Collaborative computing, Exchange and Windows Server Engineering, PowerShell for Exchange, and the next steps that will evolve as traditional corporate email goes mobile, cloud-based, instant, and social.
Apparently a femtocell is a widget that allows you to use your cell phone at home over your broadband connection. How this is different that just having a cell phone with WiFi capability, I am not sure.
Speaking of those handy little QR codes, here are the instructions for saving your BlackBerry Messenger Barcode. Maybe you want to email it someone so they can instantly add you to their BlackBerry Messenger Contacts list - here's how to get your Barcode.
I know a guy who has his BlackBerry Messenger code in his email signature. Cool.
Businesses of all sizes are suddenly becoming aware of QR codes as a new marketing tool. QR codes, a modern cousin to bar codes, are a way businesses can let camera-equipped smartphone owners get useful information, such as web links, videos, contact information, special content, coupons, and product information. Find out what QR codes are, how businesses are using them, and how you can generate your own QR codes in just minutes.
I was reading about how the SXSW conference was using QR codes on people's badges as a way to streamline the process of getting people's information. Of course, the old business cards in the fishbowl still works, but those funny little square codes called CR codes are popping up everywhere these days.
As a blogger, perhaps I should make a "small screen" ready landing page and then make a CR code that will point people to it.
As an IT professional, be ready to help your customers create and work with CR codes, especially if you are working with your internal marketing groups.
The world of mobile devices is rife with buzz, rumors, and really excited early adopters. As an IT pro we know who these early adopters are because they are the people who make us support brand new, non-supported, and generally funky stuff. (Also... we actually tend to be early adopters ourselves and want to be the first on the block to get the new toys running in the corporate environment.)
I have heard a lot of buzz lately about Verizon's future plans for their mobile networks. Their 4th generation LTE networks are being tested in two cities, according to a PC World article - Verizon Testing LTE 4G mobile Network. There is also a persisitent rumor that Verizon and Apple are working on a deal to offer Verizon iPhone service after their current exclusive AT&T deal is up. 5 Reasons it's time for a Verizon iPhone
So what is LTE, anyway? LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and it's other name is 3GPP. According to Wikipedia:
LTE is a set of enhancements to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) which will be introduced in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
Release 8. Much of 3GPP Release 8 will focus on adopting 4G mobile
communications technology, including an all-IP flat networking
Certainly this is a question of new, bigger, better, faster, more. But with streaming video becoming a viable feature on mobile phones, the consumers really want this.
My predictions: iPhone users will continue to want to connect to corporate WLANs in order to get faster network speeds on their devices. If/When Verizon offers iPhone service, many users will view this as a good opportunity to switch providers and get new hardware. Blackberries, iPhones, Palm Pres, and other smart phones will continue to proliferate and be a headache for IT departments. They also will continue to improve work/life balance for some workers and help enable workaholic and short attention span type behaviors in others. They also allow workers to be less tethered to desks.