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UTILITY: Microsoft releases Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Development Beta [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 03.06.08 - 19:49:27 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 27171x
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Finally, after some 3rd party developers released some Windows Mobile compatible SideShow drivers, also Microsoft gives SideShow some love by releasing Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile. Not yet mass-market ready, Microsoft's Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview v0.01 is an application for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. This enables you to use your phone as an extra window into your PC. You can both access your computer's information from your Pocket PC or Smartphone, and control the computer through a gadget interface.

While the phone is out of range, or when your computer is off, you can continue to view content sent to the phone previously. This makes it easy to send information to the phone that you'll need later on.

The developer preview is available in English only and supports Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate Bluetooth-enabled PCs using Microsoft's Bluetooth stack. Toshiba Bluetooth stack isn't supported at the moment. Furthermore, Windonws SideShow for Windows Mobile requires a Bluetooth-capable Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 6 Standard or Windows Mobile 6 Professional device with the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 installed.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by AlexBrown on 03.06.08 - 21:50:05

Do you have any screenshots of the device while connected?

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.06.08 - 22:45:36

Just updated with connected screenshots. Works quite nice on both, Windows Mobile Professional and Standard devices. Have installed some SideShow plug-ins from previous tests and so far, this looks like the best adaptation. Even looks good on VGA Professional devices.

Posted by Rajesh on 04.06.08 - 14:39:34

For Toshiba Bluetooth stack, can someone test with this method?

http://www.thinkabdul.com/2006/10/12/tu … oth-stack/

Posted by charmer on 04.06.08 - 16:34:18

Just waiting for the update that allows the connection to be used via USB now!

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.06.08 - 18:19:47

@Rajesh: It's not related to Bluetooth ActiveSync but it's a serial Bluetooth connection.

Posted by Chris Craft on 05.06.08 - 17:32:01

Hi I have a screenshot tour of Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Beta here:

http://www.cjcraft.com/blog/2008/06/04/ … First.aspx

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