Debunking the Top 10 Windows Mobile Myths

Microsoft’s Jason Langridge aka "Mr. Mobile" gives a podcast on Debunking the Top 10 Myths About Windows Mobile. I’ve summarized his hour long presentation. (Hope he’s OK with this!)


10)  There aren’t that many applications for Windows Mobile.  Not true, there’s over 18,000 applications in the Windows Mobile Catalog 

Plenty of Vertical Applications

Sales Force Automation



Real Estate

Financial Services



Field Services


Pro-sumer Applications (sheesh another buzz word)


Pocket Shopper




9)  I can upgrade my device – just like my PC? Sometimes you can upgrade, but after a long explanation usually you can’t (so I guess this isn’t really a myth is it?) 

NOTE:  New program “Image Update” updates file system without erasing your entire mobile device, or require software reinstallation.

8)  Windows Mobile is too feature rich and can’t be locked down.  Ok, there are a great deal of features, but there are two tools to help lock down your Mobile device. 

7)  There aren’t any good QWERTY keyboard devices. Again, not true – take a look at these: 

6)  Windows Mobile device need to be reset all the time It was true, but no longer true with Windows Mobile 5.0 devices 

  • PocketWatson identifies & reports issues. 
  • Updated ActiveSync 4.1 with intelligent error handling and reporting

5)   My Windows Mobile device is going is uses hundreds of megabytes (MBs) of data like my PC.  Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 now uses GZIP compressions (approximately 40% less data uses)


4)   Windows Mobile is insecure 

  • Received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Certification            
  • Enforce unauthorized access to device and data via device policy 

Network Supported

Virtual Private Networking VPN

Secure Sockets Layer, SSL

Wireless Application Protocol WAP

Wireless Transport Layer Security WTLS  

Virus and Trojan Applications


Computer Associates





3)  Microsoft doesn’t do Push email. Well they actually don’t do push email, but they do something Jason says is “better” called a “direct email push experience” 

Exchange Server will push email (and calendar, contacts, and tasks along with Global Address List look-ups)

There’s no additional cost to Exchange 2003 customers to provide centralized security and policy management

You’ll need to open port 443 to handle the 128bit SSL Sessions (which is probably already open due to Outlook Web Access) 

2)  Windows Mobile is more expensive than other third part email solutions. Since there is no middleware required, or third party relay the Total Cost of Ownership is cheaper – as demonstrated in a three year projection chart showing a 13% – 19% savings with Microsoft. 


Number of Users





















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1)  Windows Mobile devices lose all your data and have poor battery life. Jason basically mentions “some” study that says “it’s no longer true”  

The Smartphone technology called “persistent storage” that prevents losing data when/if the battery dies . . . is now on the PocketPCs. 

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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