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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-14 (May 2000)

(Updated on May 8,  2000)


Microsoft Pocket PC: Redefining the Rules for Mobile Computing

Microsoft Corp. unveiled its operating platform for palm-size mobile devices Ė Pocket PC. The Pocket PC runs the conventional PDA calendar and contact functions but also Pocket versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and Excel.

Pocket PC Specifications:

  • 32MB of RAM
  • 133 Processor
  • 16 bit color screens (displays more than 65,000 colors)

To deliver enhanced power and small size, technology advances were incorporated. 

  • A new version of Pocket PC software, which offers a simplified interface and enhanced speed and reliability.

  • Built-in industry expansion slots providing extendibility by inserting Compact Flash memory cards (300 megabytes).

Hardware manufactures such as Casio, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Symbol will be rolling out their own versions of Pocket PC. HP will be launching its Jornada 545 and Jornada 548; Casioís Automotive Telematics combines Pocket PC devices with global positioning and Internet technology, and Symbolís PPT 2700 handheld computer with real-time wireless local area communication via Symbolís Spectrum24 WLAN. 

We will, more than likely, see the new Pocket PC platform emerging in a range of solutions for businesses including sales and field force automation, public safety, logistics operations.

For more information, go to http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2000/04-19pocketpc.asp


Mobileinfo Advisory and Comment:

Microsoft is serious about Pocket PC but has a lot of catching up to do with Palm. Microsoft will gain market share as it moves forward with Pocket PC. The users have stated that in case of handheld applications, they will vote more for the ease of user experience, less for the capabilities of the operating system so long as user functionality can be achieved. Programmers, if challenged,  will find a way of overcoming the deficiencies of an OS so long as the form factor and ease of use match user expectations. We suggest that IT professionals must listen to the users during the pilot stage of a project and try multiple devices with multiple OSes, if warranted. If the users vote for the Pocket PC applications, let us give credit to both Microsoft and application developers. After all, users need competition to Palm as well!. 

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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