On Tuesday, Skype released a version of their calling software for the Pocket PC platform.
There are builds for familar brands such as Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, i-mate and others.
Since the ease- or lack thereof- of the installation process will help many of you decide whether to arm your PocketPC with Skype, I thought I would describe the installation in pictures. In this case, I will show you Skype installation for the Dell Axim 51v Pocket PC.
First, go to the Skype for Pocket PC Dell page, and click on the Axim 51v Pocket PC link:
When you click on the link a page appears where you have a choice of downloading Skype for your Axim to your PC, or directly to your handset. We are going to choose the first option.
After the download completes, it is time to run the Skype setup file. Click Run:
Check. You'll see a Skype for Pocket PC Setup Wizard. Not much to show you there. Just click Next.
At this point, you'll need Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1, which is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. If you don't have it installed on your PC yet, get it here
at our sister site, Download.com.
Once you have Microsoft ActiveSync on your PC, and your Axim is connected to your PC, ActiveSync will start the installation process right away. The install should show you screens that look like this:
You've now installed Skype on your Axim, and are ready to run it from your device's Programs screen:
Congrats. Now you are ready to use Skype on your Axim.
Hey, that's a Skype icon up there! Looks, and is, easy.