Random Thoughts from TechEd 2008


It looks like the topic of TechEd this year evolves around new rendering/layout technologies, like WPF and Silverlight. There are already many ISVs out there selling controls built on top of these new technologies. I was listening to a presentation about Silverlight running on Windows Mobile at TechEd today. At MIX it was announced that we are planning to release Silverlight for Windows Mobile devices and that we will have a technical preview by the end of the year. People were really excited to hear that.


I am not one to review devices, but today was a special day. I had the chance to play with the new HTC Diamond device. The device was impressive. HTC did a really impressive job on top of Windows Mobile 6.1. The device is slim, high-resolution (640×480), FM receiver, WiFi, bluetooth, touch sensors and some kind of a accelerometer… well, you can get the specs from the website. It is a great mixture of software and platform. In short, the device is delightful.


Other than that, I will be presenting tomorrow on how to increase the compatibility and usability of your Windows Mobile application. If you are here at TechEd, it would be great to see you.


 -Luis Cabrera
Windows Mobile Shell SDE

Comments (9)

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  2. Oisin Grehan says:

    Hey Luis,

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on a pet project i’m working on – I’m trying to get some feedback from experienced mobile people on what they’d like to see in such a product from a winmobile "power user" and developer perspective.

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    Thanks!

    -Oisin G.

    Windows PowerShell MVP

  3. kamii47@hotmail.com says:

    In the End of the year.

    hmmm may be they are going to concentrate on windows mobile after SL2 RTM.

    Any way it is quite late

  4. MarkReid says:

    Hi folks,

    I was wondering if yoiu hae any insight as to why Windows Live mobile on WM6 is not connecting to your server. I hae a Moto Q global with ATT and tons of customers on both microsoft forum and ATT forum are experiencing the same thing. You can type : Windows Live mobile + motorola on Google and you’ll get these forums.

    Any thoughts or better yet, solutions?

    Thanks,

    Mark

  5. I0ri says:

    Hi. I need the source code(with explanation if possible) for the remote deletion and detect sim card function for Window Mobile 6 (Programming Language: .NET). Below is the use case description of the 3 function for more info.

    Need Help ASAP. Thanks.

    1.)

    Use Case Title: Remote Deletion (Individual)

    Actors: Server and Mobile

    Brief Description: To remote delete SMS, pictures, video, audio and other files from the phone memory and removable storage media

    Pre-Condition: The mobile must be installed with Mobile SafeGuard system. The remote deletion will be executed when instruction is received from the server.

    Post-Condition: Mobile SafeGuard system will send an instruction back to the server after the success of the deletion.

    Basic Flow:

    Mobile receives instruction from the server.

    System will delete the respective files from the mobile.

    Alternative Flow:

    -nil-

    2.)

    Use Case Title: Remote Deletion (Folder)

    Actors: Server and Mobile

    Brief Description: To remote delete all the files in the folder from the phone memory and removable storage media.

    Pre-Condition: The mobile must be installed with Mobile SafeGuard system. The remote deletion will be executed when instruction is received from the server.

    Post-Condition: Mobile SafeGuard system will send an instruction back to the server after the success of the deletion.

    Basic Flow:

    Mobile receives instruction from the server.

    System will delete the respective files in the folder from the mobile.

    Alternative Flow:

    -nil-

    3.)

    Use Case Title: SIM Card Detection

    Actors: Server and Mobile

    Brief Description: To detect change of SIM card and send SIM card and device information to the server.

    Pre-Condition: The mobile must be installed with Mobile SafeGuard system. The system detects changes in SIM card and device information.

    Post-Condition: Server will be updated with the new SIM card and device information.

    Basic Flow:

    Mobile receives instruction from the server.

    System sends new SIM card and device information to server.

    Alternative Flow:

    -nil-

  6. aeltawil says:

    Honestly, I would love to get the HTC Touch Diamond, but what’s stopping me is the small screen (2.8") and the small battery (900mAh).

    Plus, what’s up with the glossy gadgets these days? I mean, if a cleaning cloth is part of the package content, then shouldn’t this be a sign to the manufacturer that their product still needs a makeover?

  7. pteittinen says:

    I got my HTC Touch Diamond today. It really is quite a sleek piece of tech. Warms my gadget loving heart, certainly.

    But, but, but. I’m really ticked off by the keyboard(s). None feature Scandinavian accented characters (ä,ö,å) and since I’m mainly texting and e-mailing my Finnish friends, digging those characters up reeeeeeeeallly slows the whole thing down – not to mention giving a nice lift to my blood pressure.

    You should try it: replace every other "a" with "ä" and every other "o" with "ö" when texting or e-mailing, and you’ll find out for yourself how much fun it is.

    I actually don’t know whether this is something Microsoft could fix or if I should contact HTC. All I know that there are only five languages I can choose from and Finnish is not among them – even though I can select Finland as a locale.

    That aside, I’m pretty happy with the phone and with Mobile 6.1.

  8. malexandrum says:

    Hi there,

    As an IT Pro I am quite disappointed with the lack of a built-in data traffic meter. Had that on Nokia E61 and now I cannot keep under control my roaming gprs traffic..

    Tried some 3rd party apps, but no luck cos’ I have 320×320 px (Samsung i780).

    Maybe you can point me in a direction I didn’t find so far..

    Thank you.