Microsoft officially announced version 2.0 of its CE handheld operating system today and claimed that it now has succeeded in internationalising the product.
The company said it had recruited Casio, Compaq, Ericsson, HP, Hitachi, LG Electronics, NEC, Novatel, Philips and Sharp to support the platform.
Hewlett Packard gave a sneak preview of a colour model it will formally introduce at Comdex/Fall, which has a shorter battery life but still uses two AA batteries to power it. Typical battery life is three hours.
Microsoft has introduced a number of improvements with this version. It has added Ethernet connectivity, a direct link to printers using either serial or infrared capabilities, and better synchronisation.
Microsoft now supports email attachments for Word, Microsoft, Excel, Powerpoint and rich HTML pages, it said.
Said Anne Mitchard, Internet products marketing manager at Microsoft: ?With the release of Windows CE 2.0 in the UK, we expect the deployment of Windows CE based devices and applications to accelerate even more.?
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