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May 2005 - Posts

Mobile Messenger comparison photo's

For those who’d like to see comparison size photo’s, Dave’s iPaq has posted comparison photo’s between the new 6500 Mobile Messenger series and the Treo 650.

Check them out.

Siemens takes award...
Congratulations all of you Siements sx66 owners.  The Siemens SX66 Pocket PC Phone was named the Best Smartphone in the Mobile and Wireless category of Network Computings Well-Connected Awards.  The announcement was made at the Networld+Interop conference.
Thinking more about the Mobile Messenger...
I've been giving the new Mobile Messenger a little more thought. Why would iPaq put a square screen on their Windows Mobile device? Why wouldn't they put wi-fi in it, but give it Bluetooth and GPRS wireless. Maybe I've been approaching this wrong. Maybe its not previous Windows Mobile device owners they're after with this, although some may prefer it.

From a size perspective, seeing it next to two other devices in a recent vendor fair, made me think. Take a good look and think about what devices it looks like, only iy runs Windows Mobile. The devices it was sitting next to were NOT Windows Mobile devices.

It was sitting between a Palm OS device and a Blackberry.

Hmmm...
I love summer...
Yeah, I know. It's not "officially" summer yet, but I love the warmer weather. Nothing like a barbeque, and those are hard to do in 20 degree weather. I had my parents out last night and we decided to light the grill and have a cookout. Ever notice the food smells ten times better when you cook outside? Doesn't really matter what it is. I could have just eaten something, and smelling a barbeque gets me hungry all over again. Food tastes better as well. Maybe the mandatory beverages have something to do with it.
Posted: May 17 2005, 05:43 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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You know you're addicted to technology when...
I know there are several lists of "top ten", but I think I have one to add to the list. It's almost as bad as checking email if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

What is it you ask? OK, I'll tell you even if you don't ask. You know you're addicted to technology when you need to figure out how to send email on your honeymoon, whether it's the first, fifth, fifteenth, or fiftieth. You know who you are.
OK...last comment on Verizon Wireless

I just don’t get it.  Cingular and Sprint PCS have had the Treo 650 out for months (Cingular had them in February, Sprint PCS had them before that).  Verizon Wireless announces availability and its major news?  Why is that?  I’ve been reading press releases that it will be available on May 23, at the same time they announced some pricing changes.  I know Verizon Wireless has about 25% of the mobile market, but they are months behind other major service providers.  Maybe their customers screamed that they wanted a 650 and they weren’t offering one.  I heard that T-Mobile was making similar comments (customer demand will determine whether they carry the 650). 

My opinion, it should only be major news if your first, not last.

 

Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder Update 050513_KB897325

MSHTML Component Update 

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More Mobile Messenger news...

I found the rest of my notes from my discussion with the HP folks.  Other than asking if the 6315 will have a Windows Mobile 5 upgrade (the answer was no), most of my questions were around the new mobile messenger.

They will be running Windows Mobile 2003 SE (they weren’t allowed to comment on Windows Mobile 5 upgrade availability), with a 312 MHz processor.  It will only have 64MB of internal RAM, with only 46MB usable.  It will include a 1.3 megapixel camera (only one model will have the camera, the other will not).  It will include a 2–inch square screen, and a back lit keyboard.

AND, it will NOT have built-in wi-fi.  They said they plan to release a newer version that will have Windows Mobile 5 and wi-fi (no announcement data yet, but why would they do that?).   As I’ve mentioned previously, I would NOT buy a Windows Mobile powered device without built-in wi-fi. 

I also noticed two slots, one for a standard SD card, one for a miniSD card.  I was told that the next release with Windows Mobile 5 and wi-fi will only have a miniSD slot (no SD slot).  Again, I’m not sure why they would do that.  I’m not replacing all of my SD cards.  The reps got a little nervous talking about the next model release.  Maybe they weren’t supposed to do that.

Looks like I will probably avoid HP iPaqs for the next few model releases at least.

