MS PDC, Thursday, Day 4, October 15, 1998, Denver Colorado
|Harel Kodesh, Microsoft VP,
Consumer Appliances Division
|Mark Gentile, Odyssey Software
demonstrating CE Fusion
Harel Kodesh, Microsoft Consumer Appliances Division VP, gave the keynote
address today. His keynote focused entirely on Windows CE.
Harel noted that the H/PC Pro is using has gone 16 hours, so far, on a
Steve G. (sp?) demonstrated the Windows CE veresion of WebTV as well as the Sega Dreamcast
game console built around Windows CE and DirectX driven 128-bit graphics.
Both demonstrations were very interesting.
Mark Gentile (sp?) from Odyssey Software demonstrated the firm's CE Fusion product
that provided seamless connectiviy between SQL server and a PA-2400 CE slate.
It was noted several times that there are two major types of CE devices.
 PC Companions: H/PC, H/PC Pro, P/PC, A/PC and
 Home Companions: WebTV, Sega Dreamcast, Set-top boxes, Media players
(DVD units running Windows CE), and Webphones.
Extending Web Content To PC Companions With Mobile Channels
by Jay McClain, Development Lead, Windows CE Internet Core
- A Mobile Channels enabling download for H/PCs and H/PC Pros is scheduled for release
during the week of October 19, 1998.
Jay demonstrated Mobile Channels displayed on a Sharp Mobilon HC-4500 H/PC.
- The version of Pocket Internet Explorer that ships with H/PC Professional systems
- CE Services 2.2 (shipped with H/PC Pros) can filter internet content for a mobile device.
For example, it can automatically adjust the color range of an image to look best on the
H/PC Pro color display.
- In listing Mobile Channel resources, Jay listed our buddy Chris De Herrera's site.
Unfortunately, he listed Chris' old URL. Chris' current URL is http://www.cewindows.net/.
Unfortunately, Jay did not list MSN's (my) Windows CE Forum. Sniff sniff...
Developing Great Applications for the Palm-size PC by Timothy Sharpe, Software
Design Engineer, Mobile Electronics Group
- Virtual Keyboard Tips:  Slide stylus up a key to capitalize the letter.
 Slide the stylus left across the keyboard to backspace.
 Slide the stylus right across the keyboard to insert a space.
- Casio estimates it sold 1,500 Casio E-11 units to PDC attendees this week.
That works out to 27% of the 5,500 developers who attended the event.
Let's hope we start to see 1,500 new applications soon!
- Active Desktop Tip: If you switch to the desktop (House/Clock icon on the bottom
left portion of the screen), you can return to the previous application by sliding your stylus
up over the Desktop icon.
- Undocumented Feature That May Be Removed in Future CE Devices:
This tip is mostly for developers who do not want to use an installer to test applicatins.
 Bring up the virtual keyboard.
 Tap run23.
Run your application the command line. Enjoy!
But remember that this undocumented feature could disappear in a future release!
||Farewell to the PDC and Denver