Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, May 15, 2003


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May 15, 2003--In this issue:

1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES - The Mobile & Wireless Information Worker

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Get the eBook That Will Help You Get Certified! - Cast Your Vote in Our Annual Readers' Choice Awards!

3. INSTANT POLL - Results of Previous Poll: Are You Using IEEE's 802.1x Standard? - New Instant Poll: Enterprise Application Access

4. RESOURCE - Event Highlight: Mobile Americas 2003

5. NEW AND IMPROVED - Ensure Connection Capability in SOHO Environments

6. CONTACT US - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.




(contributed by Steve Milroy, [email protected])

* THE MOBILE & WIRELESS INFORMATION WORKER Have you heard the term "Information Worker" recently? Microsoft has begun to define solutions and technologies specifically focused on the Information Worker. Let's look at what that term means, then take a global view of the solutions that Microsoft is developing for the Information Worker. Specifically, let's see how those solutions interact with the mobile and wireless arena.

The term Information Worker describes any person in the enterprise who actively participates in information flow or business processes. This definition encompasses many individuals--for example, sales personnel managers, line of business (LOB) directors--who deal with crucial information and decisions. Obviously, mobile and wireless solutions play a key role in any organization's flow of information.

Microsoft's Information Worker solutions have an initial foundation in the Microsoft Office 2003 system, which is currently in beta 2 and is scheduled for release in late summer. The Information Worker solutions include traditional Office applications, as well as new Office applications such as OneNote, InfoPath, Windows SharePoint Services, SharePoint Portal Server, and Windows Rights Management.

OneNote lets you effectively capture, organize, and share notes--for example, from meetings. Mobile scenarios involving OneNote are compelling, especially considering the Tablet PC platform, but OneNote will also benefit desktop and laptop users, who will be able to engage in effective communication with mobile users. For more information about OneNote, see the following URL.

InfoPath concerns forms automation with XML. InfoPath lets users capture and store information into an XML document that appears in a simple InfoPath forms interface. The product's primary selling point is that both technical and nontechnical users can easily create forms. After creating and publishing InfoPath documents, users can use them for timesheet entry, expense reporting, and other types of forms functionality. Users can store InfoPath documents locally on a Tablet PC or other device until the documents are completed, so the user doesn't need to be connected to the network or intranet to enter data. Mobile users can use InfoPath documents to capture and store information in the field, then submit after completing the forms. For more information about InfoPath, go to the following URL.

Another new Office 2003 feature is integrated support for XML in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. When you create a document in earlier versions of Word and Excel, the data in the document is essentially an isolated island of data. The only way to access and share this data is to email or copy the entire document. To reuse certain information, users typically must resort to cut-and-paste functionality. XML support now lets users easily access Word and Excel information and share it among other users, including mobile and wireless field users.

The theme of the Information Worker/Office 2003 system is that users can easily capture, interact with, and share enterprise information much more easily than with previous Office versions. As you might guess, many of the mobile and wireless concepts that you've read about in past issues of this UPDATE are key components of the Information Worker's milieu. In my next Mobile & Wireless Perspectives, I'll continue this discussion of the mobile and wireless aspects of the Office 2003 system and the Information Worker.



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* CAST YOUR VOTE IN OUR ANNUAL READERS' CHOICE AWARDS! Which companies and products are the best on the market? Tell us by nominating your favorites in the annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards survey. Click here!



* RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: ARE YOU USING IEEE'S 802.1x STANDARD? The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Are you using the IEEE's 802.1x standard (not to be confused with 802.11x) in your environment?" Here are the results from the 22 votes: - 23% Yes - 41% No, but I'm researching it as we speak - 36% No, it hasn't yet grabbed my attention

* NEW INSTANT POLL: ENTERPRISE APPLICATION ACCESS The next Instant Poll question is, "Can you access enterprise applications from your mobile device?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions Web site and submit your vote for a) Yes or b) No.



* EVENT HIGHLIGHT: MOBILE AMERICAS 2003 May 19 through 21 Miami, Florida

At Mobile Americas 2003, the focus is wireless profitability and migration. You'll learn about clear strategies and positive solutions to real-world problems facing service providers throughout North America and South America. This content-driven forum not only is technology-inclusive but also addresses your need to immediately find the best of new and existing applications and solutions that are helping pan-American mobile operators to grow revenues, cut operating expenses, and provide customers next-generation mobile technologies and services. For more information, go to the following URL.

For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.



(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* ENSURE CONNECTION CAPABILITY IN SOHO ENVIRONMENTS SMC Networks announced the Barricade Turbo Universal Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router. The wireless router lets small office/home office (SOHO) installations receive local networking and broadband connections. The router has built-in 5GHz 802.11a and 54Mbps wireless Access Point (AP) technology. You can configure the router as a 2.4GHz 802.11b, 11/22Mbps autosensing wireless cardbus adapter. The Barricade Turbo Universal Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router costs $299.99. Contact SMC Networks at 949-679-8000 or 800-762-4968.



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