Microsoft’s Mobile Developers Conference was last week, the highlight of which was the release of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for handhelds and smart phones.
One of the most significant new features in this new edition is the ability to switch the display between portrait and landscape modes on the fly. During Mobile DevCon, Microsoft showed off several concepts for new Pocket PC handhelds that are made possible though this new function.
Andy Sjostrom from Smartphone Thoughts was in attendance and was able to get the original presentation slides.
There were five devices shown, only one of which was even close to the traditional tablet design. There were two clamshell devices and two with pull-out keyboards. One of them used a square screen, another new feature in Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
Clearly, Microsoft feels that cellular-wireless Pocket PCs are going to be very significant in the future, as every concept device shown was of this type.
These are only ideas of what future handhelds might look like, not anything companies are planning to release in the near future.
All of the slides are available on Smartphone Thoughts.