Print gets their hands on a copy of WM6.0

With Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system being over a year old, an update is just around the corner. DailyTech first brought you word of the update back in early October when the first images of Windows Mobile 6.0 (aka "Crossbow") appeared on the web. At that time, it was rumored that the operating see would see RTM by the end of 2006 with public availability in the first half of 2007. Luckily for us, the folks over at were able to get their hands on a copy of the operating system to see what all the hoopla is about.

In what will be a disappointment to many Windows Mobile users out there, wasn't too terribly impressed with the new operating system and stated that its moniker should instead be "Windows Mobile 5.0 Second Edition." There is a dearth of truly all-new features and Windows Mobile 6.0 instead looks like a warmed over refresh destined to play nice with new Microsoft offerings like Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007.

Many of the changes are superficial including new 3D icons that mimic Windows Vista and new system sounds. To the dismay of many, however, there's still no true “close” button for applications as the operating continues to rely on "Smart Minimizing." On the other hand, Microsoft has seen fit to include native VoIP support, Smart Dial 2.0 (fast and efficient contact searching) and HTML support for emails (finally).

To put it bluntly, there isn't much to brag about with Windows Mobile 6.0. It appears that most of the major changes on Microsoft's mobile operating system won't take place until “Photon” which is due out sometime in 2008. In fact, has this to say in conclusion about Windows Mobile 6.0:

Regrettably, this world lacks miracles and this case is just another proof of that. The system still doesn’t offer support for several active windows in Internet Explorer, so that you are limited to a single window at a time, also profiles are missing in WM; the office applications haven’t been enhanced either. Nor were the multimedia tools. What the company has really got to do is keep on tuning Office Mobile, extending Windows Live, release Windows Media Mobile 11 and so on.

You can read the full review here.

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