Microsoft shows off Windows Mobile 6.5


With leak after leak after leak these past few months, it’s about time we had some official details on Windows Mobile 6.5. That day came today, as Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Mobile 6.5 during their Press Conference at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona.

Windows Mobile 6.5 brings a heavily refined user interface over it’s predecessor, and focuses mainly on making the UI much more touch friendly.

The OS features an all new lock screen, which now provides basic information such as the total number of text messages, emails and missed calls since the last time you locked your phone, as well as the time, date and upcoming appointments. The lock screen also features sliding "unlock" buttons, similar to that of the iPhone.

Keep reading for more information and official screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5…

Demos of cool new Windows Mobile 6.1 features

Windows Mobile 6.1 was just announced at CTIA yesterday. A bunch of us got together to record a video demoing most of the new features in Windows Mobile 6.1. Check out this 40-minute video that shows:

  • Cool devices, including the T-Mobile Shadow, HTC Tilt, Pantech Duo, Moto Q9
  • The new Sliding Panel home screen (aka “Bronze”)
  • All new home screen plugins
  • Threaded SMS
  • Copy & Paste support for non-touch devices
  • New Task Manager
  • Clock & Alarms
  • Windows Live and Live Search Mobile
  • and more…

This is a long video but it shows several features in great detail that you may not see elsewhere. Also note, there are other improvements in Windows Mobile 6.1 that we don’t cover in this video, including IEMobile’s new Zoom feature and integration with SCMDM 2008.

-Mel Sampat

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System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 has gone RTM!

Good afternoon all my Mobile device managers!  I just heard that System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) 2008 has gone RTM! 

You can read about it here: Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008

This is a great release, also in my last few weeks I have delivered a few TechNet Radio Interviews about mobility and we chatted a few times about SCMDM:

Here is some more information about SCMDM:

  • Device Management solution that integrates directly into a Windows Server infrastructure
  • Full, Over-The-Air device provisioning
  • Automatic deployment of targeted applications to devices
  • Secure data channel from the device to the corporate network
  • Enablement of core LOB scenarios in a mobile environment unlike before

Windows Mobile 7 details leak: Cool

The first phones with Windows Mobile 7 will go on sale in 2009 but already now you can learn (almost) everything about it (including hint that it will support multi-touch!):

Windows Mobile 7 will use touch gestures, similar to how the iPhone does. You will be able to flick through lists, pan, swipe sideway, draw on the screen. A lot of emphasis has been put on making navigation easier and doing away with scrollbars, including a new scroll handle that allows for multiple ways of finding items extremely fast.Windows Mobile 7 will use motion gestures, something the iPhone does not. It will not use an intricate and complicated series of gyroscopes and accelerometers. Instead, it will use the camera on the phone to detect motions and create appropriate actions. You will be able to shake, twist and otherwise manipulate the phone and get things done. The phone will be able to perform actions when placed face down on a surface, and it will know when it is in your pocket or bag.

To learn more, including screenshots and detailed description of the Windows Mobile 7, click  HERE.

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Microsoft releases Office Mobile 6.1

If you’ve got a Windows Mobile 5.0 or Windows Mobile 6 phone or PDA, you’ll want to grab this update.

The update is free for anyone who has an existing copy of Office Mobile, which should cover most Windows Mobile users. it adds support for Office 2007 documents including DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. There’s also enhanced viewing capabilities for Excel Mobile, the ability to add SmartArt in PowerPoint Mobile. Users can also view and extract files from ZIP folders.

If you don’t have a previous version of Office Mobile, you can buy a full version of Office Mobile 6.1. This is the first time Microsoft will be offering a full version of Office Mobile for sale. We can’t find a purchase link right now, so we’re not sure how much Microsoft will be charging for Office Mobile 6.1 But odds are you can get it for free anyway. 

 Download: Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1 (12.1 MB, Free update)

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A peek at the future of Windows Mobile

We’re not at liberty to say how, but we acquired some exclusive footage of Samsung’s new Ultra Messaging device, which is going to be hitting Asian shelves in short order. What’s so special about this particular brand of i600? Check out the interface. We’ve seen some future builds of Windows Mobile beyond the now-current 6.0, and this is starting to look very familiar. If this is where WinMo’s headed, sign us up — let’s just hope all the stuff behind the home screen gets cleaned up this nice, yeah? Don’t be surprised if at some point the Samsung Ultra Messaging (or at least its UI) starts to to head westward across the globe.

Check out the gallery, or check out the video, whatever you like. Player and downloads after the break.

Gallery: Samsung Ultra Messaging: a peek at the future of Windows Mobile

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Windows Vista SideShow coming to Windows Mobile?

Windows Vista may have some compatibility and reliability issues. But it also sports some pretty cool new features like a 3D window manager and animated backgrounds (if you shell out the money for the “Ultimate” edition). One Vista feature that we’d love to see more of is SideShow, but unfortunately hardware makers have been slow to create SideShow capable devices.

In a nutshell, SideShow lets you access certain Vista features from a secondary display. For example, you can check your email without opening your laptop’s lid. Or you can schedule a TV recording on Windows Media Center using your case’s front-panel display. You know, if you have a laptop or PC case with an external display.

If not, you’re pretty much out of luck. But maybe not for long. Microsoft has just published an SDK for SideShow with support for Bluetooth and QVGA screens: two features that many Windows Mobile devices already have. The folks at “the unwired” speculate this could mean a Windows Mobile SideShow application is on its way. In other words, you’d be able to fire up a program on your phone or PDA that will give you control over your desktop. Your PDA could become your favorite remote control, web browser, or email tool.

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that a Windows Mobile Sideshow program was on its way, but we’ve been waiting about half a year to see anything materialize. Hopefully the SDK launch means we won’t have to wait much longer.