Swinging through the Microsoft booth on the last day of Mobile World Congress, I happened to catch sight of their display promoting the Mobile Broadband PC concept. The concept is pretty simple: take an ordinary laptop and sell it equipped with a 3G modem. Who wouldn’t want always on connectivity plus mobility, right?
Give Microsoft credit for this one, though. They’ve done a ton of research into consumer demand, built programs to allow the software to be leased on a monthly basis like cell phone service and more. And the vendors are sitting up and taking notice. At the booth they showed two PC’s – one shipping from Dell and one a prototype. A half dozen more were also being shown at the GSMA pavilion.