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DEVELOPMENT: Is Windows Vista SideShow finally coming to Windows Mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 23.11.07 - 10:07:22 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 26706x
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It's been a while that we talked about Microsoft's Windows Vista SideShow feature and while SideShow is still not too popular, finally there are some good chances we might see it officially coming to Windows Mobile as well. Windows SideShow is a new technology which was introduced with Windows Vista and so far it's mostly used to support a secondary screen on mobile PCs, even if the developers also had remote control support for Windows Media Center, and digital photo frames in mind.
With this additional display you can view important information whether your laptop is on, off, or in sleep mode.

However, so far there isn't too much SideShow compatible hardware available and even HTC's Shift UMPC isn't utilizing SideShow to display received E-Mails and PIM data but HTC decided to use its own technology called SnapVUE, which is based on Windows Mobile. One problem is, that SideShow requires dedicated hardware instead of utilizing exisitng hardware - namely Windows Mobile.

Anyway, in the Windows SideShow Team Blog a new SDK Beta was recently announced which adds some new features like:

  • Portrait QVGA UI designed for remote controls
  • New Universal driver for Windows SideShow that supports USB and Bluetooth communication
  • New Bluetooth menu commands

QVGA and Bluetooth? Exactly - two feature nearly every Windows Mobile devices sports today. Imagine if you could use your Bluetooth connected Windows Mobile smartphone to remote control your Windows Media Center as well as getting information from your Media Center delivered to your smartphone, like the EPG, playlist, etc.

This would be cool and - even more important - it would definitely makes sense. Microsoft constantly launches interesting new technologies, features and services, however - in most cases these technologies and services are not working with each other.

Anyway, a Windows Mobile SideShow support isn't confirmed today but with the new SDK, there are some real chances we will finally get a broader support of it.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Matt_UK on 23.11.07 - 19:43:35

Hello.

It's a popular misconception that you must always have specific hardware to make a SideShow device.  We are working on a framework that will make it incredibly easy to turn existing devices - e.g. PDAs and mobile phones - into SideShow devices, regardless of the operating system.

As a proof of concept for our framework today we made a first beta release of a SideShow renderer for Windows Mobile. this will be your first chance to experience SideShow on Windows Mobile, although it currently only supports glance (i.e. headline or summary) data.

The beta programme will progress by adding the interactive data you are talking about (e.g. remote control of Windows Media Player), as well as adding some transports other than Bluetooth.

Our Ikanos Connectivity Framework currently includes Bluetooth and GPRS connectivity and supports Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC.

If anyone is interested in joining the beta please email beta at ikanosconsulting dot com.

All the best,

Matt

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