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View Full Version : Dr. Watson to Help Make Next-Gen Windows Mobile Healthier

David McNamee
10-29-2003, 08:30 AM
The Watson technology has been around Windows for quite some time. Whenever an application crashes, you usually receive a message that gives you the opportunity to submit a crash report to Microsoft – that’s Dr. Watson at work. Engineers at Microsoft use the data collected by Dr. Watson reports to pinpoint applications or system components that are responsible for bugs. The quality and stability of Windows and the Office products have improved greatly thanks to this effort. Now, Dr. Watson will be going mobile. The next generation of the Windows Mobile platform will give users the opportunity to send error and crash reports to Microsoft. Details are still being ironed out, but we have been told that error reports from Dr. Watson will be sent using non-cellular networking, i.e. WiFi or desktop pass-through.

Independent Software Vendors who participate in Mobile2Market can access their crash data via the Windows Error Reporting Program (WERPA). This will allow developers to continually monitor and improve their software even after it is released.