I’ve been using my Pocket PC to take notes. It’s great, a lot less paper and clutter on my desk and I’ve got a digital record of drawings and the like. However, they’re all stuck on my PDA and I want them on my desktop. Easy I thought, I’ll email them to myself. So a quick right-click on the note and an email later the note file arrives on my desktop. The file format is a special ink file with a PWI extension. Everything I’ve read states that Office 2003 will open them without any problems. I open it with Word and get a nasty custom import screen asking me to map all the odd binary data to text. Hmm, not exactly what I had in mind. So how do I install the PWI converter? After trying the basic, "Add Feature" in control panel I searched the Office and Microsoft sites for the converter. I found one pack but it only contained the same set you get with the install. Then I read about how to use the ink.dll, and it stated that it could be found in the ActiveSync folder. Hmm, perhaps the Office converter is installed with ActiveSync. So I installed ActiveSync 4.5 and turned off all the auto-launch software and rebooted the machine. Opened Word and viola I could open the Note files. So if you want to open Note files in Word, install ActiveSync, even if you don’t connect your Pocket PC to that machine.