Microsoft unveiled Windows Mobile 6.5 last month at the Mobile World Congress
2009, it also announced the "honeycomb" Start menu which will replace today's
Windows Mobile touchscreen Start menu logic. In general, the new honeycomb menu is
very similar to Windows Mobile
Standard Start menu; however - to make it more finger friendly - Microsoft
decided to use a honeycomb structure to make the menu more finger- and touch-friendly.
Nevertheless, while the overall change was long overdone, the look and feel
didn't generated too much positive feedback.
Now, at Microsoft's MIX09 conference, Loke Uei Tan - Senior Technical Product
Manager of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Group at Microsoft - unveiled that the
company listened to the internal and external Beta user feedback and Microsoft will slightly modify the overall
honeycomb look and
feel for the release version of Windows Mobile 6.5.
While the overall layout remains the same, the icons will be enlarged and the
fine outline (the hexagons around each icon) will be removed (on the left
the initially announced design, on the right the new and updated design as
presented at the MIX09):
Furthermore, scrolling up or down no longer means going all the way to the
top or all the way to the bottom because at the moment the finger leaves the screen,
scrolling will stop.
Cheers ~ Arne