs."

This sentence has huge ramifications for the telecom industry...VoIP becomes standard into MS smart phones. Voice revenues evaporate (or become flat rate) for cellcos. They have to now think data/value-added services to make money.

Scott Shaffer said...

That's disruptive thinking. Stay tuned for more details.

Saheli said...

Heh, that's what I thought too but that's because that's what I've *wanted* for such a long time.

I'm still not impressed enoughwith the VoIP quality I've seen, though, to think that's going to be disruptive immediately--I think there will be time for the CellCo's to adapt. And I have reason to think they already are. But this is true convergence, because now you really can do most of your work just about anywhere, optimizing your local resources. If you're not anywhere near a hotspot, you use the cell signal, but if you're near a hotspot, you can use that. At least, that's what I want it to be. :-)

Michael Parekh said...

It this is the sentence, as mentioned by Rajesh:
>>One of these is integrated support for Wi-Fi short-range wireless connections, now available for smart phones rather than just Pocket PCs."<<

I agree it's important, but the potentially disruptive nature of wifi and eventually mobile wimax on cellco business models has been talked about for some time now...

we've all been waitinf fot the technologies to be better developed, standards defined, and players identified...but the generally disruptive nature of this on today's vertical cellco world has been well understood...

am I missing something here?
is there another sentence that you're focusing on?

michael
mp.blogs.com

Scott Shaffer said...

That's the right sentence and you're right about cellco disruption. There's nothing new about that, but think what comes FROM that disruption.
Think bigger...

Anonymous said...

Bigger? I know that wi-fi's are being implemented at the city-wide scale rather than block-size. Ultimate tracking (GPS) scenario of stores or companies who want your (permitted) attention. That would be the immediate advertising grab who may just offer you a free Starbuck java.

kokonutguy

Scott Shaffer said...

Yes MUCH bigger.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know it can be much bigger (someday very soon) but if we're talking about Wi-Fi the range is limited and problems of dead spots (e.g. underground, tunnels, inside large buildings, etc), however.

Unless you're talking about a satellite use versus the "WiMax" type?


WHO WILL WIN THE WIRELESS BROADBAND BATTLE - WIFI, WIMAX OR CELLULAR FIXED WIRELESS
http://www.wimaxtrends.com/articles/feature/f032805b.htm

Phoenix is undergoing a Wi-Fi change, so next time on your Ironman in AZ, visit Phoenix. :)

Kokonutguy