I’m heading off to MIX10 in a little over a week. I won’t lie to you: I’m excited. It’s my first trip to Ameristan, and I’m hoping to get some hands-on time with some Windows Phone 7 gear.
Windows Phone 7 is a slow burning fuse compared to the iPhone’s hand grenade. It’s beginning to intrigue me, and if the rumours I’ve been hearing are true, the development platform and process will be excellent.
I’m sure you know my position on consumer electronics, but I’ll reiterate for clarity: large volumes of bovine faeces, with the occasional (albeit grubby) gem. If you dig around for the gems, you’ll notice a common theme: single-mindedness. A willingness to keep pushing back. Or as The Stephen says, an ability to say “not good enough”. So it pleases me to see Microsoft pushing back on so much that was wrong with previous WinMo iterations. I hope the team are taking the protests around non-backward-compatibility as a compliment.
I’m certainly diving in at the deep end of the USA, flying direct to Las Vegas via Los Angeles. In New Zealand, one can’t avoid being force-fed a diet of American entertainment and filtered news. I’m expecting a certain level of surrealism, which I plan to embrace. I’m not interested in gambling, but I’ll place a few bets. I am planning to visit the Hoover Dam (with appropriate backing music), and the Grand Canyon.
So dear reader, two questions, if you could be so kind:
- What do you want me to find out about Windows Phone 7? What do you want to see?
- What do I need to do in Vegas to enhance the surrealism?