First, an introduction. My name is Chris DiPierro and I’m the Director of Software Development for Mi-Co. I’ve been with Mi-Co since nearly the very beginning (over 11 years ago!) and am excited to see a wide adoption of a platform we’ve been advocating for years. Sure, slates may not look like TabletPCs of old, but the goal is the same, ease of data capture in a mobile world.
To that end, a coworker (David Nakamura who’s written a few of these before) and I are at Microsoft’s Build conference this week. The sales folks have been on me for months to write a blog, so I figured what better time to start. But it became quickly apparent that this conference is going to take more than a single entry. To that end, I’m going to semi-live blog this thing and I hope you enjoy our commentary.
So, by Sunday (2 full days before the official conference start), rumors had started flying around Twitter that Microsoft might be a little further down the slate path than people would have given them credit for. This rumor took the form of speculating that attendees would be given a Windows 8 slate device of their own. By this afternoon (reading tweets on my phone on the plane), this rumor had started to grow. And then it exploded when members of the press were seen carrying “secret” Samsung bags after leaving a pre-event. By this evening, the Twitterverse was exploding not only with speculation but with people tweeting from actual Windows 8 slates. Now, I don’t know for sure that Microsoft is going to give these to everyone, but the fact that an OS build is running on real hardware means we can throw around some of our own speculation.
At the last PDC I attended, Windows 7 was the “big thing”. It was held in November 2008, and it took until October 2009 for Windows 7 to be officially released, nearly a year later. But it seems as if that might be the Microsoft of old. When you’re competing with a company like Apple, a year is an eternity. So my speculation is that if hardware and OS builds exist right now, we might very well be looking at Q1 2012 availability. I’m sure this will be a question that gets answered in the next day or two, but the prospect gets me excited. As a Microsoft partner that has built a large amount of innovative technology on their platforms, the prospect of having a native legitimate competitor within months is very attractive.
On a side note, it’s interesting to see how much mobility has changed the world. Two years ago, you might give out a few units to some folks early and it might take a week for news to break from official sites. Now someone sees a shopping bag in an elevator and the secret’s done. Microsoft is no dummy, so I’m sure they anticipated this. It’s not even started yet and Microsoft is already creating a huge buzz. Expect more of that over the rest of this week.
Thanks for stopping by and reading. Over the next week look for more of these where we discuss keynotes and session topics (which are still being kept secret for now). And maybe, if you’re good, we’ll drop a hint about what’s next at Mi-Co for Mi-Forms as well.