Microsoft has officially unveiled an upgraded version of its Pocket PC mobile operating system that's designed to provide users with improved support for accessing Wi-Fi wireless LANs.
Product manager for Microsoft's mobile computing division, Ed Suwanjindar, said Pocket PC 2003 - which is being renamed Windows Mobile 2003 - included a new network connection manager that could be used to set up WLAN access with "zero configuration."
The upgrade also has a revamped mobile information server that should resolve synchronisation problems that users experienced when trying to update their email directories with earlier versions of the software, Suwanjindar said.
ARS analyst, Sam Bhavnani,said that despite improvements in Pocket PC hardware and software, Microsoft rival Palm still offered buyers of handheld devices something they couldn't find in any Pocket PC model: a built-in keyboard that used the traditional QWERTY design.
Dell Computer said it would wait until later this year to introduce new Pocket PC hardware.
HP plans to announce three Pocket PC models, and Gateway said it would release its first Pocket PC device in July.