More Power in Your Pocket
Almost unnoticed in the Windows XP hoopla is the big bet Microsoft is making on wireless mobility.Almost unnoticed in the Windows XP hoopla is the big bet Microsoft is making on wireless mobility. "Microsoft expects 802.11b to be present in most places where people spend time," said Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates in his keynote speech at the companys Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles last month. That expectation complements the Pocket PC platform and sets the stage for next years debut of the Tablet PC. I wasnt an early fan of the Pocket PC device, falling into the camp that found it too much user interface on too little hardware. But Palm, like Apple, made the error of thinking that you have to be right only the first time. Microsoft is almost always right by the third timewith the Pocket PC 2002 as yet another example.
The typical Pocket PC 2002 will have more capability than the typical desktop PC. Not the typical new PC but the PC thats on most users desks today. At California State University at Los Angeles, for example, students are told that a 233MHz PC with 64MB of RAM will run Microsoft Office Professional; that sounds like a new Pocket PC to me.