The Microsoft Mobile Developer Conference 2004 starts next Wednesday and reportedly the highlight of the show is going to be the debut of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, an updated version of this operating system for both handhelds and smart phones.
Microsoft has been saying for months that it is going to add to the Pocket PC version of Windows Mobile support for VGA screens and switching between landscape and portrait modes on the fly. However, until now it has not been known when this was going to happen.
Now, News.com is reporting that this update will be released next week, just in time for Mobile DevCon. It was already known that the update would be discussed at several sessions doing this conference.
Pocket PCs won’t be the only ones getting new features. The version of this operating system for smart phones will get support for QVGA (320 by 240 pixels), the resolution used by almost all Pocket PCs now.
New Hardware Coming, Too
Citing “a source familiar with the company’s plans”, News.com also says that HP is planning to release New Handhelds that take advantage of the additional capabilities of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Exactly when this will happen is not yet known, but the article implies they could be announced as early as next week.
Reportedly, Toshiba won’t be releasing new Pocket PCs soon, but it will offer a free upgrade to the new version of Windows Mobile to its customers. As rumors of this upgrade circulated, many have been wondering if they will have to pay to install it on their handhelds.
The ASUS A730, an upcoming model that will have a VGA screen, will also run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.