Thursday, September 10, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5: What to expect

For those of you who are out of the loop, Microsoft are planning a revamp of the Windows Mobile platform. The OS, used by a host of different manufacturers from HTC and Samsung to Sony Ericsson, has, in recent times, been accused of failing to keep up with the competition. To those who have used an Android device or the iPhone, going back to a Windows mobile handset is like watching a film on VHS; you still get to watch the movie but it’s a lot more hassle. But all that is about to change with the impending release of Windows Mobile 6.5

Windows Mobile 6.5 will be coming installed on range of new phones from the above manufacturers, and available for upgrade on others, but do you know exactly what it features? What makes Windows Mobile 6.5 stand out from the crowd? Let’s find out.

Windows Mobile 6.5 features a new user interface which gives the user a richer browsing experience. There are two new services provided on Windows Mobile 6.5: My Phone, where you can sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

The Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Steve Ballmer states “Windows phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone so you can connect instantly to the experiences you care about, no matter where you are.” And what more could you possibly ask from a mobile phone?

The home screen of Windows Mobile is designed to keep people up-to-date with important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to navigate with a finger, and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser.

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