Microsoft finally confirmed a date for the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 today with the announcement of 6 October availability. There were not a ton of details in the press release, but I did see that T-Mobile USA was not listed as a carrier in the list and it will be pretty disappointing if their brand new T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 (see my first thoughts) is not upgraded to WM 6.5 since it is a pricey phone that has the horsepower to be upgraded. However, much of what people will see in WM 6.5 has already been implemented by HTC in the HTC Touch Pro2 so there may not be that compelling of a reason to perform the upgrade anyway.
The following are some of the updates in WM 6.5 over WM 6.1:
- Improved Internet Explorer Mobile browser (already in the T-Mobile TP2)
- More finger friendly icons and menus (HTC already includes these same menus.)
- Updated call screens (The TP2 has some of the best I have ever seen on a mobile phone.)
- Redesignated Start button
You can check out several details of WM 6.5 on Pocketnow and see that the T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 is pretty much already at 6.5 thanks to HTC and T-Mobile.
The major parts I am looking for are the services and as I understand it services like the Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone can be used on 6.0 and 6.1 phones as well.
I would still appreciate hearing T-Mobile (and Sprint) state they will provide an update since the phone will be about 2 months old when the update is released.