Microsoft Celebrates Record-Setting One-Year Anniversary of Pocket PC

Revolutionary Platform Redefines What Customers Expect From a Personal

Digital Assistant



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced and celebrated the first
 anniversary of the Microsoft(R) Pocket PC at the annual Local Media Day. The
 event gives Seattle-based media a better understanding of Microsoft's strategy
 and plans for the future and, on this particular day, the chance to mark the
 first year of the most up-and-coming device in the handheld marketplace.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     With the release of the Pocket PC on April 19, 2000, Microsoft modified
 its approach to the personal digital assistant (PDA) industry and incorporated
 some important feedback from customers. The company found that customers'
 expectations had not been met in key areas:  simplicity of use, a rich feature
 set right out of the box, optimization and stability of performance, and
 enablement of new scenarios through the incorporation of standards and
 important partner developments. The response Microsoft has received from both
 customers and the market since incorporating the suggested changes has been
 tremendous. Today the Pocket PC continues to redefine the PDA category by
 offering customers the widest range of functionality on a mobile device and
 raising the bar for what a mobile device should do.
     "Over the past year we've witnessed a sea change with regard to customer
 expectations for devices, validating Microsoft's strategy that people want
 more than personal information management from their PDA," said
 Juha Christensen, vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft. "As the
 mobile device industry sits poised to explode in terms of growth, Microsoft is
 really leading the charge as evidenced by the technology innovations we've
 pioneered and our steady growth."
     "A year ago we shipped the Pocket PC software, and competitors went so far
 as to criticize us for doing too much with a PDA; now they're scrambling to
 add on the capabilities that we and our hardware partners enable right out of
 the box," said Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft.
 "We're thrilled with the past year and the progress we've made in step with
 our industry partners and look forward to maintaining this incredible momentum
 while pushing the technology envelope to meet our customers' needs."
     The Pocket PC has realized several milestones over the past year since its
 launch at Grand Central Station, including the following:
 
     -- Climbing adoption rate. The Pocket PC currently claims 16.5 percent of
        handheld use according to IDC. IDC is predicting that the Pocket PC
        will gain 38 percent of handheld use by 2004. In addition, according to
        Context, a market analysis firm in England, the Pocket PC has over
        31 percent of European handheld use.
     -- Developer momentum. The Pocket PC has seen a tremendous amount of
        interest from developers over the past year. The familiar Windows-based
        development environment makes it easy for programmers to write
        applications from scratch as well as port existing desktop applications
        over to the Pocket PC. Combining the development environment with the
        versatility and power of Pocket PC devices -- which have up to 32 MB of
        RAM, extremely fast processor speeds and a multithreaded environment --
        makes Pocket PCs ideal for running the widest and most capable range of
        applications on a handheld device. More than 118,000 developers have
        received the Pocket PC software development kit in its first year,
        40,000 of these within the past four months.
     -- Key enterprise wins. Enterprise customers are realizing the benefits of
        the Pocket PC. For example, Aether Systems Inc. has recently launched
        Reuters MarketClip on the HP Jornada 540 and the Compaq iPAQ Pocket
        PCs. The financial application, a collaborative effort between
        Aether Systems and Reuters, provides real-time stock quotes and
        associated financial information and allows users to create and track
        their portfolios, set alerts, and request a wide range of market
        content. More information about enterprise customer wins is available
        at http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/enterprise/default.asp.
 
