Just a half year after the launch of the Pocket PC 2002 platform, the Pocket PC platform by itself becomes 2 years today.
This should be a good reason to celebrate this (which I will do tonight, but not because the Pocket PC birthday only, mostly because my best friend also has birthday tonight ;-) event today.
When the Pocket PC was launched, it was version 3 of Microsoft's Windows CE platform and I remembered a lot of people who never gave a chance for Microsoft to step into this Palm and Psion domain. Now, two years later, the Pocket PC is stronger and more successful than ever and also the interest from the developer side is huge, as I saw the last two days in London.
With 10.000+ available applications for the Pocket PC, 25 announced OEMs, hundreds of community web sites, Microsoft showed that it is possible to build up a new successful business stream.
I'm sure, we will see more cool innovations on Windows CE basis, I'm not talking about the Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone 2002 only but also about Windows CE .NET which seems to be a good framework for building up new and cool
But back to the star of today, the Pocket PC. When I got the first working samples in February 2000 (you might remember that also PocketPC.com started on the 19th and we had to prepare all required articles before for sure) I was really
impressed. It wasn't the GUI only which was completely different from the Windows CE 2.11 devices but also the new included apps like the most important for me, the Internet Explorer and Inbox. Since that time, when the Pocket PC was
launched with a big event in Grand Central Station in NYC I saw many tries from the Palm world to become a Pocket PC too but without success. ;-)
Hip hip hurray to the Pocket PC and again: happy birthday!
Cheers ~ Arne