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DUAL MODE: HTC Shift UMPC runs Windows Vista and Windows Mobile in parallel
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 13.08.07 - 13:12:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 13670x
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A recently published preview video of HTC's first UMPC, the HTC Shift, confirms that the Windows Vista powered mobile PC also runs Windows Mobile in parallel.
According to information, HTC calls this functionality "SnapVUE" which allows to either run a mix of Windows Mobile 6 Classis and Professional (without the dial-pad) on its own instead of Windows Vista or adds Windows Mobile viewer functionalities to Windows Vista like instant always on access to PIM including instant access to E-Mail accounts with previews and contacts, even if the device is not actually running:

Accessed by Windows start key on device, the HTC Shift runs in Windows Mobile mode over 5 days when used exclusively with a battery life time of 3 hours if used in Windows Vista mode.
While this dual-OS is an interesting idea I wonder why HTC isn't using Windows Vista's SideShow which was designed to do the same, giving instant access to PIM data like Outlook and E-Mail.

Nevertheless, every day I hear more about the HTC Shift it's clear for me that it is one of the most interesting devices of the year 2007 and I can hardly await its availability.
According to the latest information, a European launch can be expected late Q4-2007.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by jm on 13.08.07 - 19:56:50

The difference is : push mail.  Shift will be the first PC which support push mail

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.08.07 - 22:56:30

Well, the HTC Shift might be the first UMPC with Push Mail (not sure if it is) but it's not the first Notebook/Tablet PC with Push Mail - this is/was the Toshiba Portégé R400.

My fellow MVP Mauricio explained it pretty good for the R400 when it was announced:

Toshiba's Personal Information Assistant is the SideShow display. The Personal Information Assistant can display information from your e-mail store, Microsoft Outlook for example. But now comes the interesting part: how the e-mail gets there in first place.

Microsoft's used Active Notifications is actually the good old Microsoft Direct Push system, based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2. The same system used to push e-mail to Windows Mobile devices.

Two modes require the laptop to be active and running, while the third mode does not require the laptop to be on at all:

* The first mode is called Poll Mode and it will actually query the Exchange Server at set intervals for new e-mails and download any new messages. The number of new items will be shown on the SideShow display.
* In the Direct Push Mode the laptop will establish a connection to the server, and any new e-mails will be sent down through this path, exactly like on Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push technology (MSFP).

Both these modes require the laptop to "wake-up" or stay on to work.

* The third mode is more interesting. Called Direct Push No Wake Mode, it will not require the laptop to wake up, but only the e-mail subjects will be downloaded and shown directly on the SideShow, er, Personal Information Assistant display.

Posted by Potsdam on 15.08.07 - 23:20:09

For a dedicated and specialized HTC SHIFT community,

visit :

http://htc-shift.info

Posted by Michael B.de on 16.08.07 - 19:15:58

Arne, any information when we German will get our hands on it and have you heard anything from a operator if the one or the other will subsidies it?
Would love to hear your thoughts about it, especially since you are using mobile data and devices for such a long time already; chances we will see a review from you too?

Posted by Arne Hess on 17.08.07 - 18:21:20

Michael B.de wrote:

Arne, any information when we German will get our hands on it and have you heard anything from a operator if the one or the other will subsidies it?
Would love to hear your thoughts about it, especially since you are using mobile data and devices for such a long time already; chances we will see a review from you too?

I have no further information yet, unfortunately. sad Would love to get my hands on the device as soon as possible, especially since it has the potential (for me) to replace my current UMTS Pocket PC and Tablet PC (for mobile work, not portable work).
Hope HTC can provide a review unit soon... HTC, can you please hear me? wink

Posted by RobertWebbe on 18.08.07 - 10:57:36

I heard that the European version of the X9500 will be codenamed Shangri-La, the US version Shift. I also heard that we can expect them in September already. Let's see...

http://www.trendygadget.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/shangri-la-x9500.jpg

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