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Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said by video that Microsoft will release a new mobile OS for embedded and enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5, to be followed by an enterprise-focused version of Windows Phone 7 in 2011. More info can be found at pcmag.
This web site and forum contains over 10 years of useful content for Windows Mobile users. The site began in 1998 as handheldpcmag.com, became pocketpcmag.com, and now is smartphonemag.com. Microsoft in the meantime changed its lexicon from â€œHandheld PCâ€ to â€œPalm-sized PCâ€ to â€œPocket PCâ€ to â€œSmartphoneâ€ and now to â€œWindows Phoneâ€. Microsoft referred to the underlying operating system as â€œWindows CEâ€, â€œWindows Mobileâ€ and now just â€œWindowsâ€.
Mary Jo Foley has an interesting blog entitled: A single Windows platform for phones and PCs: Can it be done? In it she discussed the possibility of putting Windows kernel (instead of Windows CE, which underlies Windows Mobile) on an ARM chip for a phone. It's just speculation, but a good read.
Interestingly enough, even in these difficult times, according to Reuters Microsoft is going to follow Apple's lead and open Microsoft stores.
Actually, given Microsoft's dominence in the business world, I think it makes a lot of sense. Not only can Microsoft appeal to consumers with Windows Mobile, Zune, XBox and, of course, Vista, it can service small and medium-sized businesses through its stores.
Even as a Windows Mobile user, you might want to check out the contents of our premiere issue of iPhone Life. You can read the exact digital replica of the entire premiere issue of iPhone Life for free using your desktop browser at http://www.smartphonemag.com/iphone/freeissue.
Perhaps, what I am most proud of in producing the magazine is our annual Best Software Awards. If you haven't seen the results yet in this our eighth year, check out our awards site. You can also pick up a copy of our final issue, the Super Resource Guide, due out this month with awards results and details.
As you may know, Thaddeus Computing, publisher of this web site, Smartphone & Pocket PC, and iPhone Life also buys and sells used PDAs, handhelds, and smartphones. It has a separate site for buying, selling, and repairing the HP 200LX palmtop.
We are now officially http://www.smartphonemag.com! All PocketPCmag.com URLs should work and be redirected. If you find problems, please hal [at] thaddeus [dot] com. ?subject=Web%20site%20problem">E-mail me.
We also just moved all our site content from a Microsoft based server to a Linux server. The move is the culmination of two years of effort migrating our great and massive content from a hodge podge of mostly ASP code to a Drupal, a Content Management System, written in PHP. Drupal will run more comfortably on the Linux server.
I was fortune enough to be able to visit Israel last February to celebrate my and Israel's 60th birthday. Let us pray that fear, hatred, and distrust can leave the Middle East, so everyone will feel comfortable visiting this ancient, beautiful, and holy land to so many.
After 11 years, we will be publishing a final 2008 issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine and then suspend publication! We are working hard to make it the best Windows Mobile issue ever, a keeper, a reference guide. In 2009 we will publish Smartphone magazine’s iPhone Life. Below, I’ve attempted to answer questions that have been asked of me:
We are soon making public many 100's of well-constructed tips and how-to's. Microsoft liked them so much that they purchased a portion of them for their web site.
We will probably add a link to our web site menus early next week. However, please take a sneak peek. If you find any problems or have suggestions, comment here, or E-mail me privately at hal [at] thaddeus [dot] com.
Our judges are getting ready to vote in the 8th annual Best Software Awards. For almost three weeks a draft of the nominations has been public. The public until is invited to suggest nominations or that product should be un-nominated until Wed, July 16. Lead blogger and nominations manager Werner Ruotsalainen makes all final decisions.
Given this weekâ€™s discussion of coolest apps, I feel comfortable briefly discussing Smartphone & Pocket PC magazineâ€™s Best of Everything Software Package and Best of Everything Demo CD. For three years we have offered what IMHO is the best software package ever (content and value) in the history of any computer operating system!
Basically, we approached Best Software Award winner and finalists. We offered them year long publicity on-line, in print, and on a Demo CD, plus banner advertising. In exchange our partners provided us with a limited number of software licenses which we sold as a package.
We will stop taking orders for the 2007 Best of Everything Software Package, on Thursday, January 24. That gives customers just one week to register the software they want to use in the package, since we close down our registration site January 31. Due to contractual obligations, can be made about registering software after January 31. (The registration process makes sense by visiting a clone of the actual registration site.)
We actually planned to have a 2008 Best of Everything Software Package and Demo CD. In fact we had well over 70 vendors and 100 products already signed up as late as November.
So why cancel in 2008?
Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine’s 8th annual Best Software Awards is in full swing. The awards help users select the best Windows Mobile applications, utilities, and games, while honoring companies that produce outstanding software.
The preliminary list of Windows Mobile Windows Mobile nominations is ready for public viewing and comment.
Check our our new forums!
We've reorganized and streamlined the number of forums. We've converted to our new look that you see here. We've got great moderators, including names that you will recognize from their blogs. Tell us what you think!
On Monday Steve Jobs of Apple announced the $199 iPhone 3G that will ship mid-July. Our iPhone Edition of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine will be available on newsstands mid-August. Note that if you are a Windows Mobile subscriber, you will receive the Aug/Sept and Oct/Nov issues of the Windows Mobile Edition. You’ll need to subscribe separately to the iPhone Edition. Here are more information and links:
Strange. We recently put up this blog site with the new look and underlying Drupal Content Management System. Nobody seemed to be commenting. Was it because we asked people to register? (We only ask for valid E-mail address which helps eliminate spam). Did it have to do with the new look? Long story. It turns out, people were commenting!!!! However, counter on the blog stating number of comments was not being incremented, discouraging new comments and replies.
In August we will be publishing the Premier Issue of the iPhone / iPod touch Edition of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine! Please see complete details and media kit. At the same time you will be able to enjoy our Windows Mobile magazine. We will be mailing out our Aug/Sept issue in several weeks, followed by our Oct/Nov issue and our 12th annual Buyers Guide. Your feedback on our new iPhone version welcome!
The games I end up playing the most are somewhat addictive. In addition, I find they have the following characteristics. I can:
Welcome to our new, Experts On-line blog site! Please tell us how you like it and if there are problems -- either by commenting or by E-mail: hal [at] thaddeus [dot] com.
How SmartphoneMag.com evolved
We started the site in 1999 as hpcmag.com. Each year we would add one or two new features. We did so in layers using different programmers, different programming languages, and different off-the-shelf web applications. Consequently, as you visit this site, you’ll see different looks throughout.