• rumors,  treo,  windows mobile

    Rumor: Palm Treo 850 Specs

    Tam over at TamsPPC has posted the supposed product specifications for the unannounced Treo 850 smartphone. Tam claims to have received the specs for the upcoming Treo from a source at Palm.

    In the article posted on TamsPPC, the source writes:

    “This is not the PalmOS version of the Centro.

    It can be regarded as the evolution of the 750 line of devices. The unit is a little wider, but much slimmer than the Centro, it’s 175 MB for user), 32 MB SDRAM and Windows Mobile Pro 6.1.

    The Codename for this unit was ‘Skywriter’ “

    Tam goes on to list the specs for the Palm Treo 850 as the following:

    • 14 mm in thickness, width 60 mm and length 113 mm
    • GSM, EDGE and UMTS HSDPA 3.6
    • assisted-GPS receiver
    • Wi-FI b/g
    • 320*320 screen, touch panel
    • micro-SD slot under the battery
    • 2 MP camera
    • 1500 mAh battery
    • a micro-USB connector for both power and sync
    • bluetooth 2.0 EDR + A2DP, 256 MB NAND-Flash (> 175 MB for user), 32 MB SDRAM
    • Windows Mobile Pro 6.1

    Love ’em or hate ’em, there are some changes from the current Treo smartphone line up. First is the inclusion of Wi-Fi 802.11b and 802.11g as a built-in feature. Also, the addition of a 320×320 display in a Windows Mobile device is also new. Most power users will be happy with the 2.0MP camera and will probably bemoan the fact that there is no built-in flash. (Come on people, must you have everything?!) However, before you rush out and purchase that new Treo, just keep in mind that the Athena sync port is being replaced with a micro-USB cable, which means that you may need to purchase some extra cables if you sync or charge your Palm at multiple locations.

    All-in-all, this looks like it is going to be a solid device that will make many of Palm’s customers happily fork over the cash to upgrade from older Treo products.

    Photo from The Boy Genius Report.

  • dataviz,  windows mobile

    Windows Mobile Journal: Word Mobile 6.1

    I just discovered a really annoying trait of Word Mobile 6.1: You can’t save documents in the Microsoft Office 2003/XP (2002) file format. Huh?! The screen shot below is from the File > Save As… screen.

    As you can clearly see, Microsoft has eliminated the ability to save files in the previous two versions of Microsoft Office. This is the kind of stuff that really annoys me about using Microsoft’s software. Is is really that hard to include another file format in Word Mobile that will allow it to work with Word 2000 and later? This is clearly a tactic to get people to upgrade their copy of Microsoft Office on their desktop computers.

    At home I use Office 2003 and at work we have Office XP (2002) deployed. There are no differences in the file formats. There is for Office 2007. Microsoft will claim that they do have support for the older versions of Word by providing the ability to save files in the Rich Text Format and Plain Text format. But we all know that is only a partial solution as not all of Word’s formating is saved in a .RTF file and virtually no formatting is saved in a .TXT file.

    So what is the answer? If you need to use the latest and greatest Microsoft software, you probably have already upgraded to Windows Vista and Office 2007, or Office 2008 for Mac OS X. For what I do, I have no desire to shell out $250 for an Office upgrade, of which I only use Word, and occasionally use Excel and Outlook on my personal computer. The better solution for me would be to find a Windows Mobile 6.0 application that still supports the Office 2003/XP file formats. Once again, I will turn to my old mobile productivity software standby: DataViz Documents To Go.

    Documents To Go is the defacto Office suite on the Palm OS platform, and DataViz has been aggressively working to make sure that their outstanding software is available for all of the popular mobile computing platforms, including Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition. Documents To Go is also coming to RIM’s BlackBerry platform. (Which should make BlackBerry users very happy. The current BlackBerry Office suite software is expensive and hard to use when I last tested it out about a year ago.)

    Now Documents To Go for Windows Mobile Smartphone is designed only for non-touch screen devices. That means devices like my Treo 750, which run Windows Mobile Professional, aren’t technically supported. We’ll just see about that. A $30 upgrade gets the software installed on my device.

    For more information about DataViz Documents To Go for Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition, visit the DataViz website.

  • microsoft,  office mobile,  windows mobile

    Office Mobile 2007 Upgrade

    I just ran across a link on the Microsoft Windows Mobile website for the Office Mobile 2007 upgrade.

    Depending on the build of Windows Mobile 5.0 installed on your smart devices the upgrade will be free for some users while others will have to pay $49.95 for the upgrade kit. (Yikes!) Before purchasing the upgrade, I strongly suggest that you check with your smart device vendor to see if they have any Windows Mobile upgrades available. You might be able to upgrade your install of Windows Mobile and then qualify for the free Office Mobile upgrade.

