In a not so surprising move Casio will be offering users of the Cassiopeia Pocket Manager an upgrade to the Windows CE.NET operating system sometime in April 2002.
This upgrade will make the BE-300 one of the first mobile devices to be compatible with the next-generation internet technologies developed by Microsoft and their .NET technologies.
“LAS VEGAS, NV, January 7, 2002—Casio, Inc., Dover, NJ, in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced a service for customers to upgrade the operating system of their CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300 from Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 to Windows CE.NET. As a result, customers will be able to use Pocket Internet Explorer and the audio functions of Windows Media Player. This represents one of the first smart mobile devices compatible with the next-generation Internet world based on the .NET concept envisioned by Microsoft Corp. The upgrade program will be available from April on a CD-ROM for US $29.”
The full news release can be found here: