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So MSMobiles is keeping bang up to date with more details on the ETEN M600 There is also news about a new PocketPC device that looks like a SmartPhone, the AnexTEK moboDA 3360 "... but is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, not smartphone and has fast processor and Wi-Fi on board... apart from being very good Pocket PC phone, it can be thus considered to be good Skype phone! " But when I've had a look at the details, it quickly becomes apparent that these devices are somewhat heavier than ...
T-mobile have tempted me to change from Orange with a cracking special offer, with a 40Mb per month GPRS allowance, coupled with 200 minutes of cross network calls for a very cheap £16 per month for 12 months (and £35 for 6 months). And I was given a HTC Wizard handset free as part of the deal. So I have upgraded my mobile phone from the HTC Typhoon (sold as; I-mate SP3, Qtek 8010, Orange SPV C500/C500S, Audiovox SMT 5600, Dopod 565) to the HTC Wizard (sold as; Qtek 9100, I-mate K-Jam, ...
Well this has worked a treat, and I only have the briefest details here to hand at the moment so bear with me and I'll add more when I get time, but..... here are my notes for what it's worth? Caveat - don't mess with your phone unless you have a reasonable idea what you're doing? - do not blame me if it goes seriously "pear shaped"? - Caveat+++Warning+++This is a little more complicated than you might think. There are a lot of ways to screw up where you need a lot of patience and willingness to ...
Well I see yesterday that CoolSmartPhone has posted that the C600 is making an appearance on the UK Orange website, and although I will be keeping a keen eye on how this progresses, I'm not hugely bother that much as I've finally got around to spending the time in getting my head around the Windows Mobile 5 Upgrade instructions to flash my C500 to WM5. I was a bit concerned at one point when it looked like I could no longer get an ActiveSync connection, but the main thing is that if you've been updating ...

Another non-HTC entrant to the Windows Mobile 5 arena, and what's really nice is that it has a juicy 400Mhz processor, and the Form Factor doesn't look too bad.

It will be nice to see one in the flesh at some stage?

ActiveSync 4.1 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. New features include: New partnership wizard makes syncing easier Faster transfer of data files including media Ability to sync photos assigned to contacts from Outlook on the desktop Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling ...
How about this for a very interesting discovery that I made today? While looking through the documentation that RiXSTER thoughtfully included with "Spv c500 Windows Mobile 2005 Wm5 Upgrade Rom.rar" I came across the details of how to use TeraTermPro to connect to the SmartPhone/PocketPC via USB. But even more interesting was another link that lead me to http://www.xs4all.nl/~itsme... Essentially these tools will allow you to store an image of your current Phone as a ROM, pull ...
Opera Software has released a beta version of Opera Platform SDK, a software development kit for developing and running Web applications on mobile phones. The Platform supports XMLHttpRequest, a basis for creating AJAX applications. More details here Excerpt: Opera Platform architecture Opera Platform architecture consists of three parts: At the lowest level is the Application Player, an extended version of the Opera browser. It provides web applications with access to native phone functionality ...
I was digging around looking for what else might be available on the Windows Mobile 5 O/S and came across this from O2, I Haven't checked on whether it will be available here in the UK or not yet? And although it's not my favorite form facter (PocketPC) it does look kind of small, in fact they've done away with any pretence of having a QWERTY keyboard similar to the Orange M500, and included things like an FM Radio. This looks like quite a nice piece of kit, more here ...
An MSDN Community Chat is being organized as follows: Topic: UI Programming for Windows Mobile Devices Abstract: This chat will cover various topics related to UI programming on the Windows Mobile platform keeping in mind the small screen sizes and the restricted input mechanisms that are available on these devices. We will talk about the general guidelines that need to be followed when writing user interfaces for small form factor devices. Experts: Members from the IDC Mobility Team Time : 1030 ...
When you used to get a Windows Mobile device like a smartphone or phone enabled pda.. you would get MSN Messenger Mobile with it, and you could just log in normally using your same old passport credentials. However, with Windows Mobile 2005, you require a new product: MSN Mobile... and you have to BUY it... at about 20 dollarsThe only way to buy MSN Mobile, is of you have a passport account that uses a Microsoft email adres!! So in my case.. it would not accept my goold ole jemimus@xs4all.nl .. one ...
msmobiles.com reports on The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Redistributable This redistributable enables running applications built for both .NET Compact Framework v1 and v2 This version is not embedded in the ROM of Windows Mobile devices as the version 1.0 Can be installed via ActiveSync or by running the CAB files. To develop .NET Compact Framework applications, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SDK are required.What's New in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0Supported ...
Autoblog has this post on this cool SmartPhone app that can present you with your car’s ECU data via bluetooth. “U.K.-based Vital Engineering has one of the coolest automotive diagnostic packages out there - a plug-in OBD-II Bluetooth transmitter, and the “VitalScan” diagnostic software package for your laptop PC, PocketPC, or Palm handheld. Its PC and handheld products have been out for a while, but this week they launched a beta release of VitalScan for Windows Mobile Smartphones” ...
During Sarah Blow's talk at DDD2 on Windows Mobile Development, she kindly plugged the RapidDB libraries which I have developed which are being made available as an open source project. It this sparked your interest you may want to find out more ... Basically, RapidDB is a set of libraries to provide a combination of; agnostic database access (SQL Server 2000, SQL CE 2.0, MySql 4.x, IBM DB2, Access MDB, Oracle 9i 'nearly there') a thin object relational model wrapper for communicating with the database ...
What were you doing on Saturday? Traipsing around the shops looking for new socks? Spending hours in the Supermarket? Getting the car sorted out? That badly need haircut perhaps? It’s sometimes a bit of a rubbish day-off. But last Saturday it was another fantastic Developer Day 2 @ Microsoft in Reading followed by a Geek Dinner! Ahh my Geek Heart almost exploded with excitement. Now I didn’t go there for the freebies! Who does that? Please! I did however go to socialise which is one of ...
Microsoft posted Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 to the Web on Wednesday. http://www.microsoft.com/ex... PS Exchange 2003 SP2 requires Windows Server 2003 SP1 Besides all the excellent features around mobility, push email and Windows Mobile 2005, service pack 2 also introduces: · Disable all PF replication in the organization to curb replication storms by right-clicking at the org level. · Public folder deletion logging – event viewer reports ...
Microsoft celebrates release of HP iPAQ hw6500 in USA but analysts say: no Windows Mobile 5.0 so do not buy it!Microsoft has launched new section at their website devoted to HP iPAQ hw6500 series phones just released by Cingular: ... but analysts are extremely angry and say clearly "no matter what features it has, don't buy it because it doesn't have Windows Mobile 5.0". Can't say fairer than that? Especially as not too long ago HP was silly enough to accidentally release info on the 6700 Series ...
If you are at all interested in upgrading your handset, or getting your hands on one of the new Windows Mobile 5 powered devices, you should really keep an eye on the MoDaCo Forums and Portal. The M5000 as you would expect was brilliant, but whats more interesting is I asked the nice chap from Microsoft if the C600 final would have WiFi or not.His response was that it was in this prototype version in my hands, and will remain so if the handset passes Orange's multiple tests which take into consideration ...
I will be talking on Windows CE and Windows Mobile Device Software Development at the Developer Day conference at Microsoft in Reading. I look forward to meeting everyone, Let me know if there is something that you really, really want me to cover! It should be a good day and I hope you all get as much out of the day as I did out of the last one! And don't forget about the Geek Dinner after the event. I am still waiting on a few food orders to come in... If I don't hear what they are I can try to ...
While catching up on some of the new details that have come out while I've been away I came across this article about how Windows Mobile is clearly marking the convergence of the SmartPhone and PocketPC versions? What is also interesting to note that it is actually possible to run the current Skype PocketPC Client on a Windows Mobile 5.0 powered SmartPhone, even though it needs accessing via the PC Controller to get past part of the UI. It would appear from these findings that Skype shouldn't have ...
