Microsoft revises Handheld PC

Microsoft revises Handheld PC

By Mark A. Kellner

Special to GCN

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 8—The Microsoft Windows CE handheld computer operating system has been an underdog in the market dominated by the Palm OS from Palm Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. At the Demo Mobile conference here today, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to revise its Handheld PC (H/PC) platform.

Phil Holden, director of product marketing for mobile devices, said Handheld PC 2000 software will include pocket-sized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft also is launching an Internet Explorer 4.0-compatible browser that supports Hypertext Markup Language 4.0, Dynamic HTML, Extensible Markup Language, Extensible Stylesheet Language, JavaScript development software, GIF animations, frames, cookies, Secure Sockets Layer and certificates.

Also new to the H/PC software platform is an integrated client for Windows 2000 Terminal Services to give users access to their full desktop applications over wired or wireless connections, which Holden said has attracted interest from government users.

The only maker to announce a machine with the new H/PC operating software was Hewlett-Packard Co. HP showed off its $999 Jornada 720 handheld PC with a color VGA display and the same keyboard as the Jornada 690. The Jornada 720 comes with a faster 206-MHz StrongARM processor, a 51-MHz memory data bus and 2-D graphics acceleration.

The Demo Mobile conference here featured numerous applications and services keyed to Palm OS or device-independent handheld products.

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