Micro$oft does something good for a change

After waiting oh about 4 months, I finally got my upgrade copy of Windows Mobile 2003 for my (and Devina’s) Axim. It seems there were major issues with WM2003 that made doing anything on the Axim utterly unbearable with the speed of a Commodore 64.

Oddly enough, it wasn’t a Micro$oft flaw! Rather, it was a flaw in the PDA itself. Go figure…

Anyway, as soon as I got in today from work, I quickly synched my data to back it up and proceeded with the upgrade process. Roughly 20 minutes later, I synched my data back (since it wipes your Axim clean and reformats everything) and installed my wireless card. Then I started to reconfigured my wittle PDA.

I have to admit that I really like this version over 2002. The Windows Media player on this is now version 9 and it’s so much better when streaming media.

pIE (IE for PocketPC) works extremely well and it even understands CSS level 2 from what I can see. I was able to look at this page with the exact formatting I get if I look at it with IE or Mozilla. So if any of you have CSS in your PDA versions, I can see them exactly how you meant for them to look (Thank you very much Melissa for your handy portal ::grin::). Something that I could not do on the last version of pIE on this PDA. w00t!

The wireless setup is just like the XP version, which is the Wireless Zero Config and it worked beautifully. It detected the local wireless networks around me and it turns out one of the dumb asses near me has a wide open network that I latched onto for a few minutes. That idiot’s getting hacked real soon, I’d say. I then connected to mine, slapped on my WEP key and I was surfing in no time flat. The good part is that the battery didn’t drain as much as it used to in the old OS version which is definitely a welcomed feature. 🙂

Unfortunately, it’s definitely slower than PocketPC 2002, but it’s not that bad. Starting apps take about a second or two longer, but I don’t really mind it.

If you’re looking to upgrade your Axim to it, go for it. I’m not sure how this OS fares on other PocketPCs.

2 replies on “Micro$oft does something good for a change”

Gosh darnit. I must be blind. I’ve been waiting and waiting to be able to purchase that, and I still can’t find it on their site. Could you maybe (pretty please) reply to this comment and tell me where the holy heck it’s listed?

I’m a geek. I need my fix! 😉

I didn’t get it from their site either. I called up Dell, gave them my customer number and asked them for the 2003 update CD. It’ll run ya about 30 bucks I think. At least that’s what I paid for it back in June. Good luck! 🙂

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