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Many products and services enable wireless computing, and the solutions that employ portable computing devices and wireless networks are sure to grow.
CHICAGO April 20,
- Companies have been investigating and rolling out wireless computing systems for at least ten years. While the desktop space continues to draw hype from exploits of pure speed and performance, the handheld world is thriving on simplicity and usability. Most people wont have their first experience on the Internet through a desktop PC, but on a wireless device. Desktop PC applications are geared for general-purpose hardware, whereas handheld applications are created for a specialized platform. Microsoft PocketPC is going to change this situation to a more general direction. Continuous uptime and real-time are also essential. For instance, e-mails in major corporations announcing downtime on Saturday morning for network upgrades is simply not acceptable.
The immediate need for information is key in the financial services industry. Stock exchanges have used wireless computing systems for many years. Brokerage customers receive personalized investment information, such as account balances, real-time stock alerts and execution notifications through their wireless device. Familiar applications range from mobile field dispatch to tracking packages and monitoring financial information. Wireless communications and portable computing devices has inspired many firms to develop solutions that improve customer service and advance their competitive advantage. While the Internets infiltration into our daily lives barrels forth, the line between online and computing grows blurred.
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Handheld technology is seeping into a variety of industries, such as healthcare. Healthcare-based Palm and PocketPC products address many segments of the sphere, such as billing and charge capture, patient information management, clinical guidelines, practice management, patient monitoring, ambulatory care, pharmacy orders and medical references. PocketPC's and other handhelds feature an HTML-like elegance. PocketPC manufacturers continue to add new features to provide simple, yet elegant, powerful solutions. Many products and services enable wireless computing, and the solutions that employ portable computing devices and wireless networks are sure to grow.
The new Windows powered Pocket PC brings desktop PC features into a PocketPC device in a form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. As with the previous Palm-size PC, the Pocket PC is a pen-entry device. Both the Character Recognition and Keyboard modes have been improved. The Pocket PC has a re-designed GUI (Graphical User Interface) that makes it easier to start applications and access features. Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and pocket versions of some favorite business applications are in use. Pocket Outlook is the Pocket PC's Personal Information Manager and includes versions of Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox optimized for the Pocket PC. Pocket Office contains the two most popular Microsoft Office applications optimized for the small screen and pen-entry input of the Pocket PC: Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. ActiveSync 3.1 adds USB support for synchronizing data using a fast USB connection.