Wednesday, 02 September 2009 04:09

Windows Mobile 6.5 arriving on October 6

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Microsoft and its partners will roll out mobile phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6. Telstra is one of the participating carriers.

Using the mantra "one phone for work and play," Microsoft and participating manufacturers and carriers around the world will launch mobile phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6.

Manufacturers offering Windows Mobile 6.5 phones will include Acer, HP, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.

Features of the new system software include a revamped version of Internet Explorer Mobile, Flash Lite, the My Phone backup and sync service, and a customisable user interface.

According to Microsoft officials, Windows Mobile 6.5 phones will be available in a variety of form factors from touchscreen to QWERTY.

"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 Microsoft's mobile communications marketing group.

Participating carriers include Telstra and NTT DOCOMO (Asia Pacific); AT&T, Sprint and Verizon (US); Orange and Vodafone (Europe); and TIM Brazil (Latin America).

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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