Users to adopt wide range of handheld systems

Users to adopt wide range of handheld systems

Users to adopt wide range of handheld systemsA variety of handheld devices and operating systems will continue to crowd the market over the next several years, with users carrying different wireless Internet devices for different functions, according to a recent Gartner Group presentation.

Gartner projects sales of 700 million mobile phones, 30 million PDAs and 10 million pagers per year by 2004, with individuals commonly carrying three computing and communications devices beginning as soon as next year.

The proliferation of portable devices will force software developers to transform the way they write software and will create headaches for enterprise IS managers, said Ken Dulaney, vice president for mobile research at Gartner.

Corporations will have to add special "PDA firewalls" to secure their data and act soon to put in place standard synchronisation software for all employee devices, he said, and instant messaging is quickly joining e-mail as a popular use for handhelds.

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