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Microsoft shows off its next generation mobile operating system

As DailyTech reported on Thursday, Microsoft today introduced its new Windows Mobile 6 operating system for mobile devices. Windows Mobile 6 brings a number of key new features to the table, but the overall UI experience should remain familiar to current Windows Mobile users.

"A work force that is both mobile and connected is becoming essential for business success," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "That’s why we’re integrating innovative mobile technologies into all our key products, with Windows Mobile as the centerpiece."

Windows Mobile 6 gives users a more power platform by allowing rich HTML content in emails, Direct Push Technology, support for Windows Vista and Exchange Server 2007 and the ability to chat with friends and coworkers via Windows Live Messenger. Mobile versions of Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are also available to ease email viewing and document editing on the go.

Microsoft is also launching new Windows Live services with its Windows Mobile 6 operating system. Windows Live Search includes category-based searching and the ability to access local listing and map data. Local traffic status will also be available in select cities within the United States including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

"People want to stay connected and informed wherever they are, and our aim is to deliver easy-to-use, familiar mobile services that keep people connected to the people and information they care about," said Steve Berkowitz, senior VP of Microsoft's Online Services Group. "Live Search for mobile and Windows Live for Windows Mobile are the latest examples of our commitment to enhancing the mobile search and services experience for our customers, and helping mobile operators, OEMs and advertising partners access new revenues and differentiate their products in this competitive mobile market."

Windows Mobile 6 users will also have access to Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces.

Windows Mobile 6 is expected to be quickly adopted by the numerous service providers and device manufacturers around the globe. Companies on desk to support the new operating system include AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, Dopod, HP, HTC, LG Electronics, Motorola, Orange, Palm, Samsung, Sprint, Telefónica, T-Mobile, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.

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Backwards compatibility
By GreenEnvt on 2/12/2007 11:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
So, think someone will find a way for those of us running iPAQ's or other PDA's to load this on? I just got my hx2490 2 months ago, and would like to upgrade it to WM6.

I know for smart phones it will be difficult, but shouldn't be as hard for a PDA.

RE: Backwards compatibility
By Chocolate Pi on 2/12/2007 11:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, is there anyway to upgrade my VX6700, or is Verizon laughing at me behind my back for even implying that there could be some possibility?

RE: Backwards compatibility
By erwos on 2/13/2007 12:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
Probably not. The PPC-6800 / XV6800 is coming out soonish, so there's not going to be much desire to put money into an obsolete phone. And I say this as a PPC-6700 owner.

RE: Backwards compatibility
By h0kiez on 2/13/2007 2:25:43 PM , Rating: 2 it :)

That 6800 does look quite nice though.

If you want WM6, be prepared to buy a new PDA
By Creig on 2/12/2007 2:49:39 PM , Rating: 2
As with all previous releases of Window Mobile, I'm sure Microsoft has left it up to the manufacturer to offer an update to WM6 instead of creating a way that would allow it to be installed on any compatible PDA. And here's how the manufacturer sees this:

Option A - Offer an update to WM6 to sell to previous customers for around $40 for a minor profit.

Option B - Don't offer any update software. Instead, offer an entirely new PDA for $300-$600 which contains WM6 for a major profit.

Which option do YOU think most companies will choose?

Every PDA released since PocketPC 2002 has had a selling statement saying "Contains 64 megabytes of Flash upgradeable ROM to support future Operating Sytems". Well, it's actually only upgradeable if the manufacturer chooses to release the upgrade!

I wish Microsoft would quit catering to the PDA/Smartphone manufacturers and start doing what's right for the end user by creating an OS upgrade for PDA's that detects the hardware and installs itself automatically. The same way Windows does. Until that happens, if you want an new OS, be prepared to buy a new PDA.

By johnsonx on 2/12/2007 11:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
Actually there have been at least a small handful of devices that have gotten a full OS update from the PDA/Phone vendor. I can't recall exactly which ones, but I know it's happened.

By Mezo on 2/13/2007 11:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with u , u can't update to a newer version of WM
the only thing u can do is update the same version with a newer eddition if released by the company and all it do is fixing some bugs adding new languages thats all. but I think thats thier way of preventing piracy :D

sprint hello?
By jaybuffet on 2/12/2007 1:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
How come sprint is usually the last one to get the new stuff... guessing cause they use cdma.. they still suck

RE: sprint hello?
By erwos on 2/13/2007 12:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon uses CDMA, and they don't have the same issue. More likely, it's just some sort of oddity with the way Sprint approves phones.

