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Windows Mobile Device Center - Prerequisites
By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 2006
 Version 1.00  Revised 12/4/2006

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Introduction

Recently Microsoft sent Vista to manufacturing.  So I'm sure you want to know how to synchronize your Windows Mobile device with Vista.  Well Microsoft decided to migrate from ActiveSync to the new Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC).  This article is based on WMDC Beta 3 which only supports Vista RC1.  However I successfully installed WMDC on the RTM version of Windows Vista Ultimate Edition for x86.

Supported Devices

With Windows Mobile Device Center Microsoft supports the following devices:

Device / Version Pocket PC Smartphone
Windows Mobile 5.0 YES YES
Windows Mobile 2003, Second Edition YES YES
Windows Mobile 2003 YES YES
2002 NO NO
Pocket PC 2000 NO NO
Handheld PC NO NO

Supported Office Versions

With Windows Mobile Device Center, Microsoft  supports the following releases of Outlook:

Version

Supported?

Office 2007 YES
Office 2003 YES
Office 2002 YES
Office 2000 YES
Office 97 NO

Supported Versions of Vista

Windows Mobile Device Center supports the following versions of Vista:

Version x86 x64
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Ultimate YES YES
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Professional YES YES
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Premium YES YES
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Server YES YES
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home YES YES

Supported Versions of Windows Server 2008

Windows Mobile Device Center supports the following versions of Windows Server 2008:

Version x86 x64
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Standard YES YES
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Enterprise YES YES

Please note that WMDC does not support any prior release of Windows.

Downloading Windows Mobile Device Center

When WMDC is released, it will be part of Windows Update.  However right now it is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/devicecenter.mspx

Note: Windows Mobile Device Center is designed to work with Windows Vista.  You can install Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows Server 2008 if you install the Desktop Experience Feature prior to installing WMDC.  Also, all x64 versions of Vista and Windows Server 2008 require the Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 x64 driver.

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