Microsoft® Mobile Explorer
is an operating system independent, air-link agnostic, browser-based solution. Mobile Explorer enables secure mobile access to corporate or personal e-mail, corporate networks, and the Internet when connected to a wireless network. It includes the world’s first dual mode microbrowser that can display both WAP 1.1 and HTML Internet content.
Downloadable Tools: Microsoft Mobile Explorer Emulator version 2.0
and Microsoft Mobile Explorer Toolkit 3.0
are now available for download.
The convergence of Internet and wireless technologies has opened up tremendous opportunities for operators and handset manufacturers to offer enhanced voice and data services to consumers. Microsoft® Mobile Explorer™ is a unique browser-based solution that delivers rich Web services to a wide range of mobile handsets. Integrated into award-winning mobile phones across Europe and Asia, Mobile Explorer currently ships in products from leading manufacturers including Samsung, Sony, Hyundai, and Benefon with many more phones expected to come to market in 2001.
||Support for multiple bearers including GSM, CDMA, TDMA, PDC, Mobitex, short message service (SMS), CSD, and HSCSD.
|Compatibility with Standards
||Support for existing industry networking and Internet standards such as: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), HTML/HTTP, PPP and POP3/SMTP, and wireless standards (wireless application protocol [WAP]).
|Over the Air Provisioning
||Browser, favorites and e-mail settings can be provisioned over the air by a system designed to be compatible with the WAP provisioning specification.
||Access to corporate e-mail (Microsoft Exchange), Hotmail, and Internet e-mail via POP3/SMTP protocols.
||Mobile Explorer version 3.0 supports WAP push, allowing data to be directly updated on the phone.
||Flexible display including monochrome, grayscale and color (8-bit) support. Animated GIF, WBMP, and JPEG graphics can also be downloaded on phones supporting these formats.
||Mobile Explorer is based on Unicode and can be customized to the OEM’s own user interface and navigation. Use of native fonts means that the user interface is consistent throughout the handset.
||Support for WTLS Protocol class 2 for access to secure WAP sites, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0, and HTTPS for access to secure Web sites (128 bit).
||Includes a modular TCP/IP stack, which provides the underlying transport.
|Local Cache Store
||Use of handset’s local memory to store bookmarks, mobile favorites, and forms.
||Support for the buffering of sound files to the handset PAL API.
|SIM Toolkit Support
||Applications on SIM cards can be rendered on handsets through Mobile Explorer.
|vCard and vCalendar Attachments
||vCard and vCalendar attachments can be downloaded into the phone memory by simply clicking on the relevant e-mail attachment or Web site.
For Mobile Network Operators
Mobile Explorer guarantees mobile operators a secure way to offer value-added services such as personal e-mail, access to corporate networks, and Web services to customers. It has been built as a flexible platform with revenue-generating personalization options for both operators. Users can download a wide range of home screen skins, ring tones, and personal information to their handsets via the browser. These services can substantially increase data and SMS traffic accelerating the return on networks investments.
Microsoft is the first manufacturer to ship a multimode microbrowser giving end users unlimited access to content marked up in HTML, WML (wireless mark-up language), and cHTML—as used in the popular iMode Service. As the mobile Internet shifts from WAP 1.2.1 to an architecture based on Internet standards in WAP 2.0, adapting handsets to this infrastructure change will be critical. Microsoft Mobile Explorer has been designed from the ground up to support end-to-end services based on Internet standards. A protocol foundation of HTTP, TCP/IP, and SSL allows Mobile Explorer to connect with today’s Internet services and tomorrow’s WAP 2.0 services.
When used in combination with server technologies such as Microsoft Mobile Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft BackOffice® family, and MSN® Mobile Service, Mobile Explorer enables a wide range of new data services to end users connected to mobile networks. With popular services such as Hotmail and MSN Instant Messenger, e-mail can be delivered as part of a branded solutions platform allowing operators greater flexibility to differentiate and build new revenue streams. Mobile Explorer also supports over-the-air configurations of WAP gateway and e-mail settings as well as provisioning of services and information by WAP push. Users are no longer required to enter complicated provisioning information such as IP and gateway addresses.
Mobile Explorer makes mobile commerce a reality for your users. It goes beyond the base protection offered on most Web-enabled phones by offering full end-to-end security for e-commerce transactions with support for both WTLS class 3 (WAP 1.2.1 specification) and SSL 3.0. Phones with integrated Mobile Explorer can also take advantage of Microsoft Passport, which is a sophisticated Web technology that speeds the authentication process for secure data transfer via the Web. Cookies residing in the phone’s read-only memory authenticate the user ID, enabling the user to perform multiple e-commerce transactions without having to retype long passwords.
For Handset Manufacturers
Faster Time to Market
Mobile Explorer ships with full source code and comprehensive support so that integration is both fast and efficient. The OEM Adaptation Kit allows third parties to quickly port the Mobile Explorer software to run on different handsets and OS platforms.
A modular development approach to the browser was chosen to give OEMs the flexibility and extensibility they need to bring mobile Internet devices to market. New features and updates in mobile standards can be easily included as plug-in upgrades.
Microsoft Mobile Explorer Target Device Requirements
||Less than one MIPS of processor power required.
||Less than 450 KB on a standard processor
Note that code sizes are approximate, and depend on the facilities provided by the host environment and instruction density of the target processor.
||108 KB (minimum), 256 KB (recommended)
||Both color and monochrome displays
||No operating system support required. Mobile Explorer can be integrated with any existing phone real-time operating system.
For Content Providers
Microsoft Mobile Explorer Emulator
The Mobile Explorer Emulator is a downloadable Microsoft Windows® application that simulates the activity of a mobile phone handset. The Microsoft Mobile Explorer Emulator 2.01 download includes a WML compiler and user documentation that supports WML development without requiring a WAP gateway. No technical support is provided for this software. The emulator’s user interface features a viewable development window in which a bitmapped image of a phone handset displays content in the Mobile Explorer dual mode microbrowser. The emulator application uses the actual Microsoft Mobile Explorer core browser software to enable the user to browse Internet and wireless Internet content from their PC.
Download Mobile Explorer Emulator
Microsoft Mobile Explorer Content Toolkit
The Microsoft Mobile Explorer (MME) Content Toolkit enables developers to view applications and Web sites developed for WAP- and/or HTML-capable devices, such as mobile phones. It integrates a simulator and compilers directly into the Visual Studio .NET IDE to allow developers to preview their content without requiring access to devices and wireless gateways.
Download Microsoft Mobile Explorer Toolkit 3.0
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