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UPGRADE: Dell and HP to offer Windows Mobile 5.0 for their current Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 10.05.05 - 19:35:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 13173x
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According to Aximsite and Ipaq HQ, both - Dell and HP have plans to offer updates to Windows Mobile 5.0 for some of their current devices:

Dell will offer a Windows Mobile version 5.0 software upgrade for the Dell Axim X50 handheld family later this year.

The new software is expected to enable users to take advantage of several new productivity and multimedia enhancements, like updated Microsoft Office programs and Direct3D Mobile support. It also supports persistent storage capability, helping to protect against the loss of personal data and applications when batteries discharge completely.

Dell Axim X50 customers will be able to purchase the upgrade, expected to ship during the third quarter, on compact disc.

HP today announced an upgrade program to Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for customers with select HP iPAQ handhelds as well as plans to support the new version of the software platform in its future mobile offerings.

HP iPAQ handhelds with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 will provide customers with enhanced mobile communication, entertainment and productivity through simpler navigation and access to data, an improved Mobile Office suite, along with a more powerful, integrated multimedia experience.

"Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile platform more than five years ago, HP and Microsoft have worked together to offer customers innovative mobile tools to further improve their mobile experience," said Eric Kilponen, director of product marketing, handheld division, HP. "With Windows Mobile 5.0 for HP's award-winning iPAQ line, customers will benefit from 'persistent memory storage' that ensures that devices will retain all their business data, even when the battery is depleted. Further, customers can increase productivity through faster access to information and updates to familiar business applications, such as Outlook and Office."

HP will offer Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades for the HP iPAQ hx2100, hx2400, hx2700 and hx4700 series of handhelds. These software upgrades are expected to be available this summer and can be purchased directly from HP.

Good news and an appreciated step into customer satisfaction. Now I wonder if this puts more pressure on other manufactures as well to offer Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades for their current Pocket PCs and/or Smartphones?

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by jomni on 11.05.05 - 02:25:09

Bummer! I have the h2210 and it's not included in the list. HP's upgrade will only be available for the current generation. And I don't intend on buying the next generation as they don't add real value.  Oh well.  Let's just wait for more devices in the future... like the Universal. wink

Posted by hirsch on 11.05.05 - 10:49:06

One the one side i'm happy to get an update for my Ipaq HX 4700,  but one the other side I'm worry about paying for an update. The price for the HX4700 was one of the highest, so i can expect to get an update without costs. It should be a service of HP, but i think every companies will just make money . So in autumn i will leave HP and maybe i will buy the new MDA IV fro,m t-Mobile/Vodafone. With this strategy HP will loose one customer more.


Posted by JickBahTech on 17.05.05 - 22:00:23

I can appreciate that. You would think that HP could afford to be a little generous with a $700 PPC, but they're in the business of making money too. I just wish that premium I paid for an HP device would get them to release some more ROM updates, bug fixes, and patches. WM5 is neat and all, but I kinda want my WM2003SE iPAQ to work the way it's supposed to.
Dell's have a cheaper buy in for similar hardware, and when I look at the number of ROM updates they've released it kinda ticks me off that HP has still not released anything for my 2750.

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