Dell Selling Windows Mobile 5.0 Upgrades

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The long wait is almost over for users of the Axim X50 series who would like to upgrade their handheld to Windows Mobile 5.0. Dell has begun pre-selling upgrade CDs on its web site.

When Dell first announced in May that it would offer this operating system upgrade, the company said it wouldn’t be available until October.

It clearly expects to meet this deadline, as Dell says upgrade CDs purchased today will ship in another one or two weeks.

Dell Axim X50v It will be available only on CD, not as a download from Dell’s web site. In the past, this company had problems with people freely distributing downloadable copies of Axim upgrades.

The upgrade can be purchased through Dell’s web store for $39.

Dell does not plan to release a Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for the Axim X30 series, or any of its earlier handhelds.

More About Windows Mobile 5.0

The Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade will let X50 series users take advantage of several productivity and multimedia enhancements, like updated Microsoft Office programs and Direct3D Mobile support.

It also supports persistent Storage capability, helping to protect against the loss of personal data and applications when batteries discharge completely.

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