Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's the weekly summary of a mix of Windows Mobile and general mobile tech related items from my personal blog.

Visiting Seattle for a Week/Attending Microsoft MVP Summit
I'm flying to Seattle on Sunday and will spend the week there attending the Microsoft MVP Summit. I'm planning to update this blog while visiting Seattle. But, hang in there if I don't post as frequently (daily) as usual.

Check out my MobileViews TumBlog. I'm planning to update it at least a couple of times a day with cameraphone photos while in Seattle. If you are unfamiliar with Tumblr TumbleBlogs, check out the blog item I wrote about it on my other blog focusing on Freeware, Open Source Software, and free Web Services at: OgasaWalrus.com.

See you on the net!

Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 for (some) Windows Mobile Devices
Yahoo! announced the gamma release of...

Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile

You can find the Yahoo! Go site at go.yahoo.com

How far it Goes on Windows Mobile is debatable though. The interface looks pretty and slick at first glance. But, then you start to notice things like the soft-buttons at the bottom don't work. And, wow, is it slow! Of course, this was tested on a relatively slow SDA Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone. So, what about other devices?

When I tried to install it on an i-Mate K-JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition (WM5), I got a message saying that it was not available for that yet but to check back. So, I tried it on a Dell Axim X50v running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition (I have the WM5 upgrade disk but never upgraded it). The message there pretty much said that device would never be supported.

If you have a supported device and want a pretty interface, try Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0. If you want a useful fast experience even at the relatively slow EDGE data rates, go back to http://wap.oa.yahoo.com/. Yahoo's WAP text-based interface is fast and easy to navigate.

NewsBreak 2.0 Released
Ilium Software released a new version of their RSS newsfeed reader client NewsBreak 2.0 on March 6. As I've mentioned before, NewsFeed is one of the few 3rd party applications I leave permanently installed on my Windows Mobile Smartphone (it works on Pocket PCs too). So, this latest release was of special interest to me. I'm going to resist the urge to download podcasts and vidcasts since it would probably take too long to download large files over an EDGE connection. However, the new navigation labels do seem much more intuitive and easier to use. I'm sure I'll discover new things about NewsBreak as I continue to use it (daily).

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Access Database Synchronizer
One of the many features that was lost when Windows Mobile 5 came out was the ability to sync Microsoft Access databases with a Pocket PC. A few weeks ago Microsoft provided a workaround that can synchronize data between Microsoft Access database on a desktop and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition database on a device. You can find it linked below...
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Access Database Synchronizer

Windows Mobile 6 SDK
Read this on Microsoft's Mr. Mobile (Jason Langridge) blog. Microsoft released...

Windows Mobile 6 SDKs

Wait a minute? SDKs? Plural? Yep, they have separate SDKs for the Standard (Smartphone) and Professional (Pocket PC/Phone Edition) devices. But, wait? I thought the whole point of this convergence (they took away the bottom menu bar on Pocket PCs in WM5 and replaced it with the screen real-estate wasting soft buttons) was to reduce the distinction between the two device types. Guess not....