The new SW upgraded for the N800 is out! Apart from the Enhancement in terms of performance, usability and memory card support, the two main application feature are Flash9 support and Skype (Flash9 comes with the SW package, Skype is installable through a pre-install icon on the device)
A lot of coordination were needed between the different OSSO teams in order to make this happen and - even thought the road was bumpy - overall we did manage to deliver everything in close to 4 month of development.
A lot can be siad about the Skype effort in particular in relation to the Real Rhapsody release of march 2007. One can obviously note from those 2 projects, tha some part of our development - specially in the Application area under my responsibility - is concentrating on enabling major Internet services on our device. A lot of work still needs to be done and will be done on the Application infrastructures. The basic Sw offering will definitely improve (new apps will appear, some apps will be redesigned and more open source work will definitely be done). But Partnering with Internet players and enabling those SW at the platform level is also a strong trend in our development as Ari Virtanen pointed out. We cannot make our customer wait for the Internet services they like to use, while we continue to work on the infrastructures, UI, and other Apps. We cannot tell Skype or Rhapsody users, please wait another 12 month to use your favorite application. Otherwise those customers might just turn to another device that does support their favorite application. So basically it means that our development needs to be split in two and go in parallel toward 2 different trends: one that follows the long-term approach focusing on the maturity and features of the platform (performance, UI, extra application, design, connectivity, HW support, etc...) and another trend that focuses on delivering the Internet favorite services - wherever they might come from - on top of the platform at any given time. Those projects are generally extremely complex as they combined business and development and they of course cause a lot of synchronization issues witht eh platform and product work.