    On the Microsoft Office Mobile Upgrade or Purchase page, there is a simple series of questions that helps you determine if your device qualifies for a free upgrade or not. Microsoft was nice enough to publish a Office Mobile 6.1 FAQ so you can learn about what is included in the latest version of Office for Windows Mobile devices before pluncking down the cash for the upgrade. Upgrades can be purchased from Handango, and volume licenses are available if you have a fleet of Windows Mobile 5 devices to upgrade.

    I see this upgrade being important for users who find themselves with a Windows Mobile 5 device with no vendor provided upgrade to Windows Mobile 6, and who need support for Microsoft Office 2007 files. If you are a non-corporate user who doesn’t need the latest and the greatest, I would skip the upgrade until you need to purchase it. $50 is a lot of money to gain support for Office 2007. DataViz Documents To Go 10, which added support for Office 2007 on the Palm OS platform, only ran customers $29.95.

  • astraware,  windows mobile

    Astraware Updates Two Popular Games

    Astraware has released a pair of updates for two of their popular Palm OS and Windows Mobile games, Casino and Solitaire.

    Astraware Casino updated with 2 new games!

    Since the release of Astraware Casino in December 2007, customers have offered excellent feedback and requests for additional features. In response to these, Astraware Casino version 1.10 is now available as a FREE upgrade to registered owners. The new version includes two new games – Video Derby – which is reminiscent of the miniature mechanical horse racing games seen in casinos and arcades, and 3 Card Poker – a variation of poker also known as Tri-card Poker and based on the British card game, Brag. In addition, Astraware Casino now also includes a Repeat Last Bet option in Craps, Roulette, and 3 Card Poker to make it easier for players to repeat the more complex bets in those games.

    With new games included in Astraware Casino, players will discover yet more fun trophies to be unlocked and added to their Souvenir Suitcase.

    Astraware Casino version 1.10 is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs. Registered owners can simply download the new version and it will accept their existing registration code. New users can purchase a copy priced $19.95. To download, try or buy, visit http://www.astraware.com/casino.

    Astraware Solitaire gets an update and romantic Valentine’s card backs!

    Astraware(R) is pleased to announce an update to Astraware Solitaire which more easily allows the addition of new graphical features like extra card backs and backgrounds.

    Whilst players will see no difference in the way the game plays, Astraware Solitaire version 1.20 now includes a different way of handling resources so instead of having multiple special versions of Astraware Solitaire on their devices, players can keep one copy of the game on their device and install seasonal card back sets as they want. Spooky Halloween and seasonal Winter card back sets which were included in special versions of Astraware Solitaire are now available separately, and a brand new Valentine-themed card set is released just in time for the most romantic day of the year.

    Version 1.20 of Astraware Solitaire is a FREE upgrade for everyone who already owns any version of the game! Users wishing to upgrade from the standard version of Astraware Solitaire can simply install the new version over the top. Users of Astraware Solitaire Winter or Halloween editions should install the new version and add the card back packs they want.

    Astraware Solitaire is available from the Astraware website – http://www.astraware.com/solitaire. New users can purchase a registration code for $19.95.

    Existing Astraware Solitaire customers who have version 1.20 installed can jump right to the Solitaire Extras page and start downloading right away.

  • treo,  windows mobile

    Treo 750 Update 2.25 Recovery Tool

    I don’t know how many people have seen this or not, so I wanted to mention it here. I’m a Palm OS user, and I carry a Treo 700p. That said, I try to keep up on what is going on over on the Windows Mobile side of the Palm house.

    While researching the Treo 750 Updater 2.25 (the one that adds Windows Mobile 6.0) for a customer over on the Palm Community Help Forums, where I’m a moderator, I ran across the directions for using the Updater 2.25 Recover Tool.

    I’m actually excited to see that Palm has packaged this tool into the upgrade kit. While I don’t have a Windows Mobile device to test this on, the tool appears to give customers a second chance to recover from a Treo that was “bricked” by a failed upgrade.

    AT&T and Cingular Wireless customers can download the 2.25 Updater here. The directions for using the recovery tool can be found here.

  • treo,  windows mobile

    Windows Mobile 6 Treo 750 Now Available in the US

    Earlier today Palm issued two press releases indicating that US customers can now use Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system on their smartphones. This will be welcomed news for AT&T customers who have been waiting a long time (but not as long as Treo 700p customers) for their operating system upgrades.

    Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional for AT&T Wireless Customers

    The first press release was to announce that the Treo 750 Updater 2.25 for AT&T customers. This update brings Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional to AT&T and Cingular branded Treo 750 smartphones.

