The recent announcement by Ozmo Devices of its
plan to enable Wi-Fi as a Personal Area Network (PAN) technology at Computex in Taipei last week
shows a non-networking future for the wireless networking standard. Ozmo,
backed in part by chip giant Intel, will look to build the capability into
future peripheral devices to make use of a laptop or desktop’s existing Wi-Fi
radio (some software updates will be required) to use the Wi-Fi radio as a
higher-bandwidth, low power consumption alternative to Bluetooth, the current
technology most often associated with PAN. The company claims a 2.25x
improvement in battery life, from 4 hours on Bluetooth to nine hours on Wi-Fi, for
a mouse as one metric of power savings.
Several weeks on and I'm still digesting the massive amount of information and insight from the second European identity conference in Munich, organized by Kuppinger Cole. Five days chock-full of content (7 am to 7 pm every day!), 50 exhibitors, 130 speakers, four workshop tracks, five theme tracks, and 25 best-practice sessions. Hundreds of delegates showed up from all over, even though Infosecurity 2008 was raging in London the same week. EIC 2008 was a superbly run event, with the seemingly inexhaustible Martin Kuppinger at the center of the storm.
In October of 2007 I speculated, out loud via this blog, as to whether or not WLAN infrastructure vendor Trapeze was for sale. While I don't claim to be a fortune teller (yes, RSS feeds and briefing sessions have, in large part, replaced my standard-issue analyst crystal ball) and it was no secret that the company was, at least intermittently, being shopped, it was with a bit of surprise that I greeted the news of Belden being the confirmed buyer. At $133 million in cash, there is some debate on whether the value of the transaction is consummate with the value of the goods. Given the delayed IPOs as the relatively steep slide ARUN has taken since its post-IPO high in July 2007, it's likely $133M is a fair valuation — I'll leave that question to the 'Street analysts,' you know, the analysts that still use crystal balls.
Large enterprises and small businesses alike are in the throes of making very strategic decisions about their Windows desktop road map. The result of which is that customer optimism is high for new information on the future of Windows. With Windows 7, however, Microsoft is taking a tighter approach to releasing product information which is driven by Steven Sinofsky, the new head of Windows development. This approach stems from a lot of the lessons Microsoft learned from its Windows Vista experiences and we agree that it’s the right approach to take. Let's face it, Microsoft was burned by Windows Vista for promising too much for too diverse a crowd and it's going to be a little more disciplined about when and how it discloses information on Windows 7. So desktop ops professionals have to be more patient moving forward and discount any speculation that is undoubtedly on the way.