PC Magazine posted an interesting article about CTIA. I had a lot of fun at CTIA this year. The first day "pre-show" was very busy for me as I had the opportunity to participate in a panel at the Smartphone Summit, made a presentation at an Ingram Micro event on mobility, attended the AT&T / Accenture enterprise mobility summit and afterwards went to a channel event at the AT&T park.
There were two big things that happened at CTIA:
FIRST - what most people expected: a number of new phones were launched,
Here si the best aprt - we are not done yet - a few more very exciting Windows Mobile 6 phones are coming soon! and I promise, the WM6 upgrades for the Blackjack, 8525 and Treo 750 are coming very very soon too.
SECOND - Microsoft made an important announcement during Steve Ballmer's keynote. If you missed the keynote you can watch it on demand here . We announced Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 - or "SCMDM08" for Short :-)
This is a server product for large companies thinking about deploying large numbers of Windows Mobile devices. These are the key features:
Why is this annuncement important? First, Windows Mobile is no longer "catching up" to anyone in terms of security and devuce management. There are no other solutions in the market that can do AD attach and this level of integration with an existing organization's management tools. Second, this technology enables large deployments for mobile devices using many LOB appalications. This is really going to impact the enterprise market. We have many customers in beta today with large numbers of devices. Bottom line - wireless, welcome to the enterprise. To learn more about this new product please visit http://www.windowsmobile.com/mobiledevicemanager
Last but not least, Microsoft announced a partnership with Enterprise Mobile, a company that provides a one-stop-shop for organizations looking to deploy Windows Mobile devices: from strategy assesment to device deployment processes to SCMDM08 beta services. In other words, a single throat to choke. Check their website to learn more.
Whew! it's a lot - very exciting stuff. 2008 is going to be a fantastic year for Windows Mobile.