Microsoft Updates Windows Mobile, IE Mobile

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Mobile Device Manager

Windows Mobile 6.1 will also support System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which is now available for any business. Microsoft introduced Mobile Device Manager 2008 in October last year but at the time it was available only to a limited number of testers.

Mobile Device Manager is server software that enterprises can use to remotely manage and secure Windows Mobile phones much the same way that they may do for laptops.

Microsoft also planned to announce the Microsoft Mobile Services Plan, an offering from mobile operators for enterprises that includes mobile management services. Microsoft expected to announce operators that will offer the plan on Tuesday.

In addition to the new software products, Microsoft also planned to introduce some new mobile search features at CTIA. Starting in the next few months, users will be able to download a new version of Live Search for Windows Mobile. The updated software will let users quickly view the address of a contact in their address book on a map and get directions to the location. Users will also be able to do a Web search directly from the software client.

Microsoft also expects to soon begin offering a new version of Live Search for BlackBerry that lets users speak voice commands in order to search for businesses and restaurants and get turn by turn driving directions. Results are displayed on a map.

Screen shots of some of the new capabilities are expected to appear on a Windows Live blog on Tuesday.

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