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=Windows Mobile Versions=
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'''Windows Mobile''' is an operating system that has both a look-and-feel and a programmer API that are similar to Microsoft Windows but which runs in a dramatically reduced footprint. Windows Mobile is the successor operating system to Windows CE.  
==Windows Mobile 2002==
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Windows Mobile 2002 is powered by Windows CE 3.0.  It was targeted at QVGA Pocket PCs.
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==Windows Mobile 2003==
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[[Image:Windows-Mobile-6-Professional.jpg‎|frame|right|Windows Mobile 6 Professional.]]
Windows Mobile 2003, codenamed "Ozone", was released on June 23, 2003. It came in three different editions; Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone.  The Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition are very similar other then the fact that the Pocket PC Phone Edition was designed for Pocket PCs with added fun functionalities.  This version of Windows Mobile is powered by Windows CE 4.20, which claimed to provide a more responsive system when compared with devices running Windows CE 3.0.
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This version of the operating system added many useful features, including a picture viewer, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi support, Windows Media Player 9.0, as well as a host of Personal Information Management application improvements. This version of Windows Mobile required ActiveSync 3.7 to communicate with a host computer.
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== Windows Mobile Versions ==
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Windows Mobile runs on multiple hardware platforms including Pocket PCs, smartphones, Portable Media Center, and automobiles. These hardware platforms did not always exist from the inception of Windows Mobile.
  
==Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition==
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===Windows Mobile 2003===
This version of Windows Mobile 2003 was an upgrade on the first version and offered many improvements.  This version is powered by Windows CE 4.21, and adds support for 640x480 VGA resolution, portrait and landscape display modes, DPI settings, and many other improvements. Devices running this OS are plagued by a need for constant power. While this edition combined with the first edition had one of the longest shelf lives of the Windows Mobile versions (3+ years) very few devices gained popularity. Many devices in this time period chose the more power efficient Palm OS.
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Windows Mobile 2003 was released on June 23, 2003, and was the first release under the Windows Mobile banner. It came in four editions: "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Premium Edition", "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Professional Edition", "Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone" and "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition". The last was designed especially for Pocket PCs which include phone functionality. The Professional Edition was used in Pocket PC budget models such as the iPAQ rz1700 series. It lacked a number of features that were in the Premium Edition, such as a client for L2TP/IPsec VPNs. Windows Mobile 2003 was powered by Windows CE 4.20.
  
==Windows Mobile 5.0==
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===Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition===
Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, based off of Windows CE 5.0, was released on May 10, 2005. Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 brought many changes to the Pocket PC landscape. For 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 Pocket PC software utilized the RAM of a PDA for program and data storage, Microsoft 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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Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, also known as "Windows Mobile 2003 SE", was released on March 24, 2004 and first offered on the Dell Axim x30.
  
==Crossbow==
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===Windows Mobile 5.0===
The next release of Windows Mobile, currently named Crossbow is expected to be released in devices in the first half of 2007.  Conflicting reports have some saying it will be based on Windows CE 5.0, while others claim a CE 6.0.  This not withstanding, it is expected to integrate tightly with the upcoming Windows Vista and recently deployed Windows Live service.  Additional challenges facing forensic investigators is the support for VoIP with Crossbow.  While it is too early to offer details or experiences, it is touting to be more in line with the Blackberry "push" model then the previous Windows CE "pull" model.
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The biggest difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and previous editions is that user data in WM5 is no longer stored in volatile memory. This means that the user data saved on the mobile phone will not be erased if the battery is disconnected or has depleted. In Windows Mobile 2003, if the battery depletes, or is disconnected for more than 15 minutes, all user data is lost.
  
=External Links=
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===Windows Mobile 6===
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile]
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Windows Mobile 6 was released in 2007. Some users are able to update their Windows Mobile 5 to the new 6.0 version for free. WM6 will integrate tightly with Windows Vista.  Challenges facing forensic investigators are the support for VoIP and advanced multimedia.  While it is too early to offer details or experiences, it is touting to be more in line with the Blackberry "push" model then the previous Windows CE "pull" model.
*[http://www.mypocketpcmobile.com Windows Mobile Devices,Software,FAQ,Freeware]
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===Windows Mobile 6.1===
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Windows Mobile 6.1 was announced April 1, 2008. It is a minor upgrade to the existing Windows Mobile 6 platform which brings with it a redesigned Home screen featuring horizontal tiles that expand on clicking to display more information, although this new home screen is featured only on Windows Mobile Standard edition. Several other improvements such as threaded SMS, full page zooming in IE and 'Domain Enroll' have also been added. Domain Enroll is functionality to connect the device to System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, a product to manage mobile devices.
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/default.mspx Official site of Windows Mobile]
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*[http://www.smartphone-freeware.org/ Free software for Windows Mobile Smartphones]
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*[http://www.pocketpcfreeware.org/ Free software for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs]
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[[Category:Windows Mobile]]

Latest revision as of 13:19, 9 May 2009

Windows Mobile is an operating system that has both a look-and-feel and a programmer API that are similar to Microsoft Windows but which runs in a dramatically reduced footprint. Windows Mobile is the successor operating system to Windows CE.

Windows Mobile 6 Professional.

Windows Mobile Versions

Windows Mobile runs on multiple hardware platforms including Pocket PCs, smartphones, Portable Media Center, and automobiles. These hardware platforms did not always exist from the inception of Windows Mobile.

Windows Mobile 2003

Windows Mobile 2003 was released on June 23, 2003, and was the first release under the Windows Mobile banner. It came in four editions: "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Premium Edition", "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Professional Edition", "Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone" and "Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition". The last was designed especially for Pocket PCs which include phone functionality. The Professional Edition was used in Pocket PC budget models such as the iPAQ rz1700 series. It lacked a number of features that were in the Premium Edition, such as a client for L2TP/IPsec VPNs. Windows Mobile 2003 was powered by Windows CE 4.20.

Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition

Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, also known as "Windows Mobile 2003 SE", was released on March 24, 2004 and first offered on the Dell Axim x30.

Windows Mobile 5.0

The biggest difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and previous editions is that user data in WM5 is no longer stored in volatile memory. This means that the user data saved on the mobile phone will not be erased if the battery is disconnected or has depleted. In Windows Mobile 2003, if the battery depletes, or is disconnected for more than 15 minutes, all user data is lost.

Windows Mobile 6

Windows Mobile 6 was released in 2007. Some users are able to update their Windows Mobile 5 to the new 6.0 version for free. WM6 will integrate tightly with Windows Vista. Challenges facing forensic investigators are the support for VoIP and advanced multimedia. While it is too early to offer details or experiences, it is touting to be more in line with the Blackberry "push" model then the previous Windows CE "pull" model.

Windows Mobile 6.1

Windows Mobile 6.1 was announced April 1, 2008. It is a minor upgrade to the existing Windows Mobile 6 platform which brings with it a redesigned Home screen featuring horizontal tiles that expand on clicking to display more information, although this new home screen is featured only on Windows Mobile Standard edition. Several other improvements such as threaded SMS, full page zooming in IE and 'Domain Enroll' have also been added. Domain Enroll is functionality to connect the device to System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, a product to manage mobile devices.

External Links