Microsoft today officially unveiled
Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile software platform. By
improving usability and adding support for Microsoft Office features previously
available only on PCs, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 delivers to the small screen a
familiar and rich experience that meets the needs of work and life while on the
go, all with a single device.
Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view E-Mails in their original rich
HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, which means text and
images are displayed as they would be on a PC, and are available from a
corporate E-Mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts
such as Windows Live Hotmail or from a myriad of other popular service
providers. Windows Mobile 6 also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which
provides customers with a rich set of Windows Live services. For example, now
through Windows Live Messenger, people can chat with more than one person at one
time, express themselves through animated figures, quickly send a file or image,
or record and send voice notes.
"A work force that is both mobile and connected is becoming essential for
business success," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "That's why we're
integrating innovative mobile technologies into all our key products, with
Windows Mobile as the centerpiece."
The newest version of the platform offers the most genuine Microsoft Office
system experience in the mobile versions of Office Outlook, Office Word, Office
Excel and Office PowerPoint by bringing capabilities once available only on the
PC versions of these products to the small screen. This allows users to neatly
view, navigate and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in their original
formatting, without affecting tables, images or text, and to view PowerPoint
presentations on their device.
All Windows Mobile 6 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for
up-to-date E-Mail delivery and automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars,
tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. Windows Mobile 6 also
offers a set of important device security and management features that include
the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or
stolen, helping ensure that confidential information remains that way.
By the second quarter of this year, the world will see the first Windows
Mobile 6 powered devices available on the market. In Europe, Orange plans to
deliver the SPV E650 smartphone from HTC, and in Japan, SoftBank Mobile Corp.
will offer new devices from Toshiba and HTC in mid-2007. And in the United
States, the popular T-Mobile Dash will be updated with Windows Mobile 6 and be
available in the coming months. Current T-Mobile Dash owners will also be able
to upgrade existing devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6.
Scores of additional mobile operators and device makers from around the globe,
including Cingular Wireless, now the new AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, Dopod
International Corp., HP, LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Palm Inc., Samsung,
Sprint, TelefÃƒÂ³nica, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, plan to ship Windows
Mobile 6-based devices this year. Many of these partners are expanding large
existing portfolios of Windows Mobile powered smartphones.
"In a highly sophisticated mobile market such as Japan, people are
turning to powerful and intuitive mobile devices to stay competitive in the
business world," said Ted Matsumoto, executive vice president of technology
and chief strategy officer at SoftBank. "We continue to work with Microsoft
to equip SoftBank Mobile customers with the most cutting-edge tools in
mobile technology and are excited that they will be able to experience the
enhanced features and functionality of Windows Mobile 6 on two new smart
devices from Toshiba and HTC."
Users of the Microsoft Office system on the PC - of which there are nearly
400 million worldwide - will feel right at home with the new mobile versions of
Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint available for Windows Mobile 6 powered
devices. Windows Mobile 6 addresses extensive user feedback and makes
information management easier and more convenient through the following
- Better-looking E-Mail. Users view E-Mail the way it was intended with
its original pictures, tables and formatting, whether from a corporate
E-Mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, Web-based accounts such as
Windows Live Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail, or a wide range of other service
- Ease of viewing and editing of Office system documents. The new Office
Mobile suite, built for all Windows Mobile powered devices, gives users a
truly familiar and powerful experience with rich viewing and editing
capabilities, without having to worry about the deletion of critical
formatting and images.
- E-Mail management and setup with fewer clicks. Nine new one-click
options have been added, including Reply All, setting a flag, moving a
message to a subfolder, and, of course, Delete. Users can set an automatic
out-of-office reply while on the road when using a Windows Mobile 6 powered
device and Exchange Server 2007.
- Synchronization with Windows Vista. Windows Vista and the Windows Mobile
Device Center take the guesswork out of managing a device and swapping
music, pictures, movies and Outlook information between PC and the device.
- Smart calendar bar. This innovative new feature gives users the ability
to understand at a glance the day or week ahead and quickly determine open
time on their schedules. With Exchange Server 2007, they can see who is
attending a meeting and forward or reply to meeting requests.
- Web search, E-Mail, instant messaging (IM) and blogging all together.
Windows Live for Windows Mobile will provide customers with a rich set of
services including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search
and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile
software. Users can also find all their contacts in one unified list and see
presence information on their Windows Live Messenger contacts.
- Contacts with context. Call history is now placed where it belongs, in
each individual contact card, so people spend less time searching and more
"T-Mobile is excited to make it even easier for our customers to stay
connected to the people that matter most with the increased functionality
delivered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6," said Cole Brodman, senior vice
president and chief development officer at T-Mobile USA. "The T-Mobile Dash
is already one of our best-selling smartphones, so we're thrilled to improve
on an already great communications experience for our customers."
Windows Mobile efficiently works with existing Microsoft business technology
investments and offers users a familiar software experience, making it the
smartest mobile solution for businesses to deploy:
- Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Security options. The platform offers a variety of security options,
giving IT departments ways to help secure a device, including new Exchange
Server policies and certificate options, storage card encryption, and
continued support for remote and local device wipe.
- Protected content. Organizations using Information Rights Management (IRM)
technology to help control the viewing, storing and printing of confidential
information on PCs can now extend those capabilities to Windows Mobile 6
powered devices, a feature not available on any other mobile phone platform.
- Line-of-business applications. Powerful, new mobile versions of the
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft SQL Server are built into
Windows Mobile 6, making it even easier to create and access sales tools,
inventory tracking and many other applications from a Windows Mobile 6
- Internet sharing. A new built-in application makes using a Windows
Mobile 6 powered smartphone as a laptop's high-speed modem "one-click easy"
with either a Bluetooth wireless or cable connection.
- Communication alternatives. Windows Mobile 6 makes it easier for
operators and device-makers to integrate a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)
solution into devices they are building. British Telecom in Europe, as well
as HP, will be among the first to provide smartphones with new VoIP
offerings for their business customers.
"As the first operator to ever release a Windows Mobile Smartphone,
Orange has always had a strong relationship with Microsoft, and the launch
of Windows Mobile 6 is a natural continuation of our story together," said
Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of Orange. "Now more than ever our customers can enjoy a
straightforward mobile working experience with fast access to E-Mail and
business applications. The increased security removes barriers to mobile
working, allowing more people to experience the benefits of having their
office with them on the move."
Mote to come later after Microsoft's press conference/event
Cheers ~ Arne