Microsoft Windows Messenger version 5.1.0680 - release date: May 13, 2005

Microsoft Windows Messenger version 5.1.0680

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Release date: May 13, 2005

Improved features

This release improves the following features in Windows Messenger 5.1:
Improves the file transfer functionality for users who have multiple network connections. These multiple network connections include the following connection types:
Configurations for users who have wired connections.
Configurations for users who have wireless network connections.
Configurations for users who user virtual private network (VPN) connections.
Improves presence integration with programs. For example, this version includes the functionality to update presence information in Microsoft Outlook and in Microsoft Windows SharePoint services.
Provides support for Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit.
Improves security by using the latest secure components. Additionally, URL links are now non-clickable. This behavior is by default.
Posted: May 17 2005, 08:04 AM by jgormly | with no comments
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Office Communicator 2005: Microsoft Office Communicator Getting Started
Use the Communicator Getting Started Guide for step-by-step instructions on configuring and operating Communicator 2005.
 
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Posted: May 17 2005, 07:59 AM by jgormly | with no comments
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Office Communicator 2005: Microsoft Office Communicator Readme
Refer to this file for information on known issues for Setup, deployment, management, and security.
 
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Posted: May 17 2005, 07:57 AM by jgormly | with no comments
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Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 Planning and Deployment Guide
This document defines an important point in the evolution of instant messaging at Microsoft. Microsoft views instant messaging and presence as critical pillars in enabling new customer business experiences. This document guides you through the steps in evaluating and deploying Communicator 2005.

Communicator 2005 serves as a secure enterprise messaging client that integrates instant messaging with telephony to create a complete one-stop solution to enterprise messaging. It is the next-generation, personal computer-based, real-time collaboration tool targeted at the information worker. Communicator 2005 allows you to simultaneously experience multiple modes of communication including instant messaging, video conferencing, telephony, application sharing, and file transfer.

Communicator 2005 consists of two components: the server component and the client component. The server component functions as part of the several server roles offered by Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005, and is referred to as the Address Book Service.

To design a successful Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) messaging and presence system you need to understand the capabilities and limitations of the software and hardware upon which you build your messaging system. Whether you are developing a new Live Communications Server 2005 with SP1 implementation or upgrading from a previous implementation, balance the limitations of the network infrastructure with the capabilities of your messaging system, operating system, and user software.

This document guides you through the process of planning and deploying the client for Communicator 2005.
 
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Posted: May 17 2005, 07:55 AM by jgormly | with no comments
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Communicator 2005 Telephony Planning and Deployment Guide
The Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 Telephony Planning and Deployment Guide walks you through the deployment process for enabling telephony using Communicator 2005 and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1). 
 
The Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 Telephony Planning and Deployment Guide walks you through the deployment process for enabling telephony using Communicator 2005 and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Telephony, means one or more (or all) of the following scenarios:
• PC-to-PC Voice Over IP (VoIP)
• PBX (Private Branch Exchange) Remote Call Control (RCC)
• PC-to-Phone (PC2Phone)
• PC-to-PC (VoIP LAN/PSTN Public Network) by means of local and remote SIP/PSTN gateways
• Conferencing
Microsoft® Communicator 2005 functions as both a Remote Call Controller (RCC) and an IP Phone (VoIP Phone).
 
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Posted: May 17 2005, 07:53 AM by jgormly | with no comments
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Verizon Wireless Rolls Out New Data Pricing?

Effective May 23, Verizon Wireless will introduce new BlackBerry & PDA / Smartphone data service plans for customers with handheld devices. Customers purchasing any Verizon Wireless Blackberry or PDA / Smartphone have the option of data plans that include 10 MB for $29.99 or unlimited data service for $49.99. Customers adding data plans to any America's Choice plan of $39.99 or higher will receive a $5.00 discount on their chosen data plan.

Before you buy folks, PLEASE check out the other carriers.  This is still double (and in some cases triple) other carriers. 

Windows Mobile 5 News: Windows Mobile Version 5.0 SDK

Windows Mobile extends the familiarity of the Windows desktop to Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. Windows Mobile is based on Windows CE and .NET Compact Framework.

The Windows Mobile platform enables developers to build innovative applications for the mobile devices. The platform offers data connectivity that is seamless and has enhanced security, rich API support such as Bluetooth and POOM, an extensive range of programming models including native code, managed code, and mobile web development, and device resources such as multithreading.

Windows Mobile developers can reduce development time and costs by taking advantage of a familiar Window development environment, a consistent programming model, and comprehensive technical resources.

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