In a massive popularity shift, of the 2.8 million PDAs that were shipped globally last quarter, Windows Mobile took a 48.1% market share while the Palm OS took a meager 29.8. The Palm OS fell sharply over the prior quarter where it held the number one spot with a 46.9% market share. The exit of Sony is being blamed for the fall.
Microsoft and HP have lost another round in their patent fight with E-Pass Technologies. They had hoped to show that E-Pass' patents, which it claims cover just about every type of handheld computer, are invalid because such devices existed before the patents were filed.
HP has released a ROM update for the iPAQ rx3715 that, among other things, adds the latest version of Microsoft's multimedia software.
Sony has announced it will be releasing the VAIO U750 (VAIO VGN-U750P to be specific) in the U.S., this device was sold in Japan as the VAIO U70. This handheld notebook device offers a fully fledged Windows XP Professional operating system, Pentium M 1.0GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and unique touch screen input functionality.
Reportedly, palmOne is looking into the possibility of using Linux and both versions of Microsoft's Windows Mobile on upcoming handhelds and smartphones, rather than the Palm OS.
MDM has released Quickoffice Premier UIQ 2.0, which adds support for viewing PowerPoint files to this suite of applications that allows users to work with Microsoft Office files.
A Microsoft executive has given an overview of some of the features that will be added to a future version of Windows Mobile.
Such a statement would normally be considered blasphemy, but investment bank Needham and Company is reporting in a PalmSource investment overview document that palmOne is going to use Windows Mobile on future Treo Smartphones.
Football Director, a football management game for Microsoft Pocket PC, has been updated for the new season.
According to a stock analyst, palmOne is developing a member of its Treo line that will run Windows Mobile for Smartphones.
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