The Littlest Personal Computer: Windows CE Pushes the Envelope for Handheld PCs

By Greene, Marvin V. | Black Enterprise, July 1997 | Go to article overview

The Littlest Personal Computer: Windows CE Pushes the Envelope for Handheld PCs


Greene, Marvin V., Black Enterprise


Personal computer users who have contemplated buying the tiniest of all computers--a handheld PC (HPC)--now have the green light. Microsoft's release last fall of a new operating system for handheld computers should put the small PCs on the fast track, especially for the mobile computer user.

HPCs, which alternately have been called personal digital assistants, palmtops and PC companions, are the grown up offspring of handy, low-cost electronic organizers, used mostly to keep schedules and organize data. The new operating system, called Windows CE, is a mini-version of Microsoft's Windows operating system designed to extend the desktop. NPCs allow users to keep their most important business and personal data in their vest pockets or purses when they are away from their desks, as well as transfer and synchronize data between the home and office.

Windows CE includes so-called pocket versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel for functions such as data retrieval, spell checking, word processing and spreadsheets. It includes a communicatlons feature for accessing the Internet for and e-mail through Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

Because of the lack of a unified operating system, the market for handheld computing devices had been languishing until Microsoft's announcement of Windows CE last year.

HPC users no longer have to worry about being hemmed in by proprietary operating systems and limited software applications that characterize many personal digital assistants like Sharp's Zaurus or U.S. Robotics' Pilot. Seven key computer manufacturers--including Casio, Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi America and Philips Electronics--quickly jumped in and said they would build products for the operating system.

But don't expect a HPC to replace a laptop or desktop computer. The reason is size and power. Most handheld devices weigh less than 15 ounces, have four-inch screens, small 63-key keyboards and hold two to four megabytes of memory. The cost ranges from $500-$700, depending on features such as extra memory. Contrast the handheld with the power of a desktop computer with 16 megabytes of memory, a 14-inch monitor and a full keyboard, and there's no contest.

While a handheld user can transfer from the desktop an important document, quarterly sales figures or quickly send an e-mail, fax or find something on the Web, the device is much too small and lacks the power for full-blown presentations or complex financial analyses. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

The Littlest Personal Computer: Windows CE Pushes the Envelope for Handheld PCs
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.