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A Pocket PC, abbreviated P/PC or PPC, is a hardware specification for a handheld-sized computer (Personal digital assistant) that runs the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. It may have the capability to run an alternative operating system like NetBSD or Linux. It has many of the capabilities of modern desktop PCs. Specification may refer to several different concepts: Specification (standards) refers to specific standards Specificatio - a legal concept Specification (regression) refers to the practice of translating theory into a regression model Category: ... A handheld is most often used to refer to: A personal digital assistant (PDA). ... This article is about the machine. ... User with Treo (PDA with smartphone functionality) Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers, but have become much more versatile over the years. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... NetBSD is a freely redistributable, open source version of the Unix-like BSD computer operating system. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers...


Currently there are thousands of applications for handhelds adhering to the Microsoft Pocket PC specification, many of which are freeware. Some of these devices also include mobile phone features. Microsoft compliant Pocket PCs can also be used with many other add-ons like GPS receivers, barcode readers, RFID readers, and cameras. Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... GPS redirects here. ... Wikipedia encoded in Code 128 Wikipedia encoded in Code 93 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia encoded in the DataMatrix 2D barcode For the taxonomic method, see DNA barcoding. ... An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ...


In 2007, with the advent of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft dropped the name Pocket PC in favor of a new naming scheme. Devices without an integrated phone are called Windows Mobile Classic instead of Pocket PC. Devices with an integrated phone and a touch screen are called Windows Mobile Professional.[1]

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History

The Pocket PC is an evolution from previous calculator-sized computers. Keystroke-programmable calculators which could do simple business and scientific applications were available by the 1970s. In 1982, Hewlett Packard's HP-75 incorporated a 1-line text display, an alphanumeric keyboard, BASIC language and some basic PDA capabilities. The HP 200Lx series packed a PC-compatible DOS computer with graphics display and QWERTY keyboard into a palmtop format. The Omnigo 100 used a pen and graphics interface on DOS, but was not widely accepted. The HP 300LX built a palmtop computer on the Windows CE operating system, but not until the form factor and features of the Palm platform were adapted did it become known as the "Pocket PC". HP-75D handheld BASIC computer. ... closed open The HP 200Lx is a personal digital assistant introduced by Hewlett-Packard in 1994. ...


Definition

According to Microsoft, the Pocket PC is "a handheld device that enables users to store and retrieve e-mail, contacts, appointments, tasks, play multimedia files, games, exchange text messages with Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN Messenger), browse the Web, and more." (src: microsoft buyersguide) Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Look up Multimedia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about computer files and file systems in general terms. ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ...


From a technical standpoint, "Pocket PC" is a Microsoft specification that sets various hardware and software requirements for mobile devices bearing the "Pocket PC" label.


For instance, any device which is to be classified as a Pocket PC must:

  • Run Microsoft's Windows Mobile, PocketPC edition
  • Come bundled with a specific suite of applications in ROM
Note: the name Windows Mobile includes both the Windows CE operating system and a suite of basic applications along with a specified user interface

Read-only memory (usually known by its acronym, ROM) is a class of storage media used in computers and other electronic devices. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ... Touchscreens are display overlays which have the ability to display and receive information on the same screen. ... The D-pad first came to prominence on the controller for the Famicom. ... Touchpad and a pointing stick on an IBM Laptop Low resolution close up of a touchpad with a locking button. ... For other uses, see Hardware (disambiguation). ... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture developed by ARM Limited that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... The XScale, a microprocessor core, is Intels implementation of the 5th generation of the ARM architecture, and consists of several distinct families: IXP, IXC, IOP and PXA (see more below). ... A MIPS R4400 microprocessor made by Toshiba. ... The SuperHichem (or SH) is brandname of a certain microcontroller and microprocessor architecture. ...

OS versions

Main article: Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ...

Windows Mobile 6

Microsoft's current release is Windows Mobile 6, internally code-named "Crossbow'". It was officially released by Microsoft on February 12, 2007. is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Windows Mobile 5

Windows Mobile 5.0 marked the convergence of the Phone Edition and Professional Edition operating systems into one system that contains both phone and PDA capabilities. A 'Phone' application was included in the OS, and all PIM applications were updated to interface with it. Windows Mobile 5.0 was compatible with Microsoft's Smartphone operating system and was capable of running Smartphone applications. A personal information manager (PIM) is a type of application software that functions as a personal organizer. ... A Sony Ericsson Smartphone (Model P910i) with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard Look up smartphone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Pocket PCs running previous versions of the operating system generally stored user-installed applications and data in RAM, which meant that if the battery was depleted the device would lose all of its data. Windows Mobile 5.0 solved this problem by storing all user data in persistent (flash) memory, leaving the RAM to be used only for running applications, as it would be on a desktop computer. As a result, Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs generally had a greater amount of flash memory, and a smaller amount of RAM, compared to earlier devices Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Windows Mobile 2003

Windows Mobile 2003 consisted of the Windows CE.NET 4.2 operating system bundled with scaled-down versions of many popular desktop applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, Windows Media Player, and others. Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsofts Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. ... For the e-mail and news client bundled with certain versions of Microsoft Windows, see Outlook Express. ... IE Mobile (named Pocket Internet Explorer or PIE before Windows Mobile 5. ... Microsoft Word is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... Microsoft Excel (full name Microsoft Office Excel) is a spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. It features calculation and graphing tools which, along with aggressive marketing, have made Excel one of the most popular microcomputer applications to date. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ...


Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition added native landscape support as well as other fixes and changes to those features already present in the original release of Windows Mobile 2003.


Pocket PC 2000 and 2002

Pocket PC 2002 (launched October 2001) and Pocket PC 2000 (launched April 2000) both ran Windows CE 3.0 underneath. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Microsoft Windows CE 3. ...


Vendors

Pocket PCs are manufactured and sold by several different companies; the major manufacturers include HP (under the iPAQ and now defunct Jornada brands), Toshiba, Acer, ASUS, Dell (under the now defunct Axim brand), Fujitsu Siemens, HTC, and ViewSonic. In Mid-2003, Gateway Computers and JVC announced they would release Pocket PCs, but the projects were discontinued before a product was released. Prices in 2003 ranged from around $800 USD for the high-end models, some of which are combined with cell phones, to $200 for low-end models. A $100–$200 model was rumored to be released within 2004 or early 2005, although the lowest price for a just-released Pocket PC never went under $300. Many companies ceased to sell PDA's by 2003–2004 because of a declining market. Major Companies such as Viewsonic and Toshiba stopped producing new Pocket PCs. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... iPAQ presently refers to a Pocket PC and personal digital assistant first unveiled by Compaq in April 2000; the name was borrowed from Compaqs earlier iPAQ Desktop Personal Computers. ... HP Jornada 560 Series The Jornada was a line of personal digital assistants or PDAs manufactured by HP computers. ... Toshiba Corporations headquarters (Center) in Hamamatsucho, Tokyo Toshiba Corporation sales by division for year ending March 31, 2005 Toshiba Corporation ) (TYO: 6502 ) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. ... Acer (LSE: ACID) (Traditional Chinese: ) is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. ... For other uses, see ASUS (disambiguation). ... Dell, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a European IT vendor, selling consumer and business computing products in the markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ... High Tech Computer Corporation (TSEC: 2498), known by its acronym HTC, is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of Microsoft Windows CE portable devices. ... ViewSonic is a manufacturer and provider of visual technology, specifically CRT monitors, liquid crystal displays, projectors, plasma displays, HDTV technology, and mobile products, including tablet PCs and wireless monitors. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gateway, Inc. ... Victor Company of Japan, Limited ) (TYO: 6792 ), usually referred to as JVC, is an international consumer and professional electronics corporation based in Yokohama, Japan which was founded in 1927. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Before the Pocket PC brand was launched, there were other Windows-based machines of the same form factor made by HP, Philips, and others called Palm-size PCs. These devices ran Windows CE 2.0–2.11 and had an interface that was similar to the then-current desktop versions of Windows, such as Windows 98. Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world, founded and headquartered in the Netherlands. ... Palm-Size PC A Palm-Size PCs start menu The Palm-Size PC was Microsofts first attempt at a computer conforming to an in your hand profile (or, as commonly referred to, a PDA). ... Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ...


Companies like O2, T-Mobile and Orange are marketing Pocket PCs that have integrated mobile telephony (smartphones). All users have to do is put in the SIM card and follow the wizard, to put their SIM contacts in the address book. An example is O2's Xda, or T-Mobile's MDA Compact. Both of these devices, whilst bearing the phone operator's logo, are actually manufactured by the dominant Pocket PC manufacturer HTC. The O2 plc logo. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... Orange SA IPA: is a mobile network operator and an internet service provider that is a subsidiary of France Télécom. ... A Sony Ericsson Smartphone (Model P910i) with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard Look up smartphone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up SIM, Sim, sim in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The O2 Xda brand is a range of PDA phones branded O2, produced by multiple manufacturers (mainly HTC, Quanta and Erima). ... The HTC Wizard is a Windows Mobile Pocket PC phone manufactured by High Tech Computer Corporation of Taiwan with a left-side slide-out QWERTY keyboard. ... High Tech Computer Corporation (TSEC: 2498), known by its acronym HTC, is the Taiwan-based manufacturer of Microsoft Windows CE portable devices. ...


