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.

"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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