The "Missing" Pocket PC apps: Access & PowerPoint
Jun. 11, 2003 12:17 AM
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The Microsoft Pocket PC platform provides scaled down versions of Outlook (Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks) and Office (Word, Excel) components for vendors to bundle in their Pocket PC models. They also provide Pocket PC versions of Microsoft Reader and Windows Media Player. Pocket counterparts of Microsoft Money and Microsoft Streets & Trips (also MapPoint) are also available as either part of the basic system or available as part of the purchased product (e.g., Pocket Money). There are enough Pocket counterparts to lead the new user to assume that every major Microsoft productivity product has a Pocket PC version.
This leads to confusion when a new Pocket PC user notices that Microsoft doesn't have a counterpart for Microsoft Access or Microsoft PowerPoint. "Where is Pocket Access and Pocket PowerPoint for the Pocket PC?" they ask. The answer is they don't exist and we Pocket PC users should be glad.
The lack of Microsoft produced counterparts to Access and PowerPoint encouraged third party developers to develop excellent add-on components. They are unhindered by the the Microsoft burn-to-ROM development cycle and produce continual innovation instead of producing new versions only for each new Pocket PC development cycle (Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, etc.). So, we now have a couple of excellent third party produced Access-compatible database and PowerPoint-compatible presentation products available for the Pocket PC.
In contrast, there is only one alternative word processor (SoftMaker's TextMaker) and one alternative spreadsheet (Bye Design's SpreadCE) that I know of. And, I suspect neither yet enjoy the kind of sales probably seen by third party database and presentation software for the Pocket PC despite the additional word processing and spreadsheet features offered by these alternatives. In the meantime, Pocket Word and Pocket Excel provided by Microsoft hasn't really changed since the Pocket PC 2000 was released.
I had an opportunity to express this opinion to the Microsoft Pocket Office developer team when my fellow Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) and I were able to meet with them in Redmond during the February MVP Summit. So, here's hoping we don't see Pocket Access and Pocket PowerPoint emerge from the Redmond campus. And, cheers to the hard working third party developers who have provided me with rich tools sets through their continual innovation.
Note: Microsoft actually did create a Pocket Access and Pocket PowerPoint that were part of the older Handheld PC product line. I don't recall either product getting much use by Handheld PC users. There is Microsoft SQL Server CE 2.0 for high-end database application development for the Pocket PC.
Todd Ogasawara is currently the eGovernment team leader for the State of Hawaii Information & Communications Services Division. He has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Mobile Devices category for the past several years. His bifurcated focuses are on ultraportable wireless computing devices (primarily the Windows CE-based Pocket PC) and on open source solutions in government.
What do you think? Are the 3rd party add-ons sufficient for your Pocket PC?
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2004-01-12 00:57:51 anonymous [Reply | View]
I have searched all day for the missing Pocket Access. Many thanks!
My problem is-a good teacher's chronicle is in an access database but I could do my own style without so many unnecessary features if I could work out how to maintain the hyperlinks in Excel when they become Pocket Excel.Any ideas? Regards Bernice.
Pocket Excel alternatives for the Pocket PC
2004-01-10 04:45:45 toddogas [Reply | View]
In addition the to 2nd alternative spreadsheet brought to our attention in another response to my blog here, I should point out that SoftMaker has a Pocket PC spreadsheet in beta-testing phase right now. You can find more information about it at:
2004-01-07 20:16:21 anonymous [Reply | View]
im still confuse, is the pocket access existed? if not, what is a replacement or alternative way to use access database. im wonder why the activesync has mic. access feature.
2004-01-10 04:28:32 toddogas [Reply | View]
Pocket Access does not exist for the Pocket PC or Smartphone. You can read my commentary on this topic and a list of 3rd party database products for the Pocket PC at: Pocket PC Access Database Alternatives (Missing Apps Part II)
2003-12-04 10:08:11 anonymous [Reply | View]
3rd party apps are fine as long as they all share the underlying file structure used by MS for Access and Powerpoint.
Whatever one's view of MS, the main benefit in having MS Office with all the basic apps, is that everyone can immediately share their files with everyone else.
If 3rd parties are allowed complete freedom then we go back to the nightmare of lots of apps, all of them with their own virtues, but lots of problems for users wanting to share their data.
If all the Access 3rd parties still talk through the Access DB drivers, then thats fine.
Out of luck
2003-10-27 11:44:20 anonymous [Reply | View]
Pocket access is available in activesync for users still running previous versions of windows ce. Pocket access is there, but it can't be utilized unless you have pocket access. And if you don't have a version of pocket pc prior to pocket pc 2000, then you are out of luck. Use a 3rd party app.
Out of luck
2003-11-05 06:35:05 anonymous [Reply | View]
I am planing to get a pocket pc for the intention of using ms access to import and export data?
I would appreciate if you tell me so which windows operating system I should go for?windows mobile 2002, windows CE or windows mobile 2003 and also which programms I need to have to support and be compatible with MS Access 97 and also I don't realy undrestand is there any pocket access or not?
2003-10-20 22:48:19 anonymous [Reply | View]
Although this is Very enlightening, I am still confused because my pocket pc has pocket access right in the activesync and allows you to import/convert an mdb file. Surely there must be a way to just Open it without having to obtain third party software no? Could you respond, by any chance to Paul@causewaymarine.com ? Thank you very much.
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