I love Treo's hardware design, and I love Windows Mobile. The fact they are joining forces is a good thing to me. But it's not quite perfect. My perfect phone? Start with the Treo hardware and add Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS. Check. We need a phone in their too. Preferrably high quality, 3+ megapixel. Almost Check. Now it needs a hard drive. This is definitely possible, since Palm also makes the LifeDrive, which contains a 4GB drive. 4GB is a little small though, I am think 20 - 60. With all that ...
Business Week is reporting that soon there will be an announcement of a Windows Mobile Treo. This was expected, but now it is (almost) official: Microsoft has won the PDA OS wars Being an avid user of Palm OS devices since the Pilot Professional and recently a user of the JASJAR (a Windows Mobile 5 Phone), I have to say that Microsoft won this one on marketing. That is not to say that technically Windows Mobile isn't impressive. It certainly is; however, the ease of use and responsiveness of the ...
The voting is now open for the Developer Developer Developer day on Saturday 22nd October at the MS Reading Campus. For more information about the event go to the developer day website To vote for your presentations go here. I am doing the session on Windows CE and Windows Mobile Device Software Development in the Mobile development category. It's up to you to decide who you want to hear speak. I have cast my vote! It's good to see that some very very good people have put themselves forward for the ...
I found this little Gem on Jason’s Blog last night. If you are at all concerned about how to ensure some degree of Security on mobile devices within your organisation you should really review this – sorry, late me restate that – you must review this, it’s essential reading. Although the headline is for CESG, Jason quickly points out that:“CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and are the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information ...
Marcus Perryman (UK Microsoft Mobility Guru) has posted this on his blog. "Microsoft Mobile Embedded Developers User Group UK. This will be a free User Group that MS will support now and again with the use of their London Offices for meetings. During these meetings we (the organizers) would hopefully have organized technical presentations from both software companies and hardware companies alike. As a software developerof Windows Mobile solutions you might also like to join this community and participate ...
Well it would appear that it is going to be very difficult picking your next Windows Mobile device as we come up to Xmas, on top of the Universal we now have news of some of the expected specs for the C600, and whatever any other device offers it's the C500 form factor that has in my opinion set the benchmark for Windows Mobile handsets. high resolution display: 240x320 pixels compared to 176x220 in C500 1.3 megapixel camera compared to 0.3 megapixel in C500 quad-band compared to tri-band in C500 ...
Well it's hardly a suprise to those of us that follow the steady stream of fantastic little devices that are being released at an almost unbelieveable rate. Have a browse through the news section at MSMobiles and you'll see all manner of release dates and shipping dates that would appear to be coming well ahead of the official release date of Windows Mobile 5.It would be guessing that the rest of Europe is pretty much the same as here in UK in that not many people are putting their hands in their ...
Well the title tells the story really, saw this over at MSMobiles, makes me wonder if we're not far away from having this available on the new Windows Mobile 5.0 SmartPhone Devices? Or is it really going to be necessary on a device that is a phone in the first place? I think that with the speed of which VoIP is starting to entrench itself in the consumer market it will only be a matter of time before this becomes a reality. More details at: http://msmobiles.com/news.p... ...
There is another developer day being held at Microsoft on Saturday 22nd October 2005. I have taken the drastic step of putting myself forward to do a talk on Windows CE and Windows Mobile Device Software Development. If you would like me to do the talk you will need to vote for it!!! The more votes the more likely I am to have to do the talk.... The choice is yours. I hope to see some of you at the event! Either way I will be there. To vote and to register for the event go to the developer day website ...
Its been a very hectic month - been traveling for the last two weekends, finally a weekend back home. But it sure has been a very exciting month so far. Met quite a few of the product team folks back in Seattle. Anders Hejlsberg spoke to us about language features in C# 3.0 (absolutely astounding!), Mike Fitzmaurice - from the Office 12 team among many others. Ofcourse to top it all saw Bill Gates for the first time in Flesh and Blood (I have no clue what he spoke - my brain was only processing visuals ...
Its been almost a month since I last blogged - partially due to the fact that I was in Redmond, meeting key product teams and also attending TechReady - an internal technical conference. During my trip, I met Steven Pratschner who authored Customizing the Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime - check details on this book here. Its an excellent behavioral insight into the CLR, with complete details on the new hosting APIs of CLR 2.0 and its implications. This book serves to be the complement ...
