Greater Support for Mobile

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-03-24 Print this article Print

Computing"> Meanwhile, regarding the mobile space. Gates said: "Mobile is one of the most exciting new areas for applications. We want to make sure these applications are rich and that they fit in with other devices." In addition, "Web services are getting to be so key in this space and we want the Web services calls to be the same on all devices." Gates said there will be more than 100 million smart devices by 2007 and that the companys Windows Mobile technology will penetrate the mobile phone market. In terms of Windows Mobile momentum, 37 companies are building hardware and more than 50 mobile operators are supporting it, he said. And while more than 2.5 million programmers use Visual Studio, there are now more than 380,000 Windows Mobile developers, he added.
Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition includes support for square-screen resolution and dynamic screen switching between landscape and portrait modes, in addition to support for Video Graphics Array (VGA) and Quarter Video Graphics Array (QVGA) found on devices with higher-resolution displays.
Also this week, Microsoft Tuesday announced the launch of its MapPoint Location Server, which enables developers to build location-based services into their mobile applications. Meanwhile, Microsoft Speech Server 2004 "is about making it easy to write server-based voice recognition for domain-specific grammars," Gates said. Speech technology is central to seamless computing, complements screen-based interfaces, and must be low-cost and widely available, he said. "Microsoft Speech Server 2004 has application logic and speech processing, and then it can connect you to general telephony," Gates said. Click here to read about third-party products supporting Microsoft Speech Server 2004. Gates also said applications developed with the new Microsoft technology can be accessed from the more than 2.2 billion installed base of telephones, mobile phones and Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and smart phones for mixed speech and visual exchanges. In fact, Gates made note of a case study where Microsoft and a partner built a speech and telephony application for the New York City Department of Education that enables parents of school kids broad access to applications that give student grade and attendance information. The system is intended for families who dont have access to computers, Gates said. Finally, Gates said Microsoft is not backing away from pursuing additional innovation in these spaces. "We dont see ourselves backing off on research and development," he said. Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools. Be sure to add our developer and Web services news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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