NEW YORK - April 19 - Today in New York's Grand Central Station,
Microsoft Corp. announced immediate availability of the Pocket PC and joined
industry partners to herald in a new era of truly personal computing.
Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs
from hardware partners Casio Computer Company Ltd., Compaq Computer Corp.,
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Symbol Technologies Inc. while putting the devices
to the test through demonstrations showcasing their wireless, enterprise and
cutting-edge gaming and video capabilities. More than 60 companies showcased
their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion, and executives
from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage
to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios.
"It's an amazing time in mobile computing, and we're just getting started,"
Ballmer said. "Technology is innovating at a rapid pace, and the Pocket PC
is a great example of how, today, we are bringing the productivity,
performance and power of a PC in a pocket-sized device to enable true
any-time, anywhere access to information."
Pocket PCs - Available Now
Windows-powered Pocket PCs, the
next-generation PDAs from Microsoft and industry partners, are available
today online and in consumer electronics and office superstores. Pocket PC
prices are set by hardware manufacturers but are expected to range from $299
to $599, similar to previous Windows-powered units.
Pocket PCs offer customers the best way to connect to their most
essential information while away from their desk yet are versatile enough to
satisfy the personal needs of those living today's busy mobile lifestyle.
Pocket PCs already include a broad range of native business, personal
productivity and entertainment applications yet can easily be expanded to
adapt to each customer's changing needs through a continually growing number
of industry-standard hardware and software expansion options.
believes that a platform combination of PIM and business productivity
functionality coupled with more entertainment-focused applications will be
compelling for corporate customers who use handheld devices," said Michael
Gartenberg, vice president and research area director for Gartner Group Inc.
Pocket PCs come with the following software:
- Pocket Outlook. Pocket PCs include a personal information manager
(PIM) with calendar, contacts, inbox, tasks and notes and are an ideal
companion to the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client.
Outlook 2000 ships in the box of every Pocket PC sold.
- Pocket Internet Explorer. Pocket Internet Explorer provides the most
full-functioning Web browser software available for handheld devices of
this type to date.
- Pocket Word and Excel. Pocket versions of Microsoft Word and
Microsoft Excel provide the most functional and flexible office
companion ever delivered on a PDA. Integration between e-mail and
attachments enables customers to send and receive messages, manage their
e-mail with access to server folders, view and modify attachments, and
launch Web pages through embedded URLs.
- Windows Media Player. The Windows Media Player is the first portable
media player that plays both Windows Media Format and MP3.
- Microsoft Reader. With Microsoft ClearType display technology,
Microsoft Reader delivers an on-screen computer reading experience that
for the first time approaches the convenience and quality of reading
text printed on paper.
- Microsoft Money for Pocket PC. Microsoft Money for the Pocket PC
acts as a standalone application and synchronizes with the desktop
version of Money 2000 to help users keep on top of their finances while
on the go.
- Pocket Streets. Pocket Streets lets you take maps with you and
includes pushpins for marking favorite locations for easy access.
The press release above is 4 years old ;-) but because today it's the 4th birthday of our beloved Pocket PC, the successor of Microsoft's Windows
Mobile platform, I thought it's a good idea to repost it again to remember what the Pocket PC was invented for and how it grew up from these days!
I'm involved into the Pocket PC since March 2000 when I got my first
Pocket PC from Microsoft (because, as some of you might remember, I was
a contributing author for
Microsoft's PocketPC.com community site) and
since these days I can not leave it anymore.
Amazing to see what happened within just four years: From Pocket PC to
Pocket PC Phone Edition to Smartphone and we are already running version
2003! PocketPC.com is already history - however the Pocket PC itself
continues with its success story! I wish you a prosper life - Windows
Mobile 200x! :-)