Software Briefs: Microsoft, Sophos

Software Briefs: Microsoft, Sophos

‘MS’ new Pocket PC software

Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PCs offers enhanced support for digital media and messaging as well as wireless connectivity using Bluetooth and wireless local area network (WLAN) technology. The upgrade, which succeeds Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002, is a move from Windows CE 3.0 to Windows CE .Net 4.2 as the underlying operating system. Windows Mobile is a new brand Microsoft will use for its products for personal digital assistants and mobile phones. On the wireless front, a new Connection Manager allows devices with 802.11b WLAN hardware to detect WLANs that use the standard. The same goes for linking to devices using Bluetooth.

Sophos appoints Pillay

Antivirus vendor, Sophos, has appointed Roshantha Pillay as its new marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand. Initially responsible for developing and implementing strategies to support growth in the region, she will also be expected to support the reseller channel in a drive to deepen market penetration and increase volume sales. With more than 10 years of experience gained through IT marketing positions in Australia and the UK, her most recent role saw her employed by Aspect Communications. Pillay replaces Karen Hull, who left the company for personal reasons.

.NET cluster for Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced it will provide $80,000 for the seeding of a .NET cluster in the state. At least nine companies — including Microsoft as well as integrators Dimension Data and Avanade — will take part in the Web services collaboration, with the software giant promising to at least match the government’s financial contribution. “This type of collaboration is essential for companies wanting to export products and services,” Victorian Government minister for Information and Communication Technology, Marsha Thomson, said. Microsoft expects the cluster to be up and running by the end of the year.

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