Windows Mobile Device Center does not translate Pocket Word and Pocket Excel

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by peppe, Mar 14, 2007.

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    peppe Guest


    System: VISTA Business VL on HP nc6120
    PDA: Windows Mobile 2003 on DELL AXIM

    For synchronising your mobile device in VISTA you get redirected to
    Windows Mobile Device Center instead of ActiveSync. After installing
    and creating a new connection you are able to choose synchronisation
    options of which one is synchronising the files on your PDA.

    With XP/ActiveSync when you browse your device from within ActiveSync
    and want to transport Pocket Excel and/or Pocket Word documents to
    your PC (or the other way), they get automatically translated.

    Now, when I open the Windows Mobile Device Center and choose "Browse
    contents on your device", a new Explorer Window is opened, redirected
    to my Mobile Device. When I choose to transport a Pocket Excel to my
    PC, the document does NOT get translated!

    I searched on Microsoft and Googled some, but I seem to be the only
    one... So I probably am not seeing some option. What must I do. Or IS
    this a bug.....?

    Thanks for you attention and help.
    peppe, Mar 14, 2007
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    phhill3 Guest

    I've got the same problem. WMDC imports all my Word and Excel files (I
    have over 1200 on my pda) in raw ppc format (pws and pxl). I thought it
    was the fault of Office XP vs Vista (I could read those files fine on
    Office XP with Windows XP) and that when I bought Office 2007 I'd be
    able to read the ppc files on my PC. No such luck. It will import rtf
    files, so I've translated literally hundreds of doc files into rtf
    format; however I don't see ANY workaround for the spreadsheet files. I
    even tried openoffice on my Vista machine. It won't read those files

    I'm running ppc 2003 on an iPAQ 2755. Have been using them FINE for
    over a year on XP and using various versions of ActiveSync.

    I'm close to paying the computer shop that built my machine for me to
    put XP on my brand new machine unless I can get some answers.

    Is there any way to get Microsoft to talk about these problems for
    brand new software?


    phhill3, Mar 20, 2007
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    Pezboy4 Guest

    I too see .pxl files in the PDA's directory in Vista. These will not open
    in Excel. Can I uninstall "Mobile Device Center" and put ActiveSync back on?
    I have not seen anything on MS or Google that helps. With all the problems
    of Vista, I am about ready to wipe it out and put XP back on. Very
    disappointed in driver support as well.
    Pezboy4, Mar 24, 2007
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    polee Guest

    I have not found the migration to Vista too problematic, but this
    problem of not being able to read Pocket Word / Excel docs after they
    have been sync-ed using the Windows Mobile Device Center is very
    frustrating to say the least. Surely there must be an answer, or is
    this just another of Bill's little jokes.

    Does anybody know whether Windows Mobile 5/6 use Pocket Word / Excel? I
    suspect they do not, so this is probably just a manipulation to get us
    all to update our PDAs.
    polee, Feb 7, 2008
  5. Whether or not your Windows Mobile device comes with pocket apps is the
    decision of the device manufacturer, not Microsoft. As with Windows, the
    Mobile experience can be highly customized by the device manufacturer with
    parts put in, left out, added on top of the Windows Mobile OS ...

    Mine came with most of the pocket apps but not Access - which of course is
    the one I really wanted. Now I know to ask before I buy.
    Richard G. Harper, Feb 7, 2008
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    V Green Guest

    Exactly so.

    The current theory is that older PDA's were lacking in memory
    and horsepower, so the Pocket Word .PSW files were invented
    (as well as Pocket Excel) to save space.

    Since newer PPC's have more memory, support for these versions
    has been deleted from WMDC (along with a bunch of other useful
    options you used to be able to access in Active Sync).

    And it is called progress.
    V Green, Feb 8, 2008
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