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Windows Mobile: 8 Tips For Better Computing

1. Know when to quit

Windows Mobile doesn't quit programs, so you'll want to do that periodically whenever the handset seems slow. Fire up the Task Manager—in WM6 Professional it's located at Start | Settings | System Tab (at bottom) | Task Manager | Running Programs. Now click Stop All. (On Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the Task Manager has its own Start menu icon.)

2. The point is a better UI

Have iPhone envy? Power up your handset's user interface with the free PointUI Beta (www.pointui.com); it's not only more attractive, but it also lets you navigate with your fingers instead of your having to take out the stylus all the time.

3. Pull a fast one on Bill

Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices can view and edit Microsoft Office documents but not create them. So tool the OS by transferring blank Word and Excel documents from your PC. Then open one and resave it with a different name each time you need a new document.

4. Upgrade and conquer

Some Windows Mobile 5 devices—including the AT&T Blackjack, the Palm Treo 750, and the T-Mobile Dash—can be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6. Visit www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/6 and click the Upgrades tab for details.

5. Teach your phone to share

Your Windows Mobile handheld makes a great cellular modem for your laptop, particularly if it's on a carrier with a 3G network (AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon). Search for "modem tethering" at www.smartdevicecentral.com for step-by-step instructions for each carrier as well as an OS X-specific how-to.

6. Synchronize important stuff

If you're a Vista user, you should grab the latest version of Windows Mobile Device Center (www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/devicecenter.mspx) for synchronizing your handset with your PC If you're running XP, check Microsoft's Web site for the latest iteration of Active-Sync, version 4.5.

7. Know where you're going

Download a free copy of Google Maps for Mobile at www.google.com/gmm. It gives you road-map and satellite views, plus turn-by-turn directions—it will even work with your Windows Mobile handset's built-in GPS radio, if it has one. (Works with PalmOS, too.)

8. 500 channels and nothing's on?

Why pay monthly for mobile TV? If you have a Slingbox, the $29.99 Sling-Player Mobile lets you watch cable TV or recorded DVR programs—often near 30 fps—right on your handset. Head to www.slingmedia.com/go/spm for details. (There's also a Palm OS version.)

 

Source:  Jamie Lendino - PC Magazine

Author: Endang S