Adaptive Device Intelligence Touted

By Rob Enderle  |  Posted 2004-03-30 Print this article Print

For Windows CE 5.0, the improvements go quite a bit further, which is often the case in a full release. Key changes include: Adaptive Device Intelligence: The device will alter its behavior based on how or where it is being used. For instance, depending on the device and the implementation, if it doesnt detect a wireless source, it will turn the radio off; if it is in bright light or darkness, it will adjust the display to match; if it is in an area of high noise, it will raise the volume, or vice versa; if it is separated from its user, it will secure itself; and it will reduce or turn off the power to accessories not in use.
Displays will dynamically rotate, and both higher resolutions and multihead configurations are supported. The entire user interface also can change dynamically based on the task. Of course, all of this would depend on the developer creating hardware that would sense the necessary changes, but the devices that this feature anticipates could be very impressive.
VOIP: Voice over IP is now a core feature of the platform, as it anticipates a time when many of us will stop making calls using traditional phones. This forms a more solid connection with Microsofts Exchange platform, so that calls can be more easily scheduled through the calendar function and more easily made using the directory. Multimedia: They are pushing the graphics capabilities of the current generation of low-power processors very hard, and ATI is actually building specialized graphics components for the related set of very high-performance small form factor products that should result. Capabilities include audio redirection and enhancements, DirectX8, MP3 and DVD. Wireless: Native support for personal area networks (PANs) and both Bluetooth and 802.11 networks. Security: As you would expect, Microsoft will be focusing a great deal of effort in this area going forward. In this version, Kerberos, PPTP and PEAP/EAP have been utilized to enhance both local security and security for the transmission of data. Next Page: Devices that react automatically would attract "instructions impaired" users.

Rob Enderle Rob Enderle Enderle Group 389 Photinia Lane San Jose, CA 95127

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