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"Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs" Is Born--New software for handheld devices unveiled by MS--
"Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs" Is Born--New software for handheld devices unveiled by MS--

(June 24, 2003) - Microsoft-watchers, -haters, and -lovers alike were able this week to bid welcome to the latest incarnation of Pocket PC 2003: "Windows Mobile."

Based on Windows CE .NET 4.2, and including the .NET Compact Framework in ROM, this latest version is Microsoft's launch-pad platform for making inroads to the corporate computing and Web services markets.

In fact, about the only thing Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs can't do is make you a tall latté - everything else, like giving you access to wireless networks, offering you "a powerful digital media experience," and providing you support if you're a developer building Microsoft .NET services and apps, it can handle with ease. In this version, e-mail and calendar capabilities are enhanced and improved, and digital photo editing has been added.

But why the re-branding, .NETDJ News Desk asked Ed Suwanjindar, product manager for the Mobility Group. "To help link it more with the company's Windows operating system," was Suwanjindar's straightforward reply.

Toshiba, Dell, HP, Fujitsu Siemens, and others have already announced the immediate availability of mobile devices supporting Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs. In HP's case, they're announcing not one but four new models - including the slimmest (and cheapest) iPAQ yet, the iPAQ h1940... which comes in at just 4.46" x 2.75" x 0.50" at a price of $299.

Microsoft simultaneously announced a deal with Boingo Wireless, T-Mobile USA, and Wayport to promote upgrades to Windows Mobile designed to make it easier for users to find and connect to 802.11 hotspots: anyone who buys a Windows Mobile device between June 23 and August 23 will get 30 days' free access to their combined network (which now exceeds 3,500 hotspots in the U.S.).

The Redmond software giant has thrown down the mobile gauntlet once and for all. .NETDJ News Desk will be watching with interest how many developers pick it up and run with it. MS may not know the mobility market very way, but it does know a very great deal about making and selling usable software. Only a brave gambler would bet against it succeeding - eventually, at least.

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.NETDJ News Desk monitors Microsoft .NET and its related technologies, including Silverlight, to present IT professionals with news, updates on technology advances, business trends, new products and standards, and insight.

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