Microsoft Launches Chinese Pocket PC 2002

HONG KONG, Dec. 6, 2001 — Following the global launch of Pocket PC 2002 Microsoft Asia today announced the availability of Chinese Pocket PC 2002, the software that will power the next generation of Pocket PCs.

After redefining the standard for PDAs with its first Pocket PC release, Microsoft has made a great mobile platform even better with Pocket PC 2002, delivering a stylish new interface, new features to benefit business users and corporations, and more ways to communicate with friends and co-workers.

“Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC is the next generation PDA offering the best device for users to get connected anytime and anywhere,” said Dave Wright, General Manager, Product Marketing, Mobility Group, Microsoft Corp. “We are committed to making this technology accessible to users by continuing to improve the language capability and working closely with local developers and manufacturers around the world. And today, we are excited to see the availability of Chinese Pocket PC 2002 to meet the needs of Chinese mobile users.”

Chinese Pocket PC for Mobile Users

In addition to the exciting features included with Pocket PC 2002, the Chinese version offers functionalities specially designed for mobile users communicating in Chinese. Core features include:

  • Full screen handwriting to enable users to use the device screen as a writing pad, and to input several characters on the screen at the same time.

  • A customized Iconbar with easy access to frequently used buttons, allowing fast switching between Chinese and English handwriting.

  • A new set of revamped user interfaces – Recognition Candidate Window and Phrase Candidate Window — to enhance users’ experience through improving the speed and accuracy of Chinese handwriting.

Pocket PC Receives Tremendous Industry Support

Microsoft has won the support of key industry players and partners who have a strong interest in seeing Pocket PC 2000 achieve its full potential. A strategic alliance was recently formed by Microsoft, Compaq and Intel in Asia, to support and encourage developers in the region to build applications on the Pocket PC 2002 platform. The mobile computing platform has also received excellent support from key manufacturing partners including Acer, ASUSTek, Compal, Compaq, ETEN, HP, HTC, Inventec and Legend.

“Most of our hardware partners have announced plans to introduce their own Chinese Pocket PC 2002 PDAs in the coming few months. I am pleased to say that Pocket PC 2002 has enjoyed the greatest support from major hardware manufactures, and as these devices come to market successively, the proliferation of Chinese PDA devices will herald a new phase of the continuing ‘freeing up’ of mobile professionals from their desks. These devices, when combined with Pocket PC 2002, represent a new generation of PDAs that are even easier to use and more reliable, incorporating the latest technologies that will redefine mobile mission- critical computing,” commented Dave Wright.

About Microsoft Pocket PC

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Powered Pocket PCs, the next-generation PDAs from Microsoft and industry partners, offer customers the best way to connect to their most essential information while away from their desk, yet are versatile enough to satisfy the personal needs of today’s busy mobile lifestyle. Pocket PCs already include a broad range of native business, personal productivity and entertainment applications, yet can easily be expanded to adapt to each customer’s changing needs through a continually growing number of industry-standard hardware and software options.

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