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What's New in Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition?
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The Smartphone platform under Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition underwent some cosmetic changes.

Besides supporting a higher resolution (QVGA: 320 by 240), the Programs menu in the Smartphone 2003 SE also sports some improvements. In the Smartphone 2003 SE, the "More" item is now assigned to the "0" key, instead of the "9" key (see Figure 8).

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Figure 8. The Smartphone 2003 UI versus Smartphone 2003 Second Edition UI.

For more on Smartphones, see my article on Microsoft Smartphone Tips and Tricks.


In this section, you will see some of the features found in the SE.

Figure 9 shows the Windows Media Player in portrait and landscape modes. Most of the internal applications are orientation-aware, meaning that the location of controls will automatically be repositioned to take advantage of the new screen width.

Figure 9
Figure 9. The Windows Media Player in different display orientations.

Figure 10 shows the Calendar application in portrait and landscape modes. Note that in landscape mode, the dates are displayed much more clearly but less information is displayed overall. Hence, displaying in landscape mode does not necessarily mean seeing more information.

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Figure 10. Displaying the calendar in different orientations.

Figure 11 shows an interesting difference in the Start menu when displayed in portrait and landscape modes. In portrait mode, the shortcuts to the currently executing applications (in the figure, Pocket MSN, Notes, and File Explorer) are displayed in an individual section in the Start menu bar. When switched to landscape mode, the shortcuts are displayed as icons at the top of the Start menu bar.

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Figure 11. The shortcuts in different orientations.

One improvement to Pocket Internet Explorer is the ability to change the layout of pages from the default to single column. The default layout is shown in Figure 12 (top). It will display the page as it is, without modifications. This is really a pain if the page is not designed for small screens. Now you can change layout to single column, which makes it much easier to read (see Figure 12 (bottom)). This is a much-awaited feature that previously required third-party enhancements.

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Figure 12. The Pocket Internet Explorer supports the single-column mode of display.


In this article, you have seen several features of the new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Obviously, the next important question you will ask is what are the devices that will support the updated platform? Well, stay tuned, as I will report them as soon as I get my hands on them!

O'Reilly Media, Inc., recently released (May 2004) .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide.

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.

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