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Chapter 18. PDAS AND THE NETWORK > Synchronizing PDAs and the Desktop

Synchronizing PDAs and the Desktop

The true power of PDAs is that the applications on them can be synchronized with desktop applications. For example, in the Palm environment, the Mail, Address Book, and Calendar applications can all be synchronized with the different services provided by Microsoft Outlook (Inbox, Contacts, and the calendar). In the Pocket PC environment, the pocket version of Outlook can be synchronized with the desktop version of Outlook on the PC.

The implication of synchronization is that information temporarily held on the PDA ends up on the desktop computer. What's more, if the computer is connected to a network where groupware applications such as Outlook are used to share calendar information, the PDA information will eventually dovetail with information that can be accessed by different users on the network (in an environment where groupware applications are being used).


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