The demonstration featured fifty or so fish swimming fluently in unison on the WP7 screen but staggering on the iPhone. The fact that they were swimming vertically did not seem to phase anyone but the journalist sitting next to me was in wonderment at how the internet access had suddenly reinstated itself and was able to provide bandwidth to the two devices.
Yes, the Insider is nit-picking again, but one wonders why Microsoft did not spend a few grand to have a fiber connection brought in to a Wi-Fi router sitting under the podium. When Steve Jobs used the same excuse he was lambasted by the press, go figure.
Google’s outgoing CEO, Eric Schmidt, was the other big draw at the event. In his swan song presentation he said he was disappointed that Nokia had elected to adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 over Android, but that Google was still keen on a future deal.
“We’d like them to adopt Android, and we certainly tried,” he said during a Q&A session following his presentation. Schmidt also said that, “the offer remains open” should Nokia change its mind.
Well, that is an interesting comment! The Nokia-Microsoft deal is not just about a mobile phone operating system and includes many of Nokia’s core products.
Nokia Maps, for example, will be utilized by Microsoft’s Bing search engine bringing into direct and stronger competition with Google. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Google decided, just for fun, to buy Nokia? It could probably do so with money its petty cash drawer.
Enough dreaming of future headlines.
Overall, things are certainly more positive at this year’s Congress. The recruitment agency barometer is almost off the scale. It seems they are everywhere, lurking around stands, in coffee shops and bars waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting prospect.
Our industry MUST be in good shape!
Original article: Rumblings from La Rambla