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Networking UPDATE: Mobile & Wireless Edition--July 2, 2003

1. Mobile & Wireless Perspectives - Windows Mobile 2003

2. Mobile & Wireless News & Views - Palm Acquires Handspring - Exchange Server 2003 RTM

3. Announcements - Active Directory eBook Chapter 2 Published! - Take Our Brief Active Directory Survey!

4. Instant Poll - Results of Previous Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security - New Instant Poll: Wireless Email Solution Time Line

5. Resources - Tip: Upgrade to ActiveSync 3.7

6. Events - Mobile & Wireless Road Show

7. New and Improved - Email on the Go - Deploy a Modem in a Mobile Vehicle - Submit Top Product Ideas

8. Contact Us - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.


==== 1. Mobile & Wireless Perspectives ==== by John D. Ruley, [email protected]

Windows Mobile 2003 Last week, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 2003, a new brand name that encompasses Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Edition devices, and Windows Powered Smartphones. All these devices are based on Windows CE .NET and offer quite a few improvements over past Windows CE-based devices. For detailed information about Windows Mobile 2003, go to the following URL:

New Pocket PC features include the following: - zero-configuration Wi-Fi support - built-in Bluetooth support - Redesigned Connection Manager - enhanced messaging support (among other things, the device automatically suggests email addresses as you type and provides an autocorrect feature for text) - keyboard shortcuts - enhanced contacts - multiday views and vCal support in Calendar - built-in imaging support - Windows Media Player (WMP) 9 - an improved version of Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer (IE) that offers better performance

Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 is now capable of resuming suspended connections if you're using a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) connection or dormant mode on a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) connection. In both cases, the device can resume data communication after a voice-call interruption. The new version also provides the following: - automatic "always up-to-date" synchronization of calendar, contacts, and email data - better Short Message Service (SMS) support, including Caller ID and a built-in character counter - improved connectivity notification, including a signal-strength indicator - separate volume controls for the phone ringer and the Pocket PC speaker - a variety of ring tones - selective blocking of incoming and outgoing calls - a call mute icon

Windows Powered Smartphones are a somewhat different breed. Currently available only in a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone from Orange (formerly Microtel) in the UK, the Windows Powered Smartphone offers a subset of Pocket PC Phone Edition features optimized for one-handed operation using a typical mobile-phone touchpad. I'm delighted to report that Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Symbol are offering kits to upgrade Pocket PC 2002 devices to Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Edition. Also, Microsoft has a FAQ on this topic that might be helpful to owners of devices from other vendors. For more information, go to the following URLs: d=&mnfsku=&orderby=&searchtype=&pageb4search=&page=productlisting.aspx&instock=&refurbished=

I'm happy to see that vendors are offering upgrades immediately, rather than making users of existing devices wait (or requiring them to buy new hardware), as we saw with earlier versions of Windows CE. However, I'm disappointed to see that Microsoft has removed all references to the Handheld PC (H/PC) form factor from its revised Mobile Devices Web site. I'm a longtime fan of the larger H/PC devices, which have built-in keyboards. Both NEC and HP continue to make the devices, but you would be hard pressed to find that information on Microsoft's Web site. You can still find downloads (e.g., Microsoft Power Toys 3.0) for H/PCs at . Select Windows CE from the Product/Technology list, and type "handheld" as a keyword.

==== 2. Mobile & Wireless News & Views ==== (contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])

Palm Acquires Handspring Palm announced that it will acquire Handspring in a stock deal that's expected to take place this fall. As part of the same transaction, Palm's software subsidiary PalmSource will spin off as a separate company. The particularly interesting aspect of this news is that Handspring was founded by several of Palm's founding executives, who reportedly were miffed that 3Com (which originally owned Palm) wouldn't let them spin off Palm. Evidently, the current management doesn't want to repeat that mistake.

Exchange Server 2003 RTM Microsoft announced the release of Exchange Server 2003 to manufacturing. This release is the first Exchange version to offer integrated support for mobile devices--including Pocket PCs and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-based mobile phones--essentially incorporating the features that Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002 previously offered. A free trial version is available at the following URL:

==== 3. Announcements ==== (from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Active Directory eBook Chapter 2 Published! The second chapter of Windows & .NET Magazine's popular eBook "Windows 2003: Active Directory Administration Essentials" is now available at no charge! Chapter 2 looks at what's new and improved with Active Directory. Download it now!

Take Our Brief Active Directory Survey! Windows & .NET Magazine would like to know how your organization uses Active Directory. Your feedback will be kept absolutely confidential, so take our brief survey today!

==== 4. Instant Poll ====

Results of Previous Poll: 802.1x/WPA Security The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "When does your organization plan to deploy 802.1x/Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security?" Here are the results (+/-2 percent) from the 30 votes: - 40% This year - 17% Next year - 20% In the next couple of years - 23% Never

New Instant Poll: Wireless Email Solution Time Line The next Instant Poll question is, "Does your organization plan to deploy a wireless email solution?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine home page and submit your vote for a) Evaluating, b) Deploying now, c) Next year, d) In the next couple of years, or e) No interest.

==== 5. Resources ====

Tip: Upgrade to ActiveSync 3.7 by John D. Ruley, [email protected]

Along with Windows Mobile 2003, Microsoft also introduced ActiveSync 3.7, which has been enhanced to support Windows Powered Smartphones but also supports Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002 devices (and probably Handheld PCs--H/PCs). ActiveSync 3.7 provides a slew of performance and reliability enhancements. For example, the new version offers an installation program that requires "as few as six mouse clicks," automatically detects serial as well as USB ports, and typically doesn't require a reboot. You can get this free download at the following URL:

==== 6. Events ==== (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

New--Mobile & Wireless Road Show! Learn more about the wireless and mobility solutions that are available today! Register now for this free event!

==== 7. New and Improved ==== by Carolyn Mader, [email protected]

Email on the Go Poco Systems released Poco EmailVoyager, a portable email solution that provides desktop email functionality in a device the size of a key chain. Poco EmailVoyager is a combined hardware and software solution for business travelers who need email access but don't want to carry a notebook PC. Weighing about half an ounce and measuring 81mm in length, Poco EmailVoyager is resistant to environmental extremes. The solution is compatible with any Windows 95 or later PC. Pricing ranges from $59.95 to $149.95, depending on storage capacity. Contact Poco Systems at [email protected]

Deploy a Modem in a Mobile Vehicle Sierra Wireless announced the MP GPRS 750, a ruggedized wireless modem that fire, utility, and transportation organizations can deploy into a mobile situation. The MP series is designed to operate on the most current wireless technologies and provides high transmission speeds across carriers and geographies. For pricing, contact Sierra Wireless at 604-231-1100.

Submit Top Product Ideas Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]

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