The First Mobile Office with Games, Music, and Movies

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Over on Engadget, Michael Gartenberg says Happy 10th Birthday to the Pocket PC; the first mobile device that combined a mobile office with the ability to play games, music, movies and even eBooks. Gartenberg was quoted in the original press release and actually attended the April 19th, 2000 Grand Central event that launched the first 4 Pocket PCs of the time.

Back then of course, Microsoft had its targets set on the old Palm OS devices which mainly had single-tasking capabilities, grayscale screens, and required you learn a special language in order to input text. The Pocket PC offered a huge advantage with full multi-tasking, full color video and music playback, full HTML web browsing, a real version of Microsoft Office for editing documents, and your choice of on-screen keyboards, handwriting recognition, or character recognition.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!