Since yesterday, I have my new iPAQ H3870 with Bluetooth in my hands (yes, it took a little bit longer to get it but finally... ;-) and yes â€“ the most important for me is the Bluetooth functionality of this iPAQ. However, since I'm playing with Bluetooth I miss one feature and now I know how it should looks like:
It is clear, that Bluetooth will become the common connection interface for Pocket PCs (see also my interview with Martin Croome from Socket Communications) and while every Pocket PC will have Bluetooth in the future â€“ which can be used to share contacts, etc) there is no application which allows me to use my Pocket PC to communicate with other Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC users today. I mean a kind of standardized IM via Bluetooth, not propriety applications designed for a dedicated Bluetooth card only.
So why Microsoft doesn't feature the MSN Messenger on the Pocket PC 2002 with this functionality? This would be great! Imagine to chat with other guys around you (e.g. within a meeting) via Bluetooth!? That's the benefit of a PAN (Personal Area Network) and imagine the connectivity possibilities: You chat with your colleague(s) about a topic while you are in a meeting and connected via GPRS to the IM service on the Internet too. At any point of your discussion, you invite a buddy of your MSN Messenger list to join the chat with your Bluetooth buddy(s), who are still connected to your Pocket PC via Bluetooth.
Now, the Internet buddy can also chat with the Bluetooth buddy â€“ while both using your GPRS connection. Wouldn't it great!?
The point is, that I would like to see a standard Pocket PC 2002 program like MSN Messenger to become the program for chats using Bluetooth as connection type. Even Wi-Fi/W-LAN could be integrated within this concept...
Microsoft, can you hear me!? ;-) What do you think about expanding the possibilities of the Windows Messenger into this direction? What do you folks â€“ the reader of Pocket PC Writer.Net think about this? I would like to see this...
Cheers ~ Arne