Mobile Connections 2006 wrap-up

Hey all, Rob Bushway of GottaBeMobile did a short InkShow of me demonstrating the new touch input capability of Windows Vista.

The show ended yesterday after 3.5 VERY busy days of meeting and greeting the gathered developer community. Each day, I must have been standing and demoing for 4-5 hours straight, which is unusual, because normally, there are ebbs and flows in the attendees due to sessions. But our booth location and the confluence of unrelated tradeshows (Spa and Pool industry, racing track owners, Pepsi media/advertising execs) helped fill in the ebb times. I must say, there were a large number of Spa and Pool industry people who are quite savvy in their computing!  Maybe, when I am able to convince my wife to allow me to get a spa, it'll have a waterproof, touch-enabled Tablet built-in for controlling the various features.

The sessions we had were well-attended. I personally only caught one, Todd Landstad's Developing for the Ultra Mobile PC, and there were close to 40 people in the room. When you consider Mobile Connections attendees overall numbered in the low hundreds, that's a pretty decent turnout.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with each and every one of you who came to the Mobile PC booth. It was a thrill to finally be able to talk about my feature, touch input, with virtually no restrictions. You will see the results for yourselves when you are able to purchase dual-mode (EM pen and capacitive touch) and touch-enabled (resistive touch) devices as part of the Windows Vista "wave".