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Windows 7 – Location Awareness Made Easy

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Alec Berntson (Microsoft Corporation)
Location: Regency Ballroom

When you create a location-aware application, ever notice how much of your time and effort is spent focusing on where your application gets its location data? Windows 7 makes it easy to enable any application to answer the question, “Where am I?”. The Windows 7 Location platform provides a single API and data format for location, regardless of the underlying location technology. It also handles multiple location sources and transitions between them seamlessly.

Any provider - whether based on GPS, Wi-Fi triangulation, IP lookup, or something else - can plug into the platform as a source of location data. The most accurate provider is always used, so you get the best technology for the environment. Whether you’re writing a simple desktop gadget in JScript or a large commercial application in C++, Windows 7 provides the framework to get you location the easy way. There’s even a solution available for .NET junkies.

This presentation will show you how Windows 7 will enable the next big wave of location-aware applications.

Alec Berntson

Microsoft Corporation

Alec Berntson is a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation. He has been striving to make location aware applications ubiquitous through his work on the Windows 7 Location platform. An advocate of user privacy, Alec is also a member of the W3C’s Geolocation Working Group. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Cornell University.