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Jason Dunn
04-22-2004, 08:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.ppcw.net/index.php?itemid=975' target='_blank'>http://www.ppcw.net/index.php?itemid=975</a><br /><br /></div>One of the mind-bogglingly bad things that Microsoft did with the Smartphone is the way they implemented Pocket Internet Explorer Favorites. Or, rather, how they <b><i>didn't</i></b> implement it. You see, several years ago when the Pocket PC came out, Microsoft came up with a clever solution: when you installed ActiveSync on your desktop computer, it would create an Internet Explorer Favorites folder called, appropriately, Mobile Favorites. When you came across a mobile site suitable for display on your Pocket PC, you'd add it to the Mobile Favorites folder. When your Pocket PC synchronized with the desktop computer, these favorites would sync with your Pocket PC.<br /><br />The problem is that the Smartphone doesn't synchronize these Mobile Favorites - I believe it's because no file synchronization conduit was included in the phone, which means the Smartphone doesn't have the capability of synchronizing any sort of files, including the Internet Explorer shortcuts. This has many other negative side effects such as not being able to sync across digital wallet files - in several ways this keeps the Smartphone from becoming a replacement for my Pocket PC because it lacks the basic functionality that I need. :( <br /><br />Anyway, Arne Hess over at PPCW.net has written a tip that will allow you to get your Mobile Favorites over to your Smartphone. It's a manual process you'll have to repeat every time they change, but it's a good way to get started if nothing else. Check it out!