Mobile devices are receiving upgrades from some of the biggest players in the technology industry, led by the release of Windows Mobile 6.1 and System Center Mobile Device Manager. The new mobile OS extends the capabilities of devices so that business users have easier, more secure access to corporate data and adds options like encryption to handheld devices. The System Center software, due to be released along with the new Windows Mobile 6.1 devices in the second quarter, will help administrators manage mobile devices on their networks.

Microsoft upgrades Windows Mobile (Information Week)

Intel has also joined the party, announcing five new Atom processors for mobile devices and claiming that the Atom processor will be as important to Intel as the Pentium was in the 1990s. Yahoo aims to make search easier on mobile devices with its OneSearch utility, which will allow users to say their search terms or ask a question over the phone. Unfortunately, it is also likely that hackers will show up to ruin the party like ants at a picnic, and there is some speculation that products like Apple’s iPhone SDK will give hackers the tools to target mobile devices with adware and malware more easily.

Intel Unveils Atom Processors for Mobile Devices (News Factor)

Yahoo speaks up for open search (Washington Post)

Adware And Mobile Phone Malware On The Rise (Information Week)

I don’t have a smartphone and the most mobile “smart” device I own is my laptop. Smaller devices have never had the functionality I wanted in a mobile device and honestly, I still don’t see myself wanting to search the Web, much less manage documents, on a two to five inch screen. The new crop of devices is definitely intriguing but not enough to make me want to shell out hundreds of dollars either personally or for my business. Have you hopped on the mobile device bandwagon? If not, are some of the coming developments enough to make you want to try?