Microsoft PDC

I am kicking off my inaugural blog from Microsoft’s Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
PDC is a 4 day event that is running from Tuesday (9/13) to Friday (9/16). Some of us have been here for a 2 day pre-conference that started on Sunday (9/11).
I had a great time chatting with the Channel 9’ers at the Westin Bonaventure Bar this Saturday night.
The PDC officially kicks off tomorrow at 8:30 AM with a keynote by Bill Gates.
It’s a busy week with a flood of info for developers and independent software vendors. I will be posting as I get some spare time.
One of my interests is Microsoft’s mobile devices.
Future of Portable Computing Devices
I am planning to meet with the Mobile Devices Team later this week.
I’d like to talk to them about the Microsoft Swiss Army Knife syndrome. As Apple has shown, sometimes the customer just needs a plain kitchen knife.
It will be interesting to see how the space evolves but for the long term, my money is on the swiss army knife.
What type of product do you expect to see 10 years from now?
I believe that 10 years from now, one portable device will be all of the following (and more):
 1. Voice and Video Cell Phone
 2. Entertainment Device – Music, Movies, Games
 3. Wallet
 4. Commuter Pass
 5. Videoconference Device
 6. Encyclopedia
 7. Health Monitor
 8. Passport/Security Card
 9. Personal Blackbox – recording vitals in case of accident
10. Traffic Advisor
11. Language Translator
12. Project Planner
13. Financial Planner
14. Transportation Planner
15. Vacation/Travel Planner
16. Personal Life Recorder – records and archives all of your daily activities
17. Meeting Presentation Device
18. Air Quality Metering Device
19. Person Locator


Westin Bonaventure Hotel Bar with Robert Scoble – 9/12/2005


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