Microsoft's Pocket PC 2003 - codename "Ozone" - was recently released and I'm happy to give you a video sneak preview of Microsoft latest Pocket PC operating System.
Unlike the upgrade from Pocket PC to Pocket PC 2002, Pocket PC 2003 is based on a complete new underlying core - Windows CE .NET 4.2. This means it's not just an upgrade as before but a complete new Pocket PC version which will offer some new features and clear up bugs found in the previous versions.
This will include a new Connection Manager as well as built-in support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, encouraging licensees to integrate these into their handhelds. Also Pocket PC 2003 will support Intel's XScale CPUs better then Pocket PC 2002 before.
Pocket PC 2003 will also include support for SMS and there will be an MMS plug-in for the Inbox as well as signature support. However, these SMS and MMS
features wont be part of the standard Pocket PC edition but is expected for Pocket PC Phone Edition devices only.
Also new is the Windows Media Player 9 which was also rewritten and plays videos without the annoying drop-outs or delays.
See now how the major applications of Pocket PC 2003 will looks like (Apple QuickTime Player required):
Virtual Pocket PC 2003 Video Tour
Pocket PC 2003 General Overview Pocket PC 2003 Settings Overview
Pocket PC 2003 Pocket Outlook Pocket PC 2003 Inbox and PIE
The fist Pocket PC 2003 devices can be expected to be released soon. In theory, most Pocket PC 2002s will be able to be upgraded as all Pocket PC 2002 devices includes an flashable ROM as well as work with StrongARM or XScale CPUs. However, it's up to the OEMs to offer an upgrade or not.
Cheers ~ Arne
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