February 2007 - Posts

  • Calling all Mobile 5 Users!

    My husband and I have recently been discussing about whether to get another phone for him.  Currently he is using a Cingular 2125, while I have the Cingular 8125.  We've waited so long to get the 8525 that with WM6 due now, we're debating about the upgrade.  So that leads the question to you all.  Who is waiting for the upgrade?  Will you just be getting a new phone?  Will you be leaving Windows Mobile devices all together?  Please discuss in the comments section.


  • Windows Mobile Marketing Videos - Work Wherever!

    If you're anything like me, you enjoy making public phone calls with your smartphone because of it's sleekness and grandeur.  I'd still like to keep some of that mystique about my phones, but don't you wish the mainstream public knew more about the phones we adore?  Microsoft has the answer.  Thanks to successfull viral marketing for the launches of Vista and the Zune, the company has decided to take a small but similar step in the goal of reaching more markets.  To do this, Microsoft has made a few hilarious videos about a regular business guy just trying to get his work done on his phone as he is put into strange predicaments to try to deter him away from his work.  It's actually more fun than it sounds.  I like the Snakes On The Elavator clip.  Get the videos here.  Enjoy!


    Source:  http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2007Feb/bpd20070214002622.htm

  • ActiveSync 4.5 Is Out

    This morning, ActiveSync 4.5 went out to the Microsoft Downloads page.  Get it here.  The package weighs in at 7.5 MB.  Please note that this is NOT to be used on the Vista platform. 

    ActiveSync 4.5 is compatible with the following operating systems and applications:

    • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4
    • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 IA64 Edition Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Service Packs 1 and 2
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Service Packs 1 and 2
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Microsoft® Outlook® XP and Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 messaging and collaboration clients
    • Microsoft® Office XP
    • Microsoft® Office 2003
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 or later (required)
    • Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2.0

    The following mobile device operating systems are supported by ActiveSync 4.5:

    • Microsoft® Windows Mobile Version 6
    • Microsoft® Windows Embedded CE 6.0
    • Microsoft® Windows Mobile Version 5.0
    • Microsoft® Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
    • Microsoft® Windows Mobile 2003
    • Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft® Windows CE OS version 3.0
    • Microsoft® Smartphone 2002, Microsoft® Windows CE OS version 3.0

    Please note that if you are upgrading from an earlier version of ActiveSync, you may need to recreate the partnership with your mobile device.

    ActiveSync 4.5 does not support Microsoft Outlook 2000. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to Microsoft Outlook 2003 messaging and collaboration client.

  • Microsoft Updates The Smartphone

    Sorry guys, I know it's Wednesday, two days after the launch on Windows Mobile 6, and I'm a little bit behind schedule.  I would love to blame it on my excitment, but actually it's due to natural causes.  We've had a blizzard and are in the house trying to dig out of 5 foot snow drifts.  Anyway, sorry for my absense.  On to the news!

    Obviously, the big news is that Microsoft, as expected, launched WM6 on Monday.  However, we won't see any native devices until the second quarter of this year.  In a big upset for Cingular customers, it looks like T-Mobile Dash customers will get their upgrades first, and release of native Dashes will come later when the other native devices hit the streets.

    In a smart move via codebase, most appplications that were written for WM5 will still work with WM6.  Now...if more people will write for WM5, THEN we can get somewhere!

    I'll get updates as soon as I can to you, just bear with me as I try to dig out from all the snow.  Stay safe!


  • Windows Mobile Updates for Daylight Saving Time

    Here is a set of tools to help you with the new data for the US, Canada, and Mexico.  There are three packages, Smartphone, Pocket PC, and Desktop.  Get them here.

    Note:  The download I have posted is for the Desktop.  In the What Others Are Downloading, the Pocket PC and Smartphone downloads are there.  Download your respective one and you are on your way.

  • Here Comes Windows Mobile 6

    This blog post is dedicated to the nearest and dearest technology devices in my household - my mobile devices. 

    I'm sure you've heard by now that the announcement of Windows Mobile 6 is coming on Monday, and I cannot be more excitied.  I've gone from having 2003SE devices, to WM5, but from the looks of things, WM6 seems to be the heavy hitter right now. 

    It's not just the pretty looks of the skin, oh no.  It's the internals that have me smiling from ear to ear.  Searching is completely integrated (think of it as the Vista search for your mobile device), data encryption to memory cards, it's all too much for me to take in! 

    The biggest leap for some of us might be the name change though.  Not from the name Crossbow, but from the OS versions.  The new OS name scheme is this:

     Pocket PC Phone Edition -> Windows Mobile Professional (phones with touchscreens)

    Smartphone Edition -> Windows Mobile Standard (phones WITHOUT touchscreens)

    Pocket PC -> Windows Mobile Classic (PDA's without phone capabilities)

    Got all that?  The countdown is on, let's look forward to Monday!