Here’s the weekly summary of a mix of Windows Mobile and general mobile tech related items from my personal blog.
Microsoft Changes Windows Mobile Naming Scheme (again)
Along with introducing Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft is once again changing the device naming scheme. The new device type names along with what we call them now are:
* Standard Edition == Smartphone
* Classic Edition == Pocket PC
* Professional Edition == Pocket PC Phone Edition
To make things even more interesting, the Standard Edition (Smartphone) includes a read-only (no editing) version of Office Mobile. Does all this really help differentiate the different Windows Mobile device types for the non-techie consumer (i.e., the vast majority of people buying these things)? I think not. My guess is that a common scene that will play out again and again are executives asking IT why they were given the obviously inferior Standard Edition instead of Professional Edition based solely on the naming scheme. This doesn’t help anyone and, in fact, may confuse even more people. Microsoft should have just renamed the phone-less Pocket PC to Pocket PC Standard Edition and left the other two names alone.
Microsoft .NET Micro Framework
So, we’ve got .NET Framework for PCs, .NET Compact Framework for Windows Mobile, and, now, .NET Micro Framework for MSN Direct and other embedded systems. It appears that this category also includes Windows Vista SideShow devices. Here’s a bunch of links to help you sort out the information. First up is the press release…
Microsoft .NET Micro Framework Is Now Available
Next is the frameworks website…
Microsoft .net Micro Framework
And, finally, a brief video (WMV format) providing examples of the types of devices that might run .net Micro Framework…
.NET Micro Framework demo video
MSDN: What’s New for Developers in Windows Mobile 6
The Microsoft Developer Network(MSDN) has a new overview page for developers interesting in creating Windows Mobile 6 applications. You can find it at…
What’s New for Developers in Windows Mobile 6
The page has a broken link to the Windows Mobile Wiki. I found it and have it linked correctly below.
Channel 9 Windows Mobile Wiki
Live Search for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java
Microsoft announced and made available Live Search for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java over the weekend. Unlike most Live services, this Live Search requires installing client software. The other interesting aspect is that versions for both Windows Mobile and Java based mobile devices (such as Nokia smartphones) were made available.
You can either download the software to your desktop (for later installation on your phone) at…
…or download it directly to your phone by visiting…
This service includes live traffic information for 25 U.S. cities. Maps and driving directions are available for other locations.
Hotmail Push Email for Windows Mobile 6
So, this push-email (made popular by the RIMM Blackberry) is all good and well. But, you are a Windows Mobile device user and do NOT use an Exchange Server for your email. So, big deal. Right?
Well, it turns out that push-email can be had with the free Hotmail service from Microsoft and the upcoming Windows Mobile 6 devices. Here’s a link to an article on the MSDN Blogs that describes how to set up a free push-email service.
Push Email with Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Mobile 6.0
ActiveSync 4.5 Ate my Device Partnerships!
Although I have a PC setup running Windows Vista Ultimate Edition and the new Windows Mobile Device Center (ActiveSync replacement), my main PC that syncs with most of my Windows Mobile devices runs Windows XP Media Center. Since…
Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5
…was released for those of us still syncing Pocket PCs and Smartphones with XP, I decided to upgrade from 4.2 to 4.5 today. No problem right? Simple upgrade, right? Wrong…
The upgrade process itself went smoothly. However, when I brought up ActiveSync 4.5 (without any WM device attached to the PC), I noticed it had lost all of its device partnerships! This meant that I had to re-partner every device. The pre-Windows Mobile 5 devices partnered quickly as usual. However, because Windows Mobile 5 devices keep their PIM data in slow non-volatile RAM, the partnership for WM5 boxes took forever. I’m talking what seemed like 5 to 10 minutes per device.
The Windows Mobile platform is over 10 years old now. This sort of problem should have stopped happening during the last century. ActiveSync continues to be a user-hostile application and continues to earn its nickname of ActiveStink. Let’s hope its successor, WMDC, doesn’t earn its own pejorative nickname.