The oh-so-obvious solution to use a Windows Mobile handheld as a Sideshow device has finally poked its head out of the rabbit hole, courtesy of a Microsoft Developers Preview. And by preview, I mean pre-preview if the version number of 0.01 means anything. The app supports both Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, but solely on Bluetooth and on devices that use the Microsoft Bluetooth stack. Since Sideshow is a Vista feature, you won’t be using an XP computer with it either.
From what I can see, it has the same look and feel of the MSN Direct service that Microsoft rolled out a short while ago: it appears to be very "paneled" when showing information from your PC on your WinMo device. You can pick it up right here if you’ve got the
guts machine for it. I’ve got Vista on my Samsung Q1UP, so I’ll see if I can get this working with my Dash that run Windows Mobile 6.
Update: this installed without a hitch for me, but of course, your mileage may vary. Standard SideShow gadgets in Vista are for your Inbox, Calendar, and Windows Media Player. I downloaded the Weatherbug gadget, told the UMPC to add it to my SideShow device, and it was instantly on my Dash via the Bluetooth connection. Worth a look, but I’ll have to kick the tires to see how useful I find it. Regardless: what took so long for this to happen?