Microsoft makes mobile advances

Windows Mobile 2003 offers a number of enhancements aimed at giving mobile computer users more powerful and better connected Pocket PCs.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 19, 2003

Microsoft formally unveiled Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs at yesterday's show. The new operating system offers a number of enhancements aimed at giving mobile computer users more powerful and better connected Pocket PCs.

"Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs creates new opportunities for hardware, software and wireless companies to partner and deliver innovative solutions to help improve the way people work and live," said Mohammed Gawdat, regional manager, communications sector, Microsoft Middle East & Africa.

"By improving the core elements of Windows Mobile software, Microsoft has enabled customers to take advantage of software features that are wireless ready and easy to use, and to connect with people and information with a broader range of new device hardware, at attractive prices."

Amongst the key improvements in Windows Mobile 2003 are support for wireless networking, extra multimedia functions and improved support for developers of mobile applications. Microsoft has a dedicated mobility 'pod', where hardware makers are showing off various handheld products running Windows Mobile 2003.

Microsoft is making much of the new wireless features in Windows Mobile 2003. The company claims that the operating system automatically detects and connects to wi-fi networks, and that always-on email synchronisation will be possible through integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

For multimedia buffs, Windows Media 9 series offers more functions for accessing audio, video and digital images through a mobile device, including playback of a wider range of digital media formats.

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