Tonight I attended a Windows Mobile User Group Tour stop in New York City. A group of product managers from Microsoft are currently touring the U.S. and Canada to present the latest Pocket PC and SmartPhone devices on the market. Overall it’s a bit of a hype-fest for Microsoft and their sponsoring partners products, but they give away lots of expensive free stuff, show the Motorola MPx200 and Toshiba e805, and free beer and good food abounds.
A Microsoft Product Manager shows off the new Motorola MPx200 in New York
The tour has already stopped in San Francisco and New York City, but the following dates and city stops still remain.
- Boston, MA, October 30, 2003 at the Sheraton Commander
- Los Angeles, CA, November 3, 2003 at the Doubletree Westwood
- Louisville, KY, November 12, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne
- Minneapolis, MN, December 2, 2003 at the Normandale Radisson
- Pittsburgh, PA, November 5, 2003 at the Sheraton Station Square
- Redmond, WA, November 18, 2003 at the Microsoft Conference Center
- Toronto, Canada, November 4, 2003 at the Holiday Inn on King
- Washington D.C/Arlington, VA, November 6, 2003 at the Key Bridge Marriot
The events are open to anyone, you simply have to register before attending.
I found that the Microsoft representatives were very willing to answer questions and give insight into where there products are going and what current products can be used for. That is until I asked about the new voice recognition software for Pocket PC that is to be announced next month. Upon asking that question all the reps clammed up and said they can’t comment nor do they know about such a thing. Dale Coffing, the web master for PocketPCPassion.com, was there to represent Microsoft and show off the Pocket PC 2003 platform. Dale made a point to borrow a Palm Tungsten E from a woman in the audience to demo how his iPaq 4150 was easier to use, the woman didn’t put up much defense for Palm other than getting very angry and grabbing her Tungsten E back. A rather amusing moment, she was genuinely offended. So if you want to challenge Dale on Palm Vs. Microsoft ease of use it might be fun to show up to this and try to one up him.
Some of the free prizes being given away included a Socket CompactFlash Wi-Fi card (2 of them), Streets and Maps software, GPS software from Pharos, software packages from Handmark and many other items. For free loaders, the selection of Heineken, Budweiser, lasagna, cookies, fruit and quesidillas was excellent.
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