Think Outside Inc., creator of the award winning Stowaway Portable Keyboards for handheld devices, yesterday announced they are the first to offer enhanced keyboard driver support for devices running Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0.
With the new Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible driver, you can continue to use your Stowaway Universal Keyboard (see my review here) and Bluetooth Mouse (see my review here) with the lately released Windows Mobile 5.0 devices such as HTC Universal or Wizard:
"The Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard is the best selling portable
Bluetooth keyboard in the world, with support for over 500 mobile devices
and seven different languages including English, French, German, Spanish,
Italian, Korean and Japanese," said Greg van den Dries, CEO and president of
Think Outside. "Windows Mobile devices have proven to be popular among our
customers due to their superior email and productivity capabilities, and we
have seen a ten-fold increase in our customer base using these products. By
fully supporting Windows Mobile 2005, we continue to offer our customers the
best possible compatibility in the industry."
The new Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard and driver offer several unique
and revolutionary features, including:
- Ability to use our new Stowaway Bluetooth Travel mouse in conjunction
with a Stowaway keyboard, which provides the mobile professional a
revolutionary way to navigate and enter text on many Windows Mobile powered
- Digitally signed driver to meet the security requirements implemented in
Windows Mobile 2005
- A new shortcut utility that allows international users to easily find
key combinations that produce alternate characters and symbols
"Mobile phones today are being used for services that are much more
advanced than simple voice communication," said John Dietz, group manager
for Microsoft. "Windows Mobile 5.0 enables our industry partners to develop
exciting new hardware designs and solutions that will revolutionize how
customers use mobile devices. Think Outside's keyboards and mice are widely
recognized as one of the best productivity tools for mobile professionals
and we're pleased to see them actively support the Windows Mobile platform."
While Windows Mobile 5.0 supports parts of the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface
Device) profile, it only supports Bluetooth keyboards but not the mouse profile.
And for the keyboard, it supports the keyboard layout of the device language
only, which means you can not use a - let's say - German keyboard with an
English Pocket PC (see my
Therefore, the new Think Outside driver with multi-language support plus mouse
support is highly appreciated.
The Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard supports a wide variety of
Bluetooth enabled Devices from leading companies including Samsung, Motorola,
Qtek, Nokia, Orange, O2, Sprint, Verizon, Cingular, Eurotel, T-Mobile, Vodaphone,
Siemens, HTC and Sony Ericsson. The keyboard also supports Bluetooth-enabled
Pocket PC PDAs from Dell and others, as well as traditional Macintosh and
Windows XP-based desktop and notebook computers with integrated Bluetooth
Cheers ~ Arne