Microsoft touts Windows Media Control for Pocket PC

Windows Media Player Control is now available for Microsoft's Pocket Internet Explorer (IE) browser, the company said on Tuesday, allowing digital-media playback directly from a Web page viewed with Pocket IE on the company's Pocket PC 2002 platform.

The ActiveX control will also let Web developers and corporate users create customised wireless digital media applications for devices running the Pocket PC 2002 platform, allowing the same play, pause, stop and information-retrieval functions available through Windows Media for desktop PCs. Content can be downloaded and played back, or streamed live with a wireless or wireline connection, the company said.

With its new wireless media functionality, Microsoft hopes to bolster support for the Pocket PC 2002 platform, which is battling head-to-head with other handheld platforms.

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