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PCstats Q & A - Words in your pocket - PCstats Q & A - Words in your pocket
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?

Our second-wind catching eighteenth Q & A of the week comes from Coleen via the PCstats feedback page . If you have a question you need answered right away, try our friendly forums for help too.

Q: I'm interested in purchasing some sort of PDA, preferably one with a keyboard, to help me with my job and let me write emails and notes on the road. I know that all the current Pocket PC machines come with versions of word and excel (both of which I would need), but few of them have decent keyboards. I can also get my hands on older used PDA's with a clamshell format and a keyboard. These use an older version of the Microsoft Pocket OS though. My question is, what's the difference between the old pocket office apps and the new ones?

A: While I've never used pre-Windows Mobile versions of Microsoft's Pocket OS, I can tell you that using a stylus to create or edit word documents is a miserable experience. It's great for notes, but lousy for full documents. In my experience, carrying documents between pocket and full office Word is fairly painless, but actually working on them is tough. Using a PDA with a full keyboard would definitely be easier, but the most recent versions of Pocket Word are crippled compared to their desktop counterparts, so I'd imagine that pre-Windows Mobile versions would be even more so.

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