Now that Microsoft has officially announced Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, just about everyone wants to know when and if they’ll be able to load the new version onto their current Pocket PC.
These updates won’t come directly from Microsoft. Instead, each licensee will be responsible for taking the generic version of the software given to it by Microsoft and tweaking it for their particular models.
When asked by Brighthand, an HP spokesperson was noncommittal: “We are currently evaluating the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software update for the iPAQ Pocket PC.”
iPAQabilities apparently found someone at HP willing to say more. It reports being told that HP will release updates only for the h2215, h4155, h4355, h5155, and h5555.
This means there will be no updates for discontinued models like the h3000 series or the h1910 and h1935. It also means there won’t be one for the h1945, a model that HP is still offering right now. Marc Boudreau from iPAQabilities says he was told by his source at HP that there wouldn’t be h1935 or h1945 updates because these models lack enough space in their ROM.
It is not known when HP will release any of these updates or whether it will be charging for them.
Of course, New iPAQ Models to be released in the future will come with the Second Edition pre-installed.
A spokesperson for Dell was completely straightforward about her company’s plans: “Dell will deploy Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition in future Axim products. We have no plans at this time to offer Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition updates for current Axim X3 or Axim X5 products.”
Update: Perhaps after seeing some of the initial negative reactions to this decision, the spokesperson softened the position slightly: “As always, should we see a significant customer for demand for the update on the X3, we could revisit this position.”
Though Toshiba USA has not yet responded to Brighthand‘s request for information, the French web site PocketPCParadise was told by Toshiba to expect a free Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition update for the e805 in May. A version for the e405 is expected in June. It seems reasonable to expect these to be released in the U.S. at about the same times.