After a week of being taken to court by Europe and having their face rubbed in the dirt by HP who announced they’ll be releasing Linux PCs and notebooks, Microsoft finally has some good news. Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition is here, and it’s got some cool features to attract developers and new users.
In San Franciso today at their Windows Mobile Developer conference Microsoft showcased its Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software, the newest version of the Windows Mobile software platform, which offers new functionality and fosters device and application innovation. The Windows Mobile platform adds support for dynamic screen switching between landscape and portrait modes and square screen resolution support that enables smaller devices with keyboards — both of which are platform firsts. Additional features include VGA and QVGA that support high-resolution displays for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, respectively.
“The Motorola MPx with a unique, compact dual-hinge design is one of the first devices that take advantage of key capabilities enabled by Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software,” said Michael Tatelman, vice president and general manager of the MOTOPro group, Motorola Mobile Handset Business. “Microsoft’s continued commitment to drive innovation and engage with the developer community is beneficial in providing our customers with a robust set of applications and solutions that, when combined with the MOTOPro Innovation Platform, deliver a powerful wireless experience.”
With this release, Microsoft is focused on enabling hardware diversity while preserving platform consistency. Hardware diversity facilitates creation of exciting new form factors by device makers to address specific market needs. Platform consistency enables developers to reach a large addressable market with a single code base. Also benefiting developers is Microsoft’s updated Windows Mobile Developer Resource Kit, which allows developers to easily create new applications and services based on the new software and thus benefit directly from the new functionality expected, such as higher- resolution screens and new form factors.