To be clear, there is a large area showcasing Windows Mobile devices, along with some sessions covering their administration, but where are those devices among attendees?
I don't have any hard figures, of course, but during my week here I've probably seen more BlackBerrys than Windows Mobile devices by a factor of 4 to 1. RIM is just all over the place here. (I'd say a lot of BlackBerrys are running on the AT&T network, judging by the incredibly slow data rates I've gotten throughout most of the week. Way to go, EDGE network.)
So why do so many people who are clearly interested in Microsoft technologies have BlackBerries? I can't answer that, but I can speculate.
1) Functionality. My BlackBerry just works. It's not as feature-rich as a Windows Mobile device (or an iPhone), but it does it's job very well.
2) Design. The physical layout of most BlackBerries is excellent. The keyboard feels right, and both the older models (like mine) with the track wheel and the newer models with the little joystick are very comfortable and easy to use.
I can't comment on back-end support since I don't administer our servers, but maybe since all these admins are here using BlackBerries that means the RIM server software is better? Not sure. It could also just mean I haven't come across the people who make the ultimate architecture and purchasing decisions.
Any of you have any thoughts as to which is best, or why I'd see so many more BlackBerries at a Microsoft event?