Although I'm not a huge fan of this model by Samsung - simply by virtue of the aerial - I am very impressed with the detail of this review by MobileTechReview. Of particular note is the comprehensive benchmarking of the performance stats, I believe this will be come more relevant as speeds and capacities increase within the SmartPhone market. Don't forget that some of us poor saps used to have to fix File Servers for a living that had less memory and processor than some Mobile Phones have now.... ...
I was checking on the latest news regarding the C500 handset and Windows Mobile 5 at http://msmobiles.com and also came across another interesting site for similar news at http://www.coolsmartphone.com So first of all - start that download ;-)) Try this for the new 4.2.1.1 ROM Upgrade with Media Player 10 and Compatibility with THB car kit (whatever that means??), I'm always ready to be a guinea pig - but not tonight, I'll give this a bash tomorrow.http://www2.orange... ...
Microsoft Previews Next Release of Customer Relationship Management Solution at Worldwide Partner Conference Microsoft CRM 3.0 to provide a complete CRM suite with the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, and MINNEAPOLIS — July 5, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will preview the upcoming release of its customer relationship management solution, Microsoft® CRM 3.0, in timing with the Microsoft Tech•Ed 2005 Europe ...
I got the specs on my new cell phone today – the Samsung SCH-i730 from Verizon. I have been using a Blackberry in its various incarnations over the past four years, my current model being the 7250 with Bluetooth which is a very nice unit. I am curious to see how the Windows Mobile experience compares. Unfortunately it comes stock with Windows Mobile 2003 instead of Mobile 2005. Hopefully it will be upgradeable. There is also a debate looming on the forums if it has its wi-fi disabled or only ...
Jeff Sandquist thinks that the first Channel 9 podcast happened just a couple weeks ago! Wow. It looks like Jeff agrees with Robert Scoble, that podcasting only refers to delivery of audio enclosures. I can't believe this is coming from these two great forward thinkers. Why did the term podcasting originate? Basically because people were "broadcasting" to iPods. Would Scoble also have the term podcasting also only refer to delivery to an ipod? I think not. Good thing too, since I'd much rather deliver ...
TechED 2005 India, at Bangalore, got over today. It was a packed event with almost 1200 Developers, ITPros and Architects attending the event. I primarily spoke at the Mobile and Embedded track on Windows Mobile 2005 - managed and unmanaged development sessions. Infact, today I did a hands-on lab for the same as well - Windows Mobile 2005 seems to have got the attention from the compact device developers - Managed POOM rocked :) The Visual C++ 2005 session which I co-presented with Sridhar Maghugiri, ...
I did hear a totaly unsubstantiated rumour that MS have/had(?) considered calling this release Exchange 2006? And I guess when you consider that this is going to be release SP2 and the is nearly 3 years old, the MS Marketing machine must be itching to give it a new up-to-date name. Then the people looking after the revenue stream must also be thinking that would be a good idea as well. Let's just hope they hold off from that, as it would really have an effect on the speed of deployment on this. It'll ...
[I've changed the title of this entry to be more useful than 'Wednesday Summary' -- Tim] So far, today's not been quite as dynamic and exciting as the other days. Dunno if it's the sessions, or I'm just wearing down. Introduction to Managed Development for Devices with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Presented by Neil Enns, this session covered changes in VS 2005 for mobile development. That means SmartPhone, PocketPC, and WinCE. Some highlights: VS 2005 will support SmartPhone 2003 and later, and PocketPC ...
This is my breakdown of the keynote. This is unedited and most likely filled with spelling and grammar errors. 8:52 - Finally sitting down. Received a free Windows Update Services (WUS) CD 8:55 - The half the large screens as have Windows Media Player on them with visualizations. On the other half the sponsors list keeps going by. Where is Dell as a sponsor?? Usually Dell is a huge sponsor. Dell also doesn't have booth. 8:59 - People still entering. Good music so far. 9:03 - Welcome everyone to TechEd. ...
