Dell's Axim X30 PDA Combines Old Look, New Features

Task Manager For PDAs: The Switcher Bar

In a Windows desktop PC, when you click the "X" on the top right of the window, it causes the program to quit, thus freeing up system resources that the application was using. This isn't the case with a Windows pocket PC. Here, the action only causes the program to be minimized. It continues, therefore, to run in the background and taxes the ever-so-scarce system resources. It is true that an application can be closed in a PDA. However, this process is relatively complicated. First, you have to go to "Settings" and then select "Memory". Then select the application that you want to close under "Running Programs".

Dell puts an end to that. With the help of the preinstalled tool called the 'Switcher Bar,' active applications can be closed with only two clicks. Simply click the Switcher Bar icon on the title bar and select "Exit Current Program" - that's all.

Switcher Bar makes it easy to switch back and forth between applications and close them

You can also use the tool to switch back and forth between various applications. Admittedly, the idea isn't new. Equivalent task managers have been circulating around the Internet as freeware utilities for a long time. However, Dell ultimately ships the utility with the pocket PC.