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Chapter 18. PDAS AND THE NETWORK > The Personal Digital Assistant

The Personal Digital Assistant

PDAs started out as a handheld devices that made it convenient to take information such as addresses, phone numbers, and appointments on the road. These devices were really just electronic organizers with a limited amount of memory; however, these early PDAs still provided a user with the ability to sync with Personal Information Managers (PIMs), such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Organizer (or PC-based programs included with these handheld devices that provided address book and calendar features).

Information on the PDA was also held on the PC in a program such as Outlook. When the PDA and a program like Outlook are synchronized, the different address records and appointments are reconciled. Any records not on the PC are downloaded from the PDA and any records not on the PDA are downloaded from the PC.


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