Mobile Computer Operating Systems

There are several different operating systems available for mobile computers, and the operating system plays a significant role in the benefits your mobile computer will provide you; the following are some of the most common operating systems for mobile computers.

Windows Mobile:





Windows Mobile has many of the same features as the desktop version of Windows and is also aesthetically similar, making it simple to navigate and easy to learn.  The most current version is Windows Mobile 6.1, with the next release scheduled for 2010.  Windows Mobile provides a suite of mobile Microsoft Office applications called Office Mobile that includes Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile.  These mobile versions provide many of the features seen on the desktop versions of the programs and you can even convert desktop versions of files to Office Mobile compatible files.  Windows Mobile also comes with Outlook Mobile, and this mobile version of outlook can be synched with your desktop Outlook.  In addition, because Windows Mobile is a standard platform, it can easily be applied across the entire enterprise.  The following link, Windows Mobile Demo from Microsoft, provides several video overviews of Windows Mobile features.

Windows CE:

Windows CE is basically a scaled down version of Windows designed for mobile computers, but Windows CE.NET doesn’t have the Office applications.  It does allow you to customize your platform though, with capabilities such as component services, networking capabilities and multimedia support.  Windows CE also provides ample memory and a variety of functions designed specifically for mobile devices.  This operating system provides significant flexibility to users that wish to control their experience.  The Windows CE kernel handles more than 32,000 simultaneous processes, each with 2GB of memory space.  In addition, Mobile computers with Windows CE can connect to Windows servers and to each other.  Intermec offers both Windows Mobile or Windows CE on a variety of their advanced mobile computers because of the numerous advantages provided by these operating systems.

Palm OS:

The Palm operating system is designed for easy use with touch screen based devices and comes with a suite of basic applications that are easy to use.  The Palm OS is mostly seen on consumer devices such as phones and handhelds.  The Palm OS is a simple operating system that provides speed and is customizable through third party add-ons.  Some of the standard features include: HotSync, which integrates with the user’s PC, Memos, which provides an area for notes that can hold up to 4,000 characters, Tasks, Contacts, Calculator, Calendar, and Expense Tracking.  Common third party additions include: Blazer, the web browser for Palm hand-held devices, Note Pad (for small drawings), photo and video support and voice recording.  Because Palm OS is an open standard operating system, it has been licensed by many mobile computing manufacturers, offering a greater variety to users.

These are just a few of the common operating systems for mobile computers, this brief overview should give you some insight into the features of each and hopefully help you decide which would be perfect for your application.