well informed DigiTimes said it got information that, with the release of
Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft plans to rename its Windows Mobile-based handsets
by calling them in future simply as Windows Phones, without specifying an OS
Sure, this step makes sense especially because Microsoft still plans to unify
the Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) and Standard (non-touchscreen)
platform and the
last name-change from 2007 wasn't as successful as expected and caused more
confusion then it helped to understand what the device is about.
Furthermore, Microsoft has a long tradition in renaming its mobile platform.
What started as Windows CE back in the mid-90's later became P/PC (Palm-sized PC
for touchscreen PDAs) and H/PC (Handheld PC for Netbook-like PDAs). With the
introduction of the new platform back in 2000, Microsoft called the new product
Pocket PC which later became, with the introduction of the smartphone platform,
Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition. With the introduction of the non-touchscreen
smartphone platform, Microsoft changed the whole naming to Windows Mobile
Classic (for PDAs), Windows Mobile Professional (for smartphones with
touchscreen) and Windows Mobile Standard (for smartphones without touchscreens).
Anyway, new new naming isn't yet confirmed but if Microsoft really plans to
change the Windows Mobile brand, it's most likely that it will be announced
during the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Cheers ~ Arne