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doninwash
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using thunderbird portable on iPAQ with SanDisk

I just loaded thunderbird portable on a 2.0GB SanDisk to use on my iPAQ. I went to the file explorer to locate the program and when I try to execute it I get the message "thunderbird is not a valid Pocket PC application. Why am I getting this message? Won't it work on an iPAQ?

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Compatibility

No sorry to say that it wont work...

Have a look at the compatibility page for more info...
Application Compatibility

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Windows ≠ Windows Mobile

As has been stated over and over, Windows Mobile is *NOT* Windows. These are Windows applications that work on Windows 95 through Vista. Windows Mobile is an entirely different operating system from Windows that will not run any Windows applications. Only Windows Mobile applications.

To put it more clearly... asking if you can run a Windows app on Windows Mobile is just like asking if you can run a Mac OSX app on Palm OS.

The Windows Mobile name is designed to make people think they are running Windows and can run Windows apps when, in realty, they can not.

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FAQ?

Time to add this to the FAQ?
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Nope

They won't read it. It says right on each app's page what version of Windows it works with. And someone who doesn't know enough about tech to know the difference between Windows and Windows Mobile isn't going to know enough to read a FAQ.

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John you should put that info on the Compatibility Page.

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using thunderbird portable on iPAQ with SanDisk

I'm with Ryan McCue in his suggestion to John Heller. Unfortunately, most of us are not tech savvy and when we go to the definition on this website for "portable apps" and do not see anything indicating we cannot use an apps on any device we assume we can. It would help to notify us that if the portable device is running under Windows Mobile we cannot use a portable apps. It is surprising to me that using this apps was suggested in a forum dealing with the use of the iPAQ so maybe even the techs do not always know what they are talking about.

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Not Much We Can Do

The name "Windows Mobile" was purposely chosen to create this sort of confusion and make devices using it seem more functional than they are. Windows Mobile devices can only use Windows Mobile software. That's it. Software designed for Windows (95, 98, XP, Vista, whatever) does NOT work on Windows Mobile devices.

Portable apps are applications that run from any device on Windows... on a PC. Devices like USB flash drives, portable hard drives, iPods, etc... anything that you plug into a PC and it shows up as a drive letter. But the apps run on a PC... a real PC.

Windows Mobile devices are not PCs. Windows Mobile is not Windows. Some people just don't know that. And it's not really our job to explain that to them.

Despite the fact that this site clearly uses the words 'PC', 'on any Windows computer', 'System Requirements: Windows 95 through Vista', etc etc etc ad nauseum on every single app page, in the definition of a portable app and right on the homepage, there will always be people that get confused and there's nothing we can do about it.

Despite all that, I think this question has only been posed about 4 times in the history of this website... so most people technical enough to understand what a portable app is understand that it's not gonna work on a phone.

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using thunderbird portable on iPAQ with SanDisk

Sorry to have wasted everyones time. I will now know the difference between Windows on a PC and Windows Mobile for portable devices. By the way, the iPAQ 5915 is not a phone.

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