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February 14, 2006

Microsoft pours it on at 3GSM, Part 2

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:52 AM

BARCELONA, Spain -- As expected, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote at 3GSM today was a litany of announcements. Like the Energizer bunny, he kept going and going and going. Just when you thought the announcements were going to stop, he would say something more.

In addition to what was mentioned in an earlier post, Ballmer detailed some of the attributes expected in Windows Vista, the operating system expected by year's end. One of them, he said, will enable you to take your media collection on the road. If you have recorded or downloaded a TV show on to your home computer, you will be able to now view it on the mobile phone.

"If I'm in Barcelona, and I recorded my favorite news program or sports game on my PC, I can view it or check it quickly on mobile device. That works," he said.

He also discussed some developments such as Blue Rendezvous, a software program written by Microsoft Research. It allows two Bluetooth devices to easily communicate with each other; right now, it can often be difficult to pair the two together.

Another item he mentioned was the "near field" communications ability of a Vodafone phone. Near field allows a device to receive a lot of information from another near-field device. For instance, you might see an Xbox advertisement for a new game. You go near the ad and download information about the game, including the price and a preview. From there you can decide whether to buy it or not.

Ballmer explained that the range of devices and applications are so wide, it can easily fulfill both people's personal lives and professional lives, two things that he didn't see as separate entities.

"You can get a sense of the range of innovation in which we are working -- my personal life, my professional life, my entertainment interests are all integrated in one place will all kinds of end user experiences," he said.

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