IBM, Microsoft: Contextual Computing and Services through Location

Rather than a dedicated stovepipe fit for specific purpose and application, mobile and portable Location is increasingly being viewed by the larger Web and IT worlds as an enabling feature that adds context and geographic dimension to all applications.

Ray Ozzie’s keynote at mix07 reinforced this concept suggesting that “a common design pattern has emerged for this new era of desktop/web/mobile apps - desktop for richness, browser for tagging and other collaboration/community features, mobile for location-specific information”.

And IBM agrees with the mobile part, suggesting that mobile-location-added context will be one of the 5 innovations over the next 5 years that will change our lives.

-Read/Write Web