Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and various representatives of the Windows Phone team will be presenting a keynote address today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. You may recall that Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 at this show a year earlier. You can watch today’s keynote event—which starts at 10 am ET—live from the MWC web site. I believe you have to register first. And it looks like the keynote will be shown on the site’s Live TV page.
(Some) things to look for:
- An update on Windows Phone license sales.
- Updates on the size of the Marketplace (number of apps), the size and growth of the developer base, and so on.
- An announcement about the first overdue software update, including the timing. (Less likely: An acknowledgement that it has let down the fan base by moving too slowly and a pledge to step things up in 2011. Even less likely: The admission that wireless carriers are, in fact, responsible for the delay of update 1, which was actually finished two months ago. Far more likely: Some statement about how Microsoft has never, in fact, moved this quickly as it is.)
- A roadmap for the coming year, including Microsoft’s plans for new markets, languages, chassis designs, and so on.
- More information about the Nokia partnership and how it impacts the ecosystem.
- Less likely: Information about the long term future of Windows Phone, which is that the low-level OS is going to be replaced by Windows 8 on ARM. And if so, Microsoft’s plans to bring today’s applications over to this new platform, hopefully via simple re-compiles. (This information is probably in the cards for PDC 2011 or MWC 2012 instead; my understanding is that app compatibility issues have, in fact, not yet been resolved.)
Stay tuned. :)