Microsoft Pins October 6 as Windows Mobile 6.5 Launch Date
Today Microsoft announced that Windows Phones running system 6.5 will be available from a number of different carriers and manufacturers starting on October 6. Microsoft said that in the North American market, Windows Mobile 6.5 devices can be expected from mobile operators AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC, LG, Samsung and Toshiba. Other services primed to launch at that time include Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone. Microsoft said more details will become available directly from its partners about specific device launches in the coming weeks.
Microsoft Disabling Notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8
Microsoft says devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 have reached end-of-life status and will no longer be supported. Beginning February 20, Microsoft will turn off push notification services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0.
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.
Microsoft Says Older Phones Won't Get Windows 10 Until 2016
Microsoft today said owners of handsets running Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 will have to wait a bit longer to receive Windows 10. The update was originally expected to arrive this month, but Microsoft has now delayed the rollout.
Microsoft to Connect Windows 10 PCs to Your Text Messages
Microsoft today announced several new mobile initiatives that pair its own Windows platform with Android and iOS devices. First is a new tool, tentatively called Your Phone, that connects Android and iOS devices with a Windows 10 PC in order to access text messages, photos, and notifications.