Microsoft Means Business -- Announcing Pocket PC 2002

Microsoft Confirms Rumors That Next-Generation Pocket PC Software Is Just Weeks Away From Availability

San Diego -- Sept. 6, 2001 -- Today at DEMOmobile 2001, Microsoft Corp. demonstrated publicly for the first time Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002 Software, 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 confirmed that in just a few weeks, Pocket PC 2002-based devices will be available in retail outlets from a range of hardware vendors. Microsoft and its industry partners will formally launch the product on Oct. 4, 2001, with simultaneous events in San Francisco and London.

"Pocket PC has set the technology standard for PDAs. Now Microsoft is raising the bar once again to bring even more value to customers," said Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "With unrivaled business and consumer applications, Pocket PC 2002 is the most capable device on the market."

Pocket PC 2002 delivers value with new features and improvements targeted in three areas:

"When Pocket PC launched in April 2000, it redefined what was possible with a handheld device," said Alex Slawsby at IDC. "With Pocket PC 2002, we expect Microsoft and its partners to continue to set the bar for the enterprise-focused, high-end PDA category."


Working closely with its industry partners, Microsoft will make Pocket PC 2002 widely available in retail outlets on Oct. 4, 2001. The companies plan to celebrate the launch with events in San Francisco and London for the media and customers. Current Pocket PC hardware partners expected to continue their support with Pocket PC 2002 include Casio Computer Corp., Cesscom, Compal Electronics Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., HTC, HTW, Intermec Technologies Corp., Legend, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Sagem, Symbol Technologies and Toshiba Corp. Current Pocket PC customers should check with their hardware manufacturer regarding Pocket PC upgrades to the new software. Some users will be able to upgrade their devices to the Pocket PC 2002 software if their device uses Flash ROM memory.

About Microsoft Pocket PC

Microsoft Windows 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 consumer. 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.

About Microsoft

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