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Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft's latest smartphone OS the company announced
back in February during the Mobile World Congress. Unlike the earlier Windows Mobile versions,
which were just called Windows Mobile, version 6.5
also gets a new commercial name and will be on sale under the new
brand. However, Windows Mobile 6.5 hasn't only received a new brand name but it
also received significant
enhancements to business productivity, consumer messaging and the mobile
In addition to the major changes under the hood, Windows Mobile 6.5
also features an updated, more shiny and consumer orientated, user experience.
The visual style of Windows Mobile 6.5 has received significant updates,
particularly for Windows Mobile Professional. The new design of Windows Mobile
Professional is focused on touch.
The new Start screen has a touch friendly pattern that is fun and interactive
as the user taps, flicks, pans and scrolls. A new Lock screen lets users
interact with user interface elements and view some notification data without
having to enter a simple PIN.
Browser improvements, widget framework support and rich Internet application
(RIA) support allow partners to add applications on the Start screen, thereby
enabling an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to differentiate itself from
competitors. Furthermore, Windows Mobile 6.5 offers the ability to do
differentiate phones and build customer loyalty through co-branding, user
experience (UX) customization and software and hardware extensibility. Display
the mobile operator name based on information stored in the SIM card and display
current roaming status. This reinforces the mobile operator brand and helps
eliminate surprise roaming charges for customers. Customize phones to meet your
needs with greater flexibility. Windows Mobile 6.5 provides several new features
and lets you extend and customize many elements. Create dynamic themes that
match branding. Add any application or service, even if it duplicates a
Microsoft feature. Implement new and different ways to build mobile operator and
OEM brands by increasing awareness and reducing costs. Microsoft Services teams
can introduce you to revenue growing and cost reducing opportunities.
Windows Mobile 6.5 includes a more compelling, competitive experience for
businesses and consumers.
Although Windows Mobile 6.5 contains new and different features and functions,
it also improves the fundamentals, including significant improvements in overall
stability, battery life and performance, which can increase customer
satisfaction and reduce returns. The ability for users to switch between Code
Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
without rebooting the phone. This is a necessary feature for business power
users who need broad international coverage. Furthermore, Windows Mobile 6.5
adds support for digital TV tuner and display of HDTV content for 480x854 and
480x864 pixels at 192 dpi.
Users can now stay up to date with a rich messaging experience. When used
with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows Mobile 6.5 automatically discovers
Exchange Server settings for company E-Mail.
When using the future release of Exchange, Microsoft Outlook Mobile users will
be able to manage E-Mail messages more efficiently and take advantage of a
conversation view lets them quickly triage mail and a voice-to-text translation
accompanies each voice mail so that they can better triage incoming information.
Lust but not least, reply and forward flags let them quickly see what they have
already replied to. Furthermore, rich HTML mail is supported across various
versions of Microsoft Exchange.
Contacts are automatically updated if users have the next version of Outlook on
their desktop and it is connected to Exchange and their phone. Contact pictures
are displayed in messaging views and on contact cards.
On Windows Mobile 6.5, Office Communicator lets users stay in touch with work
contacts. Users can also use one business number for all business contacts and
they can forward calls to their phone to pick up or leave voice mail.
Windows Mobile 6.5 includes support for several new services. Marketplace
lets customers expand their phone's capabilities through powerful software.
Windows Live services let users stay up to date with a rich messaging
experience, including the familiar Windows Live Messenger and push E-Mail for
their Windows Live Hotmail account. My Phone is a new service that lets
customers easily back up and manage phone information and allows them to access
information from any personal computer as well as their phone.
New capabilities help make the phone personal to the user. For instance, the
users can personalize their phone with exciting new applications, ring tones and
themes, go wireless with full stereo Bluetooth headphone support, use personal
photos for photo contact cards and for the Home screen background and easily
transfer music and video to their phone using Windows Media Player and choose
widgets to display on the Start screen.
Using only their fingertips, users can personalize their Start screen. They can
set a favorite in Internet Explorer Mobile and then add it to the Start screen,
or list their favorite Web sites on the Start screen directly.
Nevertheless, while Microsoft today celebrates the launch of Windows Mobile
6.5, most changes affect the code for Windows Mobile Professional only. However,
there are some improvements to the code for Windows Mobile Standard as well but
Windows Mobile 6.5 definitely focuses on touchscreen smartphones.
Cheers ~ Arne