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This chapter takes a look at the big picture of Pocket PC and how it fits into the handheld-computing landscape. Pocket PC is competing in a market with a very dominant leader, which in many ways explains the aggressive set of features packed into the device. This chapter also puts into perspective the relationship between Pocket PC and Windows CE, Microsoft's handheld operating system that has struggled for years to find its place in the hand of every mobile computer user.
In today's hectic workplace, PDAs are a necessity for some, which explains the popularity of the Palm devices. However, I want to make the argument that the PDA approach to handheld computing is no different from the original spreadsheet approach to personal computing. In case you weren't wired for the early days of PC history, most of the original PCs were sold purely because of spreadsheet software that allowed people to crunch numbers much more effectively than using calculators. The spreadsheet was the killer application that initially put computers on so many desks. However, spreadsheet software eventually settled in as one of many important computer applications. Do you still perceive the spreadsheet as the killer PC application? I doubt it.
The same usage shift is currently taking place in the handheld world as Palm devices cling to their killer application (PDA software), while Pocket PC introduces a complete computing experience. In addition to functioning as a traditional PDA, a Pocket PC device also serves as a word processor, spreadsheet, navigational map, financial manager, email client, Web client, digital Walkman, digital voice recorder, digital book reader, and portable video game. These features are due to both the hardware and software of the Pocket PC platform, which are much more in line with a full-featured computer than with a PDA such as a Palm device. It's worth noting that some of the functionality built into Pocket PC devices can be added to Palm devices via third-party hardware and software, but these add-ons still run contrary to the original PDA design of Palm devices...
I. GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR POCKET PC.
1. Pocket PC Fundamentals.
Pocket PC: The PDA Killer. Pocket PC and Windows. Outside of the Pocket. The Significance of Pocket PC Connectivity.
2. Inside a Pocket.
Pocket PC Hardware Essentials.
Processor. Memory. Power. Screen. I/O Ports. Multimedia Hardware.
The Pocket PC Graphical User Interface. Closing Applications.
3. Setting Up Your Pocket.
Personalizing Your Pocket.
Password Protecting the Device. Customizing the Start Menu. Customizing the New Menu. Extending the Backlight. Extending the Power. Tweaking the Soft Input Panel.
Synchronizing with the ActiveSync Software.
Setting Up and Synchronizing. Exploring from a Desktop. Backing Up Your Pocket.
Decorating Your Pocket.
Customizing the Power-On Screen. Customizing the Today Screen. Essential Information.
II. POCKET PC: THE NEXT GENERATION PDA.
4. Using Pocket Outlook.
Pocket Outlook Versus Outlook 2000. A Pocket Outlook Primer.
Contacts. Calendar. Tasks. Notes. Inbox.
Pocket Outlook and Palm.
5. Keeping It Together with Contacts and Calendar.
Navigating Contacts with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Contacts Application. Beaming Contacts via Infrared. Sharing Contacts with Other Devices.
Getting the Most out of the Calendar.
Navigating the Calendar with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Calendar Application. Applying Recurrence Patterns. Appointments and the Today Screen. Essential Information.
6. Staying Organized with Tasks and Notes.
Becoming a Task Master.
Navigating Tasks with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Tasks Application. Tasks and the Today Screen.
Expressing Yourself with Notes.
Navigating Notes with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Notes Application. Editing Notes. Essential Information.
7. Managing Files with File Explorer.
Using the File Explorer Application.
Copying and Moving Files. Renaming and Deleting Files. Sending Files.
Taking Advantage of CF Storage Cards. Installing Pocket PC Software.
Installing Software from a Desktop PC. Installing Software Directly from the Pocket PC Installing by Copying an Application File. Essential Information.
III. POCKET PC: THE NETWORK APPLIANCE.
8. Getting Online.
CF Modem Cards. Configuring a Modem Connection. Establishing a Modem Connection.
CF Ethernet Cards. Establishing an Ethernet Connection. Ethernet Synchronization with ActiveSync. Essential Information.
