Early Wednesday, two cups of coffee later, I am in Redmond after 3 days in Las Vegas at the CHA, which is a whole different story. My quick trip was with the ZoomAlbum team, where I pitched their product to hundreds of women…I seemed to have a 100% close rate with the women that I talked to.
Now back to reality….
As anyone who knows ActiveWords knows, we have been getting all kinds of traction in the Tablet space. I am sitting in a room with about 150 people all interested in the Tablet space and program.
My friend Frank Gochinski is doing the intro.
Painting the opportunity..Windows for Mobile Growth..
Fastest growing PC Space…17% average growth..
22% of teens thing that desktop PCs will disappear.
Greatest need for software innovation…power mgmt, user interaction, lifestyle applications…
If you think of opportunity space, goal is larger niche, going to 80–90 million units of which, OEMs in Vista time frame work, all of the Microsoft Vista SKUs…will include Tablet functionality. Entry of brand new space…Lifestyle mobiles, new category, new space, new concept. Aggregate of devices, etc.
Comparing desktop versus the mobility space.
Big emphasis on Lifestyle Ultra-Mobile idea. What I call the “ipodization” of computers, i.e. people will own 2–3 devices that do different things.
Tablet momentum growing…
Great mainstream notebooks with tablet as a feature.
Price premium diminishing
Broader Retail availability
Recently added touch support
Great slide showing all the devices that are available…
10 million units per year by 2008…
Vista…natural input investments
Flickts input gestures
Hand writing personalization
Touch screen support
Stefan Wick…Avalon, Windows Presentation Foundation…
Use to create 3–model of postcard..two dimensional inking surface..very clever demo…new mark-up language..no complicated mark up…not sure how I would use this, but great tool for clever people.
Todd Landstad…Ink Analysis Demo..new API, next generation API…in Vista SDK…
Tree based results…all the info you need about hand written content…combine all into one single API..how can it produce better inking applications. How do you share notes with other people. Allows you send to word…In Vista SDK…only the tip of the iceberg.
Why we should be excited about Vista…tag line…”Confident, clear and connected”
Confident…security and my machine does what I want it to…
Hot start, faster time to use, ideally better battery life/security.
2.5–3 g…trend…always connected..
Aux display…now called Side Show..embedded display on back of laptop..lot of opportunities..
Dan Polivy…Windows Sideshow team..
220 x 176 Smartphone type display in the lid of the computer…work when computer is turned off. Calendar on lid of computer..
Teaser for cool prototypes…write gadget that will appear on devices.
Bill Mitchell…Ideal Lifestyle Ultra-Mobile PCs are:
Writing Sideshow gadgets, great new opportunity space..
All day battery life..12 hr on time
Always-connected, built in 3g..radio
Top Design Characteristics:
4. Afford ability
5. Vitality..battery life
Ultra-Mobiles = = small but much more…
- Fast access to task-not just fast suspend/resume
- Convenient access to task-no fine motor skills required
$500 SRP target config
Trade-offs to hit price:
- Battery life
What kinds of companies represent “Lifestyle”
Showing great examples of throwing “Lifestyle” pc in gym bag…..
Can’t do a lot because hardware substrate doesn’t exist…
All Windows all the time…
Arin Goldbert…ISV Architect..
Concept…UI very limited..
With Lifestyle pc you can go a lot farther..
Using the same data feed that is available..freely available public API for data..free for non-commercial use. Showing us, just to show it can be done. Lifestyle application. Something that you can do, that goes way beyond…
Think about the cross applications scenarios…
Opportunity space is growing, lots more sockets for your software
Bunch of opportunities to hang software
Stay tuned for big new category
(NDA discussion only for now…)
Need to take a hard look at ActiveWords on a touch device..
Goal is to put your application on as many machines/platforms as possible..
Robert Williams…Director, Microsoft Mobile Platforms Division Business Development..
Fill in the eco-system..
Mobile technologies used in more places..
On the move..
Many more mobile computing devices with much more “on time” used by more people in more locations…
Addressing the pain points, thinking up new scenarios…
Vista time frame…detailed SKU strategy…not ready to reveal..
More hardware coming..
New M400 coming from Toshiba…shipping next week….
Not backing off on Slates…make tablet PC ubiquitous…
Have to focus on the message, tablet is feature set of all mobile PCs…
Addressing the Barriers..
Better for lower price opportunities
More opportunities in the vertical market..
Open up Tablet to system builder channel
Improved tablet enabled notebooks launching between now and Vista
Kinesis designs at Windows Vista time frame.
Lifestyle PC Opportunities
Generation 1 Lifestyle and Ultramobile PCs launching over the next 12 months.
Include Tablet PC features.
Haiku vision realized in 2008…
Not commercially available..
Working with hardware vendors for Lifestyle PC…
What’s been done to push tablets..
Had to succeed at retail.
combination of strategic and volume.
expose features to the general public.
People do their market research at Fry’s.
“Start something noteworthy”…
Tablet PC Packs…
Ian LeGrow…Mobile and Tablet PC Features in Windows Vista..
Why Mobility is Important
Mobile PC Value…
Use in more places…
Tablet wherever you can only dedicate one hand.
Tablet enables users to use Windows I more scenarios..
Very much about mainstream mobility..trying to drive better experience..
Basic flicks, mapped to the panning..
1/3 of people in the room have installed the Vista build….
Biggest problem of hand writing recognition is testing…real challenge in personalization is that you don’t want people to regress. Now he is showing nice tool that allows you to report handwriting recognition errors, and allows you to share with Microsoft. Same reporting mechanism as Watson..
I need to get the slides, and will point to them, lots of good stuff.
Toby Zelinski ….program manager for Mobility Center..in Vista…
Single place to access settings..
Monitor discovery setting..
Vista Power Management…
Blocked Shutdown Resolver..intelligence behind covers…
New battery meter and new UI experience…
Question….what about charging…time to full charge, support in terms of time to full charge left to OEM…
Battery will change state when you are fully charged…
Dan Polivy…Windows Sideshow Gadgets… in lid or embedded display
Showing a very cool display device that locks into case, and when unlocked becomes iPod type MP3 device..
Media center remote control….but you need very small eyes to use it…