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'''Microsoft Pocket PC''', sometimes referred to as P/PC or PPC, is based upon the Windows CE framework.  Variants of this operating system include versions such as Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003/2003 SE, 5 and Windows Mobile 6.0.  Variants also exist for [[Smartphones]], such as Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone edition.
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==Benefits==
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[[Image:Pocketpc.jpg|thumb|Acer Pocket PC]]
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One of the key benefits of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is file format compatibility with the desktop versions of the company's productivity software.  Mobile versions of Microsoft software, such as Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and Pocket PowerPoint, allow individuals to view and edit these files outside of the home and office.
  
=Overview=
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Another benefit is integration with Microsoft's cross-platform solution, the .NET FrameworkThe .NET Framework and its associated class libraries handle things such as memory management, file I/O, and many other functionsThe .NET Framework allows programmers to develop code in one of several .NET languages, such as C# and VB.NETPocket PCs run a simplified version of the framework called the .NET Compact Framework.
A "PocketPC" is commonly referred to as a small-scale (hand-held) computer that runs Microsoft’s PocketPC/Windows Mobile software.
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As an operating system, Microsoft PocketPC, sometimes referred to as P/PC or PPC, is based upon the Windows CE framework. There are a few variants of this OS, namely "PocketPC 2000," "PocketPC 2002," "Windows Mobile 2003 (and Windows Mobile 2003 SE)," and the latest, "Windows Mobile 5.0.” Additional variants exist for [[SmartPhones]], such as Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone edition. The PDA version of the operating system can often be found in such devices as the Compaq iPaq, HP Jornada, and Dell AximSome popular features of PocketPC devices are their inclusion of "mobile" versions of such office software as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additionally, using Microsoft's ActiveSync program as a companion, a PocketPC-based device can "synch" with a parent computer.  In this way, the PocketPC device can easily hold such data items as Microsoft Outlook contacts and appointments, as well as mobile versions of Word and Excel documents.
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In 2001, PDAs with Palm OS installed enjoyed a market share of about 72 percent, while PocketPC held a meager 15 percentHowever, by the fourth quarter of 2004, Microsoft PocketPC and Palm OS were practically tied.  With sales of Palm OS devices down, PocketPC-based devices had a market share of 40.2 percent to Palm's 40.7 percent.  This is evidence of the growing popularity of PocketPC-based devices, and thus the increased likeliness one will encounter such a device "in the field."
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In order to maintain synchronization and connectivity with desktop computers, Microsft developed the ActiveSync program.  The user merely has to connect the Pocket PC to the desktop computer in order to synchronize items such as appointments, contact lists, and even multimedia files. 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
  
The PocketPC operating system began as Windows CE in November of 1996.  The NEC MobilePro 200 and the Casio A-10 were the first two PDA-type devices available with this early version of the operating system.  From here, Windows CE continued in development through versions 2 (with such devices as the MD Elan SC400, DEC SA1100, Hitachi SuperH 3, NEC VR4101, Philips DR 31500, and the Toshiba TX3912).
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Windows CE, which serves as the framework for the Pocket PC operating systems, began its life in November of 1996.  The NEC MobilePro 200 and the Casio A-10 were the first two PDA-type devices available with this early version of the operating system, which was dubbed Handheld PC 1.0.
 