My week at Tech-Ed began this morning with Steve Ballmer's Keynote presentation. In it, he discussed the “New World of Work.” One highlight was the new features for Windows Mobile including “remote wipe.” This allows a company's admin to order a mobile device be wiped of all data if it is lost. Pretty cool. I've seen a couple of SharePoint sessions that did really provide me with much information that I wasn't already aware of. I'm sitting in an Indigo session now. The Orange ...
I got all excited hearing that Windows Mobile 5.0 was going to be released. Only for my hopes to be quashed once again by the likes of HTC and other mobile phone providers. It seems that they have all clubbed together and decided that they will not be doing ROM upgrades from Windows Mobile 2003 SE to the latest and greatest because it is in their interest to make phone users buy the new phones just for the OS!!!! This annoys developers such as myself because we want to play with this OS as well as ...
I recently bought the Samsung i600 SmartPhone. It is very cool, but I must admit I am challenged by what to do with it now that the newness has faded. It is a passable as just a phone…although it lacks many of the features I would expect in a much cheaper device (distinctive rings for different callers, graphic caller-id, decent headset volume, etc). Beyond the obvious (email) I tried using it as a portable MP3 device. It wasn’t bad but I couldn’t get enough volume into my Shure ...
I've been dumping this to Outlook and my PDA all morning... too much cool stuff, not enough time... Monday, June 06 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening Keynote 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM CSI241 Connected Systems Technologies and the .NET Framework: When to Use What S 220 E DAT382 Database Application Quick Start with SQL Server Express and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2005 S 210 E 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM GNL003 Microsoft Learning Presents: Getting Ready for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 N 320 D/H 1:30 PM - 2:45 ...
Have you built a mobile solution for you company from scratch? Yes, I’ve tried it too. Don’t get me wrong Visual Studio is a very powerful tool and the emulators are a great step forward but for my mind most of the pieces of the solution just aren’t there and you have to end up building most of that yourself. The risk is the components parts are not built to best practice and often aren’t as productive as they could be. In this space you are still very much on your own. Often ...
One of the key technologies that we are going to talk about at TechED 2005 India is Windows Mobile 2005 - with enhancements like Managed POOM, Message Interception, System State notification, it is one of the coolest things to have happened to managed development for compact device development. I just finished preparing my deck and demos for MED 302 - New Managed Messaging, State and Notification APIs in Windows Mobile on Day 2 of TechED - http://www.microsoft.com/in... ...
I just got in my new XV6600 Windows Mobile Smart Phone a few days ago. I downgraded/upgraded from a Dell X50v but I think it was the best choice. I made the switch because I wasn't using my PDA as much as I needed so I though this would force it on me, plus I love new gadgets. I also got a Sony HBH-660 bluetooth headset. There were two things that really sold me on this. 1) You look a little ridiculous holding a PDA to your head. 2) It has a caller id screen so I don't have to pull out my PDA to ...
I started writing this a while ago. So don’t be surprised when Part 2 shows up real quick after Part 1 ;) So for a long time I’ve wanted a PC in my car. Countless others have done it. In fact, one of my best friends put a modded Xbox in his Camry over a year ago. He got an LCD display and mounted on the top of the dashboard (above the glove compartment), and put the Xbox in the trunk. He loaded it up with music and movies and used Xbox Media Center to give it a friendly UI. So back in ...
This almost became a Dear Microsoft letter, but I decided at the last minute that most of these goals could be accomplished by just about anybody. So instead I’m going to start a new recurring column, “What I want.” This was originally supposed to be about the Tablet PC, but since I accidentally posted this before I wanted to, I've relabeled it with the more general topic of “mobility,“ since that's really the focus of this post. I'll post “part 2“ tomorrow ...
Last week I finally received my new phone, which I shall give the as-of-yet unclaimed designation: Brandonphone. Or not. Anyway, my Treo 600 is gone, handed down to my sister who recently joined the Sprint family J Replacing it is the new Sprint/Audiovox PPC-6601, pictured here: It’s gorgeous. It’s fast. It’s phenomenal. So far I’ve purchased MS Voice Command 1.5 and Spb Pocket Plus for it, both of which I recommend to any Pocket PC user. The Windows Mobile 2003SE Phone Edition ...