Bye bye Pocket PC and Smartphone brands

This is not a huge surprise but PC World is reporting that Microsoft has begun to phase out the Pocket PC and Smartphone brands in favor of the Windows Mobile brand. And still again not a real surprise but this proces will take place over the next year or two as the now separate technologies get merged into a single one (Windows Mobile 2005?)

According to Microsoft, the convergence of brands will also eliminate any distinction between phone-centric devices and data-centric devices and eliminate any potential consumer confusion. Looks like the h6315 was just a taste of things to come.

Also of note is the fact that Microsoft will work with HP and other device makers to change naming conventions as the name ‘Pocket PC’ is commonly used to identify most Microsoft PDAs. “iPAQ Windows Mobile device”? I guess I could get used to it eventually…

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