msmobiles.com has a first glimpse of the next version of Microsoft’s operating system for data-centric wireless handhelds, which has not yet been officially announced.
Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition is quite similar to the standard Pocket PC 2003, except with some additional features added to handle the built-in mobile phones. Like Pocket PC 2003, the new Phone Edition will be based on Windows CE 4.2.
The new version will be quite similar to the current one, with a few enhancements. For example, the phone dialing application is skinnable. It also allows personalized ring tones, so incoming calls can be assigned a specific tone based on who is calling. It also comes with a new game.
Pocket PC Phone Edition should not be confused with Smartphone 2002. Both are intended for wireless devices but the devices they will be used on are very different. Smartphone 2002 is for mobile phones with extra wireless features, like email and Web access while Pocket PC Phone Edition is for handhelds with wireless capabilities.
It is not yet known when the first devices running Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition will be available.
The full msmobiles.com article has additional screen captures and details.
More About Pocket PC 2003
Microsoft recently gave developers an overview of the next version of its Pocket PC operating system. Codename Ozone, this will primarily be a bug-fix release for Pocket PC 2002 with a few enhancements.
Developers will have access to new tools to allow them to build applications that take fuller advantage of the XScale processors found in most of today’s handhelds. However, these applications will not run under Pocket PC 2002. Of course, the reverse is not true, as Pocket PC 2003 will retain backward compatibility.
Microsoft has decided to postpone adding other new features, such as voiced control, until a .NET version of Pocket PC is completed — expected in two to three years.