The Revitalization of the Pocket PC
By Chris De Herrera , Copyright 2009
With the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5, it is clear that Microsoft
is now focused on enhancing the touch screen experience.
Windows Mobile Versions
definition of Windows Mobile Versions are:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Classic Edition – Windows Mobile
touch screen devices that do not include cellular capabilities.
Formerly known as the Pocket PC.
6.1 Professional Edition – Windows Mobile touch screen
devices that include cellular capabilities. Formerly known as
the Pocket PC.
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
Edition – Windows Mobile non-touch screen devices that
include cellular capabilities. Formerly known as the Smartphone
Background on the Pocket PC
background, Microsoft has been supporting the touch screen experience
since Windows CE 1.0 devices were shipped in 1996. The first device that
was designed to work in your hand without a keyboard with a 320 x 240
touch screen was the Palm-size PC which was introduced in 1998.
In 2000, Microsoft
introduced the Pocket PC which was a totally new user interface on top
of the older Windows CE operating system. Along with this new interface,
the devices were all touch screen and none of them had built-in
keyboards. Further Microsoft introduced a new function called Click and
Hold which was equivalent to the right click of a mouse.
the next few releases, Microsoft refined the user interface of the
Pocket PC. Further they introduced a new form-factor called the
Smartphone which was based on the Pocket PC operating system but it did
not have a touch screen but it did have cellular capabilities.
Microsoft Focuses on the Smartphone
Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system,
Microsoft focused on improving the Smartphone platform. Meanwhile
Microsoft decided to change the user interface of the Pocket PC to
conform to the two soft keys that the Smartphone had. Also, they
eliminated a clear advantage that the Pocket PC user interface had
called the Command Band. The Command Band was a line of menu words and
icons that existed on the bottom of the display which communicated more
options than the two soft keys that replaced it.
OEMs Respond to the iPhone
introduction of the Apple iPhone, OEMs such as HTC have created add-ons
to the Pocket PC version of Windows Mobile that supported the user’s
ability to use their finger to navigate more easily on Windows Mobile
called TouchFlow. Now HTC ships version 3.0 of TouchFlow with their
latest Pocket PCs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 created a new home screen
with touch capabilities as well.
Recently Microsoft has responded with a new
version of Windows Mobile called 6.5 which focuses on improving the
user’s ability to use their finger within Windows Mobile. This release
is expected to be available during 4th quarter, 2009.
that Microsoft creates better systems when there is a competitor that
encourages them to enhance their products. It is great to finally see
Microsoft focus on improving the touch screen experience.
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