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PocketPC Pocket PC, abbreviated P/PC or PPC, is a handheld-sized computer that runs a specific version of the Windows CE operating system. It has many of the capabilities of modern desktop PCs. Currently there are thousands of applications for Pocket PC, many of which are freeware. Some of these devices also include mobile phone features. Pocket PCs can also be used with many other add-ons like GPS receivers, barcode readers, RFID readers, and cameras.
According to Microsoft, the Pocket PC is "a handheld device that enables users to store and retrieve e-mail, contacts, appointments, tasks, play multimedia files, games, exchange text messages with Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), browse the Web, and more." [1]

From a technical standpoint, "Pocket PC" is a standard from Microsoft that sets various hardware and software requirements for mobile devices bearing the "Pocket PC" label.

For instance, any device which is to be classified as a Pocket PC must:

Run Microsoft's Windows Mobile, PocketPC edition
Come bundled with a specific suite of applications in ROM
note: the name Windows Mobile refers to both the Windows CE operating system and a suite of basic applications along with a specified user interface
Include a touchscreen
Include a directional pad or touchpad
Include a set of hardware application buttons
Be based on an ARM version 4 compatible CPU, Intel XScale CPU, MIPS CPU or SH3 CPU. (As of the Pocket PC 2002 specification, ARM-based CPUs are required.)

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