Microsoft Mobile Dev team: 'Windows Mobile 6.5 is done'

Microsoft Mobile Dev team: 'Windows Mobile 6.5 is done'

Summary: The Windows Mobile development team announced via Twitter on May 14 that Windows Mobile 6.5 is "done." I'm guessing "done" means the latest mobile operating system has been released to manufacturing. But so far there's no "official" press statement or word to that effect.

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The Windows Mobile development team announced via Twitter on May 14 that Windows Mobile 6.5 is "done."

I'm guessing "done" means the latest mobile operating system has been released to manufacturing. But so far there's no "official" press statement or word to that effect.

Update (May 18): Windows Mobile 6.5 has been released to manufacturing, a corporate spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Microsoft officials had hinted that the company was planning some kind of "launch" of Windows Mobile 6.5 last week during TechEd 2009. The Softies subsequently altered the Windows Mobile blog post that mentioned this, by removing the word "launch" from the original post.

Launch or no launch, here's what the May 14 tweet from the Microsoft dev team said:

The first Windows Mobile 6.5 phones are expected this fall. Microsoft is working on the successor to this release, which is known as Windows Mobile 7, but officials have now taken to saying that Microsoft "have not announced anything beyond Windows Mobile 6.5."

Windows Mobile 7 phones, last I heard, were slated to arrive in the first half of 2010. Microsoft officials have been working on Windows Mobile 7 for several years. This is the alleged Windows Mobile 7 chassis spec list.

Topics: Software, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Wi-Fi, Windows

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  • By "done" they mean they need the revenue now.

    Or they need to release it now to coincide with the marketing departments efforts.

    The only thing that's ever truly done by Microsoft is the consumer.
    fr0thy2
  • RE: Microsoft Mobile Dev team: 'Windows Mobile 6.5 is done'

    does it have multi-touch? pinch & zoom?
    nessrapp
    • multi-touch support in win mobile 6.5

      Hi. I've heard there is some degree of touch support in Win Mobile 6.5. I don't know how much. I doubt it will be anywhere near the level supported by the iPhone. MJ

      BTW: Here's a link to a TechEd session from last week where touch was demonstrated on WM 6.1 and 6.5 phones. I've asked the presenter for more info but no word back so far...

      http://home.infusionblogs.com/nlandry/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=807
      Mary Jo Foley
  • Perhaps they could upgrade the sync software...

    Wake me when they get their Windows Mobile to sync with Vista's Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. What idiots would come out with new sync software for Vista and not have it sync to their newest operating system?
    pmcm
  • RE: Microsoft Mobile Dev team: 'Windows Mobile 6.5 is done'

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