Microsoft Releases Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1

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Microsoft has introduced a new version of the Windows Mobile Device Center, the software Windows Mobile smartphones and handhelds use to synchronize with PCs running Windows Vista.

The latest version of this application offers a number of improvements targeting Windows Mobile 6 devices, including:

  • HTML mail – Set up a Windows Mobile 6 device to sync HTML-formatted mail
  • Allow data connections on the Windows Mobile 6 device when connected to the PC
  • File synchronization for smartphones – Synchronize files with a Windows Mobile 6 devices, including both touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices
  • Information Rights Management activation — Automatically configure the Windows Mobile 6 device to open IRM-protected documents and files
  • Certificate Enrollment — Acquire certificates through the PC the Windows Mobile 6 device is currently connected to

To learn more or to upgrade a Vista PC to Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1, visit Microsoft’s web site.

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More About Windows Mobile Device Center

When Microsoft released Windows Vista earlier this year, it replaced ActiveSync with a new mobile device synchronization application called the Windows Mobile Device Center.

Despite the name change, this application still performs the same tasks as ActiveSync always did. At the same time, though, its look and feel have been updated.

All Vista users with a device running Windows Mobile 2003 or later must use this application to synchronize data with a PC. ActiveSync should not be installed on any computer running Vista.

At the same time, the Windows Mobile Device Center should not be installed on any Windows XP or earlier PC.

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