One of the more popular high-end consumer-market Pocket PCs was the Dell Axim x51v, which was discontinued in 2007. Hardware specs included 3.7" color TFT VGA display with 640x480 resolution, Intel XScaleTM PXA270 Processor at 624 MHz, 336MB of Memory (256MB Flash, 64MB SDRAM), integrated 802.11b and Bluetooth 1.2, integrated Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator with 16MB video memory. Expansion was possible via CompactFlash Type II and SD slots (supporting SDIO Now!, SDIO and MMC cards). Included is a 1,100 mAh user replaceable battery (est. 4-6.5 hours, 2200mAh also available)[1]. This article is about the corporation Dell, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Some Pocket PCs feature integrated GPS often combined with mobile phone functionality. Pocket PCs with built-in telephony differ from Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition devices in several respects - including the lack of a touchscreen on the latter. Some examples of current Pocket PCs with GPS integrated are the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox N560[2] a high-end Pocket PC with a VGA screen and an integrated SiRF Star III GPS; the HTC TyTN[3] a small communicator with integrated slide in keyboard; the HP hw6945 and HP iPAQ hw6515 with integrated thumb-board, GPS and GSM/GPRS telephony integrated[4]; the HTC top of the line Universal - branded as the QTek 9000 (also branded by various telecommunications companies as the: Orange SPV M5000, T-mobile MDA Pro, Vodafone VPA IV, O2 Xda Exec, i-Mate JasJar, Dopod 900) [5]. A Thumbboard is a type of keyboard commonly found on PDAs, mobile phones, and PDA phones which has a familiar layout to an ordinary keyboard, where the input possibilities are determined by a given manufacturer. ...


A newer entrant into the Pocket PC market is Palm which sells devices like the Treo 700w/wx[6] based on Windows Mobile 5.0 and featuring integrated telephony. Previously Palm only produced PDAs running the Palm OS (as did the first versions of the Palm Treo) and still sell versions of the Treo based on the Palm operating system. Palm, Inc. ... Treos redirects here. ...


HTC, responsible for manufacturing up to 80% of all phone enabled Windows Mobile devices for other companies (including HP and O2) as well as many non-phone enabled Pocket PCs (for companies such as Dell, HP and Fujitsu Siemens), are now marketing Windows Mobile devices under their own brand (such as the HTC Touch), as well as that of Dopod [7].

  1. ^ http://www.pocketpcmag.com/_archives/jun07/newwmdev.aspx

See also

This is a list of Pocket PC and Windows CE devices, and companies that make, or have made, them. ... This is a list of games released for the Pocket PC platform. ... ActiveSync is a synchronisation program developed by Microsoft Corporation. ... Sharp Mobilon PRO PV5000A, one of the many Handheld PCs produced. ... An information appliance (IA) is any device that can process information, signals, graphics, animation, video and audio; and can exchange such information with another IA device. ... User with Treo (PDA with smartphone functionality) Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers, but have become much more versatile over the years. ... A Sony Ericsson Smartphone (Model P910i) with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard Look up smartphone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsofts Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. ... Microsoft Windows CE 3. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • Windows Mobile site at Microsoft.com
Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ... IE Mobile (named Pocket Internet Explorer or PIE before Windows Mobile 5. ... Live Search Mobile is a search tool for mobile devices from Microsoft as part of their Windows Live range of services. ... Microsoft Voice Command is an application which can control Windows or Windows Mobile devices by voice. ... Office Mobile is a suite of applications by Microsoft for Windows Mobile. ... Terminal Services is a component of Microsoft Windows (both server and client versions) that allows a user to access applications and data stored on a remote computer over a network. ... Windows Live Messenger Mobile is the version of Windows Live Messenger that is aimed to be used in mobile devices. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... ActiveSync is a synchronisation program developed by Microsoft Corporation. ... For the e-mail and news client bundled with certain versions of Microsoft Windows, see Outlook Express. ... Windows Media Center is an application designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista is the successor for ActiveSync mobile synchronization software, that is only supported for Windows Vista, as ActiveSync is not compatible with this version of Windows. ... Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. ... A Sony Ericsson Smartphone (Model P910i) with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard Look up smartphone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Portable Media Center (PMC) is a hard drive-based portable media player device that can play digital video and audio files. ...

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Pocket PCs can also be used with many other add-ons like GPS receivers, barcode readers, RFID readers, and cameras.
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Pocket PCs are manufactured and sold by several different companies; the major manufacturers include HP (under the iPAQ and now defunct Jornada brands), Toshiba, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HTC, and ViewSonic.
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Pocket PC 2003 provides special mechanism implemented in Services.exe that allows Pocket PC developers to shape their background applications into services that run in one process as different threads.
Pocket PC service is a DLL that should export a set of functions and services.exe process loads these DLLs and initializes them by calling one of the functions.
It is critically important for Pocket PC users that all services are run in one process and that all third-party developers use the same program on Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 to run services so we strongly recommend using the method described bellow.
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