    There are a number of enhancements in this upgrade, including:

    • HSDPA support for faster data network connections
    • Improved support for the Calendar application
    • Enhanced support for HTML based email messages
    • Microsoft Windows Vista compatibility
    • Internet connection sharing
    • Better security and IT policies support
    • USB cable charging

    It is important that you read and understand the upgrade directions before attempting this upgrade. The one download limit is also being enforced (you will need your Treo 750’s serial number handy) with the US version of the upgrade as has been the case with previously released international releases. It is a good idea to backup your Windows Mobile 6 upgrade installer before attempting the upgrade.

    The complete features list, upgrade documentation, and downloads can be found on the Palm website.

    Download the Treo 750 Updater 2.25

    Unlocked Treo 750 Now Available in the US

    The second press release from Palm was to announce that an unlocked Treo 750 is now available for purchase from directly from the Palm website or retail locations.

    Today’s press release reads, in part:

    “The Treo 750 offers the hallmark Palm experience in a multifunction phone with access to email, Palm’s exclusive threaded text messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a compact design. Added features such as Windows Live increases communication capabilities by letting users send voice recordings via Live Messenger and integrating Outlook and Live Contacts to show who is online directly from the Contacts screen. The device is compatible with HSDPA, allowing faster data-download speeds on 3G/UMTS/HSDPA networks.”

    The unlocked Treo 750 retails for $549USD.

    Read the complete press release

    For more details about the new unlocked Palm Treo 750, visit the Palm website.

  • dataviz,  windows mobile

    Documents To Go v3.0010 for Windows Mobile Smartphone

    DataViz has released Documents To Go Premium Edition 3.0010 for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and Windows Mobile 6 Standard Editions.

    This new version of Documents To Go adds support for Microsoft Office 2007 XML files allowing customers to open, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents and email attachments on their smartphones. The “Zip and Send” feature, added with this release, will allow customers to compress and email the open document.

    “This version addresses our top customer request for full Office 2007 file support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint,” said Danny Tu, Documents To Go Product Manager, DataViz, Inc. “After many months of hard work and effort we are proud to produce a solution that stays true to the new XML-based Office 2007 file structure by retaining all file formatting through the use of our very own InTact Technology.”

    Documents To Go v3.0010 retails for $29.99 and is available for purchase directly from DataViz.com, other online mobile software retailers, and DataViz retail sales outlets.

    Full Documents To Go details
    Read the full press release

  • treo,  windows mobile

    Windows Mobile 6 Update for Treo 750v

    Palm has released a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade, officially named Treo 750/750v Updater 2.18, for European-based Vodafone Treo 750v smartphones. This English-only update is available for immediate download if you own a Vodafone UK, Netherlands, or Ireland Treo 750v. According the the Palm website, a generic non branded update for the Treo 750 is “coming soon.”

    What the Update Does

    This update installs Windows Mobile 6 Professional on the Treo 750 and installs an update to address loss of system sounds. According to the Palm website, it also includes the following enhancements:

    • Improved Calendar management with enhanced User Interface
    • Enhanced E-mail messaging, HTML/Smart Filtering, SharePoint access and more
    • Voice command via Bluetooth
    • USB cable charging

    Important Safety Considerations

    Before you apply this update, there are some important things you need to know before you start. Ensure that you read and understand the following:

    • You can only download this update once. As soon as you download it to your computer, strongly consider burning the download to CD or making a backup copy or two. (You will be prompted to enter your device’s serial number to begin the download.)
    • There is no way to revert back to Windows Mobile 5.
    • If you are using the BlackBerry Connect (BBC) software on your Windows Mobile 5 Treo 750v, DO NOT install this update. Palm’s implementation of Windows Mobile 6 does not support BlackBerry Connect.
    • This upgrade is only being made available to customers until October 31, 2008.

    System Requirements

    To install this update, you will need to be running Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2, or Windows Vista. You will also need Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 if you are not running Windows Vista. Vista customers will use Windows Mobile Device Manager to synchronize their Treo with the computer.

    More Information and Downloads

    You can read the full documentation for this update and access the download links from the Palm website.

    What About US Treo 750 Customers?

    Brighthand is reporting that Treo 750 customers who use AT&T will have to wait until September for the update to become available. No further details were made available.

  • windows mobile

    Treo 750 to get Windows Mobile 6.0 Upgrade

    Brighthand is reporting that Treo 750 customers are very likely to get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.0 next week.

    “Palm, Inc. is apparently set to release an operating system upgrade for the Treo 750 in the next few days.

    An official email to attendees of Microsoft Australia’s TechEd conference says, “Palm and Microsoft will be announcing the availability of Windows Mobile 6.0 on the Palm Treo 750 Smartphone at Tech.Ed.”

    This conference kicks off on Monday, August 6.

    When Palm and AT&T announced this spring that an operating system upgrade for the Treo 750 will be released, they also said that this will be available free of charge.”

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