WinCE upgrade addresses synch issues

Microsoft has announced it will release an update to Windows CE that will address sluggish installation and synchronisation issues in the operating system.

ActiveSync 3.0 will be available for download from the company's Web site, and will ship with new Windows CE-based personal digital assistants (PDAs) and handheld PCs later this year, according to Microsoft.

"We consistently heard from customers that synchronising Windows CE-based devices with desktop PCs was just too hard to do, and that it should be faster too," Harel Kodesh, vice president of Microsoft's Productivity Appliance Division, said in a statement. "To meet this requirement, we've completely re-engineered our synchronisation technology."

With ActiveSync 3.0, users no longer will have to synch their Windows CE device using Dial-up Networking, or remote access server on Windows NT operating systems, and connect directly to the desktop. The device will connect directly to a user's desktop PC at speeds ranging from 19.2Kbps to 115Kbps.

The software will automatically detect serial devices, according to Microsoft. And, ActiveSync 3.0 will detect changes made to supported Personal Information Manager software, allowing users to upgrade their applications without having to reconfigure their settings.

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