18 April 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 to launch on May 11 2009

17 04 2009 - Windows Mobile 6.5's official launch is apparently set for May 11, though devices won't be shipping till the fall.

Microsoft TechEd 2009 is this year's iteration of the company's conference that gives "technical education" to developers and IT Professionals. Traditionally, Microsoft gives more insight on the latest versions of its various products, and according to the Windows Mobile Team Blog, the next release of Windows Mobile will be making its official debut at the event. Windows Mobile 6.5's launch is less than a month away, on May 11:

Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM - 2:15PM. This Tech Ed 2009 session focuses on one of the biggest launches in the history of Windows Mobile - Windows Mobile 6.5. It is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers, with a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come.

When Microsoft first officially unveiled 6.5 in February, our first impressions of the new OS were mixed, but we are reserving complete judgment until we can get our hands on the final version. As we saw in March with the tweaking of the honeycomb UI, Microsoft has been continuously tweaking 6.5, so there are still things to talk about, beyond what we saw in February.

That said, devices with Windows Mobile 6.5 won't start to appear until the fall, but at least 6.5 will be considered complete, and Microsoft's main focus will be able to turn to 7.0. Windows Mobile 7 is expected to be ready sometime next year, possibly in April.

Source: Ars Technica

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