Bill Gates to Keynote Microsoft’s First U.S. Mobility Developer Conference

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 28, 2003 — Building on the success of its first Mobility Developer Conference in London last year, Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will keynote its first such conference in the United States, Microsoft® Mobility Developer Conference 2003. Co-located with CTIA WIRELESS 2003 in New Orleans, the Microsoft conference will leverage the wireless expertise and objectives of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association to provide developers with the tools and information necessary to innovate and deliver compelling wireless applications for the next generation of Windows®
Powered software. Together, the Mobility Developer Conference and CTIA WIRELESS 2003 will promote wireless growth and longevity among developers, independent software vendors, mobile operators and IT professionals.*

“The evolution of the wireless industry is contingent upon the development of mobile applications and devices that meet the needs of multiple industries,”
said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft.
“The Mobility Developer Conference provides Microsoft with the opportunity to share its latest Windows Powered Pocket PC and Smartphone software with the developer community, providing a platform for all developers to extend their knowledge and experience into the mobile arena.”

“Over the past year, the mobile industry has grown into a pervasive market segment, expanding across multiple industries, businesses and population segments,”
said Tom Wheeler, president and CEO of CTIA.
“CTIA WIRELESS 2003, in conjunction with Microsofts Mobility Developer Conference, encourages the exchange of ideas and cooperation that is essential for the continued adoption and success of wireless technology.”

Through technical sessions, labs and forums, the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference will provide mobile application developers with the valuable insight and tools to create and deliver significant applications that will generate new revenue and increase the mobile application marketplace. Last year the conference drew 1,000 developers, independent software vendors, mobile operators and IT professionals from more than 40 countries.

To reward creativity and ingenuity in mobile application development, Microsoft will announce winners of the Mobile Solutions Challenge at the Mobility Developer Conference. Winners in a variety of solution categories that feature Windows Powered mobile applications for both Pocket PC and Smartphone will be recognized during the keynote session. More information, such as how to nominate a company, is available at .

The Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference is supported by the following corporate sponsors: at the Platinum level, AT & T Wireless, HP, Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. and Symbol Technologies Inc.; at the Silver level, Handango.

Conference Logistics

Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference 2003 will be held March 1821 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Developers, independent software vendors, mobile operators and IT professionals who attend the conference will realize these benefits:

  • Be the first to experience the next-generation Pocket PC and Smartphone development platforms

  • Learn about the tools and strategies needed to build innovative mobile applications using Microsoft and wireless technologies

  • Learn best practices and gain valuable insight from Microsoft and industry experts

  • Discover new ways to generate revenue from mobile applications

  • Connect and exchange ideas with a comprehensive wireless community

The U.S. Mobility Developers Conference is the first of several that will be held in various regions; others will be held in Paris, March 31April 2, and in Tokyo, April 25. Updates to this schedule can be found at,37599.296328279321 .

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* Though Mobility Developer Conference and CTIA WIRELESS 2003 are co-located, both are stand-alone events and require separate registration.

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