September 17, 2001 5:25 PM PDT

Vindigo discovers new spot: Pocket PC

After rising to popularity on the Palm handheld, electronic city-guide maker Vindigo confirmed Monday that it is preparing a Pocket PC version of its software.

Vindigo's free consumer software allows handheld owners to get local movie listings and reviews of nearby restaurants and bars. Word of the Pocket PC software surfaced after Vindigo's name recently appeared on a CD of software distributed with review copies of new handhelds.

"Some material was circulated without our authorization," Vindigo CEO Jason Devitt said Monday. Devitt confirmed that there is a Pocket PC version in the works but said it was too soon to discuss features.

"Some announcements are imminent," Devitt said.

The addition of Vindigo comes as Microsoft is preparing a new version of its Pocket PC operating system, which will be launched Oct. 4. Although Pocket PC 2002 is aimed mainly at business customers, Microsoft is clearly trying to win over people who have purchased Palm handhelds in the past.

Among other features, the Pocket PC 2002's Block Recognizer option allows people to enter text using the same Graffiti strokes made popular by the Palm.

In July, Vindigo cut 14 percent of its staff and landed a second round of funding. Devitt said at the time that Vindigo planned in the coming months to add support for at least two more types of devices.

Vindigo was among the Palm OS developers that Microsoft was wooing in January during the PalmSource developer conference.

 

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