Global launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6th includes AT&T, Verizon and Sprint

Global launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6th includes AT&T, Verizon and Sprint
Windows Marketplace for Mobile

Windows Marketplace for Mobile

October 6th is shaping up as a big and exciting day for cellphone fanatics. That is the date that the first handsets powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 will launch worldwide. In the States, the top 3 carriers (Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, in order of size) will be taking part in the festivities by releasing new models equipped with the "Windows Phone" software. As we have reported, that is the new name that the Redmond based software company has put on its Windows Mobile line of cellphone operating systems in an attempt to make things easier for consumers to remember. The new moniker also allows Microsoft to keep the Windows name on the minds of cellphone users.

Windows Mobile 6.5 has been developed with the goal to be more consumer friendly than past releases, which were built with business use in mind. "We know people want a phone for their whole life," said Stephanie Ferguson, general manager in the Windows Mobile unit. "They just frankly want to do more. That's why we've shifted." One of the changes takes place with the new build of the Internet Explorer browser. While past versions were usually relegated to the trash heap after a download of Opera Mobile, the new IE offers some support for flash and easier site navigation. Other improvements include threaded email and the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store. Microsoft is under pressure to woo business users who have been buying BlackBerry phones for enterprise use, and in the last year, Apple has made great strides in getting the business community to warm up to the iPhone, which had previously been seen as a toy for consumers."Microsoft probably didn't get the share of the enterprise space that we all would have expected three or four years ago," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices for AT&T. "I think Research In Motion did even a better than expected job of gaining that share." AT&T didn't say which of their phones will support the new Windows Mobile 6.5, but it will be a combination of new devices and updates for models using the current 6.1 version..

Besides the improved browser and the Marketplace, other features in the new OS include "My Phone" which gives users a way to back up all of the important data on a cellphone and includes the "Find My Phone" service which can help retrieve a lost or stolen handset. If the phone cannot be found, the info can be remotely wiped off the device. Windows Mobile 6.5 is seen as an interim release that bridges the gap between the current build in use and the more ambitious 7.0 version which has been in the works for over two years, and is expected to see daylight sometime in 2010.

source: CNET


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9 Comments

1. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

expect verizons offering to be the touch diamond 2 or the omnia 2

2. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Its a shame for a company like Microsoft to have to play catch up by the time 6.5 roles around i'll be ready to snatch up the HTC HERO and step into my first android device. 6.5 would have to be pretty amazing to stop me from going over to android.The other question is how greedy will they be at the app store? App. prices will be the deciding factor for this one.

3. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

I am an avid Microsoft/win mobile user . . . and if they don't get this right this time I might be jumping ship. sniperace - you are right on the money, if Microsoft tries to get gready with their app store they will go down in flames. WnnaFghtAboutIt - I am praying Verizon doesn't want an arm and a leg for the Omnia2. . . That's what I have my eye on...

4. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

I AM expecting the Verizon Offering to be the Omnia 2.... do you have reason to believe this, or just speculating?

8. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

all the leaked info fo the omnia 2 show 6.1, but i bet it will be upgradeable to 6.5 shortly. Like the guy below who says in november. But i heard the omnia 2 was coming out end of october.

5. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

well... I am not sure about other carriers, however it should be carrier agnostic. Sprints TP 2 has a patch that will allow for a 6.5 upgrade.

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

It is nothing to do with a patch... It all depends if the hardware can handle the upgrade. IE 6 for 6.5 requires at least 128mb of RAM to run.... so... in theory any device with 128MB of ram should be able to run 6.5

7. MikeG77

Posts: 425; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Talked to a Samsung rep today and i found out that the Omnia II is coming out sometime in November.

9. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

wtf why no win mo for t-mo

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