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Jason Dunn
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Microsoft Unveils Windows Mobile 6 Reply with quote

Breaking all-new ground in the realm of worst-kept secret ever, Windows Mobile 6 (a.k.a. "Crossbow") has been officially announced by Microsoft. It's a bit earlier than 3GSM, which is where they were going to announce it originally. As such, there's nothing official to link to yet, nor do I have a swanky article all about Windows Mobile 6 because I'm waiting to get a device running the beta back from Microsoft (it's a long story).

Some of the highlights include:

Full support for HTML email (within the limitations of IE Mobile's rendering engine of course)
Office Mobile now included, with support for reading and editing Office documents on the Smartphone
New streamlined functioning of email client: one click delete, reply, etc. Set email flags for follow-up.
Set "Out of Office" function directly on the device (with an Exchange server of course)
Windows Vista synchronization with Windows Mobile Device Center
Calendar ribbon in the calendar application gives you the ability to see your free/busy time easier
Windows Live client
Call History is now a part of the contact itself, so you can see when you last phoned that person, etc.
Internet sharing: there's a new built-in application to make using your device as a modem much easier

As per usual, this latest version of Windows Mobile is about more than just bullet points: there's a lot of background ("plumbing" work) to enable new and better devices. I've had some limited experience with Windows Mobile 6, and it's a solid step forward for the platform. There's nothing particularly amazing about it, but just like Windows Mobile 5 the total number improvements make for a better overall device. I know they've spent a lot of time improving the performance and stability of the operating system in general (which was already quite good in my opinion), but the real test will be the devices.

Everyone is wondering about upgrades I'm sure, but just like last time, it's too early to say what each of the OEMs are going to be doing - but stay tuned here for the official information as we get it!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I saw a few images floating around that showed a "Windows Update" option in the start menu. Personally, out of all the updates, I hope that makes it in to WM6 Standard Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So does Office Mobile = File sync for Smartphone?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T-Will wrote:
So does Office Mobile = File sync for Smartphone?


Don't quote me on this, but no, I don't think it does. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Windows Mobile 6 will be a T-mobile exclusive for a while. Wonder if my Dash will be upgradable? Here's the story:

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2007/...t-mobile-in-q2/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crispeto wrote:
Sounds like Windows Mobile 6 will be a T-mobile exclusive for a while. Wonder if my Dash will be upgradable?


Don't hold me to this, but I'm pretty sure the Dash will be getting an upgrade from T-Mobile...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason Dunn wrote:
Don't hold me to this, but I'm pretty sure the Dash will be getting an upgrade from T-Mobile...


QFT Wink

Even if T-Mobile began selling WM6 Dash's doesn't mean they would offer an upgrade to existing customers, but it could mean that some l33t h4x0rs could possibly figure out a way to get it onto current Dash's. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't that be awesome? Does the Dash have the hardware to run WM6?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than a few, I doubt many handsets will see an upgrade.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crispeto wrote:
Wouldn't that be awesome? Does the Dash have the hardware to run WM6?


Yup, it should run it no problem. Not that I have one yet or anything...but I've heard... Wink
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