Well, the big day has finally arrived. Today Microsoft officially announced Pocket PC 2003, which it's renamed Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. It's the third major release of the platform, which debuted in April 2000 and was last updated in October 2001, and Microsoft claims it's the best performing and most stable version yet.
The latest version offers improvements in the areas of communications and multimedia, with an newer, better Connection Manager for setting up connections to devices and networks, the addition of Pocket MSN, and a new application for viewing and editing images, called Pictures. But most of the changes are under the hood as Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC is primarily about supporting Microsoft's .NET strategy.
Of course, an operating system is nothing without hardware to run it. Two handhelds are already available running Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC: the Hewlett Packard iPAQ h2210 and Toshiba e355. In addition, HP announced three other devices with the new OS that will be available in the next month or so: the iPAQ h1940, iPAQ h5150, and iPAQ h5550. And ViewSonic has a Pocket PC coming later this summer that will have an integrated digital camera.
A couple of Pocket PC newcomers have made announcements, too. JVC says that it intends to release two models, one capable of MPEG4 video capture. And Gateway will release its first Pocket PC next month.
Brighthand's Steve Bush has been extrordinarily busy over the past few days not only doing a comprehensive overview of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC but also putting together reviews of both the HP iPAQ h2210 and the Toshiba e355.
More announcements are expected so keep checking this page for the latest on the release of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.
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