The 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where approximately 60,000 attendees from around the world have been visiting 1,300 vendor stands, viewing the absolute latest wireless devices and solutions, and eating botillos of ruby red Iberian ham on skinny, mouth-cuttign baguettes, is nearing its final day.
With its international audience, the show offered the perfect stage for revealing products, partnerships and acquisitions. Below is just a taste of the enterprise announcements; more information can be found at http://3gsmworldcongress.com .
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
Microsoft revealed Windows Mobile 6, its new mobile software platform with the agenda of offering mobile device users the same Microsoft Office experience as they'd have on a desktop PC.
"Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view emails in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a PC, and are available from a corporate email server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts such as Windows Live Hotmail or from a myriad of other popular service providers," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a company announcement.
AT&T, HP, LG Electronics, Motorola, Palm, Samsung, Sprint, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless and a handful of other device manufacturers and mobile operators have plans to ship devices with Windows Mobile 6 this year.
At left, Peter Knook, senior VP of Microsoft's Mobile and Embedded Devices Division, demonstrates Windows Mobile 6 at the 3GSM World Congress
Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0
Nokia made several enterprise-focused announcements, the most compelling of which was the introduction of the Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0, a flexible mobile platform for push email, over-the-air-updates, file and data synchronization and data management. Mobile Suite 8.0 will be available on over 100 mobile devices, including the very simplest mobile phones, which the company hopes will encourage deployment through all levels of the enterprise. The platform is available as an enterprise edition, a white-label solution (which Telecom Italia has already chosen as its push email solution) and for individual solution, which Nokia hosts.
Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, on stage during a press conference Monday, introduced several new Eseries devices, including the E90 Communicator (with Broadband connectivity, integrated Mobile Office, built-in GPS navigation, dual cameras and an impressive 4-inch screen); the E65 slider phone (with 3G and WiFi connectivity) and the E61i (a thinner, richer version of the E62, with improved email handling, one-touch key tap to primary applications and Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0 inside.
HP introduced the iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger (at left) --a petite device that is the first in the company's smartphone lineup. The iPAQ 500 features 20-plus voice-controls (for hands-free operation, VoIP capabilities, push email, the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system and GSM/EDGE and Bluetooth connectivity options.
Motorola launched two additions to its Q platform, the MOTO Q q9 and MOTO Q gsm. The q9 includes the Windows Mobile 6 operating system, Motorola's Good Mobile Messaging technology for push email and HSDPA connectivity for high-speed image and video sharing--an HP employee showing off the device was checking emails, instant messaging and pushing videos from company's bustling showfloor booth to his brother stationed in Iraq. The Q gms is an improved-upon version of the CDMA-based Q, featuring quad-band GPRS and EDGE capabilities and Windows Mobile 6 as well.
The next GSM World Congress will be in Macau, China, November 12-14. More information can be found at www.3gsmasia.com