HP has introduced the latest HP iPAQ handheld, a smart device with the ability to receive email wirelessly using new direct push email functionality from Microsoft, enabled through the Messaging and Security Feature Pack
In addition, the HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger provides customers with the essentials to keep a business or personal lifestyle running while mobile, including a mobile phone, access to Wi-Fi wireless hotspots, data networks, digital content and services, and enhanced security.
The Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack allows HP iPAQ hw6900 customers to automatically receive new email, calendar items, tasks or contacts without incurring additional email middleware expenses, directly from a Microsoft Exchange Server.
The sleek hw6900 is the first handheld with four integrated radios: a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Bluetooth technology additionally offers wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices such as headsets, printers and automobile hands-free kits.
The HP iPAQ hw6900 also is compatible with Skype Mobile software, allowing customers to enjoy high-quality voice calls via high-speed Internet connections.
In addition to its push email functionality, the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system creates an improved Outlook Mobile experience and enhanced device and data protection without the need for businesses to deploy additional middleware servers and software. IT administrators can remotely manage and enforce IT policies over the air and have the ability to remotely delete data on an HP iPAQ if it is lost or stolen.
Windows Mobile 5.0 integrates directly with Microsoft Exchange Server and Small Business Server for a cost-effective messaging solution for businesses both large and small. The operating system also has been enhanced with persistent storage to prevent the loss of data, even if the battery is removed or drained, and for easy multimedia synchronization for music, video and photos.
Additional built-in features of the HP iPAQ hw6900 include both a keyboard and a 1.3-megapixel digital camera on select models.
Built-in GPS receiver and navigation applications also are standard. For customers in North America, Microsoft Pocket Streets 2006 comes installed to provide basic navigation assistance and a 60-day free trial of the HP iPAQ Navigation Software and Maps is included on CD to provide voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. For customers in Europe, TomTom Navigator 5 software comes installed and customers can download their choice of one city map for free, while additional maps can be purchased separately.
The HP iPAQ hw6900 series is expected to be available in the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions this spring and in North America in summer. Telecommunications carrier information and pricing will vary by region.