Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, Pocket PC Edition, June 13, 2002

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June 13, 2002—In this issue:

1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES

  • Goodbye, Jornada!

2. MOBILE & WIRELESS NEWS & VIEWS

  • High-End PDA TCO Study
  • Acer Enters the Pocket PC Market
  • Stealth Pocket PC SP1 Release?

3. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of Previous Poll: Public Access Points
  • New Instant Poll: Synchronization Software

4. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Win a Free $200 Gift Certificate to Roadwired.com!
  • Struggling with IIS and Web Administration Concerns?

5. RESOURCES

  • Tip: IR ActiveSync
  • Event Highlight: 802.11 West

6. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Play MP3 Files on Your Toshiba Pocket PC
  • Play a Memory Game on Your Pocket PC

7. CONTACT US

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

1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES
(contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])

  • GOODBYE, JORNADA!

  • It's official: Hewlett-Packard (HP) is dropping its Jornada Pocket PC line. HP's current product roadmap (see the URL at the end of this paragraph) says, in part, that "The Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC, renamed the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, will be \[HP's\] smart handheld platform ... Jornada products will be phased out of the market in 2002." As I predicted in my May 2 commentary, HP is backing the phenomenally successful iPAQ, which has redefined the Pocket PC platform with features such as OS software in flash memory, Intel StrongARM processors, and a daylight-readable display. All of these features are now standard on Pocket PC 2002-compatible devices.
    http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/07may02b.htm

    I'm glad (and relieved) that HP is backing a winner, but I'm also sad to see the end of the Jornada Pocket PC product line. HP has made valiant efforts in the handheld space and is responsible for several innovations in the field. The original Windows CE 1.0-based Jornada 328 Handheld PC offered a wider display than that of any other Windows CE device and was the first Windows CE device to offer infrared (IR) printing capability. HP also introduced the first color display in a Windows CE device, as well as the first color Palm-sized PC device—the Jornada 420 Handheld PC, which boasted many unique features, including a protective clear-plastic, flip-over cover, and the ability to use camcorder batteries.

    HP's product roadmap adds, "The best of the current HP Jornada technology will be engineered into the \[iPAQ\] platform." At press time, I've learned that among the Jornada products HP intends to retain is the recently introduced Jornada 928 wireless device—though at present, HP has no plans to release it in the United States. HP expects the Jornada 928 to have a 9- to 12-month product cycle, after which the company will replace the device with a wireless-enabled iPAQ model.

    HP also plans to retain the soon-to-be-introduced Jornada 728 mini-notebook device, with 64MB of RAM. (This device will succeed the current Jornada 720, which has 32MB of RAM.) The Jornada 560-series Pocket PCs will be available only until inventory is exhausted. HP expects to support existing devices "for the normal 2- to 5-year life cycle of the product, depending on where it is purchased."

    This strategy—retaining the best of the Jornada products while focusing on the iPAQ brand in the Pocket PC space—makes sense. Come to think of it, it's pretty close to what I suggested in my May 2 commentary. Right on, HP!

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    2. MOBILE & WIRELESS NEWS & VIEWS
    (contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])

  • HIGH-END PDA TCO STUDY

  • A Gartner study reports that the total cost of ownership (TCO) for high-end PDAs in corporate environments can run as high as $3000 per year, and even higher if a wireless modem is included. Phil Redman, research director for Gartner, said, "When assessing the total costs of wireless mobile products, we found that the more capable the device, the higher the cost."
    http://www4.gartner.com/5_about/press_releases/2002_06/pr20020610b.jsp

  • ACER ENTERS THE POCKET PC MARKET

  • Acer introduced two Pocket PC models into the market. The thin Acer n20 Handheld device, at just over half an inch thick, offers a 3.8" LCD display and a fast 400MHz Intel PXA250 processor, a memory stick expansion slot, and a removable rechargeable battery. The Acer n20w Handheld adds built-in 802.11 wireless network support. Pricing wasn't available at press time.
    http://global.acer.com/products/pda/index.htm

  • STEALTH POCKET PC SP1 RELEASE?

  • Kudos to Chris De Herrera, who discovered that Microsoft has released Pocket PC 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to hardware vendors. Microsoft offers no download point for SP1 at its Web site (is this a "stealth" release?), but Chris offers links to vendor downloads at his Web site, which you can access from the URL at the end of this paragraph. SP1 fixes several connectivity bugs, including problems with Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) and reversed IP addresses in Connection Manager. The service pack also improves viewing of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) pages, provides better support for SMTP email servers, and adds a Server ActiveSync client for use with Microsoft Mobile Information Server. Well done, Chris!
    http://www.cewindows.net/faqs/pocketpc2002sp1.htm

    3. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: PUBLIC ACCESS POINTS

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Have you ever used a public access point (AP)?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 33 votes:
        - 6% Yes
        - 94% No

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: SYNCHRONIZATION SOFTWARE

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "Which synchronization software or service do you use in your environment?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions channel home page, and submit your vote for 1) ActiveSync/Intellisync, 2) HotSync, 3) XtndConnect, 4) TrueSync, or 5) fusionOne.
    http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

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    5. RESOURCES

  • TIP: IR ACTIVESYNC

  • (contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])
    I recently spoke with two Microsoft mobile product managers about some of the ActiveSync problems I've written about during the past couple of months. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Pocket PC 2002 devices support infrared (IR) technology—in addition to USB and serial-port synchronization—for the initial synchronization with a desktop PC. Earlier Windows CE devices required a wired connection for the initial synchronization. This capability provides a valuable option for notebook users, and it might be useful to other users (and systems administrators) who need to work around a USB or serial-port synchronization problem: Try using the IR port instead!

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: 802.11 WEST
    Seattle
    June 17 through 18, 2002


  • At 802.11 West, you'll learn how to use wireless LAN (WLAN) technology to realize short-term profit and long-term growth through effective strategic alliances. You'll take part in fully interactive presentations and listen to case studies from the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), Texas Instruments, IBM, Atheros Communications, Bluesocket, Colubris Networks, Boingo Wireless, Musenki, and more. When you depart the conference, you'll know how to build genuinely secure networks and how to evaluate the best partnership strategies to overcome roaming and billing concerns. For more information, go to the following URL.
    http://www.eyeforwireless.com/seattle2002

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.
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    6. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

  • PLAY MP3 FILES ON YOUR TOSHIBA POCKET PC

  • Toshiba released the Toshiba Pocket PC e310, which features Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Outlook, and Windows Media Player (WMP) for Pocket PC 2002. The integrated Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot lets you store and play your MP3 and video files and organize and view your favorite digital pictures. Pricing starts at $399. Contact Toshiba at 949-583-3000 or 800-457-7777.
    http://www.pda.toshiba.com

  • PLAY A MEMORY GAME ON YOUR POCKET PC

  • Virtual PROcessu released Brainitching, a Pocket PC memory game in which you match pairs of tiles. To show a tile, you tap on it. If you find a matching pair of tiles, the pair disappears from the table and you continue. If you fail to find a pair, the PDA takes a turn. The game is complete when no tiles remain on the table. In Random mode, the PDA plays with no intelligence. In Forget mode, the PDA forgets where some of the tiles are. In Remember mode, the PDA never forgets where the tiles are. Priced at $4.50, Brainitching supports Pocket PC 2002 devices. Contact Virtual PROcessu at [email protected]
    http://www.processu.com

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