The nice warm press center at Cebit is packed
This year Cebit and IDF fall at the same time so JPR is splitting
up to try and get as much of the big picture as possible.
On Day One it looks like it’s actually the small picture. Intel
opened up with a keynote promoting Viiv and also small portable
computers. Intel says the Yonah processor is just the thing for
an Ultra-Mobile PC, a UMPC. Yep, in case you didn’t know it, the
world apparently needs a new sub-class of computer.
There was a charming counterpoint over at Microsoft’s mini-city
in Hall 1 (there’s something like 36 here at Cebit), where the
company is showcasing their Origami platform. This is yet another
take on the Tablet PC, which features a screen 7 inches or less,
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. A keyboard is definitely optional
but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not. A little mini-video camera isn’t
such a bad idea either.
Microsoft also showed off the coming Microsoft Office. The company
has changed the name from Office “12” to Microsoft Office
2007, and it promises the new suite of products will come out
at the end of 2006 just like the name implies.
At the press conference we attended some lame character asked
if Office 2007 would be late. Well no, said Microsoft spokesguys
in suits, Microsoft is not announcing that they will be late and
in fact they said they’re quite satisfied with the pace of finishing
up the product for shipment.