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=PocketPC Variants=
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As previously noted, there exist many variants of the PocketPC operating system.  Below are a summary of each.
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==PocketPC 2000==
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==PocketPC 2002==
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Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft's PDA operating system, is more stable than the previous version and offers a barrel of bundled software, including MSN Messenger and a remote access client. However in order to run this operating system, serious hardware requirements must be available. Flash ROM is one of the requirements which only comes standard on the Compaq Ipaq.
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==Windows Mobile 2003/SE==
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Based on the Windows CE.Net operating system, Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC includes a Windows-like graphical user interface (GUI), tools and helper apps, and several companion applications, including Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. It's the third major release of the platform, which debuted in April 2000 and was last updated in October 2001
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Here's a list of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC's new features:
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-- Enhanced Connection Manager user interface
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-- Zero Configuration connections
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-- Improved animated connectivity status icons
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-- Improved connectivity bubbles
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-- Always-on Bluetooth discoverability
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-- Use of Bluetooth modems
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-- Bluetooth beaming
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-- Auto-correct spelling
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-- Auto-suggest in Inbox
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-- One-touch turn all radios off
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-- 802.1x support
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-- Certificate Management UI
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-- IPSec/L2TP
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-- Support for Multiple VPNs
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-- IPv6 support
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-- New Today screen
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-- Smart Lookup in Contacts
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-- Windows CE 4.2 operating systems
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-- .NET Compact Framework
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-- Enhanced developer support
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-- 128-bit encryption strength for Crypto API
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-- Improved power management
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-- Windows Media Player 9 Series for Pocket PC 2003
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-- Plus! Sync & Go
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-- Support for Plus! Photo Story
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-- Windows Movie Maker 2
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-- Pictures
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-- New version of Pocket Internet Explorer
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Subsequently, Microsoft released iterations of its mobile operating systems with names such as Handheld PC 2.0 (1997), Palm-Size PC 2.0 (1998), Handheld PC Professional Edition (1998).
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-- "Jawbreaker" game
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-- vCard and vCal support
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-- Inbox signature support
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As development of Windows CE continued, manufacturers began to build more esoteric devices around it, such as internet TV set-top boxes and web-enabled telephones.  
   
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-- New user notifications
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==Windows Mobile 5.0==
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Pocket PC officially began its public life when it was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2000Codenamed "Rapier", the first version of the Pocket PC operating system was simply named Pocket PC.
Windows Mobile 5.0, based off of Windows CE 5.0, was released on May 10, 2005.  Windows Mobile 5.0 brought many changes to the PocketPC landscapeFor one, with this release, the phone and PDA versions of the OS have merged into one encompassing OS, instead of two separate versions of the same one.  Additionally, while past versions of PocketPC software utilized the RAM of a PDA for program and data storage, Windows Mobile 5.0 uses a PDA's hardware more like a traditional computer.  The operating system and user data is stored in the more persistent ROM of the device, and RAM is used in a way more similar to that of a desktop PC.  This has implications for forensics, as data stored on these devices is now less volatile.
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==Pocket PC Versions==
  
=Pocket PC Devices=
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===Pocket PC 2000===
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Pocket PC 2000, based on Micrsoft's Windows CE 3.0 platform, was a first step towards the familiar appearance and functionality that is offered by Windows Mobile 5.0.  Devices running Pocket PC 2000 ranged from the Askey PC010, which had a 16-color grayscale screen with no expansion slots, to the Casio EM-500, which had a 64k color screen and provisions for upgraded pheripherals such as cameras.  Pocket PC 2000 launched with versions of Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and Microsoft Reader bundled.  ActiveSync 3.1, which provided an easier way to install applications onto the Pocket PC, was required to synchronize with host desktop machines.
  
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===Pocket PC 2002===
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Codenamed "Merlin," Pocket PC 2002 was Microsoft's Windows CE 3.0-based upgrade to Pocket PC 200.  Pocket PC 2002 offered many improvements over the previous operating system, including a Terminal Service Client, a new mail Inbox, Windows Media Player 8.0, improved versions of Pocket Word and MS Reader, and many other features. 
  
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There were three service packs (EUUU1/2/3) released which addressed bugs and other issues in the original release.
  
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===Windows Mobile Versions===
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Please see [[Microsoft Windows Mobile]] for more information on these Operating Systems.
  
'''References:'''
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==Pocket PC Devices==
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In recent years, a number of manufacturers have elected to produce Pocket PC devices.  Some of these makers include companies such as:
  
[http://www.hpcfactor.com/support/windowsce/ The History of Microsoft Windows CE]
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*  Acer
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*  Asus
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*  Audiovox
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*  Dell
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*  HP
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*  HTC
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*  Mitac
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*  Motorola
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*  MWg
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*  Samsung
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*  Siemens
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*  Sony Ericsson
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*  Symbol
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*  Treo
  
[http://palmtops.about.com/cs/pdafacts/a/Palm_Pocket_PC.htm Palm vs. Pocket PC-The Great Debate]
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Because different manufacturers are targeted at different segments of the market, such as business and consumers, the features and functionality of these devices sometimes differ greatly. For example, some devices have built-in capability for taking images and videos, while other devices have tools such as biometric fingerprint readers and barcode scanners.
  
