Toshiba Offers Windows Mobile Update - Page 2

By James Alan Miller

May 27, 2004

Other new features in Second Edition include an improved Start Menu that will remember the most recently used applications. This list will appear separate from the Start Menu's regular list of software. Shortcut support has been added to Transcriber, the Windows Mobile handwriting recognition program. So users can now come up with a word or phrase that will tell Transcriber to put in its place, for example, a predetermined sentence or paragraph.

Microsoft has added the ability for Pocket Internet Explorer to display Web pages as a single column. This will make websites easier to view on a handheld's small display, as users won't need to scroll from side to side to read text. Some third party applications had been offering this function, but it is now native to the operating system. The company has also made Wi-Fi access more secure with WPA or Wi-Fi Protected Access, a security standard created by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Voice Tags have been added to Pocket PC Phone Edition and users can dial directly form the Today Screen now. In terms of Smartphone, there is now a native MMS client for multimedia messages. In addition, the Smartphone flavor of Windows Mobile can now handle the same resolution supported in the previous edition of the Pocket PC platform, 320x240. This is a significant jump from the176x220 found in current Windows Mobile Smartphones.. Both Phone Edition and Smartphone platforms also feature improved voice dialing, ring tone support and speed dialing.

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