WinMo 6.5 gets official launch date

microsoft-windows-mobile-65Many Windows Mobile phones have been released in the past few months promising that they will be upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5 upon its release but with little information about when that will be. Now Microsoft has announced that October 6th will be the official launch date when these Windows Mobile phone users will be able to upgrade their phone OS for free. From this date Windows Mobile phones being released will also come with the newer version and also the ‘Windows Phone’ branding.

The new version of Windows Mobile sees Microsoft trying to keep a hold of their position in the mobile phone OS market and perhaps even make some headway. While they enjoy unrivalled dominance in the PC market their share of the mobile phone industry has never been as significant. Many phone users feel that Microsoft has the wrong attitude when it comes to phones and are operating under the misguided assumption that phone users want all the functionality and style of their home computer on their phone. It seems Microsoft is starting to realise this and are now attempting to emulate some of the style and features of their competitors such as Apple and RIM.

The new WinMo promises to have a much more user friendly interface and also be more suited to touch sensitive interaction. While adopting a more aesthetic appearance to tempt new users Microsoft promises that WinMo 6.5 will still retain the business-oriented functionality that has made it popular with its current fans. There is a new Windows Marketplace, which is the latest in a line of app stores, although Microsoft are not being too revealing about what sort of apps are available or how many developers have been contributing. Also included is a service called My Phone which allows you to sync messages, contacts and images online so they can be easily edited or transferred to a new phone.

Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available on all new WinMo phones from October 6th and from this date users of upgradable devices like the Samsung Omnia II, HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC Touch Diamond 2 will be able to upgrade for free.

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