[http://www.windowsfordevices.com/news/NS8063885791.html Gartner: Windows CE ties Palm]
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==References==
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*[http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/default.mspx Windows Mobile Homepage]
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*[http://www.pocketpcfreeware.org/ Free Pocket PC Software]
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*[http://www.hpcfactor.com/support/windowsce/ The History of Microsoft Windows CE]
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*[http://palmtops.about.com/cs/pdafacts/a/Palm_Pocket_PC.htm Palm vs. Pocket PC-The Great Debate]
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*[http://www.windowsfordevices.com/news/NS8063885791.html Gartner: Windows CE ties Palm]
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_PC PocketPC]
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[[Category:Windows Mobile]]

Latest revision as of 15:39, 9 May 2009

Microsoft Pocket PC, sometimes referred to as P/PC or PPC, is based upon the Windows CE framework. Variants of this operating system include versions such as Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003/2003 SE, 5 and Windows Mobile 6.0. Variants also exist for Smartphones, such as Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone edition.

Contents

Benefits

Acer Pocket PC

One of the key benefits of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is file format compatibility with the desktop versions of the company's productivity software. Mobile versions of Microsoft software, such as Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and Pocket PowerPoint, allow individuals to view and edit these files outside of the home and office.

Another benefit is integration with Microsoft's cross-platform solution, the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework and its associated class libraries handle things such as memory management, file I/O, and many other functions. The .NET Framework allows programmers to develop code in one of several .NET languages, such as C# and VB.NET. Pocket PCs run a simplified version of the framework called the .NET Compact Framework.

In order to maintain synchronization and connectivity with desktop computers, Microsft developed the ActiveSync program. The user merely has to connect the Pocket PC to the desktop computer in order to synchronize items such as appointments, contact lists, and even multimedia files.

History

Windows CE, which serves as the framework for the Pocket PC operating systems, began its life in November of 1996. The NEC MobilePro 200 and the Casio A-10 were the first two PDA-type devices available with this early version of the operating system, which was dubbed Handheld PC 1.0.

Subsequently, Microsoft released iterations of its mobile operating systems with names such as Handheld PC 2.0 (1997), Palm-Size PC 2.0 (1998), Handheld PC Professional Edition (1998).

As development of Windows CE continued, manufacturers began to build more esoteric devices around it, such as internet TV set-top boxes and web-enabled telephones.

Pocket PC officially began its public life when it was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2000. Codenamed "Rapier", the first version of the Pocket PC operating system was simply named Pocket PC.

Pocket PC Versions

Pocket PC 2000

Pocket PC 2000, based on Micrsoft's Windows CE 3.0 platform, was a first step towards the familiar appearance and functionality that is offered by Windows Mobile 5.0. Devices running Pocket PC 2000 ranged from the Askey PC010, which had a 16-color grayscale screen with no expansion slots, to the Casio EM-500, which had a 64k color screen and provisions for upgraded pheripherals such as cameras. Pocket PC 2000 launched with versions of Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and Microsoft Reader bundled. ActiveSync 3.1, which provided an easier way to install applications onto the Pocket PC, was required to synchronize with host desktop machines.

Pocket PC 2002

Codenamed "Merlin," Pocket PC 2002 was Microsoft's Windows CE 3.0-based upgrade to Pocket PC 200. Pocket PC 2002 offered many improvements over the previous operating system, including a Terminal Service Client, a new mail Inbox, Windows Media Player 8.0, improved versions of Pocket Word and MS Reader, and many other features.

There were three service packs (EUUU1/2/3) released which addressed bugs and other issues in the original release.

Windows Mobile Versions

Please see Microsoft Windows Mobile for more information on these Operating Systems.

Pocket PC Devices

In recent years, a number of manufacturers have elected to produce Pocket PC devices. Some of these makers include companies such as:

  • Acer
  • Asus
  • Audiovox
  • Dell
  • HP
  • HTC
  • Mitac
  • Motorola
  • MWg
  • Samsung
  • Siemens
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Symbol
  • Treo

Because different manufacturers are targeted at different segments of the market, such as business and consumers, the features and functionality of these devices sometimes differ greatly. For example, some devices have built-in capability for taking images and videos, while other devices have tools such as biometric fingerprint readers and barcode scanners.

References