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Keeping Up with the Joneses: Windows Mobile 6.1's New Upgrades  : Page 4

With their Windows Mobile 6.1 release, Microsoft attempts to keep their position in an increasingly competitive market. Find out how these new improvements can benefit you.

Internet Explorer Mobile
Internet Explorer Mobile in Windows Mobile 6.1 gets a very important update—new Zoom feature. If you have been using Windows Mobile in the past to surf web pages, you know how difficult it is to navigate full-size web pages using such a small screen. In Windows Mobile 6.1, Internet Explorer Mobile now has a new Zoom feature that allows a page to be zoomed out so that you can select the part of the page upon which to focus. For example, Figure 10 shows the DevX.com page viewed using the Internet Explorer Mobile.

Figure 10. Full-Size Web Pages: Viewing the full-size page of DevX.com.
Figure 11. Zooming: Selecting a part of the page to zoom in.

You can press the Zoom Out soft key to view the entire page so that you can position the magnifier on the section of the page you want to view and zoom in (see Figure 11).

Figure 12. Supported Devices: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the HTC Touch Dual.

Devices Running Windows Mobile 6.1
At this moment, there aren't many devices running Windows Mobile 6.1. However, there are a few announcements from vendors such as Sony Ericsson and HTC about their new devices running Windows Mobile 6.1. Figure 12 shows the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and the HTC Touch Dual.

Check with your device manufacturers to see if they offer an update to upgrade your Windows Mobile 6 devices to 6.1.

Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator Images for Developers
For developers, Microsoft has provided the emulator images for Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. You can download the images here.

Once the emulator images are installed, you can then test your applications from within Visual Studio 2008.

Wei-Meng Lee is a Microsoft MVP and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies. He is an established developer and trainer specializing in .NET and wireless technologies. Wei-Meng speaks regularly at international conferences and has authored and coauthored numerous books on .NET, XML, and wireless technologies. He writes extensively on topics ranging from .NET to Mac OS X. He is also the author of the .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide, ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook (both from O'Reilly Media, Inc.), and Programming Sudoku (Apress). Here is Wei-Meng's blog.
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