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HPC.Net's Guide to Pocket PC 2002

What is Pocket PC 2002?

    Pocket PC 2002 (former code name "Merlin") is the latest software product from Microsoft, that will support the next generatoin of Pocket PC devices. Microsoft will be looking to overtake Palms market share on the handheld computer/PDA industry. Sources say that Pocket PC 2002 will look very similar to Windows XP, Microsoft's latest Desktop OS. It is based on the current version of Windows CE 3.0, and will specifically appeal to business users. The most noticeable new feature of the OS is its support private networking, which allows users to access corporate data. Another feature allows IT managers to control a PC or server from the device using Microsft's Terminal Services application. According to Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "With unrivaled business and consumer applications, Pocket PC 2002 is the most capable device on the market." Pocket PC 2002 will range from $400 to $600, depending on the amount of memory and other factors.
Click here for Microsoft's Press Release

When will Pocket PC 2002 be available?

    Release Date: October 4, 2001

Will I be able to upgrade my current Pocket PC device?

    There are two ways to obtain Pocket PC 2002, first you can upgrade your current Compaq IPaq or you can buy a next generation Pocket PCs from Casio, Compaq, HP, and now Toshiba. If you already own a Compaq iPaq with flash-upgradeable ROM, you can buy the upgrade from Compaq for $29.95. You can request, or order an upgrade from Compaq's website starting September 17th. The upgrade will begin shipping in mid October. All Pocket PC 2002 devices must now have a 100MHz or faster StrongARM processor, and Microsoft recommends 32MB of RAM and 16MB of flash-upgradeable ROM. HP will be coming out with two new devices that will run on the new system. "The two new handhelds, the Jornada 565 and 568, will be nearly identical except in memory capacity and price. The Jornada 565 will come with 32MB of memory and cost $599, while the Jornada 568 will come with 64MB of memory and cost $649." says Richard Shim of CNET.com.
LINKS TO SITES

Toshiba dreams of Genio.
Microsoft to unveil Pocket PC 2002.
"Merlin" charms its way into HP Handhelds.
New iPaqs to support Pocket PC software
Will Pocket PC 2002 let MS dominate handhelds, too?

Pocket PC 2002 has many enhancements and improvements to make it the best Pocket PC ever!

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