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Microsoft Launches Windows Mobile 6.5 For Smarter Phones

Microsoft today officially launched the latest iteration of its Windows Mobile operating system, christening it as Windows 6.5 for phones, promising to deliver a new customer experience.

The company claims that the new version sports a more user friendly interface and it comes with substantially improved web browsing capabilities besides being integrated with Microsoft’s key services such as Windows Marketplace and its new search engine, Bing.

In addition, one can access Microsoft services such as Exchange and SharePoint besides seamlessly connecting to Mobile Office Communicator.

Amongst WM6.5's other interesting additions is MyPhone, which is basically a synchronisation software that facilitates you in backing up your date including apps, program entries and other content to your PC.

The new version also comes with a remote locking system which can be activated to display a message requesting the phone to be returned to the user; however in case it does not work it also has a feature via which all stored information will deleted thus preventing critical data from being disclosed.

Initial reviews of the new operating system remains largely positive though most technical analysts agree that Microsoft has a long way to go before it can realistically matching the iPhone or Blackberry.

Our Comments

Windows 6.5 is only an intermediate mobile operating system and one which has taken way too long to come out. Microsoft may be mistakenly assuming that the lead times for mobile platforms is as long as on the desktop ones. Which is entirely untrue; most people change mobile phones once every 18 months compared to once every three years on average for desktops.

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