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THOUGHT: Where is the final version of Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 26.01.07 - 11:51:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 13870x
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For a couple of months, Microsoft is offering a Beta version of its Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista which replaces ActiveSync. Due to so many changes in the Windows Vista architecture, Microsoft changed the way how devices will sync with Vista-running PCs and since most of us had a love/hate relationship with ActiveSync, I'm sure mostly nobody will miss it if it fades away, sooner or later. And indeed, the Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center works pretty nice in terms of enabling you to set up new partnerships with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones, synchronizing content like your Outlook items and managing music, pictures and video with any Windows Mobile 2003 or Windows Mobile 5.0-powered device (sorry guys - no further support of Pocket PC or Pocket PC 2002). And in combination with the Windows Vista Sync Center (which is the central place to get Widows Vista PCs synchronized with Mobile devices that you plug in to your computer or to which you connect wirelessly (such as portable music players, digital cameras and mobile phones) and files stored in folders on network servers) the Windows Mobile Device Center (which needs to be downloaded as an add-on) does a fantastic job.

Anyway - what makes me really wonder is the question, when Microsoft plans to release the final version of Windows Mobile Device Center? So far, it's still available in Beta 3 only and it wasn't updated since October 2006! Now, as we are so close to the Windows Vista launch next week and since Windows Vista is available for business customers since last week already, shouldn't the final version be available already?
I wouldn't say that the Beta 3 isn't working well - no, quite the opposite - it's working pretty good but it's neither part of the Windows Vista RTM yet nor it's available via Windows Update which means that if you connect your Windows Mobile device to your Vista running PC, the PC will recognize your device (thanks to the included standard drivers) but will not automatically download the Windows Mobile Device Center. This can become a pretty frustrating experience because how should a regular user be aware of the fact, that he has to download the Mobile Device Center separately, to get Windows Mobile devices synched again?

I definitely hope that Microsoft will put the final version of the Mobile Device Center on the Windows Update server on 30th (or even better - include it into the next RTM update for PC manufactures) and that it is the final version!

If not - bellow you can find the link to the Beta 3 of Windows Mobile Device Center you have to download and install yourself to keep your devices synchronized, after you've updated your PC to Windows Vista next week.

Cheers ~ Arne

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