Microsoft Announces Windows Mobile 6.5
Today Microsoft showed off a new version of its mobile platform, Windows Mobile 6.5. This update to the operating system mostly overhauls usability, making it much more finger friendly for Windows Mobile Professional (touch) phones. The enhancements are centered on making the operating system more intuitive to use. It updates the home screen which is now a cross between 6.1's sliding panels and Zune interface, with interactive widgets. All of the icons are bigger and easier to activate with a finger, which means a stylus is not required. The applications menu has been flattened into one large list, making them easier to find. The new hexagonal Start menu replaces both the Start and Programs with one unified menu for accessing programs. There are also multiple slide-to-unlock buttons for jumping right into missed calls, new voice mails, and new text messages. Windows Mobile 6.5 will include a new version of Internet Explorer mobile, which brings with it many improvements in usability. It ties together elements of IE6, IE7 and IE8, and has a minimap, sliding zoom control, and an Opera-like button bar at bottom. Microsoft said the new operating system will be available on devices by the end of 2009.
Microsoft Updates Outlook, Will Sunset Sunrise App
Microsoft today announced a significant refresh of its Outlook mobile email app for Android and iOS devices. Most of the changes center on making the app easier to use.
Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Preview
Microsoft today made a new version of the Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview available to Windows Insiders. The fresh operating system, build 10536, contains a wide array of bug fixes and performance tweaks, as well as a handful of new features.
Windows 10 Mobile Arrives for Some Older Handsets
Microsoft has begun making Windows 10 Mobile available to older smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft first expected to release the platform in November or December of last year, but pushed the update to the first quarter.
Microsoft Still Working Through Windows 10 Mobile Builds
Microsoft today said new builds of the Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview are on the way, even if they are rolling out slower than the company hoped. In a blog post, Microsoft explains that it encountered several large issues that forced it to reset its approval process three times over the past several weeks.
The stylus was one of the reasons Windows was not popular for me. Once it starts to hit devices, I might actually start offering Windows devices to customers. Lets hope it doesn't freeze or bug out on us.
This kind of menu system is long overdue for Windows devices.
The stylus was one of the reasons Windows was not popular for me. Once it starts to hit devices, I might actually start offering Windows devices to