Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, May 16, 2002

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May 16, 2002—In this issue:

1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES

  • Pocket PC Vs. Palm: What's the Right Choice?

2. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of Previous Poll: WLAN Location
  • New Instant Poll: Essential Pocket PC 2002 Features

3. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Cast Your Vote for Our Readers' Choice Awards!

4. RESOURCES

  • Tip: I'm Looking to Buy a Pocket PC Device and I Can't Decipher MIPS, SH3, and StrongARM. Can You Help?
  • Event Highlight: Pocket PC Summit

5. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Design and Share Pocket PC Reports

6. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES
(contributed by Steve Milroy, [email protected])

  • POCKET PC VS. PALM: WHAT'S THE RIGHT CHOICE?

  • John Ruley is on vacation this month, so I'm writing the Perspectives for the May 16 and May 30 editions of Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, Pocket PC Edition. I'd like to continue John's comparison of Pocket PC and Palm functionality by looking at the situation from my perspective, which is more focused on enterprise mobility solutions.

    The Pocket PC vs. Palm discussion is best viewed as a consumer vs. enterprise device comparison. Palm has a long history of consumer use for access to personal information manager (PIM) data and applications. As recent Mobile & Wireless Solutions Instant Polls have shown, many people use Palm devices for PIM and simple wireless access. Also, industry statistics show that Palm boasts an overwhelming market-penetration advantage over Pocket PC, Research in Motion (RIM), and other PDA vendors. However, of all the Palm devices in use today, only a small percentage are enterprise-deployed. Most Palm users acquired their devices individually and then brought them to work, and they typically use HotSync to synchronize enterprise data with data on the device.

    Pocket PC has a stronger focus on the challenges of the enterprise mobile device environment. Whereas Pocket PC 2000's consumer applications and functionality are similar to those of Palm, Pocket PC 2002 devices present a clear shift toward enterprise functionality, as you can see from the following features:

    • More memory for the OS and applications (64MB of RAM, 32MB of ROM)
    • Fast CPU (206MHz StrongARM processor), which permits the execution of rich, functional mobile business applications. (The Compaq iPAQ already uses the StrongARM processor for Pocket PC 2000, but now the processor is a requirement for Pocket PC 2002 devices.) And faster processors are on the way.
    • Flash ROM, which permits easy OS and application updates, allowing full leverage of the hardware investment.
    • Enhanced security (i.e., VPN adapter, 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer—SSL—support, local device pass codes), which offers better protection for data on the device and for remote connections to and from enterprise systems.
    • Server ActiveSync, which permits synchronization of PIM data over an IP connection (e.g., Wi-Fi—the 802.11b wireless standard, Cellular Digital Packet Data—CDPD, Ethernet, General Packet Radio Service—GPRS, Ricochet) and lets enterprise users connect remotely without the need of a desktop cradle.
    • Application-development enhancements such as Pocket PC 2002 software development kit (SDK), Microsoft SQL Server 2002 Windows CE Edition, and the forthcoming .NET Compact Framework, which allow for rapid development, deployment, and maintenance of enterprise applications.
    • The inclusion of other enhanced Microsoft applications, such as MSN Messenger, which provides Instant Messaging (IM) and alert functionality; Windows Media Player (WMP), which permits access to audio and video content; and Pocket Word and Pocket Excel, which allow easy access to attachments.
    • Telephone integration (e.g., Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition), which permits the use of telephony services and connectivity.

    Of course, many of these features aren't isolated to the Pocket PC platform. Palm and other vendors offer components that you can combine in a similar solution. In general, though, the availability of all these features from one vendor provides superior compatibility and integration, resulting in a solid platform for enterprise mobile solutions.

    Unlike John, I don't use a Palm device regularly because of the device's lack of enterprise functionality. Please contact me if you think a particular Palm feature makes Palm a better choice for enterprise mobile solutions. In the next Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, Pocket PC edition, I'll continue to compare Pocket PC and Palm. See you then.


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    2. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: WLAN LOCATION

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Where have you implemented a wireless LAN (WLAN)?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 40 votes:
    • 23% In an enterprise environment
    • 55% In my home office
    • 5% In small, remote offices
    • 5% As a hot spot in a public area
    • 13% Other

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: ESSENTIAL POCKET PC 2002 FEATURES

  • The next Instant Poll question is "Which Pocket PC 2002 feature is most important in your environment?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions channel home page, and submit your vote for 1) More memory/faster CPU, 2) Enhanced security, 3) Server ActiveSync 4) Application-development enhancements, or 5) Telephone integration.
    http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

    3. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • CAST YOUR VOTE FOR OUR READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!

  • Which companies and products do you think are the best on the market? Nominate your favorites in four different categories for our annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. You could win a T-shirt or a free Windows & .NET Magazine Super CD, just for submitting your ballot. Click here!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/readerschoice

    4. RESOURCES

  • TIP: I'M LOOKING TO BUY A POCKET PC DEVICE AND I CAN'T DECIPHER MIPS, SH3, AND STRONGARM. CAN YOU HELP?

  • (contributed by David Ciccone, [email protected])

    MIPS, SH3, and StrongARM are three different types of Pocket PC microprocessors. If you plan to copy certain software or shareware to your device from the Internet, you might need to know what type of processor your device has. Cassiopeia E-100, E-105, and E-115 devices use the MIPS processor; Compaq iPAQ 3600, 3700, and 3800 series devices use the StrongARM processor; and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Jornada 545 and 548 devices use the SH3 processor.

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: THE POCKET PC SUMMIT

  • Philadelphia
    May 28 through 31, 2002

    The Pocket PC Summit covers enterprise, medical, government, and wireless markets and applications. The summit includes the Compaq iPAQ PocketPC Developer Event on May 29, which concentrates on designing hardware and software to interface with the iPAQ Pocket PC through the Expansion Pack connector. For registration details, go to the following URL.
    http://www.pocketpcsummit.com

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/events

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mascarenas, [email protected])

  • DESIGN AND SHARE POCKET PC REPORTS

  • SYWARE announced Report CE 3.0, software that lets you design and share reports. You can print reports or email them as text attachments. You can design reports through a PC or a Pocket PC device. You can print through the device's infrared (IR) port or from the desktop. The software is available in personal and professional editions. Pricing starts at $79. Contact SYWARE at 617-497-1300.
    http://www.syware.com

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