At Mobile Developer Conference (DevCon) 2004, Microsoft announced the new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition - an extended version of Windows Mobile 2003 software platform. The Windows Mobile platform adds support for dynamic screen switching between landscape and portrait modes and square screen resolution support that enables smaller devices with keyboards - both of which are platform firsts. Additional features include VGA and QVGA that support high-resolution displays for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones, respectively. The updated Windows Mobile Developer Resource Kit allows developers to easily create new applications and services based on the new software and thus benefit directly from the new functionality expected, such as higher-resolution screens and new form factors.
"The Motorola MPx with a unique, compact dual-hinge design is one of the first devices that take advantage of key capabilities enabled by Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software," said Michael Tatelman, vice president and general manager of the MOTOPro group, Motorola Mobile Handset Business. According to Motorola, the MPx will replace the "multi-device syndrome", by blending the best of a mobile phone, personal data assistant (PDA) and email messenger in one easy-to-use compact device.
The Motorola MPx is expected to be available in the second half of 2004.