Windows Mobile 6.5 is being re-branded to Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition

Windows Mobile 6.5 is being re-branded to Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition
Just when you though that Windows Mobile platform was given its last rites, there came along something called Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition that's going to be focused on new and emerging markets – basically it'll be used for rugged field computing. Bquare, an exclusive Windows Phone reseller, announced the new platform before Microsoft confirmed it being the new name to its old platform. Although it'll be available for just about any kind of mobile phone technology, it will come in two new multilingual SDK versions – one with and without Microsoft Office Mobile. As we all know by now about Microsoft's intentions to shift their focus on Windows Phone 7 Series, Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition is just a re-branding of Windows Mobile 6.5. So now there's still some hope if hardcore users don't plan on taking the leap into Microsoft's latest platform offering and prefer to stick with their humble roots.

via GSMArena & seattlepi


1 Comment

1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Microsoft said that they were going to keep both platforms, as WP7s will not meet the needs of everyone. If all you need is a phone for MS Office documents and received Exchange email, then a WP7s model would be wasted on the user. WP7s is for the power user who wants to expoit as much as they can out of their device. So like half of the iPhone users, as I have talked to several people and all they do on their iPhone is talk, text, and occasionally use the web, so the extras the device does are wasted on them. I am a power user, 2-3gb/month of data, 1000 text, and 50 minutes, i don't care about talking, data and multi-media is where it is at.

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