Windows mobile computing has been developed into a Windows mobile device center, which is a synchronization software program and a successor to ActiveSync that was developed by Microsoft. The program is designed to synchronize several contents like music, videos, contacts, web browser favourites, calendar events along with other files that rest between Windows Mobile devices and Microsoft Windows operating system.
The Windows Mobile Device Center or mobile computing has attracted millions of downloads after its first public release in October 2006.
The base driver interface helps the users to browse the device, copy various files and synchronize the Windows mobile device with Windows Media Player. For the users to avail to the complete benefit of synchronizing tasks, calendar data, email, contacts et cetera with Microsoft Office Outlook, Windows Mobile Device Center demands downloading from the internet with additional features. It does not support synchronization with Windows Mail, Windows calendar, Outlook express, Windows contacts and any version of Outlook that is anterior to Outlook 2003.
When a user connects his or her Windows mobile device to the computer, the Mobile Device Center pane pops up with options to manage media as well as other files on the device along with options to control their settings.
There are a number of ways in which windows Mobile devices can interface with windows mobile device center. Some of these include:
It is important to note that synchronizing a windows mobile device through the serial port is not activated by default and therefore the user is required to alter the Windows Registry to activate.
Windows mobile device has the power to synchronize the following:
Windows Mobile Device center Beta 3
Windows mobile Device center 6.0
Windows mobile device center 6.1
The following are the help that windows mobile computing proffers to the users. These can also pose as advantages of Mobile computing.
It reduces the support costs for mobile users.
There is a multitude of challenges faced by mobile computing. Some of these challenges include different hardware, remote access requirements, changing configurations et cetera. These challenges make the environment more complex for the users, which are addressed by the different versions of Windows. Windows mobile computing adds support for major challenges related to mobile computing support.
The remote network access feature helps the users as well as the applications to be on a remote network. The network is strong, unobstructive and transparent.
PCMCIA helps the user to swap between peripherals easily.
Once the user has set up a portable PC system, he or she can easily accomplish business benefits.
Mobile computing helps the user to synchronize files easily. Those files that need to be checked later can be easily stored in the mobile for later reference.
A few versions of Windows have the disk compression feature based on the MS-DOS 6.22 DriveSpace technology. This helps to add about 50-100% disk space to a machine. Windows also has new APIs that provide for power management. This helps the applications to be sensitive to the power status of the machine.
The nature of the mobile work environment is such that it establishes significant and time-consuming challenges, which are gathered through the software. This is owed to the fact that Windows is equipped with file synchronization as well as deferred printing, which ensures an organized environment.