Probably one of the components that make up the Pocket PC OS which we have all
been expecting to have been vastly improved would be Pocket Office. Sadly though,
what we've expected from Microsoft still remains to be seen. Pocket Office,
that is Pocket Word and Pocket Excel remains the same.
The only thing that has really changed are the exclusion of Word 6.0/95 Document
and Excel 5.0/95 Workbook and Template Save As features. A pretty nice touch
though for Pocket Word (which is also shared by the Inbox) is the Auto Correct
feature. The database is a text file in the ROM, which hopefully can be modified
somehow to add commonly misspelled words.
The Auto Correct feature as I explained before, simply corrects the misspelled
word after you put a space after it or end a sentence with a period. Pocket
Word also seems to render the fonts pretty well even in ClearType mode. It appears
finer and more pleasant to look at now as compared to the one in Pocket PC 2002.
Moving on to something better, although visually it seems to have been revised
minimally, is the Pocket Internet Explorer. First of all, it renders pages better
now since it supports CSS. The upgraded HTML and JScript standards certainly
helps in accessing websites such as Yahoo! Mail and at least allow to manage the webmail
inbox altogether. XHTML support and support for animated GIFs have also been included with the new Pocket Internet Explorer. There have been several reviews on the Pocket Internet Explorer
and this by far is the most improved part of the Pocket PC Applications.
While the Autofit feature may not adjust all webpages to the 240x320 screen
of the Pocket PC, it does a pretty god job at trying to squeeze in graphics
and text so that they strike a better balance. The previous version performed
poorly on this task of fitting pages and images designed for desktop viewing.
Gone is the Hide/Show Image icon from the tool bar. The option is now placed
in the View Menu.
My AvantGo is gone!
Well that was my initial reaction. But why is it in my Favorites Folder in
Pocket Internet Explorer? Well, I was really surprised (I'm using an ASUS MyPal
A620 for this Test Drive) until I created an ActiveSync Partnership which included
AvantGo as one of the synchronized items. Well everything is back to normal
and even that performs just like AvantGo in Pocket PC 2002.
Mabuhay! ~ Carlo