Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on May 11

By on April 17, 2009, 4:46 PM
Earlier this year Microsoft announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, a relatively minor update focused on changes to the user interface and its touch-friendliness. But while the first Windows Mobile 6.5 devices are not expected to arrive until the second half of the year, it appears the company is ready to show off the interim operating system next month.


According to a post on their corporate blog, Microsoft is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on May 11, at the start of TechEd 09. The session is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers and will include a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come. There are a handful of other WM 6.5 sessions on the agenda, including one on developing apps that use touch and gestures and another to help developers monetize their creations through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.




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timlayton said:
We are going to see a lot of exciting new updates to windows mobile 6.5 and the anticipated version 7. Stuff like internet explorer mobile, live mesh for mobile. silverlight 2 for mobile, a new windows media player mobile and a new .NET compact framework should prove to be a big win for all of us. I think the key will be the launch and ultimate success or failure of the Windows Mobile Marketplace. Microsoft needs to get this right and I also think they need to really step up marketing efforts to entice developers to focus on creating new and innovative applications for the Windows Mobile platform. The user interface and applications are the keys to long-term success for any of these mobile devices and developers are at the core in my opinion. We have seen a shift in consumer expectations over the last year and that will only continue to change as the bar keeps getting raised. Should be interesting as the sales numbers are tabulated and posted quarterly in this space.
timlayton said:
Windows Mobile 6.5 is welcomed and we are ready for it... IMHO the user interface and applications are the keys to long-term success for any of these mobile devices and developers are at the core in my opinion. We have seen a shift in consumer expectations over the last year and that will only continue to change as the bar keeps getting raised.I really think with all of the innovation and consumer demand in this space that Microsoft will step up and listen to consumers. I think version 7 will be a huge leap from all versions 6, but version 6.5 is really what's needed right now. I've heard good things about the next release of internet explorer mobile, live mesh for mobile, silverlight 2 for mobile, and windows media player mobile. I have a strong database development background and love data-driven apps so I am very excited about the new versions of the * .NET compact framework and SQL server compact. If you have ever tried to develop database apps on other platforms you will quickly appreciate the depth of SQL server compact. I am hopeful the Windows Mobile Marketplace is rolled out in a way that is supportive to developers as I think developers are at the core for future success. I also think if Microsoft deployed their own device that would likely really be a hit as well. Let's see what happens!
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