The iPAQ software brings the required functionality to HP handhelds. It assists users in the sending and receiving of text messages, composing of Microsoft Word Mobile files and the preparation of Microsoft Excel Mobile charts. The users can also browse Microsoft PowerPoint presentations but can’t edit or make them.
The other popular functions that the software makes possible are: retrieval of e-mail, keeping track of appointments and schedules and browsing the Internet. Besides this, it enables users to track sales and check inventory.
The software also allows users to download third-party software like e-books, games, maps or business software and make their iPAQs a more valuable source of information. The iPAQs use the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition to perform these powerful and varied functions. The earlier generation iPAQs that used the 2002 Windows Mobile software could perform a lesser number of functions.
The HP iPaq rx1950, which is the latest in the iPAQ series, incorporates the latest Windows Mobile 5 operating system, which is even more powerful. It includes updates of Word, Outlook, Excel, Internet Explorer, and PowerPoint files. Further, the OS comes with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and can play all the major audio and video file formats, including MP3, WMA, and WMV.
Besides Windows Mobile software, the iPAQs also use HP's Image Zone software. This software is used to display images and set up slide shows. HP also provides HP ProtectTools to protect data stored on the iPAQs with a password or a PIN number. The other software that HP provides is Task Switcher, iPAQ Audio, and a couple of games.
The iPAQ GPS software is another useful software that can be installed on iPAQs that have GPS hardware. This software turns iPAQs into travel guides. A user can navigate roads like a local in all parts of the US and Canada. The software not only shows the shortest route to reach a destination but also keeps informing the user of the distance left and the estimated time of arrival. It even re-routes the user if a turn is missed.
In fact, iPAQs today work more than mere organizers. They can perform scores of tasks beyond keeping schedules, appointments and tracking expenses. All that a user needs is the right software to install.