9. Email and the Pocket Outlook Inbox.
Understanding Email Protocols. Sending and Receiving Email.
Connecting to an Email Server. Accessing MSN Email. Synchronizing with Outlook 2000.
Handling Email Attachments. Managing Email Messages.
10. Using Pocket Internet Explorer.
The Ups and Downs of Pocket Internet Explorer. Pocket Internet Explorer Essentials.
Browsing Online with an Internet Connection. Browsing Offline with Mobile Favorites.
Using the AvantGo Information Service. Pocket Internet Explorer Tips and Tricks.
11. Wireless Communications.
Communicating via Infrared.
Synchronizing with ActiveSync. Sharing Information with Other Devices. Infrared and Your Mobile Phone.
Pocket PCs and the Wireless Internet.
IV. POCKET PC: THE PORTABLE OFFICE.
12. Transcriber: Handwriting Recognition That Works.
What Is Transcriber?. Installing Transcriber. Using Transcriber. Customizing Transcriber.
13. Using Pocket Word.
Pocket Word Versus Word. Pocket Word Essentials.
Typing Mode. Writing Mode. Drawing Mode. Recording Mode.
Working with Documents in Pocket Word. Customizing Pocket Word. Synchronizing Documents with Pocket Word.
14. Using Pocket Excel.
Pocket Excel Versus Excel. Pocket Excel Essentials.
Formatting Cells. Using Panes. Working with Formulas and Functions.
Managing Workbooks and Worksheets in Pocket Excel. Customizing Pocket Excel. Synchronizing Workbooks with Pocket Excel.
15. Using Pocket Money.
Money for Pocket PC Versus Money 2000. Installing Money for Pocket PC. Synchronizing Money for Pocket PC.
Synchronizing Existing Data.
Using Money for Pocket PC. Customizing Money for Pocket PC. Avoiding and Solving Problems with Money for Pocket PC.
16. Using Pocket Streets.
Pocket PC: The Ultimate Road Atlas. Pocket Streets and Pocket Streets 2001. Installing Pocket Streets. Obtaining Maps for Pocket Streets.
Copying Maps from the ActiveSync CD-ROM. Downloading Maps from the Web. Creating Maps Using a Desktop Mapping Application.
Using Pocket Streets. Global Positioning and Pocket Streets.
V. POCKET PC: THE MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINER.
17. Fun with the Windows Media Player.
Pocket PC: The Ultimate Walkman. Managing Digital Audio.
Working with Unlicensed Music. Working with Licensed Music.
Using Windows Media Player. Personalizing Windows Media Player.
Beauty Is Skin Deep. Customizing Hardware Buttons. Essential Information.
18. Reading eBooks with Reader.
Pocket PC: The Ultimate Library Card. Obtaining and Managing eBooks. Reading eBooks.
Working with Annotations. Using the Encarta Pocket Dictionary.
Customizing Reader. Creating eBooks. Listening to eBooks.
19. Games in Your Pocket.
Pocket PC: The Ultimate Game Boy. The Pocket PC Fun Pack.
Pac-Man. Fire Drill. Cubicle Chaos. Hearts. Chess. PocketFriendly Backgammon. Bubblets. ZIOGolf.
Jimmy Software Games.
Turjah. JimmyARK. FireFrontier. Boyan. RallyCE. PocketRunner.
Tracking the Real Game of Golf.
20. Photography, Video, and Your Pocket PC.
Pocket PC: The Ultimate Digital Camera.
Installing a Digital Camera Card. Using Your Pocket PC As a Camera.
Pocket PC: The Not-So Ultimate Theatre.
The PocketTV Video Player. The ActiveSky Media Player. Essential Information.
Appendix A. A Guide to Pocket PC Accessories.
Appendix B. Pocket PC Resources.
Appendix C. Resetting Your Pocket PC.
Appendix D. Upgrading to Pocket PC.