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Selected Highlights
Mobile applica-
tions - More
than a hype

 

Apple's App
store and
beyond

 

A platform for
portable apps -
Open source
initiative BONDI

 

Mobile Web applications -
The approach
of Research in
Motion

 

Challenges for
mobile applica-
tions - Strategic considerations by eMobility

 

 

Dear readers, 

Everybody is crazy about iPhone apps. Even at Eurescom, iPhone apps have become popular, although some colleagues complain about Apple’s proprietary approach. As Apple’s competitors are now joining forces to come up with alternative apps solutions, the editorial team of Eurescom mess@ge decided the time has come to have a closer look at mobile applications and make them the cover theme of this issue of Eurescom mess@ge.

We asked some of the major players, how they envisage the future of mobile apps. The replies by some of them were characterised by increasing caution, depending on the market position of the company in the mobile apps domain. This already indicates how hot the topic really is. Particularly reluctant to share their views on the future of mobile apps were Apple, giving the explanation that “we never talk on the future”.

Well, if Apple does not want to talk about the future of mobile apps, we definitely will. And fortunately, some major players, including RIM and Deutsche Telekom, were ready to share information about their R&D activities in the mobile apps domain. In addition, our cover theme includes an overview article by Eurescom mess@ge editor Uwe Herzog and a critical appraisal of Apple’s App Store by Strand Consult.

While smartphones and mobile apps are certainly exciting, we should not lose sight of the users and how they employ advanced ICT technologies. The promise of many of those technologies is to add value to your life and make things easier. Well, after my recent 20-minute service call to Deutsche Telekom on an issue with my iPhone, I am not so sure we are there yet. In any case, coping with the requirements of advanced ICT and the information age we are living in requires particular skills, which the EU has named e-skills.

In order to promote e-skills in Europe, the European Commission organised the first e-Skills Week in early March 2010. Together with a number of major players in the ICT domain, Eurescom supported the e-Skills Week as an international stakeholder. Read the report under “European issues”. On this occasion, Eurescom took the opportunity to launch the Eurescom e-Skills Forum, which will discuss how to promote e-skills in the area of European ICT research – see the Forum page at www.eurescom.eu/activities/e-skills.asp. European ICT stakeholders with an interest in promoting e-skills are invited to join the discussion and subscribe to the Forum’s mailing list.

I hope you find this issue of Eurescom mess@ge informative and maybe even thought-provoking. My editorial colleagues and myself would appreciate your comments.

Milon Gupta
Editor-in-chief

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