Microsoft would be unveiling its own app store for Windows Mobile
devices turned up in early July with a launch
date pegged as this fall. Microsoft announced today that its next
generation of mobile devices running Windows Mobile 6.5, also known
as Windows Phones, will launch
on October 6. The new line of phones will be designed to work
closely with the Windows Marketplace, which presumably will launch at
the same time as the new phones.
“A Windows phone gives
people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them
connected to the people and information they care most about by
harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web,” said Todd Peters,
corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group
Microsoft had no trouble getting phone makers
and mobile service provides and in North America mobile carriers for
the new phones will be AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, Telus, and
Verizon Wireless. Phone makers working with Microsoft include HP,
HTC, LG, Samsung, and Toshiba.
The phones will feature a new
version of Internet Explorer Mobile with support for Flash Lite.
Office Mobile will be featured on the new Windows Phones along with
tight integration of social networking. The aforementioned
application store will offer some features that are not currently
found with other offerings including the ability for users to return
apps for a full refund if they don’t like them.
Gizmodo reports that AT&T
will also be offering
free Wi-Fi service to Windows Mobile devices as well, ensuring
that the new Windows Phones will have the same access to Wi-Fi as the
iPhone and Blackberry devices have.