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Pocket PC learns wireless ways

Microsoft shows anytime, anywhere access at Wireless Agenda show.

Microsoft's original goal was to put a PC in every home, but the company's new "anytime, anywhere, on any device" slogan is aimed at wireless access.

Opening WirelessAgenda 2000 in the US this week, Microsoft and its partners are showcasing the wireless future of its recently released Pocket PC.

Microsoft's wireless plans extend beyond Pocket PCs to other wireless devices and to its Web content like MSN, Hotmail, and small businesses online services.

With Windows 2000, Windows CE, and Mobile Explorer, Microsoft covers most classes of mobile devices, says Mark Ledsome, general manager of Microsoft Mobile Internet Business Unit.

The software giant is anxious to stress that Pocket PCs are not just for consumers.

Symbol Technologies, for example, is developing devices for industrial uses. In the works are Symbol Pocket PCs with bar code scanners plus local and wide area wireless connectivity.

One health care company wants to develop a wireless Pocket PC to monitor the administration of drugs, says Robert Schreib, the company's senior manager of software marketing. "A doctor could scan your wrist band, then scan the drug and check for interactions."


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