at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key
mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as new
Windows phones, Microsoft from now simply calls "Windows Phones" featuring new
user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows phones will
be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer
browsing experience. In addition, Windows phones will feature two new services:
My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web;
and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide
direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and
"Windows phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone
so you can connect instantly to the experiences you care about, no matter
where you are," Ballmer said. "We're working with partners across the
industry to deliver a new generation of Windows phones that break down the
barriers between people, information and applications and provide great
end-to-end experiences that span your entire life, at work and at home."
The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important
information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new
E-Mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an
improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger,
and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser, which in
a third-party research study sponsored by Microsoft supported execution of up to
48 percent more assigned tasks than the other browsers and phones studied.
The free and previously unveiled My Phone service will enable people to
access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a
password-protected Web-based service, making it easier to upgrade phones without
the worry of losing important information. With automatic syncing and backup,
users can count on their contacts, appointments, text messages and other
information being kept up to date and easily restored should they lose or
upgrade their phone. Consumers also will be able to automatically upload photos
and video from their Windows phone directly to the My Phone service, making it
simple to preserve content that, in the past, would have lived and died on the
phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only
The new operating system features Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a rich and
integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile
applications from Windows phones or from a PC by simply using a Windows Live ID.
The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows
Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience
those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal.
Developers, who have already built over 20,000 applications for Windows phones,
will be able to offer applications to customers through the marketplace via a
simple security and compatibility check from Microsoft.
Leading mobile partners from around the world revealed some of the first
Windows phones showcasing the new operating system. In particular, mobile
operator Orange will update its portfolio to offer new Windows phones with
enhanced browsing, diverse personalization options and new user experiences.
Similarly, two of the world's top phone manufacturers displayed their Windows
- The LG-GM7300 is a stylish, user-friendly phone with features such as
one-click E-Mail set up to help people stay connected to the information
they care about most. Available first on Windows Mobile 6.1, LG will add a
Windows Mobile 6.5 version to the family, complementing an expanded alliance
to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows.
- HTC's Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, announced today, will be
upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5. New enhanced contact integration combined
with new Internet capabilities deliver a people-centric approach to mobile
communication. HTC's Touch Diamond 2 features TouchFLO 3D, a sleek and
compact design with a large 3.2" high-resolution wide-screen display, while
HTC Touch Pro 2 introduces one of the best-ever mobile productivity
experiences on a phone highlighted by HTC's new Straight Talk technology, an
integrated E-Mail, voice and speakerphone experience.
The new Windows phones are expected to be available in the second half of
Cheers ~ Arne