While I didn't get a chance to watch the web cast of the press conference with Gates, Colligan and Strigl, I read the thread on TreoCentral which had people commenting while it was occurring. And, it was pretty funny.
First, nothing much new was said. The most striking revelation was that Verizon Wireless would be the exclusive carrier, but the Windows Treo based on other wireless technologies would be available in the second half of 2006. It's uncertain whether this applies to Sprint since it also is using EV-DO. This device will support EV-DO with no mention of the monthly service charge or whether DUN would be enabled via Bluetooth (probably not). Wi-fi is possible with an optional SD card, but considering that most serious users have either 1 or 2 GB SD memory cards to manage most of their applications, it would seem bothersome to have to keep switching cards just to use a personal WLAN. It was confirmed that the screen resolution would be 240x240 pixels, nearly half the resolution of the Treo 650's 320x320 screen.
The funny part was when the phone number on the screen of Bill Gates' demo Treo was clearly visible to the audience. People commenting in the TreoCentral forum stated sending text messages to Bill, and then they noticed that he was becoming absorbed in the Treo he was holding. Were they getting through? Sure enough, Gates said that he was receiving all these text messages.
(Darker days ahead for the Palm OS? More to follow...)