Pumatech updates PDA sync software – Includes support for Outlook Express

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Pumatech has updated their market-dominating PDA sync software with a number of nice features including the ability to sync with Outlook Express. Pocket PC users get a free copy of Outlook but Palm users do not, so this is a welcome change for many.

Perhaps a big question then is [when] will Pocket PC stop shipping with Outlook to keep costs down? Express is after all free and the manufacturers would surely rather have more money in their pockets than less. I am assuming they’d keep the difference from the reduced software license cost. Or perhaps not, maybe this new breed of entry-level PDA’s would ship with Express and a slighly smaller price tag.

Here’s a quick rundown of the other new features –

– Support for Palm OS 5 devices
– Email attachment support
– Added Liveupdate feature to keep software fresh at all times

The only problem is this new version is not compatible with Palm OS 5 email clients. There is an update due out soon. You can visit this page to learn more about the issue and to sign up to receive an email when the work around is available.

The bad news? The update is not free and it looks like you have to have version 5.0 or later to qualify for the $35 upgrade. I have version 4.1 that came with the Tungsten T and Clie NX70V. I’m wondering who, if anyone, has version 5. So, if you can’t get the upgrade, the full version runs $70. Don’t all rush out to purchase at once!

Brian

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