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January 9, 2003—In this issue:

1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES

  • Pocket PC and Windows Smartphone

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Give Us Your Feedback and You Could Win a Digital Camera
  • The Microsoft Mobility Tour Is Coming Soon to a City Near You!

3. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of Previous Poll: Combination PDA and Cell Phone
  • New Instant Poll: Combination Device vs. Multiple Devices

4. RESOURCES

  • Event Highlight: allNet Devices: The Digital Ubiquity Forum

5. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Let Multiple Users Connect to AOL Through One Internet Connection
  • Connect Tablet PCs to Legacy Devices

6. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES
(contributed by Steve Milroy, steve@milroy.com)

  • POCKET PC AND WINDOWS SMARTPHONE

  • Microsoft's Mobile Devices division, one of seven Microsoft business units, has developed the Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Windows Powered Smartphone OSs. These platforms, based on the Windows CE OS, specifically target small-form-factor devices. The OSs are licensed to the OEM, which builds the hardware and produces the final devices. Many OEMs have signed up to build devices based on Mobile Devices OSs. However, this group has obvious competition from PalmSource (licensee of the Palm OS) and Symbian (licensee of the EPOC OS), and the jury is still out regarding which OS will rise to prominence in the next couple of years. Considering recent announcements from Redmond, Microsoft seems to be making a charge.

    Pocket PC PDAs have been available for years from many OEMs. In 2002, a couple of OEMs released devices based on the Pocket PC Phone Edition, an OS that adds telephony integration to the Pocket PC. T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless Services currently offer these devices. A few months ago, I reported on the first Windows Smartphone device to hit the market: the Orange SPV, which HTC developed and released in the United Kingdom. The problem in the United States is that existing devices work only with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks, thereby limiting their adoption in the United States.

    Two press releases recently caught my attention. First, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of several new Pocket PC Phone Edition and Windows Smartphone devices. These new devices, which will be based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, are the Samsung i700 and Hitachi Mobile Communicator—both on the brink of release in the United States.

    Second, HTC announced that it will release an SPV-like device in the US market on the T-Mobile network. As with the SPV, this device will be GSM/GPRS-compatible, so we'll finally see a Windows Smartphone available in the United States.

    Clearly, Microsoft has been working diligently to produce these new OSs and align with OEMs to release devices to the market. Time will tell whether Microsoft's Mobile Devices group will hit the mark with these new devices, but signs are looking good.

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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  • GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK AND YOU COULD WIN A DIGITAL CAMERA

  • Take our very brief, confidential survey on wireless technologies and you could win a digital camera. Click here!
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  • THE MICROSOFT MOBILITY TOUR IS COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

  • This outstanding seven-city event will help support your growing mobile workforce. Industry guru Paul Thurrott discusses the coolest mobility hardware solutions around, demonstrates how to increase the productivity of your "road warriors" with the unique features of Windows XP and Office XP, and much more. You could also win an HP iPAQ Pocket PC. There is no charge for these live events, but space is limited so register today! Sponsored by Microsoft, HP, and Toshiba.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/mobility

    3. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: COMBINATION PDA AND CELL PHONE

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Might you consider a combination PDA and cell phone in 2003?" Here are the results from the 65 votes:
    • 77% Yes
    • 23% No

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: COMBINATION DEVICE VS. MULTIPLE DEVICES

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "Would you prefer to have one device that consolidates wireless functionality or several devices that perform different functions?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions Web site and submit your vote for a) I want one convenient combination device, or b) I prefer the multiple-device strategy.
    http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

    4. RESOURCE

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: ALLNET DEVICES: THE DIGITAL UBIQUITY FORUM

  • February 10 through 11, 2003
    San Jose, California

    The allNet Devices forum is designed to educate technology and business professionals about emerging trends to help vendors identify and evaluate new business initiatives and revenue-generating opportunities. Program topics include the next-generation home network, the role of multiple devices, interconnectivity, and the mobility bridge that exists between the home and office. For information about this event, go to the following URL.
    http://www.jupiterevents.com/allnet/spring03/index.html

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/events/calendar

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, products@winnetmag.com)

  • LET MULTIPLE USERS CONNECT TO AOL THROUGH ONE INTERNET CONNECTION

  • Actiontec Electronics announced that its Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router lets multiple users who are using only one Internet connection log on to AOL at the same time. The router can handle two PCs through a wired connection and as many as 32 more by using an 802.11b-compliant PC Card. The router's automated wizard, Connection 1-2-3, detects and verifies network settings and TCP/IP readiness for each PC. Pricing is $99.99. Contact Actiontec Electronics at 408-752-7700.
    http://www.actiontec.com

  • CONNECT TABLET PCs TO LEGACY DEVICES

  • Keyspan announced USB connectivity products that let you connect your Tablet PC to legacy devices. The USB Serial Adapter connects a serial device to a USB port. The USB Parallel Printer Adapter connects a parallel printer to a USB port. The Mini Port Replicator combines the USB serial adapter, USB parallel printer adapter, and the two-port USB hub. For pricing, contact Keyspan at 510-222-0131 or info@keyspan.com.
    http://www.keyspan.com

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