Microsoft Portrait for Pocket PC and Handheld PC 1.3 was released on May 28. New features include:
- Microsoft Portrait supports .NET Messenger Service on Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. Users can find online buddies and place calls through their .NET passports. This feature is also applicable to Windows CE versions before Pocket PC 2002.
- A normal chat window is added. Users can chat on their Pocket PCs or Handheld PCs through a normal chat window rather than inputting messages to the address bar and receiving messages in popup windows.
- The "push to talk" button is mapped to hardware rocker action button.
- An auto reconnection function is added for hurried game users. The software can auto reconnect if time out.
- A circle at the left of the status bar is used to indicate status. It is red when the software is disconnected; it is yellow when the user can listen; it is aqua when the user can talk.
Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video conferencing. It supports .NET Messenger Service and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second. Microsoft Portrait uses portrait-like video that always delivers the most important information in a video for a given bandwidth. In low bandwidths, portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies. Microsoft Portrait provides basic chat/voice/video functions almost anytime, anywhere, on any device.
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