     About Microsoft Pocket PC
     Windows(R) Powered Pocket PCs, the next generation PDAs from Microsoft and
 industry partners, offer customers the best way to connect to their most
 essential information while away from their desk, yet are versatile enough to
 satisfy the personal needs of today's busy mobile lifestyle. Pocket PCs
 already include a broad range of native business, personal productivity and
 entertainment applications, yet can easily be expanded to adapt to each
 customer's changing needs through a continually growing number of industry
 standard hardware and software options.
     Pocket PCs are available from many manufacturers, including Casio Inc.,
 Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. The devices can be purchased at
 most major retail outlets, and prices range from $249 to $649.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced and celebrated the first
 anniversary of the Microsoft(R) Pocket PC at the annual Local Media Day. The
 event gives Seattle-based media a better understanding of Microsoft's strategy
 and plans for the future and, on this particular day, the chance to mark the
 first year of the most up-and-coming device in the handheld marketplace.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     With the release of the Pocket PC on April 19, 2000, Microsoft modified
 its approach to the personal digital assistant (PDA) industry and incorporated
 some important feedback from customers. The company found that customers'
 expectations had not been met in key areas:  simplicity of use, a rich feature
 set right out of the box, optimization and stability of performance, and
 enablement of new scenarios through the incorporation of standards and
 important partner developments. The response Microsoft has received from both
 customers and the market since incorporating the suggested changes has been
 tremendous. Today the Pocket PC continues to redefine the PDA category by
 offering customers the widest range of functionality on a mobile device and
 raising the bar for what a mobile device should do.
     "Over the past year we've witnessed a sea change with regard to customer
 expectations for devices, validating Microsoft's strategy that people want
 more than personal information management from their PDA," said
 Juha Christensen, vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft. "As the
 mobile device industry sits poised to explode in terms of growth, Microsoft is
 really leading the charge as evidenced by the technology innovations we've
 pioneered and our steady growth."
     "A year ago we shipped the Pocket PC software, and competitors went so far
 as to criticize us for doing too much with a PDA; now they're scrambling to
 add on the capabilities that we and our hardware partners enable right out of
 the box," said Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft.
 "We're thrilled with the past year and the progress we've made in step with
 our industry partners and look forward to maintaining this incredible momentum
 while pushing the technology envelope to meet our customers' needs."
     The Pocket PC has realized several milestones over the past year since its
 launch at Grand Central Station, including the following:
 
     -- Climbing adoption rate. The Pocket PC currently claims 16.5 percent of
        handheld use according to IDC. IDC is predicting that the Pocket PC
        will gain 38 percent of handheld use by 2004. In addition, according to
        Context, a market analysis firm in England, the Pocket PC has over
        31 percent of European handheld use.
     -- Developer momentum. The Pocket PC has seen a tremendous amount of
        interest from developers over the past year. The familiar Windows-based
        development environment makes it easy for programmers to write
        applications from scratch as well as port existing desktop applications
        over to the Pocket PC. Combining the development environment with the
        versatility and power of Pocket PC devices -- which have up to 32 MB of
        RAM, extremely fast processor speeds and a multithreaded environment --
        makes Pocket PCs ideal for running the widest and most capable range of
        applications on a handheld device. More than 118,000 developers have
        received the Pocket PC software development kit in its first year,
        40,000 of these within the past four months.
     -- Key enterprise wins. Enterprise customers are realizing the benefits of
        the Pocket PC. For example, Aether Systems Inc. has recently launched
        Reuters MarketClip on the HP Jornada 540 and the Compaq iPAQ Pocket
        PCs. The financial application, a collaborative effort between
        Aether Systems and Reuters, provides real-time stock quotes and
        associated financial information and allows users to create and track
        their portfolios, set alerts, and request a wide range of market
        content. More information about enterprise customer wins is available
        at http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/enterprise/default.asp.
 
     About Microsoft Pocket PC
     Windows(R) Powered Pocket PCs, the next generation PDAs from Microsoft and
 industry partners, offer customers the best way to connect to their most
 essential information while away from their desk, yet are versatile enough to
 satisfy the personal needs of today's busy mobile lifestyle. Pocket PCs
 already include a broad range of native business, personal productivity and
 entertainment applications, yet can easily be expanded to adapt to each
 customer's changing needs through a continually growing number of industry
 standard hardware and software options.
     Pocket PCs are available from many manufacturers, including Casio Inc.,
 Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. The devices can be purchased at
 most major retail outlets, and prices range from $249 to $649.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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