Compaq is planning to team with content providers and use wireless networks to broadcast information such as flight details and shareprices to users of its Windows CE devices.
The news came as Compaq launched its latest incarnation of the Aero (see review, PC Week, 8 June) last week at Microsoft's Windows CE Developers Conference in the US.
Compaq is in negotiations with several content providers about providing streaming content for CE devices, as well as developing its own AltaVista portal for mobile computing users.
Discussions are also under way with many of Europe's mobile phone operators that use Compaq infrastructure about providing services for Windows CE users.
"There are quite a few things coming up," said Gernot Radl, business development manager for Compaq's handheld products. "Eight out of 10 of the biggest GSM providers across Europe are using Compaq infrastructure to run their networks. We can make sure they have the right links with content providers." But Compaq is not going to rush out sophisticated mobile data services until the networks can support them, said Radl.
"It will be a slow evolution of this kind of service. It is important not to put too many things in place at once. It doesn't make any sense to try running video streams over GSM," he said.
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