Microsoft fixes Vista mobile bug

Windows Mobile device users that found they could not synch with their Windows Vista PCs can now get a fix from Microsoft.

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Windows Mobile device users that found they could not synch with their Windows Vista PCs can now get a fix from Microsoft.

Microsoft has launched Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1, an upgraded version of the software that lets Windows Mobile users manage their phones.

The Mobile Device Centre was designed for Vista users as a replacement for ActiveSync, which lets PC users syncrhonise content such as calendar items and music between their Windows Mobile phones and PCs.

However, early users of Windows Mobile 6.0 devices have complained that the Device Centre does not synch files at all or in some cases it may lose updates to files.

"In the past, some users reported installation and compatibility issues with Windows Mobile Device Centre [WMDC]," said John Starkweather, group product manager in Microsoft's mobile communications group, in a statement. "We have released an update to WMDC intended to improve the overall user experience."

Mobile Device Centre 6.1 supports file synchronisation for all Windows Mobile 6.0 devices including smartphones, according to Mel Sampat, a program manager for Windows Mobile who blogged about the new version.

Device Centre can now also synch HTML mail, handle data connections on the phone when connected to the PC and authenticate devices automatically.

Microsoft also announced that in the third quarter, Windows Mobile will be compatible with Office 2007. That means users of Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Standard devices as well as Mobile 5.0 touch screen phones that already have Office Mobile will get a free update that will let them read and edit Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Also in the third quarter, device makers will be able to start shipping Windows Mobile 6 devices with Office Mobile 2007 pre-installed.

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