They've gotten better at it, though - they did manage to get the 700wx first, which was the first really decent version of the 700w. Plus, the new Rev.A EVDO network is going to force them to move faster on the phone front anyways.

By rippleyaliens on 2/13/2007 2:42:18 PM , Rating: 2
I would have to say, that, Initially i didnt like the mobile office, IE smart phones, and such. The blackberry changed my mind, and wow, it is sweet.
But when exchange 2003 released, with integrated mobile, well, it has just exploded. Awesome technologies. Granted, to fully use the phone to full potential, you would need a exchange server, or a TELCO supported exchange backend. But what it brings is realtime, business mobile messaging, and productivity. With my phone, running mobile 5, i get mail, (obviously), but it syncs with what i see at home, and the office. All via cell phone. But the other aspects are even better. I can fully manage our citrix farm(s), via my phone, access our crm, via my phone, and remote control various servers, VIA my phone.

This isnt for someoen to have, to say, "look at me". this is geared for personal, who want this information delviered to them, in a easily readable, but more so, the same type of settings you would have at your desk, laptop, etc..

Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By virage on 2/12/07, Rating: -1
RE: Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By Enoch2001 on 2/12/2007 3:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Is there anything else available that multitasks and syncs with Outlook as well as it does for mobile phones, along with a robust media player, etc?

RE: Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By Bluestealth on 2/12/2007 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 1
Considering that Exchange is Microsoft's proprietary mail server I doubt anything non-Microsoft "can" sync as well with it. However if your company didn't use exchange there would be less need for Windows mobile.
Its like saying that the iPod is the best media player to sync with iTunes.
Anyways the last time I tried to use their media player it had trouble with a lot of codecs... I am not saying that theirs isn't good but either they all suck or Microsoft's sucks.

RE: Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By TomZ on 2/12/2007 4:03:51 PM , Rating: 3
That argument doesn't make much sense. The point is that most businesses are using Exchange for their e-mail, and Microsoft offers some nice integration services between Exchange servers and Windows Mobile devices.

By Bluestealth on 2/12/2007 6:29:21 PM , Rating: 3
My point was that the only reason that Outlook(Exchange) integration is so good with windows mobile compared to Symbian OS, Verizon OS, Motorola OS, Blackberry etc... is because exchange is a closed standard and is harder to completely implement on other platforms. Thus Microsoft should have the best implementation on their client software, if they didn't they wouldn't be much of a software company.

Obviously any company who is already so drunk on the Microsoft koolaid can't see exchange integration as anything but the greatest thing ever. I wonder if they even have a good client for non-Microsoft standard email, or if they only allow syncs from destop PIM.

RE: Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By Locutus465 on 2/12/2007 6:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you're wrong, anything capable of handling WEBDAV properly can "sync" with exchange just fine. I've written a mail archiving application which does this, easy as pie.

Anyway, I think the OP stated something about Windows Mobile's ability to sync with *outlook* and ability to multi-task. From what I understand Palm's support for Outlook (and B-Berry's) is klugy at best, the b-berry can't multi-task worth a darn (at least mine couldn't), thouch I can't speak for palm. My PPC has no problem with any of the above. And there's no excuse as to why other PDA/PIM devices can't work just as well, plenty of AV companies, for instance have no trouble integrating their products with outlook :P

By mino on 2/13/2007 7:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
Well, my P800 from 2003 on Symbian 60 multitasks pretty well...

RE: Ah, another useless and clumsy OS update
By Bluestealth on 2/13/2007 3:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
Only if the OWA is enabled is this an option.
I am not sure if the IMAP4/SMTP + "Other stuff" is well documented, or rpc over http. I may be completely off base but it would surprise me a lot if was more open then I thought.

By Locutus465 on 2/13/2007 6:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Do google searches for "WebDav", there are a number of different calls you can make that allow you to programically query an exchange server and receive the results back as an XML feed. You can download an entire email account this way, messages with attachments and all! Fairly fast too...

By outsider on 2/12/2007 3:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
Those features have been there for a very long time.
As I've said before, the new features have nothing to do with what an OS should do. They are shamelessly oriented towards more integration with Microsoft's Big Plan.

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