Intel laid out more of its WiMax roadmap Monday, disclosing that the company has sampled its first "Rosedale" silicon to customers and tipping plans to add the technology to handsets in 2007. "Were big believers in the IEEE process, especially for building open networks," Maloney said. The WiMax technology is overseen by the IEEE 802.16 working group.In a third keynote address, Microsoft officials offered a view on the companys mobile enterprise vision, centered around its Live Communications Server and Exchange Server products, .Net tools and Office productivity platform. The challenge now is for IT managers to be able to "remotely load, back up and restore data on a mobile device." Microsoft last week introduced "Istanbul," the new integrated messaging and telephony client for Live Communications Server. To read more, click here. Scott Gode, strategic global director of Microsofts mobile and embedded devices division, pointed to new devices running the "Windows Mobile ecosystem," as well as a new software add-on for Pocket Outlook from Verizon Communications Corp., called ePIM (Enhanced Personal Information Management). For customers running Pocket Outlook and Exchange Server 2003, ePIM offers global address list lookup, meeting scheduling, views on schedules for other contacts and summaries of scheduled meetings. The convergence of wireless performance and video was on the minds of show attendees. For example, Paul Sidlo, principal of Rezn8, a Hollywood, Calif., developer of GUIs for handheld devices and games platforms, was on the lookout for both technology trends and partnership opportunities. Demonstrating video and navigation on a Windows Portable Media Center device, he said vendors have considered hardware and performance as differentiators. But as screen resolution, video performance and wireless bandwidth increase, vendors will see the value of improved interfaces to hold customers. "When everyone has a system, what will differentiate [a product] is the experience of the customer," Sidlo said. "At the end of the day, efficient companies will manage their relationships with customers better." Meanwhile, consultant Miller pointed to an offhand comment on the wireless market made by Clearwires McCaw in his keynote. He noted that the combination of AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless LLC is still only half the size of the smallest wireless company in China. "That puts everything in perspective [for developers]," she said. "China is where the growth will be found for every wireless company. When WiMax goes globalif China accepts WiMax frequenciesthen life will be good." Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center at http://wireless.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis.
"The Clearwire-Intel deal is something to watch," said Francie Miller, of Emerald Hills, Calif.-based Miller Consulting, and a board member of the Wireless Communications Alliance. "Intel will push WiMax as a global standard. Its good, fast and clean."