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.
Windows 10 for PCs Lands July 29; No Word On Mobile
Microsoft today announced that Windows 10 will be available as a free download to PCs and tablets on July 29. Most hardware running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 should be able to upgrade to the new operating system.
Windows 10 Won't Reach Phones Until the Fall
Microsoft has shied away from saying exactly when Windows 10 will launch other than to say "this summer." Speaking at Microsoft's Build developer conference this week, executive Joe Belfiore said the phone-specific version of Windows 10 won't arrive until after Windows 10 launches for PCs and tablets. "Our phone builds have not been as far as long as our PC builds," said Belfiore.