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UPGRADE: Windows Mobile 6.5 "Second Edition" is real but yet Unnamed and Unannounced
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 26.11.09 - 17:32:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 20939x
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Some weeks ago, I wrote about an expected upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 version which I called that time "Windows Mobile 6.5 Second Edition". And so far, everything was completely unconfirmed, but now it seems that Microsoft is indeed working on an update of its recently launched Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows phone operating system. Mordy Gilden from mopocket just had a rare opportunity to speak with a Microsoft representative while visiting a Microsoft booth at a tech showcase event. When the Microsoft representative was asked about "Windows Mobile 6.5.1" he answered many of Mordy's questions, although he politely asked not to print his name.

According to the representative, "Windows Mobile 6.5.1" or "Windows Mobile 6.5 Second Edition" is somewhat real, the leaked new UI is indeed from Microsoft, and not from one of the many ODMs. However the name 6.5.1 is a rumored name from the forums only. According to mopocket's info, the new UI wasn't necessarily designed to be the next version of Windows Mobile, however it's said to be a proposed solution to the problem of using Windows Mobile with capacitive touchscreens.
Since Windows Mobile was never designed to feature capacitive displays (the basic user interface design, which never changed, goes back to the Pocket PC from 2000) but resistive displays only. However, with new devices being proposed to use capacitive touchscreens, Microsoft seemed to realize that there's problem with the current user interface design and therefore Microsoft decided to work on an overhauled "Windows Mobile 6.5.1"/"Windows Mobile 6.5 Second Edition" UI.

And while the Microsoft representative admitted that it won't be called 6.5.1, he also admitted that it may not be called anything. That is, it may not necessarily be an "upgrade" but rather an alternative version (for ODMs) of Windows Mobile 6.5 to be used with different types of displays (in this case most likely capacitive touchscreens).

While this a kind of "semi-official" statement from Microsoft only (at least it came from a Microsoft representative) it seems to make sense. However, as long as we haven't heard anything official from Microsoft, it's pure speculation.

Cheers ~ Arne

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