Microsoft Readies Windows Mobile 6.5 for Shipping to Manufacturers

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Developer Team has reportedly let slip the news that the company has finally completed work on its Windows Mobile 6.5, and it’s ready to be shipped to manufacturers.

In a Twitter update posted on 14th May, the company notified that the work on version 6.5 of its signature mobile operating system has been finished.

“For the record, Windows Mobile 6.5 is DONE... complete... looks really good IOHO and every bit functional. ping us if u want to know more”, Windows Mobile Developer Team notified through a Twitter update posted last week.

However, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been released to manufacturing, and informed that as many as 20 handset makers and mobile operators, including HP, LG, Toshiba, Orange, HTC and Acer, have already agreed to support the platform.

The spokesperson further went on to say that handsets integrating Windows Mobile 6.5 platform are expected to be shipped during the second half of the year.

Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.5 at the Mobile World Congress, held in February, and demonstrated its touch-screen user interface as well as improved navigation capabilities. However, Microsoft positioned Windows Mobile 6.5 as a stopgap platform until Windows Mobile 7 appears.